Let me start by saying Thank You so much for those who have traveled with me on this wonderful journey. Your encouragement and willingness to serve along with me, these are all things that make my heart soar with love and happiness.
The theme chosen this year is "Heroes - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." All of us are a hero to someone whose life has been touched by ESA. I know for sure my life has been touched and there are heroes that have led and guided me these many years. There are people I would never have had the privilege to meet were it not for ESA.
Webster defines a Hero as one that shows great courage, the central figure in an event, period, or movement. Examples of heroes include our military, first responders, teachers, and anyone who works with the youth, the elderly and the challenged. ESA members raise money to help someone by planning and hosting an event. If you look around this room, it is full of heroes. ESA is the family that binds us together and yet teaches us how to reach and go beyond what we think we can do.
While traveling with Jan Lee to Savannah for an SERC meeting, we were discussing things we like. During our conversation about the military, Jan said, "heroes." Immediately a plant called "yesterday, today and tomorrow", given to me by Penny Chappel from Gamma Mu, came to mind. I loved it and, as they say, "The rest is history." We as a group are making history today.
History tells us where we have come from (the yesterday). Today tells us where we are and gives us the courage tomove on. Tomorrow is the exciting part because of the unknown and the freedom to do great things. Think now of where St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is compared to 40 or even 20 years ago and look where they are heading. How exciting it is as they continue on. To know I am a small part of that is something I will never give up.
Many of you know how much I love animals. Animals are used to assist the blind and disabled, for search and rescue and as therapy animals.
A television station in my area is "highlight" heroes in our community. That individual is someone who saw a need and came up with a way to benefit those with that need. Isn't that what ESA does? Find a need, figure out a project to benefit that need and then make it happen.
I love the eagle because it is strong and very powerful. In a recent e-mail from Mega Coach entitled "Soar Like and Eagle" they stated "it is no wonder the bald eagle has scriptural references and has such significant symbolism to our country." The eagle offers us Hope, Visioin, Strength,, Power, Freedom, Inspiration and Magnificance.
When it rains, the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the clouds. The eagle can identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. Flying at an altitude of 1,00 feet over open country, the eagle can spot prey over an area of almost three square miles from a fixed position. No wonder God wants us to spread our wings and soar like eagles.
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we respond to what happens. Not by what life brings to us, but how we use it and by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.
"Where there is vision, people prosper."
You must have a vision and purpose for your life in all areas. Having a positive attitude along with faith and trust empowers you to live life fully. You must be able to rise above the challenges and circumstances that life sometimes presents. By keeping your energy high and staying true to your vision and purpose, you soar above difficulties and problems to maintain your focus on truth and what is possible.
Isaiah 40:31 states "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."
Thank you again for sharing this very special time in my life. You are loved and greatly appreciated.
There are 10 jewels surrounding the open book on the badge. These are pearls, ever synonymous with wisdom. But each jewel has a special significance to the wearer of the pin.
The First Pearl - Wisdom The Second Pearl - Beauty The Third Pearl - Strength The Fourth Pearl - Truth The Fifth Pearl - Fidelity The Sixth Pearl - Fellowship The Seventh Pearl - Cooperation The Eighth Pearl - Loyalty The Ninth Pearl - Vision The Tenth Pearl - Service
Together they comprise 10 attributes which every ESA member strives to achieve in life.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a premier leadership and service organization. ESA helps its members achieve their goals. The purpose of ESA is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive difference. ESA focuses on good friends, good works, and good times.
A. To promote closer relations and co-operation between chapter members, local chapters, officers, International Council, and ESA Headquarters;
B. To support and fulfill the needs of chapters striving to reach their common goals in social, educational, and philanthropic endeavors;
C. To encourage friendship and fellowship through members and chapter association.
The Florida State Council is a member of the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) whose goals are:
1) To serve as a means of fellowship and unity among the member states; 2) To serve as a guiding light for states with their problems and an exchange of ideas; 3) To serve as a way of growth of ESA within the member states charter chapters and new members; 4) To serve as an aide for transferees from one member state to any state; 5) To promote closer relationships and fuller cooperations between member states and headquarters; 6) To promote candidates from member states to IC offices; 7) To achieve 100% IC dues within member states; 8) To encourage attendance and participation in awards and contests at IC convention.