Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Delaware’s Realities – On TV and in Our Communities
Somebody told me years ago that if you’re watching yourself on a reality television show, something in your life may have gone terribly wrong. And, if it hasn’t, it very well may before the episode is over.
Recently, a great group of Delawareans have been proving that advice wrong. They have taken a format that can bring out the worst in people – and used it to bring attention to some of our state’s best.
How about the University of Delaware’s own Deltones and their Top 10 finish on “The Sing Off “ …they clearly have bright futures ahead of them. We’ve also seen this season’s “Master Chef” winner Jennifer Behm and Cake Boss winner Dana Herbert – who are steadily building their own businesses.
And great downstaters like Dogfish Head Beer genius Sam Calagione on his season of “Brew Masters” – and thousands of Delawareans who donated their time or resources to a good cause during Extreme Home Makeover.
So many people around the country have had a chance to see some inspiring Delawareans, who used their time in the spotlight to bring attention to some of the talent, creativity and drive that helps define our state.
But more importantly, when the lights are off and the camera crews have moved on – these Delawareans stay committed to giving back to the place they call home. Because, while life may look glamorous in prime time – (unless you’re on Survivor) – the truth is, these have been tough times for our nation.
Times we’ve had to pull together, to look past our differences and focus on what we can do, together, to get people working, to strengthen our schools, and our resolve – to donate our time and our talents to make stronger this great state of neighbors.
There’s the hundreds of thousands of hours people have given to help through efforts like VolunteerDelaware.org. Parents volunteering time in schools. Or kids committing themselves to mastering critical subjects like math, science and reading so they can compete – not to be the next American Idol — but to be the next great American entrepreneur or employer.
The hard work most people put in, day in and day out – the commitment they make each morning to making their families and their communities stronger – may not make for exciting television but makes for a much brighter future for all of us, and helps keep our great state – moving forward.