The author of the below article is a retired Brigadier General, columnist for the local newspaper and frequent speaker to local business groups on Internet Marketing.
He asked me if he could use my community involvement and the results in a short column he was writing about professionals getting involved in their community. I told him sure but I must admit he went overboard but the message is still valid.
Thank you Chuck (www.chuckstarnaud.com)
Here is his article
Get Involved in your Community – A Marketing Idea
I have a good friend who is a very successful personal injury attorney in historic Savannah, Georgia. Over the 25 years he has been practicing law he has successfully recovered for his clients more than $150 million dollars. Not only his he a leading personal injury attorney in the State of Georgia but he also committed to helping others in the local community.
He founded The Justice for Children Foundation which has its main goal “preventing children injuries”. According to Howard, most if not all children accidents could have been prevented.
The foundation for the last 10 years has given away FREE bike helmets to local children. The helmets are fitted by volunteer medical people. He also gives lectures on real estate investments, tax tips and other seminars that are presented at the interest level of the attendees.
Because of his community contributions, he was recognized last year by the Savannah Chamber of the Commerce by receiving the prestigious Helen V. Head award for community services.
On February 15th, he will be recognized by The State Bar of Georgia and The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism during their 12th Annual Community Service Awards Dinner.
While the above text reads like a nomination for an award, it is not. It is just my opinion of watching a caring professional use his skills to reach out and help others.
The good will that he and his participating law firm has generated has been extraordinary. Ask yourself, would you rather have this caliber of person represent you or some one you find in the yellow pages or on the Internet? I believe the answer is obvious.
When you are developing your annual marketing plan, I suggest you include the needs of your community in your thought process and get involved where it makes sense and also for the right reasons.
Good deeds always bring in positive results. Besides, at the end of the day, you will feel better.
Chuck St. Arnaud
President, St. Arnaud & Associates