When I joined Rotary in 1998 I was one of the youngest members in the club. I didn't mind that at all considering I already had many friends older than me. My parents weren't young when they had me so I was used to hanging out with "older" people and never really noticed the age difference.
Flash forward 13 years and I am no longer that young whippersnapper any more (you can tell that since I used that archaic word!). There are many members younger than I now. But, what really has affected me more than I could ever imagine is that I am losing my old friends. We lost three of our members this year, Nick Vecchio, Walt Smith and Carol Beardslee. They were all important and beloved members of our Rotary Family.
But this is the cycle of Rotary and the cycle of Life. Perhaps I am more attuned to is lately since I also lost a close friend and both of my parents this year as well. I have realized that the older you get you are going to start losing more people that are close to you. It is not coincidence, it is just the cycle of life.
As we come close to end of this year and the holidays are near, we need to be grateful for all that we have. Yes, we have lost dear friends, but what we gained in having known them is immeasurable and priceless. So, to Nick, Carol and Walt, thank you for being a part of our Rotary cycle of life.