Focus Regional Winter 2020 | Community Column: Roswell

"What happened to the Fall?" my daughter asked as we woke up to the freshly fallen snow and ventured out.

My response was, “Well, it IS 2020, so who knows at this point.”  If 2020 has taught me anything, it is that just when you think you have seen it all, you HAVE NOT!

As many of you know, I am very active in politics when I am not running the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, and 2020 is a Presidential election year. I had such high expectations on what this election cycle was going to look like, and then March came in like a lamb and blew out like a lion! From that point on, 2020 changed EVERYTHING!

October was no different from the previous months. We had a snowstorm before Halloween, for crying out loud! Growing up in Colorado, this was not newsworthy, but here in Roswell, it was huge news! Roswell is resilient, and this too shall pass. Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails always to reach my destination.”  This is precisely how I feel about 2020. We cannot control the world around us, but we can make the necessary adjustments to be successful. November starts our holiday season; we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s just around the corner. I can smell and taste the turkey and cranberry sauce already!

Since July, I have been Chairwoman, Interim Executive Director since August, and I do not recognize the Roswell Chamber of Commerce. In just a few short months, we have come a long way. When I started down this path, I did not know what laid ahead, and there have been many times I felt in way over my head. With the help of the staff and the backing of an excellent board, I have persevered.

Throughout this journey, Robert Frost’s poem has come to mind many times: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  In my short little life here on planet earth, I usually take the road less traveled, and it has indeed made all the difference. I know that my journey at the Roswell Chamber of Commerce has only just begun, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead. Our best days are in front of us, I am sure.

Andrea Moore | Chairwoman, Roswell Chamber of Commerce

Article originally published in Focus Regional 2020 Winter edition.

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