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For the Galt community, responsibility has been the character trait of focus for September and October each year since 2007, when Galt citizens selected six core values as necessary character traits to build a better community and strengthen our families. The Galt Community of Character Coalition (GCCC) has spread the word since then, supporting community efforts to build character and tell the stories of role models of good character in our own community.

Because responsibility is a core value of living honorably, it is crucial for personal development and for community transformation. Responsibility requires us to take care of our duties and hold ourselves accountable for our actions. Responsibility is being dependable and trustworthy.

Recently, we have the heroic and selfless actions of Galt Police Officer Harminder Grewal and Officer Kapri Herrera, who both embraced responsibility, when they volunteered to go beyond the borders of Galt, to help with the Caldor Fire. They chose to step up, to take on enormous responsibility, no matter the personal danger they might face.

While most people do not face the degree of danger seen by law enforcement and other first responders, we all face challenges that require us to make choices. Those choices we make on a daily basis have enormous consequences for us, for our families and for our community.

When we embrace personal responsibility, we each decide to accept our own role in being a person of good character.

As Philosopher Jim Rohn writes, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

When we accept responsibility for our own life, we find self-respect.

The American psychologist Albert Ellis summed it up well: “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Moral responsibility requires that we take responsibility for how we treat other people, animals and our planet. This means caring, defending, helping, building, protecting, preserving and sustaining. As part of living in a community, we all have an additional shared responsibility to stay informed and participate in community activities and decisions.

When you go the extra mile to participate in community activities, there are benefits for both you and your community. Picking up trash to keep the community clean, participating in fundraising events, staying informed and voting in elections are other ways to keep your commitment to community responsibility.

To live a life of good character, we are all responsible for treating other people fairly and for taking care of the environment.

If you are interested in pursuing the call for moral and community responsibility, the Galt Community of Character Coalition could use your help.

Nominate a role model of responsibility. Perhaps you know someone in the community who is a great model of responsibility.

The Galt Community of Character Coalition is looking for individuals, groups or organizations that are deserving of recognition for the great examples they set in their daily lives.

Please take the time to nominate an individual or group that is deserving of the Galt Character Award for responsibility for 2021. Please email your nomination with details to Ralph Cortez, vice president of the Galt Community of Character Coalition at rcracing21@sbcglobal.net.

Be sure to include the following information: Name, address and phone number of your nominee; a brief explanation of how this person or group demonstrates responsibility and give examples; and your name, address, phone number and email.

Deadline for the nomination is Oct. 31.

Come join the Galt Community of Character Coalition – next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. at L’Chayim, 400 4th Street, to the right (south side) of the Velvet Creamery.