President’s Message

One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the law of gravity. In a letter to Robert Hooke on February 5, 1676, Newton wrote, "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."  Newton was able to see farther than anyone had before, precisely because he was willing to learn from those who had gone before him.  Just imagine what life would be like if all anyone ever knew was the knowledge they accumulated on their own. There would be no electricity, no light bulb, no telephone, no computers, no cars and no airplanes. But, because we learned from those who had gone before, these inventions and many more were made possible.

This is how I look at my presidency. So many wonderful ladies have gone before me, and several of them are still very active in our organization today. And believe me, I will be "standing on their shoulders"  to glean their knowledge and wisdom.

I am also aware that our first president shared my name. How far we have come since those early days!

By now you probably have heard my theme is "Working Together in Harmony". One of my favorite songs I try to live by is "I Hope You Dance". I do hope we get to dance and enjoy our year together working hand in hand for our organization and for our community making them better.

I thank you for letting me have the honor of being your 2018-2019 president.

Mary Cooper
Houston Junior Forum President
2018-2019