“It starts with conversations, courageous conversations.”
This was just one of the many motivations Weathers encouraged at the Cultivating Community event hosted by the Newberry County Coalition to prevent underage drinking.
The event was held for most of the day Tuesday at the Firehouse Conference Center where close to 50 people showed up to see how they may impact the community in a positive way.
Not only were there Newberry people, but there were people from Saluda, Abbeville, Greenville and even one from the Pee Dee area.
Newberry was represented by the chamber, city and county representatives, the school district, Newberry College, Piedmont Technical College and different denominations of the Christian faith.
Weathers came courtesy of the Newberry coalition to speak on the importance of public, private and independent sectors working together to establish a vision and goal for the county.
In speaking to them, Weathers says that they must be willing to be open and value others input.
Weathers pointed out that everyone is a leader, but he also reminded them that being a leader takes much courage.
In encouraging people to reach out to the community, he mentioned different myth and talked about ways to shift engaging the community and getting around excuses.
He pointed out that people have to find something bigger than themselves and their clique of friends when finding a vision for the county.
It is possible for a county to have a vision statement, Weathers mentioned, but he also said that a vision is not just a nice plaque with nice words hung on a wall.
A vision is all about displaying actions rather than a display in a frame.
A vision is necessary for a mission, he stated but values are needed to serve as the guardrails to prevent drifting.