This weekend marks the end of my term as the MIJC Chaplain. I’ve had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the opportunity to provide some insights and to share inspiration with my Jaycee peeps. Here’s what I said in my next to last invocation:

Alecia Moore (also known as Pink), a performer at the most recent Grammy’s broadcast, sang:

Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
Your whole life waiting on the ring to prove you’re not alone.


I personally know of a number of people in this room who, a couple of weeks ago, waited by their phone to see if they would get a call inviting them to discuss their year as a local officer. For some, the wait was excruciating. And the exultations were many when the call finally came and they were told “Yes, this award interview committee wants to talk with you.”

I am told that these officers discussed the highs and the lows of the year. I am told that they also talked about the things that were done to empower and inspire others in their chapters. And I am told that a few embodied that quality few leaders have – the quality that allows a person to stare fear in the face and to say “I don’t care!”

Today’s lunch is for those who make the first cut. Today’s lunch is dedicated to those who got that call. Today’s lunch is all about those who knew from the very beginning of this year, from LOTS onward, that The Sky’s The Limit