|Letter From The President|
Happy New Year to everyone in the
Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District.
I hope everyone's holidays were
spent in peace with close friends and family.
I know that this is not always the case, and sometimes we need help from
our friends and family to get through this time of year. I know very well
as this was my father's first Christmas without my mother in 80 years.
As good Exchangites, we understand that others may
need our help just to get by each day. Often it is hard to
juggle helping others while meeting our own needs. We do it collectively,
as clubs, helping each other to give back to our communities. But,
as the flight attendant always says, put on your oxygen mask first, before
helping anyone else.
The same applies to our clubs. If we do not keep our District
strong and growing, the ones that need our help will continue to suffer.
We all know how important and challenging it is to create new clubs,
but I find it much more difficult to watch an existing club shrink or
disappear. The impact on the community happens either positively or
negatively depending upon our own strength.
As I mentioned last time, we all need to look into ourselves
and decide what we can do to make our organization better. Your
value to Exchange must go beyond your good deeds. Make it
contagious. Display your belief in what we do every day. People
should be asking you why you love being in Exchange. Your answer should
be simple. Mine is just that I showed up one day and fell in
love with our mission.
The busy time of the year has begun for District wide events.
Learn about the upcoming events in this issue and plan to attend as many as
possible. I’m looking forward to
spending time with each of you.
Tony Ackerman, District President
Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District