Hello Civitans! Wow, we are in the 4th quarter of this Civitan year and what a year it has been. I think we can all agree in 2015 when we were asked what we thought our lives would look like in five years- this was not what we had envisioned.
Earlier this spring, the International Board began to discuss what the convention would look like and whether we would be able to hold it in person. We had hours of discussion and deliberation over what the correct answer was. The decision to cancel was not an easy one and we wondered what impact this would have on each of you. Throughout everything, we only wanted to do what was the safest option for our members and staff. As a board we finalized our decision and come out as a united body knowing we have made the only logical decision. Last weekend, we finished up our first ever virtual Civitan International convention. I hope that you were able to participate. I personally think our World Head Quarters Staff did an amazing job pulling together and executing this convention. Thank you to all who participated in making the virtual Convention such a huge success!
I am proud of North Carolina District East Civitans and what each of you have continued to do in spite of the global pandemic. I ask that each of you start preparing yourselves to hit the ground running when this is over. There will be a great need in our communities for Civitans. We all try to think of all of the good things that are happening in our world but the reality is there are so many hurting people that we don’t know about because we are stuck at home. I would encourage each of you to reach out to your neighbors and family and check on them. There are still things that we can do, even while we have restricted movements. Sometimes something as small as a phone call can change the world for someone.
I hope each of you are well and ready to finish this year strong. Thank you to Governor Deryl for her leadership this year. I am looking forward to what our 2020 – 2021 Civitan International President Frank Kelley and his team will help us do this coming year. As always, if there is anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.