One of My Most Proud Endeavors
Bradley FinneartyWhen you ask most people what their best or favorite accomplishment is the vast majority will say their kids. But that is the p.c. easy way out of a question that tells people a lot about the person being asked. Of course you are proud of your kids and family. That goes without saying.
But I feel the reason that question is asked is to get to know someone and what makes them tick. What do you value about your professional life? That is a much more difficult question to answer.
I have many of those moments in my life. Serving on the Plant Improvement Committee while working for a vinyl siding manufacturer in Columbus, Ohio. Working to be manager of two different stores while at Domino's Pizza, among others. The one that made me feel like I was actually doing something good for my community and was giving back was my time as the webmaster and marketing director for the Logan-Hocking Community/Activity Center in Logan, Ohio.
Having lived in Logan most of my life I always knew that there should be a venue in town where kids could go after school to socialize, play sports and many other things. Logan had not had a place like that since the late 70's or early 80's. There was never a place where families could go to just enjoy the night, listen to music, play games or whatever. I then saw where a wonderful lady by the name of Robin Walton was looking for a location to put a community center for the people of Logan.
I decided to go down to the center, meet this lady and see if there was anything I could do to help out. When she found out that I was a webmaster and graphic designer she welcomed the chance to have me on board and join in making the center great for Logan, Ohio.
When I toured the center and was able to see the game room, computer room, art room and other things I was amazed. So she allowed me to do what I do and make the center website one that drew people in with interest. My first event covering with my camera was a concert by a local Christian band by the name of The Carried I knew I wanted to be even more involved and boy did that happen.
Later becoming the Marketing Director and was asked to help present a proposal to PepsiCo to help us build an indoor swimming pool for the people of Logan. Although it came to be they were on board with it. The problem was that the center could not get the officials of the city of Logan to support the project.
That did not stop the volunteers, staff and owners from continuing to work to bring some great things to the center. That they did. Over the next few years there were many concerts by local groups and national acts such as Ken Mellons, Karla Perretta, Grand Ole Opry act of Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long and the national rock group Bobaflex. Included were also local groups 7th Cycle, School Boy Zero, Legacy and others.
On Friday Nights there were family nights where local musicians would play, there would be games, Karaoke. there were also teen dances, talent contests and much much more.
The pride that I felt while being involved with the center was not only about me but about what we were achieving with our work. It was not only about concerts and family nights. There was also adult sports leagues, youth sports, a bike track and Karate lessons among other things. One of the great things was the M.R.D.D. basketball team that was given a local venue to play their games and practice.
The center provided a diversity that is needed now. It provided different types of music from Christian to metal rock. Entertainer ranged from the very young to the legends of their industries. The diverse range of people that attended the center to participate in the events that were held there.
The pride was also in the volunteers who gave up so much of their time to insure the success of the center. Many of these great people devoted a huge amount of time. They put their souls and tears into the center. They cared about the center and about the youth and families of the town.
I do not want to leave out others who donated their money and time to make sure bills were paid and the doors stayed open. People like Robyn Walton the first C.E.O. and Dale Campbell who purchased the center and continued it's growth. The several directors that worked tirelessly to not only make sure that things got done, but to cover for volunteers who could not be there, to help oversee the concerts and other events. It truly was a team effort.
That is what is great about endeavors like this. It is not about you. It is about the success of what you are trying to achieve. That is what makes me the most proud. Not that I was involved, although there is an amount of pride in that. But mostly it is about the success of what we were doing. It would not have made it as far as it did if not for the people described above.
There is also a certain amount of pride that is derived from learning new things. I have to admit that I not only learned a large amount of things about myself, but about how to deal with others. About being a different kind of person that I was at the time.
They say pride is one of the seven deadly sins. But it can be a good thing. I believe you have to take pride in what you do, in your work and in your life. That is one of the things that I try to do every time I embark on something. Is to do my best and take personal pride in it.
What about you? Do you have any endeavors that make you very proud of yourself and your achievements?
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