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Chamber Corner

steve chaviraSilver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Chavira will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

What are you going to do when the lockdown is over? I know that nothing will ever be back to the normal that we had before but at least it will be different from the normal that we've been dealing with since March. We have gotten used to working remotely, we've gotten used to zoom meetings and we've gotten used to exclusive takeout when ordering from restaurants. We have gotten used to a whole host of things during this pandemic and some of the things we're now doing are things that we will continue to use after we return to the office and a "normal" workday. I'm fully prepared to continue the practice of having people participate in meetings remotely. I think it is a time saver and a quorum maker when it comes to high level business meetings.

Happy Birthday, America! Did you ever think 244 years ago that we'd be celebrating your birthday during a time of crisis and pandemic? Thanks to the patriots who laid the groundwork for our country we are able to celebrate this holiday in 2020, even in its uniqueness!

The framers of our constitution had the forethought to understand that America would be a country of independent thinkers and freedom fighters. We have always understood the Constitution of the United States of America was to be a continually relevant document. I'm amazed that they envisioned a country of 2.5 billion people that would someday become the melting pot of the entire world. Obviously the framers are not alive today but I would like to think that if they were they would be pleased with the way things are going right now. Yes… really!

I'm 55 years old and the last time I lived in Grant County was in 1976. I was 11 years old and I had the normal childhood any boy could have. I rode my bike to school and I played on my Copper Little League baseball team, The Rattlers. I met my friends to go swimming at the swimming pool in Bayard and we spent time at the community center in Santa Clara, although we called the town Central back then. I remember so much about my early childhood in Southwest New Mexico and the 4th of July Parade is right at the top of the list.

You are the greatest hope for your community! You have the ability to make a huge difference in the future of Grant County and the actions you can take, right now, are easy to do and extremely important. Unfortunately, nearly thirty percent of our community will not do what is necessary to help our community by taking these simple steps. What am I talking about? I'm talking about completing a 2020 Census survey.

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you knew you were dreaming but you wanted to wake up so badly because the dream was just THAT awful? That is exactly how I've felt over the past 75 days. As the days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months I've been wondering what the main takeaways from this whole nightmare are going to be.

This is a question that I have asked myself many times over the years. The answers to this question and to other similar questions come to me subtly and, most often, when I'm not even thinking about it. They say that the voices of our loved ones are delivered to us when the breeze touches our skin. I have found that the answers to my "purpose" questions are the ones that leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. This feeling is reinforced in the conversations that I have daily with those people around me. These conversations, the ones that make me chuckle, are the fuel that keeps me charged up and ready to come to work.

Happy New Year!

Day 60 or something like that. That's how long we've been dealing with this crisis. Is it over yet? Unfortunately not, and, as I sit down to write this weekly column, I'm not sure how much longer it will last. The only thing that I can say for sure is that the results of the COVID 19 pandemic will deal a sharp blow to our economy.

There are different opinions out there about this crisis and I respect everybody for theirs. I would love to chat with you about YOUR feelings about the crisis, even if it's simply to vent and share your frustrations with whatever you think are the reasons we are still in quarantine or should be back at work. However, the different opinions about the crisis, and the current stay-at-home order are not the point of this week's article.

Hello Everybody. I missed you last week! How are you dealing with the Pandemic Pandemonium? If you're like me you are trying to remain positive and productive and get some work done. If you have school-aged children you are attempting to create learn-from-home lesson plans all while trying to get your own job done. You are ordering from local restaurants and supporting your neighbors. If you are like me, you are cooking from home and making the most out of the time you spend with your quarantine partners. If you're like me, you are ready for all of this to be over!

I, also, want to get back to work, where the tools that make it easier to do my job are located. I want to get back to interacting with co-workers because it's fun to bounce ideas off of each other while working to fulfill the chamber's mission. I love chatting with my co-workers and customers about the little things in our lives. We chat about our families, our cars, our friends and the things in the world to which we are connected.

Live from Silver City

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