Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us "to laugh often and much; to
win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal
of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded".
As active garden club members we can epitomize the ideals expressed
by Emerson by leaving the world a more beautiful place for others
to enjoy. We are provided a unique opportunity to set high standards
for the coming years. May our actions bring peace and preserve our
planet for those who come after us. Together we can proudly recognize
the value of our past accomplishments while shaping a future of
environmental activism, positive social awareness and love for each
other. I look forward to sharing all of this with you.