Endurance is the Orangeburg County Community of Character trait for March.
In writing about character traits for the campaign he championed, the late Orangeburg businessman Austin Cunningham stated:
“Endurance means stick-to-itiveness. When you start something good, finish it.”
That’s what endurance means. How often do things get started then run out of gas?
Endurance means stability, sturdiness, steadiness, firmness, long-lasting, steadfastness, persistence, power, energy, vigor, robust, rugged, guts, stamina, fortitude, resolution and concentration. On the end result, it means staying power, tenacity and diligence.
Again quoting Cunningham: “Isn’t it wonderful when people say of you ‘he/she is a strong finisher’? When they start something, you can count on them to finish it.’”
The Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative itself has endured.
In 2000 the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association, the Orangeburg County Development Commission and The Times and Democrat in an effort to build a “community of character.”
The initiative was based on a similar program in the city of Aiken. In Orangeburg County, however, there was the ambitious approach of going countywide with a focus on building positive character traits among citizens. It worked, with all of the county’s municipalities signing on in support.
Orangeburg County’s efforts have received statewide recognition in the form of resolutions from former Gov. Jim Hodges and Gov. Mark Sanford.
Most recently, the campaign endured a leadership transition period and is now under the direction of Evelyn M. Disher, an Orangeburg native with 15 years of corporate management experience.
The work goes on, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life by teaching basic virtues and ideals, such as the importance of honesty, dedication and the Golden Rule.
Community of Character continues to be worthwhile here, around South Carolina, and everywhere as developing character in individual citizens helps build successful lives, strengthens families and makes for a better community.