I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
While on my retreat with BPDD in Ashland, WI last week, a Board member asked me why I ran for Mayor earlier this year. As I shared my thoughts on the lack of economic development and the Wal-Mart project, the subject kept coming back to the image of Cudahy.
When I asked the person what they knew about Cudahy, they mentioned the Patrick Cudahy Fire, crime and the number of cars driving off the cliff into Lake Michigan.
I asked the person if they were aware that Cudahy has a top notice Fire and Police Departments. Having gone through the Citizens Police Academy, I learned how much more of their personal time each gives back to the community. Over and above their regular work hours and overtime, they donate their free time to the community. They all do what is necessary to ensure the safety of the citizins and business owners of Cudahy.
I asked if they were aware of our National Night Out, a time when all of law enforcement as well as fire protection comes out to proudly show their wares.
I asked if they were aware that Cudahy has an outstanding Health Department, one that takes the time to learn about what the community needs. A Health Department director who led the safe evacuation of the city and continues to look for ways to improve upon the evacuation plan.
I asked if they were aware that the Cudahy St Francis Little Baseball Association has invested the time and effort to support a Challenger Division. One that has grown from 8 kids 3 years ago to 23 this season. CSFLBA has embraced these athletes and encouraged the growth of the league, doing what ever is necessary. If the league grows again next season, we will be utilizing 2 ball diamonds.
I aksed if they were aware that Cudahy has a new Mayor and a couple new Aldermen and in these tough economic times,it appears to me to be laying some solid ground work and infrastructure for future development. We both agreed that it is going to take time for things to turn around, In this day and age of instant gratification, that may be difficult for some people to deal with.
I asked if they were of Sweet Apple Wood Days, a time for community building.
These are just things that I know from personal experience, I am sure that there are many more.
I hope that the next time someboday asks you about Cudahy, you will show that the glass is half full and have a positive story to relate.