If you regularly attend or watch the Barrington Board of Trustees meetings on Channel 4, there’s one part that’s guaranteed to make you smile.
Village Trustee Steve Miller has become well-known among board meeting attendees for his bi-weekly thought of the week, delivered at the end of each board meeting. Miller, a golf equipment salesman by day, was elected to the board in 2005. Before becoming a part of the Board of Trustees, he had a "thought" he left on his voicemail message.
"I used to send out things like this when I was in management. [Trustee] Beth Raseman gave me the idea to do it at comments so I've tried to make them relevant to the season or holiday or challenges we are facing," Miller said.
Miller’s outgoing and positive personality always puts a smile on fellow board member’s faces, especially at the end of the Monday night meetings. When asked what his favorite part about being involved in local government, Miller replied:
"That's easy, the pleasure of working with the quality people we have on the board and village staff. Each and every one of them operates with integrity and with the citizens of Barrington's best interest," he said.
Below are some of the memorable "thoughts of the week" Miller has shared in 2012:
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
“The income tax has made more liars out of American people than golf has.” and “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and a dirty world.”
“Never tiptoe through life, only to arrive at death.”
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.”
“It’s so dry we’re considering that our citizens will only be permitted to eat watermelon between 8:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M.”
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one autumnal face.”
“Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the
course.” (~Lee Trevino) and “If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.”
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by
“When you think to yourself “man I hate Mondays”, Remember you spend 1/7 of your life on Mondays.”
“The best things in life aren’t things.”