Archive for Thursday, February 28, 2008

Others should emulate example set by Sampson

February 28, 2008

It's difficult to believe as we're locked in a frigid winter, but the community is only six months from the next De Soto Days Festival. But as reassuring is the knowledge of certain spring is news there will be another festival as the leadership torch has been passed from Max Atwell to Raheema Sampson.

It is perhaps not surprising that an employee of De Soto FCB Bank stepped up to take the reins of the De Soto Days Festival Committee. Leadership at the bank has played an important role in community activities since it was announced the bank was to build a branch in De Soto. Past FCB officers have provided leadership for the De Soto Chamber of Commerce and the bank was generous in its sponsorship of last year's sesquicentennial celebration.

The bank at a very visible site that was teetering on blight just five years ago has become a fixture in the community in a very short time.

FCB is not unique in regard to community activism. Team Bank's Dave Moore is in his second year as president of the De Soto Chamber of Commerce. De Soto is blessed with such good corporate citizens as Huhtamaki Americas, Intervet Inc. and Mr. Goodcents, all of which proven have supported community activities or causes.

That acknowledged list is too short and certainly overlooks many deserving businesses and industries that give back to the community.

As for Sampson, we salute her for accepting what amounts to part-time job, which the wife and mother will probably find requires a growing commitment as the date of the festival nears. We have heard from many in De Soto that she is a very organized and capable person. Although we're confident of Sampson's success, we would hope that others in the community will reward her example by volunteering their ideas, energy and labor to the festival.

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