Message from the Chairman

Heather Taylor, T&T Construction

 When I gave my inauguration speech at the Chamber Banquet my message was centered on an excerpt from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic” Theodore Roosevelt gave at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.  The excerpt is known as “The Man in the Arena”.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…

My hope is that we all start each day emulating the man in the arena, and not the one sitting in the stands, shouting how he would have done it better, but never makes the effort to make a difference.

Prepare yourself to triumph by taking advantage of all the benefits the chamber has to offer its members and get involved.  Attend events, luncheons, and breakfasts.  Hear some great speakers and meet new people who may very well help you further your business goals.  Join us at committee meetings for Business Growth and Development, or Legislative and Governmental Affairs and let us know how we can serve you.

I want to thank Tim Culp and the entire staff including Grace, Naomi, Wanda, all the ambassadors and volunteers who do the hard work every day. I would also like to thank the members of the Chamber for their continue support.

Let’s all get into the arena and live our best lives, not afraid to fail.

Heather Taylor

Chairman of the Board

Deer Park Chamber of Commerce