People often say, "This won't matter a hundred years from now." While it's true that a lot of things won't matter, many things will. Keeping a record of important events is a must. Otherwise, younger generations will not know how things came to be. During my 36 years of being the Ball Ground city clerk, I've referred back to minutes of previous council meetings many times to learn why things were done the way they were. Reviewing past records provides me with a better understanding and respect for those who laid the groundwork to make our city what it is today. If not for the men and women who had the forethought to carefully plan for future generations, our city would surely suffer during difficult times.