How exciting would it be if we could unite our community into “One Urbana?” A community known for sticking together no matter what happens, one full of families looking out for each other. A place known for care and compassion united by our high standards and pursuit of excellence. A sense of community spirit that you can observe wherever you are. We would be second to none and the envy of all. Why not us?
I’m an idealist and realize a vision of One Urbana is great in theory but difficult to execute. Ray Kroc, the visionary leader who propelled McDonald’s into the largest fast food franchise in the world, said it best: “None of us are as good as all of us.” Basically he was saying, “together we are strong, but fractured we are weak.” Kroc was trying to sell more hamburgers, but I’m talking about change that can impact the lives of our children and generations to come. The old adage is “more is caught than taught.” This more important than any game we could play. Common unity is the foundation for positive change and desired results.
Powerful results come from diverse opinions melding together in compromise. We must challenge one another with individual viewpoints and perspectives, but we must do it with civility. The critical component in achieving success lies in the way we handle conflict. We can’t form coalitions against one other. We must face situations with a humble and honest approach, outlining our reasoning and answering the “why” behind our unique positions. To do it with a smile wouldn’t hurt either. What lessons would this teach our children?
The most important attribute for championship teams is unity. However, we understand how difficult it is to unite factions of people and athletes. Urbana High School’s athletic director, Kevin Kendro, reinforced the value of unity when witnessing the success of many of Urbana’s state championship teams.
“Without a doubt, unity was the common thread among all of those teams. When kids come together, special things happen,” Kendro said.
What would happen if we woke up every day and asked ourselves, “What can I do today to make a difference in my community?” Even the smallest things like a “hello” can make a difference. What an exciting possibility this would be. I think a common and centralized focus on what we have in common, not what divides us, would lead to a championship community.
I know I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe that together we do. We live in a beautiful community where the majority of us choose to live, not necessarily where we grew up. Our community has doubled in size over the last 10 years with more to come. Our community has limitless potential. Our goal should be to do everything in our power to unite this community into One Urbana.
Editor’s Note: Timothy Mellott is an active Urbana community member who founded the Southern Frederick County Youth Athletic Facilities, coaches Predators Wrestling, and is an FCA Character Coach at Urbana High School. Mellott lives in Ijamsville with his wife, Beth Ann, and son, Parker.