By Raymond Einhorn
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
This is only my second winter here in Door County but with spring seemingly around the corner, I feel it is safe to say we have survived the cold, ice and the 72 inches of snow that fell upon us all this year.
As we move forward towards the thaw and revival of our beautiful Northern Door landscape, a refreshing feeling of change and optimism is filling the atmosphere. It is a wonderful process of renewal and a reminder that life and everything around us is in a constant state of necessary change.
Some of you folks whom I have met since my arrival to Door County may know my story, but many of you undoubtedly do not. Change has been a recent theme in my life, as I mentioned it is my second winter here, moving from the very much warmer (but not near as charming) state of Florida. The uprooting of my life for this move to Wisconsin was hardly my idea but rather what I like to refer to as a “co-parenting” win.
My daughter’s mother has roots here and she found many opportunities to better her life by making this move. On the other hand, I left a very good job as a golf professional and a very nice home in a safe community to head north, unaware of what would be next on my journey of life. The common ground here is the child we are both raising and the future of that child. When weighing out all the pros and cons of this life change, one glaring fact shone through all the other facts and opinions. The potential education offered by Wisconsin schools, specifically the Gibraltar School District, was far and beyond any school system I had encountered in the south. Meaning, this change for my daughter was not only a good choice but a necessary change. This made the decision a fairly easy one. My fiancé and I packed up our home and hit the road right behind my daughter and her mother, focusing not on the past but solely on the future.
My daughter is now enrolled in Gibraltar Elementary where she is thriving both academically and socially. My fiancé and I are also now the proud parents of a son, born last February at DCMC, who will be a future Gibraltar Viking. Sometimes in life, necessary changes happen when you least expect it.
Each day I work at bettering myself in order to appropriately serve my community as Deputy Clerk and as a firefighter for the Town of Baileys Harbor. I work even harder at providing for my family and at being a good and supportive father to my children. I am involved and invested in this community and strive to take my level of service to the next plateau. That being said, I would love to further serve my community – and its most important investments, our children – on the Gibraltar Area School Board.
I have never served on a school board and my experience in a political office is minimal, but I am a leader. I am a father and I stand up for what I believe in, I will not be pushed around. In the past I’ve worked with children for many years both through youth golf programs and with the YMCA. I feel like it is now time for me to work for the children and the people who mold their minds and future. I am not afraid to stand out in a crowd, nor afraid to win or lose and certainly do not back down in the face of change. I am not sure exactly what the people look for when choosing a good candidate for school board but I do know that my heart is in the right place.
Please consider casting your vote for me on April 3rd for the office of ‘School Board Member’.
Please remember that I am a ‘write-in’ candidate and you must write my full name in on the ballot.
The support and encouragement I have received thus far from parents, educators and other community members has been overwhelming! Thank you all!
Raymond M. Einhorn
Baileys Harbor, WI