In recent weeks, the term “community” has taken on a whole new meaning. We are apart physically but, in many ways, closer than ever in spirit. We are more intentional in our relationships – both personal and professional – and we all hope together for better days ahead. We are stronger together as a community, and we will rebound together.

It is hard to believe that Saunders Yachtworks convened our first company meeting to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on March 12. In the blink of an eye, we have radically changed so many of the practices and policies of our company and remained productive in our work. A month ago, we didn’t even know what “social distancing” or “flattening the curve” meant! I am very grateful and proud to work with such a “can do” group of people in our company and to be part of our marine industry. We are fortunate that our customers enjoy their lives on the water and that we can support them.

The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation (Chamber Foundation) serves 10 public and 2 private schools in South Baldwin County: Elberta Elementary School, Elberta Middle School, Elberta High School, Foley Elementary School, Foley Intermediate School, Foley Middle School, Foley High School, Magnolia School, Saint Benedict Catholic School, Snook Christian Academy, Summerdale School, and Swift School. Since 2003, we have provided financial support, student programs, and classroom grants to enrich education, develop leadership, and better our community.

Baldwin County has 9,727 adult residents that have yet to achieve a high school diploma. Coastal Alabama regularly serves this population through classes at multiple sites throughout the county including Gulf Shores, Foley, Bay Minette, Fairhope, Silverhill and Seminole.

March was a true test of Baldwin County’s community to show our resiliency and ingenuity. We have championed for others, though possibly in distress ourselves, created new ways of “doing business,” and even found new revenue generators that may continue well after the smoke has cleared. We are Baldwin Strong!