We could bemoan the fact that we are getting to the end of another year. (Or be glad that 2017 is over - freezes, drought, hurricane, snow, and earthquake!!) We could also get excited that we are only half way through the Rotary Year. I chose the later.
 
Our Club has the people, ideas and energy to do so much more.
 
To the dedicated Rotarians who make our Club and Rotary in general the success that it is: "Thank You." Now, reach around with your hand and pat yourself on the back. You deserve it. Have a well deserved rest and enjoy your family and friends over the Christmas Season and let's get back together in the new year with the desire to continue to "Lend a Hand" in our family, our community and world, as a Rotarian.
 
It is good to be a Rotarian and have friends from all walks of life.  It is good to have shared interests in giving back to the community and living by the statement, "service above self."   As we draw this year to a close, let us recall our past successes, put them into our pockets as confidence coins and face the new challenges of the year knowing we are rich in confidence as a successful club.  In the future, when we meet the challenges and are not sure of our direction, let's reach into our pockets reflect on the confidence coins and know that we are prepared to move forward to be successful again.
 
As we reflect on the year that has passed and approach a new year, ponder on what we can do as a club to continue to make a difference in our community. As Gandhi said, “you must be the change you want to see in this world.”  What changes do you personally plan to make to see changes in our community, local and world-wide? Let us remind ourselves once again why Jesus came into this world and  it seems apt to pray now more than ever “let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”  Pray we will have a peaceful, enjoyable and safe holiday season.
 
Wishing for you, your families and visiting friends, peace, love, happiness, and prosperity this Christmas and always.
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