Past President’s Message for May 2017
Spring is a miraculous experience. The whole world comes alive after the winter in which it seemed that everything was dead. It becomes filled with color and the scent of greenery. The world seemed so dull and cold, but, little did we know, beneath the hard ground the plants and trees were preparing for their rebirth. Spring gives us hope for rejuvenation in our own lives as well. Spring is a time to renew the excitement and zest for life that dwells inside each one of us.
Our Chapter is no different, and this is a great time to renew the excitement we have for EWI and rejuvenate our Chapter. As I think back over the past thirty-four years I have been actively involved in the Harrisburg Chapter, I note that our Program Committee has ignited our meetings with fresh ideas, and our Membership Committee continues to work hard to infuse us with new member firms and representatives. I have been witness to your dedication and many acts of kindness, and I am reminded what a privilege it is to be part of the Harrisburg Chapter.
I want to remind all of you that we are fortunate to have a strong and committed group of sustaining and lifetime members in our Chapter. I encourage you to reach out to one of them and ask questions about why they each agreed to be a representative from their firm, ask for suggestions as to how our Chapter can grow, and find out what has kept each of them connected to the Harrisburg Chapter. Many of these ladies, me included, were honored to serve on the Board in several capacities, including Chapter President. They are a wealth of knowledge for you – take advantage of it.
We all can be proud about what this Chapter has accomplished since our chartering in 1979. Together, we will continue to grow, and we will continue to be strong. We may disagree with each other along the way, but we will do all of this collectively as a Chapter and forge forward.
I would like to share a quote by Patrick Overton I have had on my desk for several years now: “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.” Let’s all take that step and learn to fly. Enjoy Spring!
Maronetta F. Miller, Sustaining Member
(former representative of Saul Ewing LLP)
Past Chapter President, 1989 and 2013-2014