By Kim Vidor
It has been said that gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation; it is a mindful acknowledgment of all that we have been given. When we focus on the abundance in our lives, we discover a greater capacity for generosity, cheerfulness, and contentment.
President, Houston Junior Forum
As we continue to celebrate our 70th year may we pause and reflect on all that we have and all for which we should be grateful. Through our service to the community we strive to give back to those in need. Thank you all for the giving of your time to support the Houston community.
Thanks to the leadership of Marilyn McDowell and Mopsy Andrews, and their committee, we added 35 amazing new members, many of who have already volunteered for leadership positions for this upcoming year. I am thankful for Marilyn, Mopsy and all of the new members, as well as all the members of the Houston Junior Forum.
Jodie Parker led our organization through the past year with sage advice and persistence. Her endless hours of work on the fiscal management of our budget will forever be appreciated; thank you, Jodie.
This year the Scholarship Committee awarded over $50,000 to well-deserving students, while the Community Grants Committee contributed $70,000 to numerous community agencies; job well done.
With suggestions from our Membership and the Service Site Evaluation Committee, the Executive Committee along with the Board of Directors added four new Service Sites for Next Year:
- Interfaith Ministries - Meals on Wheels
- Magnificat Houses
- Making it Better
- The Amazing Place
Through our partnership with these organizations our members will have additional opportunities to serve our community.
As we begin this next year, let us appreciate all that has been accomplished in the past, and focus on maintaining the momentum into the future.
Appreciating all who have come before us, we continue to develop leaders for the future as well as continuing our community involvement.
Thank you for the opportunity and honor of serving as your president this year.
Remembering….Members first. The Heart of the organization.