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After the Sunrise Build: Thank You from the Guild

A Message from Workshop Manager Dale Emde

Friends and colleagues,

Before this workshop, if you had asked me how one should judge the success of a building project, I would have given you some phony answer that I learned in business school. I would have explained that through careful budgeting and extensive record-keeping, one could push a team to maximum efficiency and greater returns. The metrics by which we evaluate today's successes seem feeble and offensive in the shadow of what we have accomplished. 

After spending the week in Montgomery County with all of you, I realize the ultimate success of a community building project cannot be measured by board-footage or square-footage, and not by production efficiency ratios or gross margin. Perhaps, our success should be gauged by lessons learned, laughter had, or skills gained; by songs sung, campfires lit, or stories told.

It is an audacious thing for a group of volunteers to build the building we did in the time we had. This is an extraordinary group by any standard and I am both humbled and honored to have been a small part of it. 

Congratulations and a very heartfelt and sincere thank you for all of your hard work. Keep building and keep in touch. 

Dale Emde
Sunrise Saw Mill Workshop Manager


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Posted Oct 24, 2019 3:17 PM PST. Edited on Oct 25, 2019 9:02

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