Friday, February 25, 2005

You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours...

We're doing ANOTHER wedding show this weekend.

The company I work for is really involved in the community. It's a family owned business that's been here for more than 80 years. While that's good in many ways, it also has it's downsides.
It's a classic patriarchy.
Things change with glacial speed.
Innovations are rarely welcome.
(It took two years of second-phone problems in our department to get us a new phone that worked with the system...two YEARS!)

Still, there's a clear understanding in the company that this business is a two-way street. The community needs us to exsist, and we need the community to exsist.
(Last year, for instance, the bread winner in a low-income family in town had a tragic accident. They'ed always been faithful shoppers in the store, even though they had little money. We knew they wouldn't be able to afford flowers, let alone food on the table when people came to extend condolences. The store manager and the floral manager decided to send a box of practical things--sandwich makings, condiments, sweet rolls, napkins, coffee, cream--and I don't remember even totalling it up. It was just assembled and delivered because they needed it).

OK, I can hear you saying: "Nice...but what does this have to do with another wedding show??"

It's the whole idea of community involvement.
We do ALL wedding shows because we understand that there's a cache' implied in our participating. Even if we lose money-- extra labor and product--we're committed to helping make commerce work in the area. If we're not involved, then other businesses won't bother, either.

Cynically, it's called "Follow the money"....but practically, it's called "Community involvement".

Yes, yes....there will be PICTURES! Photographer

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