December, 2013

     As I sit at my computer, I seem to be having difficulty gathering my thoughts.  My mind keeps shifting subjects and is unable to stay on one for any length of time.  We live in a society that seems to be pulling us in a number of directions all at the same time.
     I reflect back to my childhood when life seemed to be much simpler. We did things together as a family, made Christmas cookies both traditional and Norwegian, put up a real Christmas tree and decorated it as a family, enjoyed family and friends and took part in old traditions and made new ones.
     Christmas is a very Special time of the year. No matter what your religious background, we all need to give thanks for our blessings; family, friends, relationships and the opportunity to serve through Rotary.  It is also a time of the year when we need to reach out to those who are less fortunate.  There are a number of ways to reach out in our communities and we know what they are; we just need to continue to make it happen.
     We need to take charge of the events that surround us and put them into some type of order. This order will be different for each of us.
     Take time this Holiday Season to enjoy family and friends, and just plain relax and enjoy the season.
     My wife, Ruth, & I wish you the Blessings of this Holiday Season.