‘I think God put me on Earth to be a helper’: Britt takes gavel as the 2019 president of Indianola Chamber Main StreetBy BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,
Cherrie Britt has been a volunteer all her life.
A native of Skene, located just outside of Cleveland, Britt has lived in Indianola for over two decades. She’s raised two children here, and recently she assumed the role of one of the city’s top volunteers.
At the April Chamber mixer, 2018 Chamber President Kathy Manning handed Britt the gavel to become this year’s president, and she has big plans for promoting both the Chamber and local businesses.
“I think God put me on Earth to be a helper,” Britt told The E-T recently. “I want to be the behind-the-scenes person. I don’t care about any recognition. I just like to be helpful.”
Britt said that she learned about volunteerism growing up in a small town. Her parents were heavily involved in their community and their church.
She met her husband, Boyer, an Indianola native while at Delta State, and when they moved here 23 years ago, Britt said she learned about the importance of supporting local businesses.
“If you have a viable downtown, then your town is more apt to be viable,” Britt said.
Britt said that over the years, she has seen first-hand how loyal local merchants have been to their customers and how faithful they have been in financially supporting things like the Chamber, local baseball teams and events.
“If we don’t support our hometown businesses, the Internet is going to be all that we have,” she said. “Do you think the Internet cares about whether you need that package in your mailbox that night or if you need that trophy engraved today?” Aside from promoting local businesses, Britt’s main focus will be promoting more volunteerism throughout the community.
Britt said the city has had many volunteers for years, but the time has come for more to step up.
“We’ve had some great volunteers in Indianola, but it’s time for some others to step up,” she said.
Britt said one of her projects will be to focus on improving the town’s overall attractiveness for people driving through. The main focus will be on picking up litter.
She said she will work to make property owners more conscious about the upkeep of their lots, and she also just wants to make people in general aware that if they see litter on the ground, to pick it up.
Another project Britt said could help the community in the long run is creating a community calendar of events to get all organizations and organizers on the same page.
This could lead to fewer events overlapping one another, she said.
Britt said that in a year, she would like to leave the President’s post with a more visible Chamber, with more volunteers and more Indianola citizens shopping local. Britt and her husband have raised two children, Cody and Anna Bailey. They have one grandchild, Lucy Parker, who is the daughter of Cody and Allison Britt.