President’s Message October 2012

Chapel Rock—is located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in Munising, Michigan.  Trails to the beach overlook Chapel Lake with views of the beautiful Chapel Falls on the west side.

The Chapel area was named by early European explorers and is found on early maps as La Chappelle. Chapel Rock is a remnant of Cambrian age sandstone. The archway between the rock and the mainland collapsed in the 1940’s. It and the remaining arch were carved by Lake Nipissing high waters some 3800 years ago.

Take a look at the tree on Chapel Rock.  It has survived on that rock, since the 1940’s, only by the root you see on the right that connects it to the mainland.   It is only one but imagine how strong this connection is!

I’ve been thinking about connections lately because our company, in our highly regulated industry, now allows us to have a LinkedIn profile and to make connections for business purposes.

It’s interesting to see how people are using this to expand their business network and reach out to those with which they can derive a service or provide a service.  Some have the strategy to “connect” with as many people as possible; it’s all about the number.    It makes me wonder how strong those connections are.  Will they live up to years of the changing business cycle?  Will it last through life’s challenges?  Can they sustain you during the down-times?  Are you able to share a common experience with these connections?  Will these connections help put a smile on your face and lighten your load?  Will you be able to make a difference because of your connections?

We sometimes take our connections for granted, just as we walk out in our yards or the park, and don’t even think about the tree roots underground.  However, when things change, and they always do, (just ask the tree on Chapel Rock), are our connections enough to keep us standing for years to come?   I know my connections with Quotarians can.



  1. REPLY
    Kathy Freeman says

    Beautifully written, Kim. I’m so glad I have my Quota connections.

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    Robin says

    I agree with Kathy. Beautifully done, Kim. And a good reminder to us all.

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    Maureen says

    We can all benefit from this kind of reflection! Thank you for the beautiful thoughts, Kim.

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