DECATUR– Over 800 people attended the 63rd Community Thanksgiving Luncheon Tuesday afternoon at the Decatur Civic Center.
The traditional lunch included the recognition of community leaders, a performance by the Millikin choir, and the keynote “For This We Give Thanks” address, this year performed by Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe.
“We have had a lot of ups and downs this year in this community, but no matter what we always persevere,” Moore Wolfe said.
She opened her speech with words in memory of late-Mayor Mike McElroy, former Herald & Review reporter Bob Fallstrom, and former OASIS Shelter director Nancy Rude, all 3 of whom passed away this year, “Without the hard, dedicated work from these three individuals, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Mayor Moore Wolfe then touched on some of the successes Decatur has had in the past year, including the retention of former City Manager Ryan McCrady, who now serves as president of the Economic Development Corporation, and the subsequent creation of the Decatur City Limitless campaign, the addition of Convey Health Solutions last month, and the hiring of new City Manager Tim Gleason.
“I think this says that we are one great community,” Moore Wolfe added. “Even when we have challenges we are a really resilient community, we can look around the room today and see success after success and I’m really looking forward to building on this momentum next year.”
Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce President Mirinda Rothrock also spoke during the lunch, as did Decatur Memorial Hospital President and CEO Tim Stone.