Franklin-Grand Isle United Way
Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Thank you for inviting me to participate
in your 21st annual meeting.
I first want to congratulate Edna
Chagnson for the great job that she has done in the past for this
organization. I want to wish her well in her well deserved retirement (18
years at the helm is along time). I also want to recognize her for her
incredible service to Franklin and Grand Isle County - and to the
State of Vermont. This is not easy work - it is not easy to convince
ask people for money - to convince businesses and individuals to give
to the united way - it is not easy to decide to whom and how much
grants should be distributed (of course she did not do this alone . . . )
And just think - over the past 18 years the need for these funds have
become more imperative with the downsizing of government in the late
80's and early 90's and coupled with the recession of that time.
I am sure that there were much more lucrative career alternatives along the
way - but you chose to stick it out here at the United Way -
because this job offered you something that no other place of employment
could - the opportunity to do work worth doing. As President Teddy
Roosevelt said, almost a century ago,"Far and away the best prize
that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth
I also want to welcome Jeff Moreau. He is
lucky in many ways for he is taking the helm an organization that is very
important to the people of Franklin and Grand isle counties. You have big
shoes to follow.
Finally, I want to congratulate all of
you who are here today. The Franklin Grand Isle United Way is about making a
difference in people's lives. All of us - on some level are
working to make a difference - to make our little piece of the world a
better place. The thing about charity based giving is that it works like a
spider web - or oil spilled on water - one act of giving spreads
out and out and out. It is not only the senior citizen who is visited at
home by home health or meals on wheels who benefits - but his son and
daughter who are worried to death about him - but cant visit during
the day because they have to work. I know from personal experience the
importance of the services you support - home health, meals on wheels
have let people I love remain home and independent - . . . .
This year you have accomlished an
incredible task. - you raised more than . . .