March 10, 2014

Chamber awards businesses, teachers

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Building confidence and support in the community was the message that Greg Coker brought to a large crowd at the London Community Center on Tuesday night.

Coker addressed the business leaders of the area at the annual London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce banquet about having a vision for the community, comparing it to three bricklayers.

“The first bricklayer was asked what he was doing and he said he was working,” Coker said. “The second bricklayer was asked what he was doing and he said he was building a wall and was happy about it. He didn’t see the big picture. But when the third bricklayer was asked what he was doing, he said he was building a cathedral.”

Coker touted the growth and prosperity of the Laurel area, especially over recent years, as significant for the community.

“There’s no greater example of a cathedral than here in London, Kentucky,” he added. “We build a cathedral by touching and inspiring other people.”

A successful business community - which spills to the residential community - is achieved by vision for the future, thinking of others and encouraging them to move forward.

“My wife says, ‘Are you going to give people roses every day or wait until they’re dead?’ We need to give the roses every day,” Coker continued.

To achieve that, Coker gave three areas to consider.

“Think, laugh, and bring recognition to tears,” he said. “That doesn’t mean to make someone cry every day, but I saw tears when some of these people were recognized tonight. I saw tears from other people, because they recognized their cathedral - what they built.”

Those recognized on Tuesday night were the three local teachers - one from the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Awards were also presented to the Business Volunteer of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year.

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