community leadership in Santa Barbara. I opened this presentation by stating how interesting life can be. There I was speaking in the penthouse Doctors lounge to these leaders while my Mother worked in one of the most humbling positions in the laundry department which was in the basement.
My parents and other adult mentors along the way were my guiding light to the opportunities I have to make a difference in the lives of children and families today. There is one thing that is very clear to me, and that is that I have much to be grateful for.
We all come from different experiences in life, but there is a commonality with us all, and that is our desire to “Pass it forward.” Kiwanis gives us an opportunity to join hands to become a powerful force of positivity. It is priceless to be involved in community service, where the people we serve look at us with that sincere expression of gratitude.
I am far from being a rich man from the sense of monetary or personal possessions, but I am rich beyond description with the friends I have made in Kiwanis, and my ability to change the world, one child, and one community at a time as a result of our collective effort.
Let’s open our eyes so we can see clearly the needs of our community. Open our ears to hear the opinions of other members of Kiwanis. Open our minds so that we may value these opinions. Open our hearts so that our actions are noble and just. Open our souls so that our intentions are clean, and be courageous to be the voice for those that are unable to speak for themselves.
“Pass it forward.”
I am so excited and honored to lead such an inspiring group of community leaders. If you have heard me speak, then you have heard me share about my humble roots. My mother is 93 years old and is the oldest employee at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. She sacrificed to send me to a private elementary and high school.
I once had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker, presenting to the