Generous spirit alive in Columbus

October 10, 2018

Certainly there is no more appropriate way to utilize this space this week than to reflect on the spirit of voluntarism that is alive and well in Columbus! There is a reason that charitable organizations are successful here.

Obviously, the Chamber says thanks for all the support that made the 18th annual Taste of Columbus a success. As I looked around at the full room, wonderful vendors and lots of items up for bid Sunday evening, I was again struck by how fortunate we are to live and work in Columbus.

It is such a joy to see so many different people and organizations collaborate on an event for the good of our community. Just think about how many people were involved as they donated items, volunteered their time, bought a ticket, helped us before or after the event, bought a raffle ticket … it’s really an impressive list!

Two groups that helped us big-time were the Columbus High and the CCC-Columbus Raider volleyball teams. These young people gave some great community service and represented themselves and their schools very well, indeed. These are young people of great character -- to show up on a Sunday and give their time for their community!

As we announced Sunday night, this was great timing for the Columbus Area Future Fund to be involved. Every dollar raised Sunday night is going to be matched through the CAFF “Toward a Bold Future” Campaign, so we’re adding some significant outside dollars to the community’s charitable resources through what was given Sunday.

The ringleaders for this year were Rick and Tracie Chochon and Ryan and Jaci Tessendorf. They clearly put together a great team of committee members and should be congratulated for their work!

Speaking of dedicated volunteers, we saw some true dedication on the golf course as Columbus recently hosted the NSAA Girls Class B State Tournament. Let’s be honest, there wasn’t much pleasant about volunteering in that weather as a spotter or scorer and yet they were all there to fill their shift and help the community host this event. Pretty impressive!

The Columbus/Platte County CVB does the local coordination of the event and Deb Loseke does a great job organizing all the local aspects. Event Chair Al Niedbalski puts heart and soul into the event as well, recruiting volunteers and planning out logistics. Hats off to Al, Deb and the CVB for bringing these events to Columbus, filling hotel rooms and bringing revenue to the Columbus economy!

Bottom line, that’s an impressive display of community service over a couple days. We should all be proud of what we do here, and I hope a little inspired to serve where we are given the opportunity as well!

K.C. Belitz is the president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.

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