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Karen’s Korner, Vol. 4

From time to time, our President Karen Russell will write an article or missive to keep you up to date on what we are up to… or other random thoughts.

The word gratitude is used a lot this time of year. It is not just a word we dust off and bring out at Thanksgiving; it is a deep appreciation for life and what it has to offer each of us. That looks different depending on who you are talking to, but the essence is the same. I am grateful to be a Rotarian.

Rotarians are naturally giving people who serve others because they can. We serve because it comes from our hearts and is genuine. For us, it is more than “doing good”, it is a passion to make the world a better place and to make others’ lives easier, and I am humbled to be a part of it.

Our fellow Rotarians in Butte County have lost their homes, and some may have lost their lives. One of our club’s former members retired to Paradise just two months ago and has now lost everything. In the coming weeks and months, our club will work to help him in any way we can so that he can have some semblance of normalcy and order back in his life. It is what we do when others are in need.

While we spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving and reflect on all we have to be grateful for, let’s also hold our fellow Californians in our hearts. They are grateful for small things like a place to sleep, running water, a hot meal and a warm shower… things we perhaps take for granted. They have discovered the true essence of life with nothing and their lives are forever changed. Ours are changed as we watch them survive in spite of overwhelming loss.

Yours in service,

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