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Reflections on Growth and Abundance: Our Thanksgiving Message

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This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and soon our homes will be full of family and friends, laughter, delicious food and probably a football game or two. Now, I like a party; I come from a big family and I thrive in the wonderful chaos of a large family gathering. But I also like to take a quiet moment to reflect during the holidays, and this time of year is a great opportunity to think about what I'm thankful for.

One of the biggest things I'm thankful for is the opportunity to serve this vibrant community through my work. And this truly is our community! You won’t find us in other parts of the Midwest. We’re for Kansas City and the vital communities that surround our hometown, and that means a lot to me. That's why I want to share my Thanksgiving message with you.

A Time to Reflect

As I look back over the past year – and look forward to 2016 – I’m proud of the impact we’re making in our community. We’ve had the opportunity to help grow businesses throughout the region, we’ve been a proud sponsor of many local events and charities, we’ve helped young families move into their dream homes, and we’ve been a committed partner in helping our clients plan for their future, prosper as they grow, and preserve for the next generation.

You may have seen us this past year at the Amy Thompson Run or helping out with Coats for Kids. I’m thrilled to get started on some new initiatives for 2016. As a result of attending the Dig In Dinner for Cultivate KC, we now have the opportunity to host urban farmers on our patio at our Plaza headquarters and throughout the region in some of our bank parking lots. This brings more access to organic healthy foods in our communities and helps urban farmers grow their businesses. I'm thankful for the opportunity to better utilize our bank assets and our presence in the community to help the Kansas City region be a happy, healthy, spirited place.

While I’m excited about how we’ve been able to contribute to the growth and vitality of the Kansas City region, I’m also thankful—thankful for the trust you’ve placed in us to support you in your financial endeavors, thankful of the dedication all of our associates give to every single transaction and thankful for the values on which this bank was founded by my late father, Byron Thompson. He believed in the power of relationships and how we could all help each other grow, and his legacy is at the forefront of our minds this holiday season. Because of him, whether you're an individual or a family, a small business or a large enterprise, we view each customer as a relationship that we're privileged to cultivate.

The Ripple Effect

Even while my head is full of thoughts about turkey cooking times, how many pies I need and where everyone is going to sit, Thanksgiving also makes me think about my kayak. The last time I was on the water, I was struck by how a single drop of water falling from my paddle created a continuous succession of concentric circles that spread out indefinitely. This ripple effect is such a powerful force, and it makes me stop and consider my effect on the world around me. How am I working in concert with others? How have I made this community a better place?

We are all part of the community. Our actions do not exist in a vacuum, but have a ripple effect on all those around us. And that makes us all powerful creators of the type of community we wish to build. And that construction begins with thankfulness. Marcus Tullius Cicero, the famous Roman philosopher, once said,

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

Giving Thanks

As you gather with your family this week, I encourage you to not only count your blessings, but to ponder how that gratitude can have a ripple effect in your own life. How can you truly give thanks, channeling that feeling of thanks into something even more powerful for our community as a whole?

While we are proud to be an engine of positive change in the Kansas City region, we know that we can’t do it alone. It’s the inspiration and hard work of all of our clients and neighbors that drive this city forward, toward even greater successes.

And that’s something for which we can all be thankful.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Tweet us @CountryClubBank to share your reflections!

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