ASA NorCal President’s Message for December, 2010 – Robert P. Lentz III, ASA


The Spirit of Volunteerism


Now that the Holiday Season is upon us, we turn to thoughts of home and family, and of helping those who may not be as fortunate as we are.  This is truly “the season of sharing,” and opportunities abound for volunteering at charities  and other philanthropic organizations throughout Northern California.  The “need” seems to grow every year; and this year the need may be particularly acute with so many people seeking employment.  If “The Great Recession” has truly ended, too many people in our area simply have not received “the word” yet.


My message this month will be short and sweet.  People may not ever remember what you did, …or what you said, …or what you said you were going to do.  But they will always remember how you made them feel. 


I hope that each of you ASA members is currently active in some truly selfless activity.  Whether it be your children’s schools, Scouting, a charity such as United Way, or even the ASA, congratulations if you are already a volunteer.  If you are not yet a volunteer, you are missing great opportunities.  One of the most important things that separates humans from other species is our ability and willingness to help others.


Before the Holidays are over, and we begin the new year, take an accounting of where you are, and where you belong.  Have you helped someone outside your own family?  Have you mentored someone in the next generation? 


Success in life is measured not by the BMW in the driveway, but by how fondly others will remember you when you are gone.  …‘Something to think about….


Have a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!