Just got back from a city-to-city visit with 62 of my closest Wichita friends. Visioneering Wichita started the visits 4 years ago. We have visited Richmond, VA., Jacksonville, FL., OKC, OK and Ft. Worth, TX., and this year Chattoonga, TN.
The purpose of the visits is for several leaders from Wichita to see how other communities have "done it." Done it refers to city development, et al.
Visiting the cities had been great - but more important has been developing relationships with people who truly are making a difference in our community. Several of the people who have gone on these trips have become leaders of initiatives the past few years.
Committing to help make a difference in a community requires a whole lot of effort. One just doesn't wake up one morning and start "making a difference." Getting involved requires stepping forward and saying "I'll help" and then sort of swallowing your agenda and working with others. You voice and time make so much difference.
So, leading requires becoming involved. Involvement requires sacrifice - both of money and time. Money and time - the only resources we really have - and we have to be careful how we allocate them.
Congratulations to all my friends who are making a difference in Wichita. It's great being around you all and enjoying your frienships - and willingness to help our community by sacrificing your resources.