Holy Cow! Can it be? Yes, it can…this is MY LAST PINION PIECE!! Pretty amazing… I feel like I just wrote the first one yesterday.
So what do I say? (What can I say?) It’s easy – two simple words: Thank You. During my final meeting (only 23 days, 3 hours, 56 minutes, and 16 seconds away as I write this — but who’s counting?), I will have an opportunity to thank individually each of the board members, committee chairs, officers, and others who have contributed to another successful Niles Rotary year. But here, I want to express my thanks to all of you — to the members. To all of the wonderful, talented, interesting, loyal, fun-loving, and semi-crazy folks who make Niles Rotary what it is.
Thank you for your patience while I tried to figure out what the heck I wanted to be as your President. Thank you for your unwavering support while I tried to make the year what I hoped it could be. Thank you for your diversity – of ethnicity and culture, background, profession, interests, political persuasion, and opinion – which adds such a richness to us as a club. Thank you for your laughter when I tried to entertain you. Thank you for calling me “President Bruce”. Thank you for your service, to the club and to our community. Thank you for adhering to the Four-Way Test. Thank you for the energy and joy you bring to our meetings. Thank you for your continued participation in our meetings when something called the coronavirus (which sounds like a euphemism for a nasty hangover from drinking too much Mexican beer) took away our usual mode of fellowship and relegated us to cell phones, tablets, laptops, and pc’s to carry on our meetings. Thank you for your generosity – of time, money, and spirit.
There are a thousand things I could thank you for. But mostly, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President. It has been an honor. Thank you for being you. And, in the words of Sly Stone, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).
Thank you for always remaining NILES STRONG!