George Anderson was in the Arena. How about You?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt spoke the above words in a speech on Citizenship in 1910.

The Elkhorn City community lost one of its citizens on December 3, 2009.  One of the many words that defined George Anderson was citizenship.  George was perhaps the most community service orientated man I have ever known and it shown in his daily work and deeds.  George’s life is one that we all can and should learn the basic truths of citizenship.

George supported Elkhorn City in every way possible.  He served his church, the Elkhorn City Church of Christ in endlessly.  He served Elkhorn City as a leader in the Elkhorn City Volunteer Fire Department, as a business leader, and he served with his friends Bill Ramey and Rodney Ruth as the force behind the Elkhorn City Park Board.  He also, served the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council in every project that we pursued.

The bottom line was … if anything got done in Elkhorn City, George was a part of the project.

He had a knack for knowing what needed to be done on a daily basis to improve our City and our community.

George was engaged in the Community of Elkhorn City …he was in the Arena.    How about you!

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3 responses to “George Anderson was in the Arena. How about You?

  1. A fitting tribute to one so deserving. We (city and friends) will forever suffer the loss.

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  3. Tim, this is well written and if everyone in this town would just give a tenth of what George Anderson did for this town, we would be the Best Small Town in the U.S. George was very active in our Little League Baseball program for years along with Rodney Ruth and key others. We do need to prepare for better things in our area and have greater opportunites for our families and children to be able to have good clean family fun and entertainment. This would also improve the Tourism as other families would want to travel to our area. Job opportunites would also increase if we could provide more in our great little town. My kids asked me last year while we were stapling together 2000 Little League applications why we were doing this since all of my children are too old to play any more. I told them that someone did this for them while they played and now it is our turn to return the favor. I would love to see the people of EC and surrounding area to “return the favor” to our town that provided lots of memories for them growing up!!!

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