Last updated: July 17. 2014 12:18PM -
By Kathy Magoto



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Everyone’s time is precious. Our personal time is a commodity that can never be replenished. So lack of time may be the number one excuse for a lack of follow through. People come up with great ideas that look good on paper and garner enough support to begin the implementation but often they fizzle out in the “follow through” stage.


In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference. Follow through takes time, dedication and action. If an organization agrees to provide a food booth at a local picnic there must be a crew to set up the booth, enough product and workers to prepare the food, as well as, personnel to take the orders, handle the money and run any unexpected but necessary errands to maintain quality service to their customers. And they must not forget the need for a clean up crew.


We’ve all been guilty of starting a project that grows larger than anticipated but it’s usually due to a lack of planning or inadequately analyzing the project prior to commencing. And despite all the planning in the world occasionally things go awry. Most people understand, as long as there is a reasonable explanation; unforeseen illness, family situation, or the demand exceeded expectations, but a blatant lack of planning seldom garners any respect or compassion. In other words, someone must be accountable and responsive to people’s questions, comments or needs. Without a visible and approachable contact person to respond to customer’s concerns a successful outcome is lessened.


Success does not happen overnight. Occasionally luck is involved but more often than not success comes from hard work and planning which often the public does not see. Even previously successful endeavors can nose dive if the follow through is omitted.


This is a great time for me to mention that I believe the Poultry Day’s chairmen do a great job of being accessible to the public. They work hard before, during and after Poultry Days, and even though they are weary they continue to be accessible to those with questions or comments. Not only does this promote a good customer service relationship but the feedback obtained from the festival goers, vendors, etc. allow the chairmen to implement changes that can make a better, larger and more successful festival next year. When an individual agrees to become a Poultry Days chairman, they sign on to a six year commitment. In their first year they are the fourth chair and advance each year until in year five they become Poultry Days chairman and finish the following year as past chairman. This year’s chairmen were: Shawn Peters (chairman), Brian Pearson (first chairman), Brian Henry (second chairman), Kevin Kissinger (third chairman), Jeff Lyme (fourth chairman) and Eric Stachler (past chairman). The festival’s organizational continuity is a prime example of “follow through.”


Upcoming events:


Tonight’s is the Darke County Relay for Life event with opening ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m., lots of food vendors, an auction at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment by Tyler and Mason DeMange starting around 8:15 p.m. At 10 p.m., there’s a beautiful “luminary” ceremony. Bring your lawn chairs and make yourself at home.


Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m., you can listen to music performed by Ron and Elaine Marshall at the Vet’s Club Bunker.


July 26 “Molly Hatchet,” a Southern Rock Band made popular in the late ‘70’s and ‘80’s, will be performing at BMI Speedway.


Congratulations to Patrick Mescher who graduated from West Point this past May. Happy 90th birthday wishes to Gus Barga. Happy birthday to Ed Collins, Samantha Smith, Julia Billenstein, Crissa Heuing, Sara Mincer, Tom Pierron, Stephanie Adkins, Tom Mumaw, Devin Langston, Darlene Monnin, Susan ‘Bug’ Mangen, Terri O’Brien, Kim Hartzell, Chell Graves, Barb Hart, B.J. Baker, Tim Platt, Finley Schmitmeyer, Jane Evans, Gina Wolfe, Nikia Pierre, Megan Rue, Jeff Monnin, Cindy Eilerman, Ron Poling, Doris Monnin, and Denise Good. Happy anniversary wishes to Julie and Jerry Francis (15), Angie and Kevin Otte (12), Betty and Kevin McKenna (16), Suzanne and Jim Wakefield (50), and Sheila and Jim Didier (50).


Hello to Shawn Heindl, Cheryl Schafer, Bridget Berger, Norma Barga, Rose Schlater, Christi and Roger Melling, Rebecca Shumaker, Tom Best, Linda Cassel and Jim Kelch.


Healing prayers and get well wishes to Kelli Berger, Ed Grilliot, Virginia Pittsenbarger, Cindy Brumbaugh, Donna Varner, Al Bliss, Chris Kemper, Joni Robinson, Robert Hartzell, Joyce Lease, Marlene Zumberger, Dori and Dale Armstrong, Joe Slonkosky, Jack Borgerding, Terry Black, Shirley Strunks, Peaches Boyer, Jean Hartzell, Joyce Marshall, Iris Nickol, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Tammy Drees, Peg Bundy, Brain Voisard, Rusty Whittaker and all those dealing with one of life’s challenges, as well as the hospitalized and homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.


Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Juanita Fisher, Virginia Rhoades, Pat Rindler, Marvin Monnin, Kenneth Monnin, Jack Kaiser, Ora Benavidez, Norma Fay Knick, and Jerome Cain, also remembering the lives of Robert Byram, Betty McEldowney, Paul Oehrtman, Keith Batty, Stanley and Mary Hines, Joan Clack, Ethan Pohl, Laurene Drees, Yewell Kindred, Marion Cox, Milton Beal, Noel Loxley, Rosella Monnin, Ann Bergman, Ursula Overholser, Bob Pitsenbarger, Ruth Francis, Larry Subler, Ralph Chappie, Doc Francis, Daine Hesson, Gary Wilson and Ursina Bey, as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.


I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through then follow through.” ~Edward V. Rickenbacker


Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.” ~Mary Kay Ash


Telling yourself you don’t have enough time for something is a lousy excuse because you never have time, you make time.” ~James Malinchak


When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word “succeed”, you find that it simply means to follow through.” ~F.W. Nichol


Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.


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