On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Vickie Guerry brings to my life. My career as President/CEO of the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center, Inc. was about as fulfilling as a life’s work can be. That fulfillment was in no small measure related to the wonderful staff, board members, volunteers and clients that I had the pleasure of working alongside. My gratitude took a giant leap forward when Vickie Guerry joined our staff. Vickie is an outstanding speech language pathologist, a creative teacher of the hearing impaired, a conscientious administrator and a tireless advocate for handicapped children and adults. Get the picture? In addition to all that, she is an absolute delight to work with. May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and Vickie is a great example of those who serve in the profession. My philosophy was to surround myself with the very best people I could, make the resources they needed available to them to the best of my ability and then to get out of their way. Over the years, we offered the community the very best. The proof lies in how often people tell me how important the center was to their lives or to their children or grandchildren. .A few weeks ago I talked about Stewart Cohen. Think about having those two on a team together. Vickie is also a devoted wife and mother. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gift of Vickie Guerry to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our life. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad you did.