November…a month for giving thanks. Traditionally, thanks for the bounty bestowed upon us by mother nature. Thanksgiving…a feast day… a day of gorging on food with our families and friends, drinking to excess (perhaps), watching football, sharing good conversation and heartfelt joy with our loved ones, and feeling the glow of a blessed life.
But it’s not just Thanksgiving that makes November special in the thanks department. On November 11th of each year, we celebrate Veterans Day…a day to give thanks to those who served us all by serving in our armed services. We have many veterans in our Niles Rotary Club, and many more who, although not veterans themselves, are the sons, daughters, mothers and fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends of veterans. To all of them, I ask you to join me in saying, “Thank You”.
Speaking of service, let’s use November to remember, thank, and salute us, Niles (and other) Rotarians, who every month of the year dedicate themselves to the concept of service above self. Who, through acts of kindness and commitment to a higher ideal, try to make life just a little bit better for those who don’t get to gorge on Thanksgiving Day, who perhaps don’t have family and friends to celebrate with, and who live a life seemingly less blessed than our own…who give support to those who suffer from the effects of a dedication to military service, or have an empty seat at the Thanksgiving table due to the deployment or loss of a family member.
Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for. Personally, I also want to give thanks to you…my fellow Niles Rotary members, for all the support and encouragement you have given me the last four months. It truly has been a blessing.