To The Daily Sun,
We have ushered in September, a month of traditional sights and sounds that capture both our attention and our interest. It is also a month of thought-provoking contrasts: saying goodbyes yet bidding hellos, wishing our sons and daughters success in college yet experiencing the loneliness of empty nests, assessing beautifully completed work but seeing many unfinished chores, vowing a more productive day's work yet realizing the wisdom of slowing our pace, hailing newly constructed buildings but lamenting the closings of many others, anticipating prudent solutions to national crises yet recognizing the folly of hastily made decisions.
For some of us, September is a month of quiet reflection — a time to evaluate former commitments and perhaps to start new ones, an opportune time to express feelings that may be long overdue. Personally I see it as my time to do just that.
As a former member of the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund committee, I remain very proud of the work that this Fund has accomplished for many, many years. Dating back to the impressive leadership of such dedicated individuals as Jan Adams and Jane Kiah (both deceased) and the stoic guidance of June Plummer, Pauline Fournier, and the Meredith Public Health staff, the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund has been a beacon of hope and promise to Meredith and Center Harbor, the two communities it serves at Christmastime.
My personal contacts with the Fund have been both pleasant and rewarding. I have thoroughly enjoyed the warmth and the closeness of these individuals and groups who have always answered the Fund's clarion call to adopt families at the Christmas Seasons: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Buck, Mr. and Mrs. David Detscher, Elan Publishing Company personnel, Mr. and Mrs. David Kuether, the Hart family, Mr. and Mrs. David Reid, Mr. and Mrs. John Hanaway, the Inter-Lakes High School National Honor Society members and their advisors, and the Inter-Lakes High School Student Council members and their advisors. For several years I received complete support from the Inter-Lakes Junior High School students and their teachers. Their rather arduous task was to donate and/or to purchase appealing and cost-effective stocking stuffers. Under the initial guidance of Mrs. Trudy Powers and Mrs. Nancy Watt, and later from the combined efforts of Mrs. Missy Manville and Mrs. Wendy Taylor, the annual 'assignment' was always completed
with an impressive competitive excitement. With fondness and with sincere gratitude, I acknowledge the willing hands and the compassionate hearts of all these many individuals and groups. Their sense of purpose and commitment, as well as their good-natured joy of remembering others, remain outstandingly memorable. I have seen the generous outpouring of support from our many, many businesses, civic organizations, individuals, church members, school children, teachers and parents, Scouts, police departments and special Lakes Region groups. They, too, have invested their ALL in the
Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, making generous monetary contributions and filling children's stockings and decorating family trees with just the grandest array of Christmas toys and clothing. To all of these very kind people, I extend heartfelt appreciation. So selfless, they always went those extra miles to fulfill the joyful aspirations of others.
Even though we are in the early days of September, we will soon hear from the Inter- Lakes Christmas Fund committee. Their planning starts early. Through media coverage, we will read about their structure and strategy, any new plans they are advocating, established dates for parent/guardian input, as well as cordial invitations for you readers to become active participants in what is truly a grand organization.
To present members of the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund committee, I extend every best wish for your continued success. You nurture your Fund's strong mission; you dedicate yourselves to your work; and through the collaborative efforts of your many co-workers, you enthusiastically welcome the fruition of your annual heartwarming and phenomenal
Christmas Day project — an amazing project that brings holiday joy and cheer to both children and to senior citizens.