I wish to thank you for allowing me to serve as your President for this year. I promise to do my duty to the best of my ability. I will make mistakes, but I ask your forbearance when I do, as my mistakes are not intentional.
As I said in my acceptance speech, the state of our Society is strong. We are a growing, active Society but it will take all of us to continue to be strong. Those of you who attended the Convention and Annual Business Meeting know we had a great time and conducted some important business. I was very disappointed that several of our Chapters did not have delegates attending. Our Chapter leaders should be leading by example. It is only when all of our Chapters participate that we can truly represent all of our members and know where the Society needs to go. We cannot do anything about our Convention, it is past, but we have the Spring BOM coming in May. The BOM is where the rubber meets the road, to speak. It is where the real work is done by the leadership of this Society. Every Chapter should have delegates to the BOM, know what the issues are and come prepared to participate in your Society.
As part of our Education Outreach effort, I announced the kickoff or my “Pennies for Youth” program. I am asking every member in the SAR to donate one penny a day - $3.65/year, or more to help fund our youth programs. Many of our Chapters would participate in at least one youth contest if they could afford to fund it, they can’t. This money is dedicated to fund those Chapter contests when the Chapter does not have the funds. To access this money, a chapter will have to submit a request to me stating how much they need, what contest it will fund, what it will be used for i.e. prizes, ribbons, poster board etc. and whether or not they have any matching funds. I would like every chapter to enter one youth contest. If everyone contributes, we can fund every chapter in the Society. Please help, submit with your dues, put out a jar at your meetings, send a donation, whatever you can do. Let’s get everyone involved.
We have an excellent slate of officers this year who are eager to help you. We will not do your job for you, but we will assist in every way we can. All you have to do is ask.
I will close with a story I told at the Convention. In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She said,” When we work hard all day long, we feel as if we are but a drop in the ocean. But, if our individual drops were not in the ocean, then the ocean would be dry.” Remember, each of you are a drop in OUR ocean. Without each of you our Society would be empty and dry. Never forget how important you are!
May God bless our Society and God bless the United States of America.
2018-2019 ALSSAR President
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