February 3, 2016 Edition

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Rose encourages community involvement

Dina Rose, who will lead the Lawrence County Chamber Board as chair in 2016, encourages community members and business owners to band together for the betterment of the county.

Gretchen Hunt

Dina Rose, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, will serve as chair of the board of directors of the county's Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

"When asked four years ago if I would be interested in serving on the Chamber Board, I was both honored to be asked and excited about a new opportunity," Rose said. "At the same time, I wondered what I could possibly bring to the table."

She said she really wasn't even familiar with the responsibilities of the Chamber.

"I wanted to learn, though, and I knew it was time to give back to Lawrence County - the community that raised me," she said. "I say 'the community that raised me' as opposed to 'the community I was raised in' because despite having the best parents you could possibly ask for, as I did in Gary and Joyce Rose, we are all constantly learning from and influenced by our surroundings and the people in it - our community."

She described how individuals are influenced by all aspects of the community - from school, to church, to the workplace, to visiting local attractions, to attending area events, to patronizing local businesses.

"We are influenced by and learn from each of those experiences and the people we encounter," she said. "As a parent, we want those learning experiences for our children to be as positive as possible. That's why it's important that we all work together to make our community the best it can possibly be."

Rose defined the purpose of the Lawrence County Chamber as promoting economic development, improving and enhancing the standard of living in Lawrence County, enticing industries and businesses to locate within its boundaries and promoting and sponsoring activities that encourage community development.

"I have learned so much about the many components that contribute to these efforts and have a better understanding of the hard work and dedication that goes into making them happen," Rose said. "I have had the privilege of working with many great individuals and community leaders who are very passionate about progress and betterment of our community."

She said that the momentum and accomplishments of the past few years in Lawrence County have been inspiring and promising.

"I have been fortunate to be a part of a large network of individuals and businesses working together instead of against each other to push forward despite any obstacles that attempt to thwart their efforts," she said. "My goal as Chamber chair is to help ensure the momentum, the efforts and the collaborations continue."

Rose encourages others to get involved, as well.

"There are many ways individuals and businesses can contribute toward the progress of a community, whether financially, physically or through sharing of ideas and suggestions," she said.

Getting involved

Her list of how to be involved includes: "Become a member of the Chamber; join a committee (or two or three); participate in Chamber and community events; support local businesses; attend meetings; help with cleanup efforts (through organized cleanup events or by sprucing up and maintaining your own property); take advantage of continuing education programs, workshops and networking opportunities; help promote the numerous clubs, activities, events and attractions we have throughout the county; attend school functions and ballgames."

"Every citizen can and should support Lawrence County by contributing to progress," she continued. "It doesn't happen overnight, but each small step in the right direction will make a huge difference. It takes a strong foundation upon which to build something solid, and our community has a strong foundation. It's up to us to contribute to the building process."

She said that no matter how small or insignificant a contribution might seem, any and all contributions are not only significant, but crucial.

"It didn't take long after joining the chamber that I realized I can make a difference, and you can too!" she said. "Besides, as I have learned firsthand, there's a good feeling and sense of pride that comes with getting involved and helping. Now, as Chamber chair, I'm challenging everyone in our community to get involved, or to increase involvement, to help make Lawrence County a better place to live."

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