July 5, 2013: Year of Peace, other activities increase community awareness, by Bruce Nutter

July 5, 2013 by

web-BruceNutter-MUGWhat has the Concordia Year of Peace project meant to me? It has meant that my level of awareness of life in Concordia has been raised and expanded.

Each year when I sign the Civility Pledge — sponsored for the past four years by the Year of Peace Committee — I renew my commitment to being aware of how I treat the people around me: neighbors, friends and family. Often we are not aware of how sarcasm and bullying can creep into our daily interactions. But because of the pledge, I make a conscious effort to be a nicer person and a better neighbor. Signing the pledge raises my awareness of my communications with others.

I have also become aware of community interactions through the business block parties hosted by the Cloud County Convention and Tourism office. Not only do I enjoy the hospitality and social interactions, but I also am able to keep up with what is going on in our community. Without these gatherings, I would not be as involved in my community as I am.

Both Pauline Fuller and I would like to say thank you to Susie Haver, Tammy Britt and the Cloud County Convention and Tourism board and volunteers for hosting these block parties. As we continue, I foresee more businesses taking an active role in them.

In conclusion, this community awareness can be experienced by any size community, whether a town of 300 or a city of 300,000, if people there are willing to put in the time and effort to plan and implement programs like these.

— Bruce Nutter is the owner of Nutter Mortuary and a member of the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

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