National President 2019-2020
I want to thank the members for having the faith in me, to continue working with the dedicated directors and members as I cannot do the work alone. You as members have a role to play also, we need your input “Be a Voice not an Echo”
“If we do not struggle we will not have strength” those two Quotes have meaning, and I hope you all will think about them.
We are like a car. We can reverse and go backwards, we can stay in neutral idle, or we can CHANGE GEARS and move forward. In the last 5 years we have not been in reverse and we have not sat idle. We have sped through first gear, and second gear is now history. I think we are in third gear and revving up! We are the new turbo charged vehicle in our communities. Some of the new models have 4, 5, & 6 forward gears and that’s what we as CRPS members are. We are the new models. We are the 4th, 5th and 6th gears.
As we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, and I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal time... I want all of you here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men too.
I have found the sweetest, the most precious gift of all, is the lesson I learnt on the value of kindness. Every kindness I received, small or big, convinced me that there could never be enough of it in our world. To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others. Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart.
We are linked. We are not ranked. And this is a day that will change us forever because we are together. Each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again. When we elect a president we too often just go home. No! Not this time, We're staying together. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Make sure you introduce yourselves to each other and decide what we're gonna do tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow as we are not turning back.
Another reference, from JFK, but I changed it a bit to fit us
Ask ,not what your community can do for you,
Ask, what you can do for your community."