President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks About Mayor Fitch’s Integral Role in Shaping The Community
I heard a story about a traveler that met three stonecutters along a road and he asked them what they were doing. The first man responded that he was cutting stone. The second said he was shaping a cornerstone. The third smiled and said, “I am building a cathedral.”
As we see the change of office with our Mayor, I believe we owe a great deal of gratitude to those that serve in public elected positions. When I think of the Mayor, especially Mayor Fitch, I believe that he woke up each day, greeted the morning with the hopes of building a cathedral. I believe Mayor Fitch has a unique gift of seeing the big picture. It’s been said that great leaders see things years down the path. They look beyond today and tomorrow and they work to see the reality decades away.
I believe during Mayor Fitch’s tenure in public service he was thinking about the future of our community. In fact, he was thinking about the future of others when he donated personally earned funds for the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center, which many within Southwest Oklahoma have greatly been blessed by such generosity. I know I am forever grateful to have this beautiful, lifesaving facility is available right here locally. Honestly, it’s quite remarkable that we have such a state-of-the-art facility that has touched so many lives. Such commitment and support of our community is not to be taken lightly. I admire individuals such as Mayor Fitch, and now our new Mayor, Mayor Booker for taking on the challenge of public office and putting themselves out there to be willing participants working to improve our community. What both have done and will continue to do for our community, as a whole is also reflective of the commitment and support they have made to us individually.
With the dedication and attitude of a Cathedral builder, Mayor Fitch served us well. He worked diligently for the betterment of the community he loved and appreciated, and I thank him for that. French moralist Joseph Joubert said, “Monuments are grappling irons that bind one generation to another.” I believe that public servants, such as those that serve as Mayor and City Council are the faithful stewards of our society that bind our diverse strengths together for the betterment of the next generation. They are making informed decisions, working actions that may not be realized during their life, but the next generation will benefit for their tireless efforts. For that, I am very much appreciative. If you see a member of our City leadership out and about, thank them for their efforts. As well, if you see Mayor Fitch out, thank him. You may not agree with every decision made, but I believe we can all agree, it takes a great citizen to stand up and take on the diverse challenges we face in our communities. Public service is not for the weak of mind, or heart.
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