Have any of you picked up the phone and called a person you saw in the CSBJ and asked them to lunch? I mean someone you don’t know and have never talked to?

Try it sometime. It is interesting what you find out. I especially like getting to know people that have been around town a long time. And since I have been here only 2.5 years, most everyone is my senior (and I don’t mean older) in the community.

Andy Cobb was profiled in the March 17 edition of the CSBJ. After reading his profile about community engagement and golf, I decided to pick up the phone and ask him to lunch. I had never met Cobb but decided to get to know him.

I always learn something when I do this. I encourage you to do the same thing. Cobb gave me the names of some people I will be contacting to get to know and ask some questions about the business history of Colorado Springs and get to know some of the players that helped build our city.

As Cobb said “Want to complain? Better be ready to sign-up to help get things done”.

There are a lot of good people in our community that are really engaged. I see many of you giving of your valuable time in meeting after meeting. I applaud all of you who are so giving of your time and some of you of your money.

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I am speaking to those of you who are sitting at your desk or cubicle right now and have not one extra evening event scheduled this week or one extra breakfast meeting.

Could it be the same suspects, and you know who you are, who are really doing a lot of the heavy lifting around town?

What is your passion? Is it kids, is it golf, is it downtown or economic development? Think about it, call me if you are interested in getting engaged and we will see where we can get you plugged in.

Citizen Soldier Connection at Fort Carson

Maj. Gen. Robert Mixon spoke at the Colorado Springs Rotary luncheon last Friday and discussed a new program that is being offered at Fort Carson.

The Citizen Soldier Connection is tagged as “bringing community and soldiers together.”

The program’s purpose is to pair soldiers and military families with community sponsors in order to:

  • Connect soldiers with Colorado Springs and Pueblo community members
  • Create positive off-duty interactions with all participants
  • Develop potentially enduring friendships.

You can sponsor a single soldier, a soldier and family or a group of between two and five soldiers.

You will be asked about your education, hometown, hobbies and interests so that you can be paired with a soldier who has similar interests. Did you grow up in Chicago? I bet you could be paired up with a soldier from Chicago.

For more information call 667-2883 or visit www.citizensoldierconnection.org.

There are many areas to get engaged, and I see the Citizen Soldier Connection program as another way to support our troops and our community. Call me if you want to get engaged.

Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at lon.matejczyk@csbj.com or 329-5202.