Sound advice from Churchill
Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “Never, never, never give up.” I agree. Persistent and tenacious are qualities in which I take great pride.
From the time I was a young child, I have worked very hard to accomplish things that were important to me. I began working at age 12 because coming from a low-income, single-parent household, I understood it was my responsibility to pay for extra things I wanted and to contribute to our household.
Since that very young age, I have worked and strived to accomplish things I believed to be important.
Things didn’t always come quickly or easily. It took me 16 years, three moves, two changes in majors, several grants and student loans, but I finally finished my bachelor’s of science degree in Management Studies.
I learned to acquire necessary skills and remain agile while moving from city to city and even a foreign country in order to continue to work and grow professionally.
I still hold these principles and skills in high regard today as I run for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council. I have attended council meetings, met with city staff, gone on a ride-along with Grass Valley Police Department, talked with our firefighters, met with community leaders, all in an effort to expand my knowledge of the workings of this amazing city.
I want to learn what we are doing well and what we can do better. I have accepted many invitations to meet with Grass Valley residents of all ages to hear their concerns.
While expanding my knowledge, I have continued to serve the community in a variety of roles and capacities and stepped up to lead a project to better one of our valuable park resources.
The bleacher refurbish project at Les Eva Field in Memorial Park was a project that required contributions in the form of materials, time, expertise, labor and heart. We began the project on a cold rainy Sunday, Sept. 28. With a few determined volunteers we accomplished the refurbish of one of the worst sections.
We returned to the project on Oct. 11 with better weather, more skilled volunteers and a renewed spirit. We were able to replace all but four rows in one section that day. We only stopped because we ran out of lumber.
On Oct. 19, a dedicated few returned and completed the job. Not only did we replace the bleachers and steps, but we were able to relocate the steps on two sets of the bleachers next to handrails making the bleachers more accessible to the elderly and children attending games at the field.
When I began the project I naively believed we would be able to accomplish the project in a single day, two at the most. That simply didn’t happen.
However, I and my faithful group of volunteers pushed until the project was complete. We never, never, never gave up!
This is the kind of leadership I will bring to Grass Valley City Council. When the answers don’t come easily or when the extra effort is required to achieve the best possible outcome for all involved, I will be there leading and supporting the charge. I am not one who accepts easily “we have never done it that way” or “we have always done it that way” as a satisfactory answer to an problem.
I believe that this is a time when we have open and creative in our response to questions and challenges. Things are not as they have been nor will they ever be the same again.
One thing is certain and that is change. We must be willing to be persistent and tenacious while being open and creative to achieve what is best for the residents of Grass Valley.
Jerri Glover lives in Grass Valley.
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