prepare each plate as requested by each guest. There was so much love and care given to the 200 plus guests that we served.
As I methodically went through the work assigned to me, I could see and feel the gratitude of our guests. You see, they were so challenged that it would be near impossible for them to go through the food line to get their plate of food and return to their table. One of our guests engaged me in a conversation. He stated how grateful he was that we put on this annual event. He stated that he lived alone and would probably not have a Thanksgiving dinner. He really appreciated that we served meals to go, because that was what he would eat the next day. This was an event he so looked forward to attend. At that moment I felt so ashamed of my waste of energy thinking of my personal challenges. They were petty compared to the challenges faced by this brave and noble group we served on that day.
It was clear to me then as it is today that Kiwanis Service is a gift, reminding us to be grateful of the bounty we each have in our lives. Although the Thanksgiving Holiday comes once a year, in Kiwanis we live it, share it, and love it all year long. Never let us forget the gift of being in Kiwanis and to be a Kiwanian. Our collective effort in Kiwanis makes us powerful to change the world one child and one community at a time.
Many years ago during my rookie year of Kiwanis, I came to my A-Ha moment during a signature community service event. It was the day before Thanksgiving and the Santa Barbara Club collaborated with Santa Barbara City Parks and Recreation to host a luncheon serving the community with mental and/or physical health challenges. The food was prepared and the Kiwanis team assembled at the venue. Our guests were bused in and assisted to their tables. We took the meal orders from each table and went through the food line to