Whether it's for making resolutions — to do better, do more, do less — or simply to consider all that went on in the process of getting from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, many people take time during Christmas week to look back over the past year.
There is a theory that doing well is not enough to be truly successful — you must also do good. Tom Brokaw offered a variation on this theory with his observation, "It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." Reviewing the Channel Partners blog submissions for 2012, it's obvious that channel partners agree with this.
In November, ADVODA Communications, in conjunction with its partners and top agents, hosted its sixth annual Toys 4 Tots Drive. Responding to increased need, the group doubled the number of toys collected and contributed over last year.
Chris Palermo, founder, president and CEO of Global Communication Networks, took part in three separate swimming/bicycling races this fall with the goal of raising $20,000 for the Miami Dolphins Cancer research charity.
When telecom executive Greg Stillwell died unexpectedly in August, the request was put out that donations in his honor be made to International Hope and Heritage to support mission work in Ethiopia.
The Green Team is a group of Intelisys employees who do volunteer work in Sonoma County, Calif. They have donated funds to the Children's Village of Sonoma, Toys for Tots, COTS — a nonprofit agency that helps the homeless in Petaluma, Calif. — and The Living Room, a nonprofit that helps homeless women and children. In addition, the group helps clean up gardens and performs other "green" tasks in their area.
We would love to hear about what you and your organization did in 2012 to make a difference. We invite you to submit information on your activities in the comments section below.
And let us hear from you in 2013. Submit information and photos from your events to the Channel Surfing blog.
To borrow again from John Lennon, "A very merry Christmas/And a happy New Year/Let's hope it's a good one."
Buffy Naylor is managing editor of Channel Partners.