Claremore Daily Progress


March 31, 2014

‘Success never ends’

Rep. Mullin emphasizes leading by example


U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) addressed community members on the importance of leading by example, Saturday evening at the 26th annual Progressive Citizen of the Year Banquet at the Will Rogers Memorial.
Mullin said there is no doubt that past progressive citizens of the year have made a positive impact in Rogers County because they led by example.
“Success never ends. It is a drive that you need to achieve each and everyday,” said Mullin. “We can be much better leaders in our country if we can do things ourselves instead of asking others to do things for us that we choose not to do. That’s how we make needed changes.”
Mullin also highlighted the fact that with change, comes sacrifice. 
He said in order for the country to succeed, all sides need to come together.
“We’re not always going to agree with each other, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be cordial. We both love our country,” said Mullin. “We should look at things differently — that’s what our Founding Fathers set this country up for, that’s why our representatives go to Washington — because we’re supposed to represent our area, but we’re supposed to keep one thing in mind, our love for our country. We’re all Americans, but we get hung up on the R and D all day long.”
He said life is about progressively moving forward. If citizens are not willing to lead by example, then they cannot make a positive impact on the people they come in contact with.
The Progressive Citizen of the Year Banquet honored John D. Williams, local real estate brokerage company owner. Rogers County business owners nominated Williams for the award. 
Nominees cited his success in the development of residential subdivisions, such as Westwood, Colonial Estates and others, as well as the commercial development of Walmart, QuikTrip, Mazzio’s, Kum & Go, and Pizza Hut in Claremore. Williams currently serves on the Finance Board at First United Methodist Church, the Commerce Bank Advisory Board and the Boy Scouts of America.

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