Well, by now the shortest day of the year has passed, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season is over and we can begin a new year together. I hope your holidays were full of joy and that you also had time for yourselves.
For some, January is a tough time of the year. It’s still dark and cold even though every day has just a little bit more light. All the pretty lights are being taken down, special holiday decorations are being packed away and then we’re supposed to make New Year’s Resolutions. You know… those things so many of us have probably promised and then felt terribly guilty when we haven’t kept them. Well, I say we ditch that guilt, find something that makes you feel inspired and make that your resolution instead. As Albert Einstein said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” I find those words to be quite inspiring. I value each of you, your opinions, your time, your effort that you put into this organization.
Over the years I have had the privilege of being a part of this wonderful chapter I have seen the value repeatedly. I hope that we can be of value to each other, to our families, to our employers, to our community and to our EWI organization. As Tawny reminded us, the Platinum Rule “treat others the way they want to be treated” takes a step beyond the Golden Rule. It accommodates the feelings of others. To me, that’s something everyone in the chapter is ‘oh so very good at,’ which makes you all so valuable to me. I look forward to this new year and together we will have a successful year.
The Board will be holding a combined board meeting, By-Laws Review and Strategic Planning meeting on January 19th. We welcome any thoughts you have for the direction of the chapter and will gladly include your thoughts in our planning. Please feel free to reach out to any of us on the Board with any thoughts you may have.
Also this month we will have the applications available for our LCAM scholarship. We want to be able to offer the scholarship to someone within the chapter who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend LCAM. You will have to fill out a brief paper application and the board will be the deciding vote.
Finally, this quote made me laugh so I had to close with a little “January” chuckle: “Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.” – Dave Barry
President, EWI Denver