We all have people that cross our path in life. The impressions that they leave are distinct. During my career as a Peace Officer with the California Youth Authority, Assistant Superintendent Kate Thompson was one of those individuals. She was tough, supportive, and wise as an educator teaching officers and support staff how to be fair and consistent. As a supervisor she held you accountable to be professional in the execution of your duties. It has been over 20 years since my departure from CYA, and Kate Thompson still remains my mentor today.
I share this with you, because I see Kiwanis in a shift. The economic, political and social dynamics have influenced or changed the social climate in our communities, states and nation. It appears today that clubs have become insular. We in Kiwanis still believe in service, but we have become more comfortable keeping it close to home.
In my term as Lieutenant Governor, I have had the privilege to meet and work closely with leaders in this division, both new and seasoned. To be frank, I have been dependent on the veterans of Kiwanis who have been my guides in this term. I encourage in this year’s “Call to Action,” that we look to these leaders that are in each club.
While Kiwanis may change, the determination, perseverance, and resilience we might learn from veteran leaders within our clubs could be the foundation in building a strong future.