I will miss you, Webster City

Off the shelf

As my family prepares to move from Webster City to the state of Washington for my husband’s new job, I find myself thinking about some of the things I will miss after ten years of living in the seat of Hamilton County.

People

For me, the people are what I always remember and miss from places I have lived. When I moved here ten years ago, I had never lived in a “small town” before and was worried that I would have a hard time fitting in or getting to know people. Thanks to our church, WCCT, my Rotary Club, the Webster City schools and, of course, Kendall Young Library, I have met many interesting, committed, talented, caring and wonderful people. I have been especially impressed by the number of people who are extremely civic-minded and give of themselves freely to make the community stronger and better.

My Groups

Speaking of civic-minded, I think that the service clubs of Webster City are prime examples. I have been fortunate to be a member of the Webster City Rotary Club for the past six years and have witnessed firsthand the important work of that group as well as the individuals in it. They live their motto of “Service above Self” both locally and internationally. I know that the same can be said about Kiwanis and Lions Clubs as well as the many sororities and other groups in town.

Another organization I’ve had the pleasure to associate with is the Friends of the Library Board. This group keeps their major fund-raising events (Book Sales and Festival of Chocolate) running like well-oiled machines. In addition to supporting great library services and programs, they are always looking for ways to promote literacy in our community, from Books for Babies born at VDMC to the Little Free Libraries.

The last group I will mention is the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, “a little church with a mighty mission.” While there are certainly many great churches in our area, I am so glad we ended up at this special church. They have been our family and I highly recommend Good Shepherd to anyone who is looking to be welcomed and embraced by a God-filled community.

“Great Place to Raise Kids”

People often say that they think small towns are great places to raise kids. I honestly didn’t understand that until I moved here with my young child. As my daughter has grown, she has had the good fortune to attend Webster City Schools and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to her education. Now that she is a tween, I feel comfortable letting her travel to the pool, library or tennis courts on her own. I don’t think that would have been the case in a larger city. She expressed hope that we would live in a small town when we move since that is all she has known and what she is comfortable with. I am glad it worked out that we will be living in a small town again.

Kendall Young Library

Of course, the library is one of the main things I will miss about living in Webster City. It was a pleasure and privilege to work in our beautiful library with its rich history, stunning building and top-notch staff. The library was one of the first places I visited when we came to town and I am still in awe of this place and the man who made it his legacy to the community.

Won’t Miss

One thing I won’t miss is being in the newspaper. I am a bit shy and seeing my face or reading my words in the paper always makes me slightly uncomfortable, but I am also grateful that the Daily Freeman Journal gives such great coverage to Kendall Young Library’s programs and activities. We are lucky that we can devote much of our newspaper space to good news like this!

Thank you all for making Webster City a place where I have felt at home.

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