April 10, 2012
Dear Honey Run Friends,
I have spent the last 30 months looking at the past of how Honey Run has been operated since the doors opened in November 1982. I have listened to your stories and memories, received cards from many of you, held countless conversations with Marge Stock and Margaret Schlichting (our founders of Honey Run), and reviewed past news articles and photography. During this process I have dedicated most of our focus to sentimental recollections of these bygone days. As I look forward to celebrating Honey Run’s 30th birthday this fall it has become evident that it is time to let go of how we did things in the past and begin looking forward to our future.
When you are through changing, you are through. – Bruce Barton
I recognize that change is difficult, but it is also exhilarating. If Marge Stock was not willing to fight through the local resident objections in 1980 Honey Run would not exist, now 30 years later, we peacefully cohabitate a small stretch of county road 203 in Holmes County and work together to provide for our families and worship our Creator. Thank God for change. The future of Honey Run is full of promise. We are improving the physical attributes of the facility, enhancing our team member training and skills, and implementing your suggestions all the while being respectful of our heritage. The final and most important element to Honey Run is not something we can provide; only you can. That is you and your experience. I have come to view Honey Run as a canvas. The canvas is the foundation, the home that holds the love and joy and you, the artist, paint upon this foundation. I invite you to come and create your Honey Run experience on our nearly completed renewed canvas.
One side note, if you are not familiar with Bruce Barton’s work you should look him up. He was a fascinating author and lived an interesting life. He also created the character of Betty Crocker and many other notable ad campaigns. I hope to see you soon at Honey Run.