Hello, Friends!

Today marks a remarkable time to Make it a Day ON, Not a Day OFF. Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

One of the many lessons Dr. King shared with the nation was the ability to find the opportunity in every situation. We as Port Royal have done just that. From the creation of Port Royal University, to the numerous volunteer projects our teams we able to participate in, we embraced the situation and found the opportunity.

During the progression of Port Royal University, we recognized the growth in our team members, however we realized there was another important area of our organization that we needed to invest in as well – our leadership team. These are the folks that truly operate our resort on a day-to-day basis. For our progress to be lasting, our leaders would be the key.

Our leadership team, along with Director of Human Resources, Pat Bell, has restarted the Leadership Bootcamp (a branch of Port Royal University).

I was able to see the opportunity and lessons we learned I have been able to utilize with my team. I have become a better leader for my department. Having the confidence with my job role and the knowledge of procedures and checklists that were taught to us gave me the opportunity to go further with my team and supervisors. We were able to change our own departments to run more efficiently.” -Hilda Cantu, Housekeeping Manager

We adopted the term “village leadership” to reflect our shared responsibility and teamwork. This helped reinforce a collective approach to leading our team members.

There has been increased communication between the leadership team this past year that has made our organization stronger. We continue to strive in learning and will continue to follow Dr. King’s thoughts of finding the opportunity in every situation.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. modeled our beliefs here at Port Royal, especially, Respect Always. #LiveTheDream

What is your favorite MLK quote? Want to share? Post your favorite quote on social media using the #PortRoyalStrong hashtag!

Talk to you soon, Friends!

-Brandon C.

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