A world of possibilities
With Christmas behind us, many of us have already heard whispers of New Year’s resolutions looming on the horizon. It is hard to know where to start when thinking about 2011 and all that it brought. Some have found this to have been a difficult year, others have found this year to be a year of great opportunity; however your year shaped up to be, the one commonality we have shared is the privilege to live in this remarkable community. The generosity and kindness of so many in our community is a testament to the small town, neighbor taking care of neighbor community we live in. As this year comes to a close, the Lions would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the countless volunteers that gave of themselves, their time, and their donations as well.
There are so many to thank, it is difficult to know where to start. Thank you to the many businesses that made so many of the Lions’ projects successful this year, from the Tree of Giving to the Fourth of July Celebration, to the Valentine’s Day Dinner and the Easter Egg Hunt. There are so many volunteers from the community who pitched in and lent a hand, it truly reinforces the sense of community we all cherish so much. In addition to individual volunteers and businesses, we can’t forget to thank the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, and other non-profits such as the Elks, the VFW, and a big thank you to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.
Lastly, the Lions would like to send a sincere thank you to the Chugiak-Eagle River Star for inspiring us to bring our message of community and service to our neighbors and our friends. As we think back on this year, there will likely be good and not-so-good aspects that come to mind, but it is that glimmer of hope, that sparkle of positive, which helps carry us through the difficult times. This year as we look back, there is so much to be thankful for, one of the biggest is the community in which we live. Though the population of our community may be growing, the people are still the same; they are full of compassion, lively spirit and a can do attitude.
We will continue to extend invitations to everyone in our community to come down and join us at any of our numerous events throughout the year. We will keep you informed how to get involved, and we always have an open door to ideas that will help keep our community as the treasure we know it to be. So, this year as you make your New Year resolutions, stop for a moment and consider adding community service to your list of possibilities. It’s not just about serving food in a soup kitchen line; rather, it is about realizing what you have, and wanting to help someone else. It’s not a lifetime commitment, maybe just a couple hours, but you may find a whole world of possibilities.
Happy New Year from the Lions! For more information on Lions visit www.sleepingladylions.org or call Amy at 301-9179.