Letters to the Editor, July 9-12, 2011
July 9, 2011
Saturday (June 25) saw the Park City Museum’s first appearance at the annual Savor the Summit and a new fundraiser to support all our education programs and tours. We partnered with Chef Adam Kreisel of Chaia Cucina Catering to deliver a delicious five-course meal to the full table. Good food and expertly selected wine pairings set a relaxed and festive mood for the evening. As attendees reveled in the evening’s good weather, Chef Kreisel turned the museum’s interior space into his own portable kitchen. The museum’s usual calm was replaced with the energy of prepping and plating five dishes; blow torches and knives passed through the museum store with a normalcy that is typically reserved for school groups and mining helmets.
The evening could not have happened without the generous donations of time, goods, and services by a number of local businesses and individuals. Monique Abbott’s efforts organizing the event were invaluable. Ron Butkovich and all the Park City Museum Board members ensured that the table was full and the evening a success. Diamond Rental, Home Depot, and Mountain Movers helped supply goods and services for our table. A special thanks to volunteers Katie Bates, Nancy Bates, Phil Bengford, Michael O’Malley and Molly Shubert for their exceptional serving skills. To all the evening’s attendees and volunteers we give our heartfelt thanks.
Executive director, Park City Museum
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Both the city and the county have adopted resolutions making this the season of civility. I was recently reminded of how random acts of civility have a ripple effect.
I had just returned from doing some last-minute errands before I left on vacation. I was putting groceries away when the doorbell rang. An attractive woman in running clothes handed me a piece of paper. "I found this in the Smith’s parking lot," she said. "I wanted to return it to you."
It was a refund check that I meant to deposit at the bank. I thanked her profusely and asked her if she lived nearby. No, she lived on the other side of town. "Why did you take the time and effort to deliver the lost check," I asked. She shrugged her shoulders. "I knew it was important."
She turned to go, but I called her back. "How can I thank you properly if I don’t know your name?" I asked. "It’s Michele," she said.
"What a coincidence. That’s my name."
I thanked Michele Myers and asked this good Samaritan how I could repay her. "Pay it forward," she answered. The next day I had a chance to do exactly that. I went to pick up my mail and found a letter lying on the ground. I picked it up and delivered it to its rightful owner, who happened to be my new neighbor. When he thanked me, I told him to pay it forward.
As I start to pay attention, I see that random acts of kindness have a boomerang effect. When you treat someone with civility, courtesy, kindness and respect, you receive a blessing in return. It’s a win-win. It makes them feel good and it makes you feel good.
Park Civility. Pass it on.
Park City Leadership Class XVII
Life means having to say you’re sorry
One of the rules of civility is to apologize. I want to take this time to apologize to all of the people whom I’ve wronged and either forgot to apologize to, didn’t realize that I should apologize to, or was too pig-headed to admit that I was wrong (mostly the latter). Being able to apologize for one’s actions or words is definitely a human trait — to err is human. I am far away from being a perfect individual — and my wife would fully agree with that statement.
Thankfully for me, no human is perfect. We all make mistakes but how we deal with our mistakes is what makes us different. Some people are quick to apologize or accept apologies, and some are much, much slower. An apology sends the clearest signal that we have the strength of character to reconcile ourselves with the truth. It is the most courageous gesture we can make to ourselves.
A person that I find myself trying to emulate is my good friend, and Park
City’s own, Doug Whitney. Quite a few years back I apologized to Doug and his response, "It’s in the past," was one that I’ve tried to adopt (with varying results). This fact that you can’t change the past and why bother making yourself crazy trying to change it, really put life events in perspective for me.
If you gained anything from my rambling, I would ask you to realize that you’re going to make mistakes and if you do, say that you’re sorry, and if you don’t know how to apologize, learn to do it — with style, grace and sincerity.
Park City Leadership Class XVII
Sponsors delivered for Journey of Hope
On Sunday, June 26, the Journey of Hope team consisting of 36 men from 21 Pi Kappa Phi chapters from across the country arrived in Park City for two days as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, and began in San Francisco on June 12 and will end in Washington, D.C., on August 13.
These young men had a memorable experience as a result of the following wonderful community sponsors. We would like to thank Main Street Deli, Wasatch Bagel, Whole Foods, and Bob & Joy Vaeth for the wonderful meals, the National Ability Center, Utah Olympic Park, Silver Mountain Sports Club & Spa, Park City TV and Recreation for the activities, housing and showers; and the Park City/Summit County police for the escort through town.
We are so impressed with these young men’s personal service this summer. Not only will it impact the lives of people with disabilities, but their lives as well. For the team, the real journey will not be on a bike, but spending time with the people for whom they are riding. These men are striving for community inclusion of people with disabilities and are helping to break the barriers of society that keep people of all abilities from living life to the fullest. With the combined efforts of sponsors and the individual team members, this year’s teams will raise more than $550,000 on behalf of people with disabilities.
Our hope is that we can continue to grow the community’s involvement each year with this wonderful philanthropic event and to enhance these young men’s efforts during their visit in Park City. For additional information visit: http://www.pushamerica.org
Chris & Debbie Thomas