Rural Women Are a Class Act.
This week I had the privilege of attending a conference of farm and construction equipment dealers. These rural businesses deal with individuals, families, and companies who buy tractors, tilling, and planting machines as well as large dozers, etc. for the construction of roads and buildings. (Sorry for the minimal description of what they sell and do.)
I went to the meeting with my husband who was a vendor for the organization, and even though I had met many of the women in previous years, I had no close relationships with anyone. Therefore, I was awarded a wonderful week of observing rural women in action; a total class act.
I watched the wives of dealers support by their spouses throughout award ceremonies, banquets, and entertainment. The women were social, poised, said totally involved. They were true partners with their spouses.
While visiting, I learned many women work at their dealerships and are very involved with the success of their businesses. They understand commodity markets, inventory management, and employee relationships. They also communicate with a broad knowledge of legislative issues, parts and service, and the value of current technology. Many made the convention a family affair with children and grandchildren enjoying the festivities.
It seemed to be a rural industry supporting several generations. One family received an award for having their grandfather, father, and son serving as the past and present presidents of the board of directors. While accepting the awards, wives of those three men were on the stage to share in the achievement and the honor.
The conference reminded me of the value of rural women and the partnership of marriage and family in rural businesses. Women are the glue that is not always visible, but collectively we are a class act and help it work for the benefit of those we love.
Until the next time: Live while you live!