Rim Country residents need to take a few moments in the next few days and do a couple of things: applaud yourself and pat your neighbor on the back.
You deserve the recognition. You have helped numerous organizations accomplish great things. Your efforts have sent nearly 400 boxes of comfort items to our military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Payson Supply Line program.
Volunteers are making the community's schools attractive, inviting places. Still others are contributing time and talent, as well as dollars, to provide students with equipment and materials for their extracurricular activities. Most recently, the band members and youngsters on the middle school football team received new uniforms due to fund-raising campaigns by both the students and their supporters.
Citizens of the Rim Country have also made it possible for a group of their devoted neighbors to give special care for the disadvantaged children who participate in the Payson Community Kids program.
Then there are all of you who are members of our area's generous clubs and organizations. You are legion and your efforts to make this a better place for all of us are astounding.
This Friday, evidence of your generosity will fill the Payson High School auditorium with an extraordinary sound, one not heard for 27 years -- music played on a brand new Yamaha 7.5-foot concert grand piano.
A three-year project by the Tonto Community Concert Association raised $35,000 to buy the new instrument.
Its formal debut will be at the 7 p.m. Oct. 14 concert by Susan Egan. Known as the Belle of Broadway, Egan will present an evening of show tunes, including the works of Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as others.
These past efforts are not this community's last. As the need arises, you will continue to support the projects that help your neighbors, such as the food banks at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church and in Pine, and the campaign to provide toys and other gifts that assure Christmas is merry for your fellow residents. Your kindness reaches beyond the boundaries of our little part of the world. You have reached out and helped the Red Cross serve those whose lives have been devastated by the recent hurricanes.
Yes, Rim Country residents, you deserve recognition for all you have done and continue to do as good, caring citizens.