“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” This quote, by John Lubbock is a fitting thought as we contemplate 2012 and look forward to 2013.
I recently attended the grand opening of the Max and Drew Erlich Jewish Food Pantry, located in Creve Coeur. In the past, hunger has been viewed as something that happens to others halfway around the world. This new, larger facility will serve the growing number of families in need – unfortunately, some of whom reside within our own community.
The Green Power Community Challenge is an ongoing Creve Coeur initiative that encourages local businesses, residents, and organizations to support new sources of renewable energy and reduce our community’s carbon footprint. While attending a recent event that marked the midpoint of the challenge, I was so impressed with the passion and commitment of those involved.
I am also proud that theCity of Creve Coeur continues to be a partner in the 8th annual Electronics Recycling Drive. Along with MERS/Goodwill and Congregation B’nai Amoona, this event helps to preserve our environment and ensure a better quality of life for many years to come.
These are just a few examples of the positive direction in which Creve Coeur is moving. The volunteers and donors associated with these causes are testimony of the dedication, compassion and giving nature of our community.
It has been said that “volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.” Ballots were cast last month in the presidential election – an opportunity that we only have every four years. But when we volunteer, we vote every day for the kind of community in which we choose to live.
Creve Coeur is fortunate to have so many exceptional residents and businesses who continually volunteer their time and resources to make our City such a wonderful place to live and work.
The end of the calendar year is often an appropriate time for reflection. It is not too hard to find the good things in someone or something. If you look for it, it is there.
On behalf of my wife Sheri, my entire family, the Creve Coeur City Council and city staff, I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season, and a very happy new yea