Each July and August, Galt area residents celebrate pride in community, one of six character traits chosen by our community 12 years ago through the efforts of the Galt Community of Character Coalition (GCCC).  The other character traits we celebrate include responsibility, respect, honesty, integrity, and caring and compassion.

With the fireworks lighting the night on the 4th of July, Galt residents relive their pride and gratitude to live in a nation that strives to provide liberty and justice for all. We all stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us and sacrificed to build our nation, defend our freedom, grow our economy, feed our families and raise our children to carry on and expand this legacy.

On a local level, Galt residents can also take pride in a close knit small town community that is the best of many worlds, adjoining agricultural and rural areas, close enough to urban job centers and the state capital, and almost equal distance to the Bay Area to the west and the Sierra mountains to the east.  No wonder there are so many people trying to find homes in Galt, to rent or buy. Galt is a great place to live. There is much to be proud of.

The vision statement for the city of Galt projects a “premier family-oriented community united to create a unique city with diverse shopping, dining, entertainment and employment within a small town atmosphere.”

Among the two-year goals (2018-20) for the city of Galt is to “Maintain and Improve Galt’s Quality of Life.” Because pride in community is a value already chosen by Galt residents, we are challenged to put this value into practice to guide our participation in our unique city. And so, we ask, how can Galt residents take part in maintaining and improving Galt’s quality of life? How can we participate in keeping Galt’s small town atmosphere? How do we come together to realize this vision of Galt as a family-oriented community united?

Already, there are many individuals and organizations that demonstrate their pride in community and contribute greatly to the quality of life we all enjoy. For each of us, there is something we can do that can have a positive impact that will strengthen our families, our neighborhoods and ultimately our Galt community. What are some ways you might get involved to demonstrate your pride in community?  Here are some ideas:

• Get involved in community events.  Come be a part of this great community.  Here are a few upcoming events:

Aug. 10-11 – Galt Balloon Festival at McFarland Living History Ranch, 8899 Orr Road.  Gates open at 5 a.m. Balloons launch at sunrise.

Sept. 14 – Celebrate 150 years of the founding of Galt at the Fourth Street Promenade in Old Town Galt.  There will be entertainment for the whole family.

Feb. 1, 2020 – 13th annual Galt Winter Bird Festival at the Chabolla Center. Come learn about the magnificent birds that live in or migrate through the Galt area. Discover what we can all do to preserve their habitat.

April 18, 2020 – Earth Day 50th Anniversary.  Theme: Earth, It’s Our Home. Let’s Love It.”  Volunteers are needed to help with planning. Next planning meeting is Thursday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. at Galt City Hall Community Room.  All are invited.

• Volunteer your time at a school or organization to help our families and children or donate to a local charitable organization.

By dedicating your time, you will also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are spending your time constructively to strengthen our community. If you have no spare time, donating even a small amount of money can really help out.

• Take pride in where you live.

Take the time to pick up litter and plant some flowers to keep our community looking its best. Celebrate the improvements to our schools that have come about through the passage of Measure E and Measure K.  When schools start up again in mid-August, consider going in and learning how to get involved. Check out the improvements and major building projects made possible by the generosity of Galt residents. Then, give yourself a pat on the back, and remember to take pride in our community.

How to honor someone who demonstrates pride in community

Perhaps you know an individual, group or organization that exemplifies the character trait pride in community. The Galt Community of Character Coalition regularly honors those in our community who are true role models of good character, presenting them with an award and telling their story. You can help by nominating an individual, group or organization and telling us how they exemplify the character trait pride in community  Please follow the steps below and email your nomination to Barbara Payne, president of the Galt Community of Character Coalition, or complete the form and mail to GCCC, PO Box 92, Galt, CA 95632. Deadline to submit your nomination is Aug. 31, 2019.

Write a brief explanation of how this person, group or organization demonstrates pride in community. Give examples, if possible. Please include their name, address, phone number and email if you know it.

Also, give us your name, address, phone number and email.

Email this information to the Galt Community of Character Coalition, barbarapayne@softcom.net.