When I sat down to figure out what I would write in my blog, the ubiquitous “Thanksgiving’s Blessing” popped into my unimaginative mind. There must be a reason that George Washington issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation on Oct. 3, 1789, and Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving. So I decided, why not?
Like most Americans, on Thursday I will take a moment, surrounded by family, friends and turkey (and tofurkey for some of our vegetarian family members) with all the trimmings, to count my blessings. Believe me, I have many for which to be grateful. However, I wanted to take a moment to thank the people I encounter and especially the ones I work with everyday at Drake & Company. I’ve also included a few crazy things for which I’m grateful. Here are just a few:
- Thank you to all the members of the associations we manage. Their willingness to join makes each association unique. Talking with them, helping them in some small way, helps me to learn their business better.
- To all the allied industries, sponsors and advertisers who invest in the associations’ future to enable them to be voices in their fields, thank you.
- For all association members who volunteer to serve on committees, boards and focus groups, thank you! Your commitment of time and effort is invaluable.
- I am thankful for our DrakeCo team for all of their efforts to make each association the best it can be – we really do “Make Dreams Fly!”
- For those fellow DrakeCo team members who take the time to explain and teach me how to do things that are outside of my comfort zone, please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated!
- I am grateful to work with such a creative group at Drake & Company. If you doubt the creativity of this bunch, see the photo I’ve included at the start of this blog.
- Thanks so much for the graphic artists I work with who what I send them into top quality magazines and brochures.
- Even though I hate to admit it, thank goodness for e-mail. For example, it lets me contact IFTA members half way around the world in minutes.
- Every time my computer does what I want it to do, I am amazed and grateful.
- And last but not least, I am thankful for my family every day – not just on Thanksgiving.