Our View: Award winners are proof of how one person can make a difference

June 10, 2018

Perhaps they’re not household names, but they should be. In one way or another, each one has significantly improved life in Lake Havasu City. Odds are that their efforts have touched your life.

The 11 people and organizations recognized at the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce’s civic awards gathering Friday have a long reach that extends deep into the community. They have freely given time, energy and skills to tackle community problems. Their devotion to Havasu often requires sacrifices both large and small in their private lives. These leaders often give up an evening off, a day of play or a good night’s sleep to make life better for the rest of us.

We appreciate the very nature of these business-centric awards in Havasu. Generally, people who work really hard earn them and deserve them. Taking time out to salute the winners — and telling their stories of civic involvement — often inspires others to step up and make a difference as well.

You can view the list of award winners on page 3 of today’s newspaper.

To each of the top performers, we offer our sincere congratulations. We are confident that each winner’s deeds were performed without regard for public recognition.

The individuals were just doing what came naturally — that is, giving of themselves in ways that improve Havasu’s economy and the community.

Tremendous effort goes into making sure top performers are nominated and the winners are suitably recognized. That’s why we also appreciate that a Chamber committee undertakes the laborious process of accepting nominations, gleaning through the submissions and selecting winners. It’s a tall task.

Last night’s awards ceremony is one that Robert McCulloch would have applauded. He’s the man who originally envisioned a lively, thriving community along Havasu’s stretch of the Colorado River. A highly successful businessman, McCulloch fully understood how one person can make a meaningful difference – just like the Chamber’s 2018 award winners.

— Today’s News-Herald

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