At the end of May, Penny and I were honored by Vital Communities at the Heroes and Leaders Dinner. It was a humbling and exciting evening. There were a dozen of us in the spotlight, including farmers, business executives, coaches, and performing artists from all corners of the Upper Valley.
We were being recognized for the role the Norwich Bookstore plays in our community and for the individual contributions we each offer to try to repay your support.
The event was a grand reminder of the vibrancy of region, how strong and diverse the fabric truly is. We feel fortunate to be part of it and thankful to Vital Communities for creatively weaving the disparate threads from 69 towns in two states together with their various programs and services.
The keynote speaker, Jenny Levy, explained that Vital Communities grew out of what we can think of as the Rabbi Hillel category of leaders. He was a first-century Jewish scholar who posed the question, “If not you, then who? If not now, when?”
Both Vital Communities and the Norwich Bookstore are celebrating 25 years! I wonder what the next 25 look like. Who are the heroes and leaders of the future? - Liza