By Dan Irvin
I’ve often said it’s interesting to a Twin Cities native and perhaps enlightening for anybody who calls this community home, to learn the perspective of visitors or newcomers.
The Daybreak Rotary Club – Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at the Double Tree – was visited by a group from Italy last week. Fortunately, for the purposes of today’s forum, somebody asked them to share their favorite thing or best future memory about their visit here.
The universities were mentioned and the demonstration within those communities of progressive ideas about higher education and their execution; seeing State Farm, of course, and the taking to the “nth” degree of business ideas, tools and philosophy only imagined in the past by the visitors; of course, the people of our community – those that served as host families, their welcoming attitude, their friendliness and kindness; and a surprise: one visitor remarked on the diversity of sects of Christian faith spread across the County. Of course, every remarkable cathedral and chapel in Italy is Roman Catholic. Here? Wow, how many First this and Second that churches and congregations do we have? I’d never considered that.
I recently talked to another individual who has relocated here for business from Springfield. She mentioned having a wonderful time living in a community that is so much bigger than Springfield. What now? My recollection is that they’ve got a population of like 120,000.
I believe it’s ‘cause we think big up here that we seem bigger. No offense Springfield. Your Fair and your Lincoln museum are awesome.
There was a virtually impromptu parade of electric vehicles through Town Saturday morning to celebrate the weekend before Earth Day. Thanks to the folks at Wild Country in Normal for organizing. It was heartening to notice the delighted reaction of almost every child, woman, and man on the street to all the little EVs silently rolling by.
And, we had occasion to take route nine all the way to Indiana on Sunday. We saw many flooded fields. If you’re so inclined say a prayer that things dry out for the Spring planting.
Man, I love this place.
Dan Irvin is Secretary of the Board of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Bloomington Public Library Foundation Board, and a member of the Heartland Community College Foundation Board.
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