I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!
With a crisp winter chill in the air and our homes and communities decorated with flickering colorful lights, it is clear that the Holiday Season is upon us.
The Holiday Season is a time for reflection and rejuvenation of hope for the future. It is a time to be ever mindful of the spirit of caring, sharing, love and generosity to others. It is a time to count your blessings and appreciate all of those people who give meaning to our lives. It is the time to say "Thank You!"
I am particularly aware that the success of the NCBF is dependent upon the valuable support of our members and the hard work of the committees who so generously volunteer and give of their time and talent. So, let me take this opportunity to say "Thank You" to each and every NCBF member, to those serving on the NCBF BOARD and on the various committees for your dedication and hard work. There is a direct correlation between the effectiveness of both the NCBF and your membership and your involvement in the activities and networking opportunities provided by the NCBF. With this in mind, I encourage you to attend our Midyear Meeting in Vancouver February 1-3, 2018. Our program committee has planned an outstanding program which will be beneficial to all attendees and certainly one not to be missed.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower offered the following words to the nation during the Christmas Season of 1956:
"The spirit of Christmas returns, yet again, to enable us to gain understanding of each other; to help each other; to obey the elemental precepts of justice; to practice good will toward all men of every tongue and color and creed; to remember that we are all identical in our aspirations for a peaceful, a decent, a rewarding life.
In the warm glow of the Christmas tree, it is easy to say these things, but when the trees come down and the lights are put away â€”as they always areâ€”then we have a true testing of the spirit. That testing will be answered, throughout the year ahead, by the success each of us experiences in keeping alive the inspiration and exultation of this moment.
We must proceed by faith, knowing the light of Christmas is eternal, though we cannot always see it. We must believe that the truth of Christmas is constant; that men can live together in peace as Lincoln said, "with charity for all, with firmness in the right."
May the gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of thankfulness, and the gift of happiness be yours this Holiday Season.