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Year of PeaceYOP columns

Dec. 20, 2013: Common courtesy is alive & well in Concordia, by Sister Jean Rosemarynoski

At a recent Concordia City Commission meeting, I wished more of the public had been there to experience it.

No matter what issue was being discussed, the mayor, commissioners, city manager and department heads were very gracious in acknowledging and thanking the people who were doing the work – from city crews working on routine maintenance to firefighters answering a call to city office staff who keep all the operations running.

The same civility was being shown by the public. At the beginning of the meeting, Pat Gerhardt said she just wanted to thank the commissioners for their attentiveness to the new dam and for their concern with protecting the homes in the flood plains.

It was so uplifting to be in such a positive and respectful environment. It was easy to see that we are a community who care about one another.

The next day several of us sisters were privileged to help serve the Thanksgiving meal at Concordia Elementary School, when parents and grandparents were invited to eat with their child. As the students and parents came through the line, every one of them said thank you for what we dished on their trays. One father even thanked his son for using good manners!

The faculty and staff were so gracious to all the visitors and volunteers – all while doing a heroic job of serving hundreds of extra meals in a very short space of time. It was a wonderful environment in which to begin the holiday season.

I remembered a recent news story that encouraged people to listen to conversations around them. The writer asked them to note what was missing in these conversations — too often people forget to say “please,” “thank you” and “you’re welcome.”

The writer’s point was that etiquette never changes; these common civilities should never go out of style. The article emphasized that these simple phrases, and the principles they represent, strengthen our relationships and hence, strengthen our community.

Concordians seem to know that. It is a great tribute to us all that common courtesy is alive and thriving in Concordia!

On another topic…

The Year of Peace movement was four years old this past fall, and we are happy to announce that 2014 will be our fifth Concordia Year of Peace. We are grateful to the Blade-Empire for printing these columns twice a month and to KNCK radio for airing a 3-minute Year of Peace spot on the third Tuesday of each month. Thank you!

These are activities we will continue but we are also looking for new ideas and new committee members.

Do you have ideas that you would like to see the Year of Peace undertake or partner with you to accomplish? How can we ensure that everyone in the community lives out of the belief that all people are to be treated with dignity and respect? Are you interested in serving on the committee? We welcome your thoughts! Please contact me at 243-2149 or talk with any other member of the committee: Bob and Lorene Steimel, Patrick Sieben, Sue Sutton, Bruce Nutter, Kim Reynolds, Sarah Jenkins, Bruce Johnson, Amanda Wahlmeier, and Sisters Anna Marie Broxterman, Mary Jo Thummel, Janet Lander, Carolyn Teter or Julie Christensen.

We hope to hear from you! Thank you!


— Sister Jean Rosemarynoski is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph and chairs the Concordia Year of Peace Committee. If you have ideas or suggestions for the committee or want to get involved with the Year of Peace, contact her at 243-2149 or, or any of the other committee members.





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