Have you ever noticed that the word community ends with UNITY? A commUNITY is defined as a group of people in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common; a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. Unity is defined as the state of being united or joined as a whole. In mathematics, unity is defined as the number one. A commUNITY, however, is not based on one person, thing, or idea. A commUNITY is the uniting of its people as one.
Paul Bryant said, “In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first – ahead of personal glory.” A quarterback cannot be a “good” quarterback without receivers to catch the football. A receiver cannot be a “good” receiver without a quarterback who can launch the perfect pass at the perfect time. Both need protection and help from their offensive line. The offensive line works together, as a unit, for a common goal – the touchdown. The defensive line works as a unit for the common goal of preventing a touchdown. Together, the team works as a unit for the common goal of winning the game. Every player, every position, of equal importance.
Similarly, a city is just a geographical location without its people, and commUNITY is just a word without the unity of its people. Every person, every business, every job of equal importance.
Let’s face it, 2020 has not been a good year. Our country has been hit by storms, a pandemic, stay-at-home orders, business shutdowns, staggering unemployment, financial crisis, panic purchasing, violence, riots, and looting.
In my eyes, though, the city of Bolivar has established itself as a commUNITY. Through all of this, I have seen many good things happening in our commUNITY this year. Individuals, groups, and organizations have been pulling together to help with school lunch delivery, mobile food banks, a community garden, even virtual game night. We have been purchasing through drive-through windows, by curbside delivery, buying gift cards, purchasing from restaurants through food distribution trucks; redefining our business models temporarily; all to ensure the continued vibrance of our commUNITY. You – the citizens of Bolivar - have helped these businesses to reopen.
For that, my fellow commUNITY members, I am thankful for each and every one of you. It takes all of us, working together, to make a successful commUNITY. We are almost halfway through 2020. Let’s finish this year STRONG, UNITED as a true commUNITY.
Mayor Julian A. McTizic, Sr.
June’s Business Spotlight is on Bolivar Ford. Bolivar Ford is located at 10140 Highway 64 in Bolivar. Bolivar Ford is honored to be your hometown automotive dealership and service facility, and they have been serving Bolivar and Hardeman County for over 41 years. Managing Partner Dameon Nowlin and the staff of Bolivar Ford are devoted to serving the needs of their customers, but they have a special affinity for their Bolivar customers.
Bolivar Ford boasts a friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced staff. They have a huge selection of new and preowned vehicles on hand, and their service team is second to none. Bolivar Ford is a community-driven organization and a proud supporter of our local schools with its “Drive 4UR School” annual fundraiser.
The City of Bolivar wishes to thank Bolivar Ford, for the services it provides to our community and for its continued support of our local economy. #ShopLocal
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