San Antonio was our first move without children so the Newcomers’ Club gave me the perfect opportunity to grow. During my presidency, two major events happened, first and most importantly, 9/11. We all sat in silence glued to our televisions for a while but when the club regrouped, we were stronger than ever. The other event was that my husband took a new job in Ft. Worth, Texas but I stayed behind to finish my term as president. I was blessed with a magnificent and supportive board and an exceptionally active group of members. That year we reached beyond a social club to supporting the Children’s Shelter, an organization that is still very dear to my heart. My term came to an end but my memories, accompanied by the beautiful scrapbook that was presented to me, has allowed me to remember so many smiling faces and our sharing of ideas. The club’s motto, “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” has remained my motto for life. One of our talented members, Peggy Hanley, wrote and gave me this poem when I left, entitled “Friends.” Friends are like rivers. They run past you, or they can trickle by. They can be low and shallow, or they can flood your life. They can dry up and turn to dust, becoming things of the past. But with a few sprinkles of life-giving water, they swell up and continue their trek. Returning from whence they came, never really leaving at all.
Thanks for the memories, Jennifer