Italian-American Citizen's Club

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

Members Letter May 2015

Letter from the President                              La Lettera May 2015

Dear Friends,

May is here and finally the weather is starting to cooperate. With the warmer weather, yard cleanups can start. I spent the weekend pruning bushes and trees that were hard hit by our severe winter. A few weeks ago we had the club cleanup, eighteen members showed up for this event out of over 300 members. These eighteen worked extremely hard, both inside and outside, making the club shine! Thanks to all who came,! You all worked very hard and we had some laughs along the way! Special thanks to Charlie Abbate, who donated a truckload of black mulch to beautify the front of the club.

Elections for the club will be held in June. Nominations for office will be closed at the May business meeting. Ballots will be distributed at the June meeting and those present will elect the open positions. During our April meeting I asked for volunteers to come forward to be part of our nominating committee, unfortunately no one came forward. The open positions for this election are as follows: PRESIDENT, FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AND 2 TRUSTEE POSITIONS. Since we do not have a nominating committee, the board will put forward a slate of officers to fill the open positions. I for one feel very committed to finishing the renovation project that has started during my term as president. With that being said, I would be honored to run for another term as your President. I ask all of you to get involved in your club. What happens at the club doesn’t happen by magic – it is the hard work of your club members. As John F. Kennedy once said, “ask not of what your club can do for you, but what can you do for your club!” Remember to get involved, even if it is just to come down for a drink at the bar. See what is going on and get involved. If you don’t this decision could come back and affect you. Apathy and not getting involved in helping others brings to mind a story that clearly illustrates why sometimes we should go out of our way to help others.

The story of the Mouse in the House: A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. He thought what food might this package contain. He was devastated when he discovered it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: there is a mousetrap in the house. The chicken raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is of grave concern to you, but it is of no concern to me. I cannot be bothered by it!” The mouse turned to the pig and told him of the mousetrap in the house. The pig sympathized but said, I am very sorry Mr. Mouse, there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers. The mouse turned to the cow and said there is a mousetrap in the house. The cow said wow Mr. Mouse, I am sorry for you, but its no skin off my nose. So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmers mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmers’ wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had


caught. The snake bit the farmers’ wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup; so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient, chicken. But the wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed all these people the farmer butchered the pig. The farmers wife did not get well, she died. So many people came to her funeral so the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them to eat. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem, or could use your help and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember... the mouse in the house!

Please get INVOLVED IN YOUR CLUB, there is always something that you can put your mark on! Get involved; it will make you feel better about others and most importantly about yourself! As the great Winston Churchill said, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Mohammed Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth”.

In closing remember that no body can do everything, but everyone can do something!

CIAO,

Joe Q

 

P.S. See you at the Club!