The Rotary Four Way Test … ChristmasWreaths 2012:
Of the things we think, say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
The truth is that Joe Mead, Butch Fuller, and Al Emerson worked diligently to test the lights on the wreaths throughout the week. They said the lights were a pain to change, and it was certainly so. The truth is they did a great job.
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Well…poor Rotarian Don Skinner is the only one who braves the ladder on the bridge over the river each year. Up in the air he goes, with an entourage of Belmont Rotarians holding the ladder and looking busy. (I think it is fair because the rest of us don’t like heights.)
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
People love the wreaths and always remark about how nice they look. It is a good feeling to be appreciated while working hard to make our little town welcoming to others.
If you could have heard us, well some of us, whining about testing each light to find the corroded culprit, you would have thought our friendships were being tested more than the lights! However, we knew that Al Emerson, Joe Mead, and Butch Fuller had been taunted by these wrangling wreaths all week, and surely we could belly up and make them proud. Good friends….can’t let them down.
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
I had to take some things to the library tonight which is located by our village’s Park Circle. The Park Circle is encompassed by antique looking lamp posts newly adorned by Christmas wreaths hung there today by the Belmont Rotary Club. “I like them wreaths every year,” a young boy on a bike said to me. Being retired has not changed the elementary school grammar teacher in me, so I replied, “You like those wreaths every year?” “Yeah, them are nice and pretty and people are gonna like ‘um,” was his complimenting response. He rode away, and I decided that sometimes…grammar really ain’t all that important. It’s all about how something beautiful can make you feel.
Thanks to Rotarians Al Emerson, Bob Drosendahl, Butch Fuller, Joe Mead, Mike Healy, Brandon LaValley, Mary Fuller, Dana Ross, Don Skinner, and “Friend of Rotary”, Mike Doody, for your time and effort throughout this past week and on Saturday, November 10th . Our community is a better place because of you. And THAT is BENEFICIAL to all concerned.
Belmont Rotarian Donna DiGirolamo