Dear Fellow Rotarians
The Holiday Season is upon us and it's time for us to once again pull out our long johns, wool socks and fleece hats in order to start ringing the bells for the local Fuel and Food Fund... truly an act of service! Every year it seems that we hear at least one story about a grateful past recipient paying the good deed forward and I know that there are folks who donate many times over the course of the several weeks we are out there. We have also occasionally had sizable donations made anonymously. The best part is that these funds do stay local, they are not used to pay bell ringers and they are matched dollar for dollar by Green Mountain Power. I know that for many of us the cold, two hour shifts go by at a snail's pace but we have the certainty of knowing that we have a warm home to go to when we are done. By spending those cold hours ringing the bells, we help ensure that some of our neighbors who are down on their luck will be able to have that same certainty.
But that isn't the only local community service we are involved in at this time of year. At our December social, we collect gifts for local children who may not otherwise have a Christmas present under their tree and in partnership with UCS make sure that doesn't happen. At our Christmas party, we contribute items to be used as bingo prizes at the Veteran's Home.
Recently I sent an email to the members of the club with a quote about service that I found inspirational; I feel it is an appropriate way to end my December letter:
I slept and dreamt life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
This Holiday Season, let us make our gifts of service be gifts of joy!