The people of the Rim country have always been the self-determined type. When something needs doing, the folks around here don't sit around waiting for someone else to do it. They roll up their sleeves, round up volunteers and get to work.
When we wanted a college building and it looked as though it was going to take a dozen years to raise enough money to build it, we packed volunteers and school children into busses, wheeled up to the State Capitol and sweet talked the Legislature into funding the project.
The college opened for classes this month, years ahead of schedule.
Every day, in less obvious ways, people here do extraordinary things.
They operate food banks to feed the hungry; they head up fund-raising efforts to raise money for school band, drama and wrestling programs; they mentor underprivileged children; they organize new community events; they spearhead church pageants; they reinvigorate faltering service groups; they help battered women; they build homes for families who can't afford them; they work tirelessly to raise money for a new town library; they coach Little League and they give comfort and aid to veterans in the community.
Many of us have neighbors who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others, and each winter we have the opportunity to show them how much they're appreciated by nominating them for Man or Woman of the Year.
Last year, the Roundup, which sponsors the awards, honored Doyle Coffey, who spearheaded the college building effort, and Lee Pretsch, who organized "Tribute to Glory," a veterans celebration.
Who will it be this year?
That's up to you. Fill out the form on page 10A, drop it off at the Roundup office at 708 N. Beeline Highway, by Jan. 20 and nominate the most amazing person you know for Man of the Year or Woman of the Year.