The town of Marion celebrated two of its citizens who go the extra mile to improve the community Monday evening.
The town had joined more than 440 other communities to declare Nov. 1 as Extra Mile Day. The day was established in 2009 when 23 cities joined the cause to encourage more individuals and organizations to improve their communities and to recognize those who do.
"We all talk about wanting change... happiness... more opportunity," said Extra Mile Day founder Shawn Anderson. "However, relying on others to make that happen is only wishing for life to get better. Taking personal responsibility and going the extra mile personally is where true change is created."
"It's easy to complain about everything we see going on around us," Anderson said. "The 'go-the-extra-mile' message, though, gives people an alternative to just throwing their arms in the air and saying 'I give up.' Extra Mile Day is a small reminder of the power we each have to create positive change at any time on any day."
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This is the second year Marion has joined Extra Mile Day. Mayor David Helms encouraged each member of the Marion Town Council to nominate an individual to receive recognition for going the extra mile.
Monday, Helms presented a certificate to his nominee, Vince Groseclose. The mayor, a retired school administrator, first recognized Groseclose’s positive impact on many students through his role as a teacher. He did “a great job with parents and the kids,” said Helms. The mayor also noted that Groseclose also volunteers with the county humane society and the chamber of commerce and participates in a therapy dog program through which he takes therapy dogs to area nursing homes.
Councilman Bill Weaver also recognized his Extra Mile nominee, who was Mike Albano.
First, Weaver acknowledged Albano’s work with the community’s children as someone instrumental in Upward soccer and basketball and as a coach for many years. Weaver also noted that Albano uses his accounting skills to help local civic organizations and is a Sunday school teacher. He’s been Rotary’s Citizen of the Year and has served as the town’s Santa Claus on a number of occasions.
Helms noted that other individuals were selected but were unable to attend the meeting Monday. He hopes to recognize them at an upcoming council session.
To learn more about Extra Mile Day, visit www.ExtraMileAmerica.org.