Growth is a common goal

Published 12:48 am Sunday, January 12, 2014

Throughout my lifetime, I have been very fortunate to meet many people who have put others’ needs before their own.

As a child, I was taught to help others and give when the opportunity presents itself.

Being part of various sports teams throughout my youth and through high school allowed me to learn the importance of being part of a team.

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This was also the time when I learned valuable lessons in accountability because I knew other members of the team counted on me to do my part. If we all did our jobs and helped one another, we would be successful. This is something that I have always strived to do, but all too often today, we hear about negative things happening around the world and in our communities.

However, it is important to know that several organizations are working hard to help others regardless of the circumstances surrounding their needs.

When I accepted the position of general manager here at The Tribune, I had a somewhat outside understanding of the organizations and clubs within the county.

I recently was given the opportunity to join the Ironton Rotary Club, and just from the short time I have been a member, it is apparent the affection and appreciation the club and its members have for the community and region.

I know the same goes for every civic organization and club throughout the county, and I have found that each plays an important role in helping others.

If you have the opportunity or ability to be involved or support with time or donation, each is a worthy cause that looks to further the community through fundraising, awareness for an issue or simply providing a helping hand when needed.

Nonetheless, these civic clubs and organizations do need help from the community, and that assistance goes a long way to reaching the level of service to others that most strive to attain.

Within the first two months on the job as general manager, I confirmed what I have always believed to be true — this county and region is full of individuals and organizations that truly care and want to see our region prosper and grow.

Although each has its own goal or mission, many times we see all groups working for a common goal of advancing and promoting various needs throughout our communities, county and region.

The Ironton Rotary Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast on Feb. 8 at the AEP building on South Third Street. Please watch the paper in the upcoming weeks for further details.

Also, if you are a club, group, church, or any other organization we want to know about your meetings, plans, and upcoming events to place in our announcements and community calendar.

If we all continue to work together, there is no doubt that the vision for the future of our communities will not be a matter of if we can realize our goals, but rather a matter of when those goals will be achieved.


Josh Morrison is the general manager at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at