Letter From The President
The Exchange Strong theme is catching on and the Texas – Louisiana Gulf Coast District is no exception. WE ARE EXCHAGE STRONG. I sincerely hope that you too are continuing to “Living Exchange” and setting an example as we live up to the ideals of Exchange in our daily lives.
I want to share with you a recent experience detailed by the Florida District President that embodies all we strive for. He was involved in an Exchange project when a lady approached and wanted to help. She knew of Exchange and had a zeal for serving others. He learned that she was a part of the Alabama Horrific Crime Victims Commission & although she didn’t describe the details of her personal story, he was certain it was very bad. She had moved to the area with nothing but her clothes in a single small suitcase & $170 to her name. Never the less, she was happy & energetic & looking for a way to give back. She was invited & attended a meeting or two but contact was lost shortly thereafter. When she finally resurfaced she shared how excited she was that she had found a place to live & was seeking employment close by. She only wanted to know what was the next event & what could she do to help. She had a passion to serve, asking for nothing in return.
When checking on her one day, he discovered that the only items in her small unfurnished apartment were the clothes from her small suitcase. In typical Exchange fashion and a few networking phone calls later, all the necessary items she needed were gathered & provided.
This story is relevant as we all sometimes get down to where we feel as if we aren’t making the difference in the lives of others that we strive for or we have a hard time getting participation at events & meeting but out of nowhere, “an angel appears”. This kind hearted lady came to serve but ended up being served.
It doesn’t matter if at your event you have 6 or 16 or 60. If the 6 that are there are serving & they are there to uphold the honorable intentions of our covenant, then that is all that is needed.
Occasionally we may get discouraged but then an epiphany changes our entire outlook. This lady plans to join Exchange & surely she will be an asset locally & nationally. She obviously has a contagious spirit but as Exchangites & as human beings, we never know when we will have the opportunity to touch the lives of others.
As Exchangites, our spirit & enthusiasm should be contagious too! This story illustrates that we can and do make a difference, one person at a time. Let’s keep in mind that as we live our covenant, our spirit & enthusiasm will shine & others will want to be a part of our membership in this amazing gift we call Exchange! We are indeed #ExchangeStrong!
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