As we slip into the 2012 holiday season, I wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to all of you for your participation in our Chapter this year and dedication to our industry. I hope you take some time to unwind and focus on what it most important – during the holiday season and always: family. Our profession is difficult, often filled with long hours, travel, missed appointments and moments. But it is, likewise, exciting and satisfying because of the work we accomplish every day.
Thanksgiving is also a time to remember those for whom we are thankful, and for the things we have. Just recently, parts of the East Coast were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, particularly places in New Jersey and Long Island, including my hometown Rockaway Beach, NY. More than two weeks later, the majority of the peninsula still has no power, electricity and heat – more than 110 houses have been damaged or obliterated by flooding and fire. And yet, the community and nation is coming together to help. Just recently, New Hampshire-based pizza company, Rustic Crust, traveled in a van with a wood-fired pizza oven to deliver 1,000 pizzas to the Rockaways to help the residents and volunteers. Celebrities like the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire and REM’s Michael Stipe have been seen in Rockaway volunteering. There is an increasing amount of incredible stories piling up about individuals and companies who are sending goods – and people – to Rockaway to continue the cleanup of what once was an idyllic beachfront town.
Nothing defines the Thanksgiving spirit more than those who are living through this hell, those who somehow are finding solace and support from their neighbors and friends. Add to this the actions of those nationwide who have lept into action to help others in need, making new connections and friends. This Thanksgiving, I wish you all the best to you and yours, and hope that you take a few minutes to be in the moment, be thankful for what you have and what you’ve accomplished.
Debbie Harvey, APR
President, PRSA Chicago