If you have been Club President, Lt. Governor or Governor the end of your year is met with the certainty of change and the realization of new beginnings for yourself and for your successor. As I look back on my year as your Governor what comes to mind is "what a ride!"
Last week while in Park City, Utah with my family, I agreed to ride the Mountain Coaster with my 3 1/2 year old grandson. With Declan tucked safely between my knees, up the mountain we went. The ride up was slow and safe but we knew as we looked at the twists and turns of the downhill track, that what lay ahead made our hearts beat faster. We reached the top of the mountain and flew down the mountain giggling and screaming as we rounded tight banked turns going so fast that the picture of us has our hair blowing straight up and out. What a ride! What a surprise! What a thrill!
Leadership in Kiwanis is often exhilarating, sometimes uncomfortable, we go places we have never been, we test our limits, but in the end, when we know we have done our best, when we are appreciated, respected, and loved by our fellow Kiwanians all we really need to say is "what a ride."
This year as your Governor has been one of the best years of my life. I thank each of you for accepting me, believing in me, and trusting me to lead you.
I'm now ready for new beginnings. My first love in community service is and will continue to be Kiwanis. It's simple, I like you! You are some of the finest people I have ever met and you have what I value, a servants heart. I will continue to serve Kiwanis through my local Kiwanis Clubs and I will work to strengthen and grow Kiwanis in Division 7 and throughout the Rocky Mountain District. I've been asked to serve on the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Board. As you may recall, the Rose Hill House is a St. Mary's Foundation Project and one that receives support from the Rocky Mountain District Foundation. I am proud to continue as a member of the Rocky Mountain District Foundation Board as well.
My main goal is to be there for my family. I have wonderful children and grandchildren and you know what an incredible husband Les is. I have 4 young grandchildren: Vivian is 8 months, Brynne is 2 ½, Declan is 3 ½ and Tessa is 5 and in Kindergarten. This is a great time for me to be GramE.
Finally, I will continue on my path of spiritual growth. My faith in God guided me and was always present when I served the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis. For this I'm thankful.
I look forward to enjoying time with you at conventions, service projects, board meetings and events. Stay strong in your belief in Kiwanis. Lead proudly and know you make a difference. The world is better because of you.