What makes a community?

Community. It’s a powerful word that for many of us evokes a strong emotional reaction.


It’s a powerful word that for many of us evokes a strong emotional reaction. For some it’s pride, others a sense of strength – a foundation. It can mean a sense of ownership, assistance or commitment. For others, it may be images of friends or family; memories of the past or simply a place to call home. The answers are as far-reaching as they are varied and valued. To each and every one of us it means something special. We perceive the community based on our experience, our values and our vision.

Exploring the roots of the word, this shouldn’t be a surprise.  Community originates from the Latin words ‘munus’ or ‘the gift’ and the word ‘cum’ as in ‘come together, among each other.’ Quite simply, community is ‘the gift of coming together’. That meaning stands true today as it did so many years ago.

Our Community – it’s our gift to give.

Greg Ehman



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