Raising a hand, offering to help
August 6, 2014
What if someone invited you to become a part of something larger than yourself? What if something that had been a dream for many years was now within your grasp?
What if this was something with significant personal risk but also a potential for significant reward, not for yourself, but for someone or something you love?
What would you do? What would you say? I said, "Yes."
I'm pleased to meet you.
My name is Jerri Glover, and although I've been active in Grass Valley public life for many years, it's possible that we haven't met. Now I am running for Grass Valley City Council, and I am sure people who don't know me, and even some who do, will have questions.
To get that conversation started, here are a few of the big questions and my answers:
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Who am I?
I grew up in Abilene, Texas, and spent my younger years traveling around the world as a federal civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force. I've lived in Arkansas and Japan and on a dry lake bed on Edwards Air Force Base, where astronauts trained and shuttles landed and somebody many of you know personally was the first human being to break the sound barrier.
In my capacity as a manager, I worked with attorneys, military officers and engineers.
I now run a business called Workshop Wrangler — small businesses and nonprofits are my clients. And I adore being a wife and mother.
I volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association, organizations that sometimes ask me to wear funny hats and stand around in the snow or heat at Cornish Christmas or Gold Rush Days or Thursday Night Market.
I love every minute of it. I love getting things done. I delight in sweating the details.
I get a kick out of planning for contingencies and back-planning logistics to meet mission requirements. I also like funny hats, I really do.
Is there more? About six years ago, my husband Bill and I visited Grass Valley on vacation and fell in love with the place.
We moved here a few months later. Bill took a position with a local engineering company and I telecommuted. But the Air Force reorganizes projects from time to time, and after barely a year, I had a choice — move back to Edwards Air Force Base and eventually Washington, D.C., to pursue my government career or stay and find a new profession. I chose the new.
And then what?
I pondered my next move. How could I transition from military and government work into the private sector?
It turns out organizing business events and street fairs is more like planning a shuttle landing than you might expect.
But is there any place as practical, friendly and giving as our town?
The opportunities I found here to learn, to spread my wings, to get honest feedback from people who have "been there" and "done that" were incredible.
I sincerely believe I could not have made this transition as easily or as well anywhere else.
And now what?
Now it's time for me to give back. I'm raising my hand and offering to help, to work on the details, to plan for the contingencies — to do the hard and boring things that are really the critical things for all of us. And I mean ALL of us.
I'm not a politician. I'm not offering to represent any particular party or special group.
I'm offering to listen, to be fair, to be solution-oriented, and to bring a fresh perspective to the work we all need done.
After all, it's not the hat you wear, it's keeping a steady head underneath that matters.
Now tell me about you.
Do you have ideas that Grass Valley needs to hear? Do you want to help me do the things that Grass Valley needs done?
Join me at http://www.GloverForGV.com and let's get to work.
Jerri Glover lives in Grass Valley.