The holidays and book called 2018 are firmly behind us, the last page being read yesterday.
We accomplished a lot in 2018. We also suffered losses and set-backs, but we were resilient. We looked after our own and poured out support where it was needed the most. We laughed, we cried, we rallied and we came together on numerous occasions to remind those around us, " we are here, we care, we will support you."
We tried new things, we failed and we succeeded. We re-evaluated and we celebrated.
We did it all of these things while giving the children and youth of Chilliwack just that little bit more. We made magic happen for families all over our community. We welcomed new members. We allowed other organizations the ability to see their visions come to life through financial support or service hours. We dedicated months of time to providing the Operation Red Nose service, getting hundreds of people home safely form their holiday festivities and keeping families together. Super Reader continues to grow, and promote a love for literacy. Scholarships were provided to more than a dozen students to help their post-secondary dreams become a reality. We paved the way for our Kiwanis family to grow with the first ever Builders Club in Chilliwack at Mt.Slesse Middle School. We watched as the Sardis Secondary Key Club raised over $10,000 for kids cancer programs with the Inside Ride. We are empowering our youth of tomorrow, we are engaging them and giving them opportunities beyond their own walls. We are the difference makers, and we continue to break down the idea that Kiwanis is the 'best kept secret.'
As we enter 2019, we will continue all of our wonderful work all over the community. We will also celebrate our 40th anniversary! I know we will continue to help dreams come true and ignite an excitement about getting involved in our own community. We will continue to support each other unconditionally and we will continue to empower those around us.
Thank you for an amazing record breaking 2018.
Your dedication and commitment are daily inspirations. I look forward to an equally amazing 2019.
Yours In Service,