You can tell the Rotary year is winding down if you know the signs. Lately, we have been going over our to-do list to see what we have missed and if we have met our deadlines.
There are district meetings to attend and our GRSP student from Sweden is beginning to think about going home as she ponders on what she has learned while she has spent the year in Georgia. Most projects for the year have been completed. The focus will be on closing out the year and preparing for the incoming leadership, vision, and directives. The question is: did we make a difference this year?
I believe the Salvation Army would say that our bell ringers brought awareness and helped people in need. The families we adopted for Christmas would not have been able to celebrate Christmas without our assistance. The food bank was able to provide meals for people because of the food we donated. Our GRSP student, Alice Lagebrant, has already written about what she has learned and has said that this journey has helped her determine her career when she gets back home. She is planning to start a research project on cognitive neurology because her Psychology classes at Brenau University sparked her interest. Colonel John Gentry, with the Georgia National Guard, gave a good overview of how the National Guard not only helps with disaster relief but is actually deployed to combat missions across the world. Gwinnett Medical shared their “Stop The Bleed” program so that more people can be trained to keep people alive until first responders arrive. Creative Enterprises has been gifted with trees that not only honor our Rotarians but provide beauty to the campus. The tree project was a co-operation between the 35,000 other Rotary clubs, but we also strengthened relationships within our club as we worked together, The YMCA can provide after-school services to children in need from a grant we presented to them. Children from Lawrenceville Elementary have enjoyed the benches we provided, the landscaping our group completed, and the reading done by our volunteers. We have even gotten out to clean up our stretch of adopted road in Lawrenceville several times this year. We may not have changed the world, but we have helped others in our little corner of the world, and we have formed friendships along the way. It is enough.
Leigh is a proud Rotarian and CEO of Creative Enterprises, Inc., a not for profit, training, and employment, community rehabilitation program for adults with disabilities. A lifelong resident of Gwinnett County, Leigh divides her time between advocating for people with disabilities, enjoying her children, grandchildren, and friends, helping her doTerra essential oil customers, traveling, and focusing on her spiritual journey to appreciate how we are all connected.