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  1. 1. November/December 2009 Governor’s Bulletin Volume 1 Issue 6 Southwestern District Dream - Believe - Achieve 2009-2010 DAC GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE Constance Czarnecki The Gift Governor 10538 East Posada Avenue Yesterday is History Mesa, Arizona 85212 480-220-6124 {cell} Tomorrow is Mystery 480-380-8272 {home} And today is a Gift 480-472-0660 {work} That is why it is called Patricia Gregor “PRESENT” Governor-Elect In Pilot Love, 314 Gorman Governor Constance. Belen, New Mexico 87002 505-307-9957 {cell} Ginger Mercer Treasurer 832 Desi Loop Belen, New Mexico 87002 505-401-9384 {cell} Sharon Starr-Atkinson Secretary 1413 South Hall Mesa, Arizona 85204 480-223-8620 {cell} "A Different Christmas Poem" (page 2)
  2. 2. Page 2 Nov/Dec 2009 "A Different Christmas Poem" line, That separates you from the darkest of The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, times. I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, my No one had to ask, beg, or implore me, I'm proud daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the to stand here like my fathers before me. My snow fell, a blanket of white, transforming the Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December," yard to a winter delight. Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, the jungles of ' Nam ', and now it is my turn and Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. so, here I am. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In I've not seen my own son in more than a while, perfect contentment, or so it would seem, so I But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, the red, white, and blue... an American The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, flag. I can live through the cold and the being But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. alone, Away from my family, my house and my Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, home. Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the I can stand at my post through the rain and the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to sleet; I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I hear, and I crept to the door just to see who was can carry the weight of killing another, or lay near. down my life with my sister and brother who Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, stand at the front against any and all, to ensure a lone figure stood his face weary and tight. A for all time that this flag will not fall." soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright. Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give Standing watch over me, and my wife and my you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It child. seems all too little for all that you've done, for "What are you doing?" I asked without fear, being away from your wife and your son." "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, down your pack, brush the snow from your "Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To sleeve, you should be at home on a cold fight for our rights back at home while we're Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow long. For when we come home, either standing blown in drifts. or dead, to know you remember we fought and To the window that danced with a warm fire's we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we light then he sighed and he said, "It’s really all will trust, that we mattered to you as you right, I’m out here by choice. I'm here every mattered to us." night." "It's my duty to stand at the front of the
  3. 3. Nov/Dec 2009 Page 3 LEADERSHIP Bob Edwards made a very valid observation I’ve taken the cheaters way out this November….. when he said, “One can always tell when one is I “borrowed” from an already existing letter getting old and serious by the way that holidays from: November 29, 2009 by Miki Saxon. It seem to interfere with one’s work.” Based on seems that Miki has clearly stated what I believe that I’m still not old, no matter what Social about the Holidays when I choose to think about Security says, and I never will be—what about them versus being swept along by them. I ask you? you to read Miki’s article one time through, but Ben Franklin’s wisdom is accurate as ever, “How then read it again….beginning at the second many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his paragraph, each time you read the word precepts! O! ‘tis easier to keep holidays than “holiday”, substitute the word “leadership”. commandments.” You may not agree, but it Think about it….. seems these days the more vocal the religion the Miki Saxon writes: greater the intolerance and hate; I’d rather go back to the days when faith was private and Good grief, where did the time go? Thanksgiving tolerance waxing. is over, and that means the year is close to ending, but first comes the holiday season. But it’s Pepper Schwartz who sums up the Nothing but parties and get-togethers for the holidays perfectly, “Holidays in general breed next 4.5 weeks. unrealistic expectations. The minute you start wondering, “is it going to be wonderful enough?” Frank Ogden said, “Holidays are the greatest it never will be.” The trick, obviously, is not to learning experience unknown to man.” I think he wonder, just assume. Believe with all your heart; has a real point, otherwise most of us wouldn’t know that it will happen and it will. keep repeating the same actions and activities every year that don’t work for us—isn’t that Carolyn Darst similar to Einstein’s definition of insanity? A MESSAGE FROM PI PRESIDENT, Sadly, Philip Andrew Adams hit the nail on the head when he said, “To many people holidays are PAT JARVIS not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of Happy Holiday! This is a reassurance.” very festive time of year Holidays are funny things, rarely does your as we, each in our own version of what happened match those of the way, celebrate the other people present. However, does that holidays. As you are matter? Denis Norden said, “It’s like your celebrating this month, children talking about holidays, you find they keep your dreams alive have a quite different memory of it from you. for we know that every Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s dream is a vision of hope. I wish each of you a remembered.” How very true, your reality is joyous holiday season and a great beginning of based on your memories, not someone else’s 2010. version of the same event. Seasons’ Greetings to all, Pat
  4. 4. DISTRICT CONVENTION IN MESA, ARIZONA APRIL 30 –MAY 2, 2010 The Southwestern District Governor’s Bulletin is published monthly. Layout Editor is Rhoda Amendola Articles are due on the 20th of the month preceding the publication date. YOUR BEST PILOT CONVENTION BET Please e-mail articles to LOUISVILLE, KY, Governor Constance at JULY 7-10, 2010 PILOT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Every effort will be made to publish news by The Pilot of the Month is … clubs. Articles may be edited to fit space. East Valley Pilot Club has nominated Constance Czarnecki as Pilot of the Month. Constance developed “Bookin’ for Books” where she Club Presidents: Please will get people to sponsor her running in a marathon, and then pass on a copy of the donate the proceeds to Bookin’ for Books. These funds then buy Governor’s Bulletin to the coloring books that go along with the Brain Minder Buddy EACH member of your Presentations. Besides holding two jobs (as a TBI educator and a club. If lack of money for waitress), serving as our District Governor and running every day, photocopying is a Constance started to do respite problem, bring a few work to give parents with ailing or copies of the Governor’s special needs children some Bulletin to your meeting breathing time. When asked how and pass them around much she charges, her answer is, for everyone to read. “Just make out a check to East Valley Pilot Club as a donation to Have each member Bookin’ for Books.” initial it when he/she has read it. East Valley is proud to acknowledge her dedication to Pilot. We love you, Constance!