It wasn’t on my list of “100 Things To Do Before I Die,” but the other day I had an opportunity to be at the center of a scene that I never suspected would happen: I wielded larger-than-life scissors as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The symbolic moment came inside the office of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The organziation offers the ribbon-cutting moment to all new members, with the photograph appearing in a local newspaper and helping promote not only the new member, but the chamber itself.
And the moment was fun, to be sure–especially when I managed not to injure myself or anyone else.
But what most impressed me was the well-coordinated nature of the event.
The chamber has “Ambassadors” (you can see them in the video above) that accompany chamber director John Quigley (front row, far right) in sharing various pieces of information about the workings of the group as well as opportunities for newcomers to become more involved.
All in all, it was a thoroughly impressive gesture, and speaks volumes about the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of this ship that Quigley helms with humor and determination.
Beforehand, through my dealings with staff members like Betsy D’Onofrio and two networking events, I had been struck by the group’s professionalism. Now I am motivated more than ever to meet and exceed its stellar standards.