To Elmwood and surrounding communities:
This week marks my 35th anniversary of coming to Elmwood. In 1975 I visited Elmwood the spring before my graduation from Drake University School of Pharmacy. I remember that day well because I realized, as Mary Lewellyn was giving me a tour, what a charming community Elmwood was.
At that time our class was being heavily recruited by a chain store (yes, it started with W-----), but that was not for me. Les Hiett, R.Ph. opened the 'welcome door' and because I immediately fell in love with Elmwood, I returned his call that evening. It was one of those huge decisions that was easy for me to make. All I knew was that it was great opportunity. I started working that July for Les Hiett and Jack Steer.
Now thirty five years later, I have been given new opportunities. Farmers State Bank relocated us within just a few days after the tornado. Fred and Pam Paige have been great to help us get our business up and running.
As I reflect back, some life altering event has happened to me every five years (i.e. 1970, 1975, 1980, etc.) Therefore this was the year for change and I have been very restless thinking about what change was in store. The prayers were answered, but with a huge price. We had outgrown our old location, but it took quite a jolt to move us forward. Now, we have drawn up plans for our new location which will give us working space, business and private consultation offices, and enclosed area for our compounding lab.
We are looking forward to this new opportunity for us along with the opportunities for our community. Elmwood was charming 35 years ago and it will return to its charm.
All the businesses are needed. There is NO business more important than another. We all need each other to survive. Let us all take the opportunities to make Elmwood strive. Opportunity existed 35 years ago and it still exists today.
Thank you for all of your years of support from the past and into the years to come.
Cathy Windish, R.Ph.