tamiAs I was reading the editorial pieces for this issue of City Magazine, it became apparent to me that there is a common message throughout the entire magazine, a message that made me proud to not only be the publisher of City Magazine but also proud to be a citizen of Jefferson City. This July/August issue celebrates over and over that we in Jefferson City live among people who are community minded and passionate about being the kinds of leaders who actively engage in all parts of life.

As you cruise through the pages, you will find yourself motivated by tales of perseverance, such as the story of Sylvester Williams, who endured one obstacle after another but never quit on his dream to play in the NFL.

This issue also features eight individuals who are rising to the tops of their fields because of their dedication, work ethic and the endless amount of hours they have given to make Jefferson City a better place to live and work. Read their stories, and you will understand why they have been named City Magazine’s “Ones to Watch.”

On page XX you will find two local women who give of themselves for The Wild Thing, an organization that rescues cats, provides them with care and finds them loving homes — once again, an act of kindness and leadership for the betterment of our community.

Jefferson City has always been an extremely giving town, but sometimes we need to be motivated to get back in the game. Ask yourself: When was the last time I gave back to my community? When was the last time I found a project that I am passionate about? Take some time, and ask yourself these questions. I hope this issue of City Magazine will inspire you to jump in and get involved. I promise you, by getting involved and giving of yourself, you can make a difference in other people’s lives and in our community.

Just go for it!