After a long and visually challenging day at the Chamber building and its neighborhood today, please allow me to tell you why I’m so grateful this evening:
1. In spite of significant devastation from the tornado last night, there was not one fatality or serious injury caused by the storm – simply astonishing!
2. Mayor Johnson and staff as well as Councilman Kleinman walked our neighborhood and expressed great support for the NDCC and our engagement in the community. We had a great exchange and I assured them that we won’t miss a beat in the months ahead.
3. Geoeffery Williams, fresh off his delayed honeymoon to England, was on site at 5:45 a.m. and immediately began assessing the damage. He has been working with roofers and other contractors to ensure the building is secure.
The building took a big hit but the walls are intact. We have lost much of our contents and most windows and doors, but we have already engaged in a dialogue with our insurance adjusters and are well on our way to ensuring we can return to our home as soon as practically possible. All the windows and doors will be boarded up by this evening – many thanks to member Gary Allan of Southlake General Contractors for responding so quickly to Geoeffery’s request for assistance.
4. Today, I received over 300 e-mail and text messages expressing concern and offering support in many forms. Knowing that we will be a “Chamber on the road” again, many of you have offered your space for our briefings, forums, seminars and committee meetings, and we simply can’t thank you enough for these gracious and generous offers. Jeff Kitner has already begun relocating all of our events over the next month. By the way, he has been staying on top of all communications in spite of his house suffering significant damage as well.
5. Lizeth and Megan have maintained a calm presence throughout the day and provide consistent and wise counsel on a whole myriad of issues. We are so fortunate to have such a great team of professionals.
This is a busy time for the NDCC and regardless of the challenges we will face in the months ahead, we are committed to providing quality programming, public advocacy and networking opportunities to our members and the community in general. We are so thankful for all your support and look forward to even a brighter future when we rebuild our home.
Best wishes to all,
President & CEO
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce