The election is supposedly over, but the drama continues. Record turnout from voters in the U.S. seems like a good thing, but reflects a deeply divided and polarized country. No matter which side of the political divide you are on, the 2020 political season plus fires plus hurricanes plus a global pandemic is nothing short of incredible.
Amidst all the drama and emotion, IGA prevails. This is not our first epic social storm, and it won't be our last. From how to feed your family during World War II to the civil rights marches of the 1960s, from September 11, 2001 to today, IGA stores have persevered. And grown.
As servants of our communities, by our very design, we take care of our neighbors. Republican or Democrat, white or Hispanic or Black, Protestant or Catholic or Jewish, we serve our shoppers, feed their families, and support our neighborhoods.
It is one of the things that makes IGA so special. We are the very definitions of diverse, and by our actions we are leaders in our local communities. When you look up "hyperlocal" in the dictionary, it should say, “See IGA!"
No matter how the election turns out, a big portion of your community is likely to be upset. That means a big part of your associates are likely to be emotionally raw, too.
We will do what we always do. Focus on the job, take care of our associates, support families in need, give back to local churches and youth clubs and a thousand other meaningful and intensely local causes.
By carrying on, we show that in the big scope of things, the drama of the national political scene will fade and life will continue.
And by caring for others, no matter which color hat they wear, we show that America united is stronger than America divided.
Our family businesses model family values every day; we demonstrate compassion for our communities and treat our associates like family. Real leadership is shown not by what you say but how you behave and I know in 2020 or 2200, IGA will be a source that provides for their neighborhoods, town, and communities.
Keep calm, carry on, serve with distinction and it will all be okay.