I have the distinct pleasure of being acquainted with Al Ayers. I was very saddened to read of his ousting from the (Rim Country Regional) Chamber of Commerce volunteers. In my opinion, the town of Payson has lost one of the best ambassadors it ever had.
My introduction to Mr. Ayers came about when I volunteered at the chamber of commerce.
I quickly learned (to my chagrin) that some of the "old-timers" didn't appreciate "young blood." Some, not all, of the established volunteers treated me rudely, disrespectfully, downright coldly, or they just ignored me. Not so Mr. Ayers. He and his wife, Nancy, were two of the kindest, most gracious people that I have come across. Al made sure that the new volunteers were introduced around at meetings and mixers. He always had a smile and a friendly word for whomever happened to catch his eye. And more often than not, there was also a great story to go along with the smile.
I don't believe that any of us always agree 100 percent with every ideological dictum of any group to which we might belong. However, it is not necessary for one to believe privately what one supports publicly.
Wasn't it the great Patrick Henry who proclaimed, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
But then, this is one more in a series of perplexing moves by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. I can only query, "what's next?"
Mr. Ayers, I am very sorry to see you go.
Kim Chittick, Payson