Two years ago, when I was installed as president of this amazing club, I wasn’t sure how my story would unfold. The uncertainty didn’t last long. As I began working closely with many of our members, I realized very quickly what an incredibly devoted group of women you are. Each one more committed than the next to making the world a better place, one project at a time. So I came to expect great things from you, and I was not disappointed.
Every department chair, every committee chair, every individual member contributes, in ways big and small, to spreading comfort and happiness to people around our community and all over the world. Whether you are collecting shampoo or bras or greeting cards, whether you are knitting scarves or awarding scholarships or serving ice cream to cyclists, whether you are buying rabbits or selling Pumpkinland tickets, you do it from your hearts, with the passion and determination to brighten someone else’s life. VTWC truly is a giving club, and the people on the receiving end of your kindness are forever grateful.
You give to everyone in need, but without knowing it, you were also giving to me. With each project and new idea, you gave me hope and inspiration, you filled my heart with pride. You motivated me to be a better person, to always strive to make someone else happy even with the smallest of gestures. You gave me support and friendship and wonderful memories. For all of that, I will be forever grateful. Thank you ladies, for this incredible experience.
As I turn the last page in my story, please join me in welcoming Lois Marples as our very qualified and enthusiastic president. She will undoubtedly continue to lead this club along the gentle path of kindness.