Acceptance Speech April 11, 2013
Life’s milestones include beginnings and endings
So we come to the end of a very successful administration of the Garden Club of Alabama, Inc.
We thank everyone who made it possible.
(Great job to all, especially to you, Jo Ann, for your outstanding leadership.)
Now we find ourselves at the beginning of a new administration.
Our Theme is Sowing Seeds of Service.
It’s every human’s utmost desire to bequeath a mark or impression on the world.
Are we leaving the world a better place than how we found it?
We will all leave a legacy. What will your legacy be?
A legacy is not only producing results or record-breaking achievement; a legacy is about serving others.
Helping others is extraordinarily important to mankind and the world.
Service gives our lives a sense of meaning and purpose.
Nothing else can replace it.
We all need a purpose!
Many of us think we do not have the time or the skills to serve others.
Others think that the problem is too big for us to make a difference.
But we can make a difference in the little things we do every day.
Some services we can do for The Garden Club of Alabama are:
• Invite a friend or neighbor to join your Garden Club.
• Sponsor a Youth Garden Club or Youth Garden.
• Beautify your community and/or clean up your environment.• Have a Flower Show and invite the public.
• Support your local Botanical Garden.
• Share your love of growing, take flowers to VA hospitals, nursing homes, schools, &
institutions.• Participate in fairs/ seminars and expositions on gardening/ birds/ environment/ floral design/ landscape design/ butterflies, etc.• Share your talents give a program to a group or club.
• Nominate a deserving student for a Horticulture, Landscape Design, or Forestry Scholarship at Auburn University.
Each and every day gives us numerous opportunities to make a small difference. Do you make a difference?
After all a legacy begins with you…….
We will all leave a legacy when our time here on earth is up. Service is a way of living our legacy in all that we do.
I wrote this poem to sum up this new administration.
“SOWING SEEDS OF SERVICE”
Our theme “Sowing Seeds of Service,”
I hope you will endear.
Serving others is the reason,
that God has put us here.
Pick a spot in your community,
where you can plant some seeds.
Then nourish it, and watch it grow,
and keep it free from weeds.
There is value in the numbers,
when we all come together.
Sharing talents and communicating,
no matter what the weather.
“Sowing Seeds of Service,”
It’s all about us giving.
“Sowing Seeds of Service,”
it makes our life worth living.
Thank you for permitting me to serve as the 39 President of the Garden Club of Alabama.
Trece Chancellor GCA President – 2013-2015