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As many know I have a full-time job, not the store, but that, too, is a full-time job. I have worked in my career field for more than three decades while raising two children alone and going to school at night obtaining my master’s degree.
I have overcome many challenges; the hardest was having somebody get the job I was experienced and able to step into. The person was selected purely based on personality and friendship, and I was left to train them to do the job.
Most often it was a man because they networked and did politics, unlike myself who thought that hard work and dedication would get me recognized and promoted. And I didn’t network after hours because I was busy raising my kids and being involved in their daily lives instead of playing ball, golf, or going to social gatherings, bars and dinners.
I have known several other folks; mostly women, but yes, even some men; who have experienced the same thing. A smile, firm handshake, a joke, or showing up when there is something they can gain are not qualifications for a position; that is just networking and politics.
One would hope that things would have changed more over the years, that experience and hard work are rewarded over popularity and nepotism, but maybe it is, and I am going to hear stories of the right person getting the job soon. Otherwise, I and others, will be watching, critiquing and voicing how it is not right that a popular person burdens the rest of the folks with their inexperience, needing to be trained and carried by those who already earned their positions through hard work.
Equality Volunteer Fire Department is holding its Labor Day Boston Butt and rib sale fundraiser. I hope you saw their ad in last week’s edition of the paper. You can contact Jackie Dean, Jean Moe Prince, or Susan Selman to order yours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support.
August’s Neighborhood Watch meeting will be Thursday, August 24. The new sign will be displayed out front along Alabama Highway 9 reminding all that the meeting will be held at 6:30 on Thursday. The last meeting was very informative, as well as a time to meet and greet neighbors and enjoy good eats potluck style.
Coosa Fancy is offering its fall CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where you sign up for a type of food subscription. One fee gets you weekly food that they harvest such as cabbage, radishes, greens, salad mix, broccolini, etc.
I thoroughly enjoyed their spring CSA and felt it is a great value for the price. I did the pickup at their farm, which is $200 which comes out to be $25 a week. They also have pickup locations in Alexander City, Dadeville and Montgomery for $300. Visit https://coosa-fancy.com/csainfo for more information.
Equality Performing Arts Center’s (EPAC) next event is Open Mic Night, tonight, August 11. While Jenny’s General is closed, EPAC is open, so ignore the sign and come out and enjoy a fun evening.
While it is not mandatory, you are encouraged to bring a dish of shareable food for our “potluck,” and if you can afford to drop something into the donation jar for the music, it helps keep the lights on. The EPAC provides free coffee, iced tea, water, and fresh-popped popcorn, as well as some of the potluck offerings.
I depend upon my readers to share with me what is happening within your organizations, churches, neighborhoods, groups, or family to share in next week’s column. Please contact me; call or text 256-531-6460 or email at email@example.com.