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What are you thankful for?
by Bobby Tedder
November 26, 2013 08:27 PM | 2551 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gillian Greer
Gillian Greer
Sam Massell
Sam Massell
Jim Squire, with wife Donna at the Sandy Springs Rotary Gala
Jim Squire, with wife Donna at the Sandy Springs Rotary Gala
For many, Thanksgiving has a way of making one more sentimental than any other time of the year. And whenever there’s room for sentiment, introspection, humility and grace are often not far behind. Whether fleeting or resolute, these qualities can make for good times with family and friends on the fourth Thursday of each November.

In the spirit of the holiday, the Neighbor Newspapers posed a fundamental question to three area leaders:

o Gillian Greer, Executive Director, Vinings Historic Preservation Society

“Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on what we are thankful for. First and foremost, I am thankful that I have a very close family and we are all in Atlanta. I am thankful that I live and work in the close-knit community of Vinings. I am thankful to have a job that I am passionate about and excited to go to every day. Most of all, I am thankful for the many friends I have made through my job and I am very grateful for the opportunity my job presents to give back to the community that has enriched my life so very much.”

o Sam Massell, President, Buckhead Coalition and former Atlanta mayor

“As might be expected, I’m thankful there is so much for which we can be thankful regarding Buckhead, which would include:

1. The pro bono leadership exercised by neighborhoods and service associations;

2. City government being appropriately responsive to our citizens’ needs;

3. The positive population projections by the Atlanta Regional Commission;

4. Responsible developers providing the supply that demand dictates, and

5. Dozens more.

I’ve only been in the community of Buckhead 61 years, but I’ve lived in the city of Atlanta all my life — for which I am very thankful.  I just wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

o Jim Squire, President, Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

“First, I’m thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has blessed me with all the other people, places and things I am thankful for.  I am thankful for my wonderful wife Donna, who loves me even when I’m unlovable, and our children: Kimberly, Eric, Chuck and Rachel; our grandsons Mason, Hayes and Grant; and our granddaughter Cynthia. There is nothing more meaningful, no legacy more long lasting, than family. I am thankful for this great community of Sandy Springs, and, especially, the Rotary Club that has allowed me to give back to the community in some small way.”

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