It’s been 30 years since the News Record first launched the annual Ten Who Made a Difference recognition.
At the time, we wanted to do something to recognize those individuals in the community who go above and beyond serving their neighbors. We thought this might continue for a decade or so before it became too difficult to pinpoint people who hadn’t already been honored.
Three decades later, we’ve yet to exhaust the pool of candidates who make differences in our lives every day.
In hindsight, we shouldn’t be surprised that people in Gillette continue to stand out in their efforts to improve their home. Now working on our fourth decade of 10 Who Made a Difference, we continue to be amazed at the different ways people find to improve the lives of those around them.
Including 2019, 299 people and one building have been honored since Ten Who Made A Difference debuted in 1990. In each of these 30 years, it’s been a struggle to pick only 10 people. There are so many who go above and beyond in their contributions.
That giving nature they display, their desire to help others, is Gillette’s best attribute and has made the tagline “Gillette Strong” one that means strength in service, strength in generosity and strength in community.
You might not recognize many of these people at first because they don’t seek recognition. We try to offer that with Ten Who Made A Difference.
It’s a small pat on the back, but what we really intend to say is “thank you.”
Thank you for what you’ve done. Thank you for your work. Thank you for inspiring others.
Thirty years have illustrated that Gillette wouldn’t be what it is without you.