President's Message - Summer 2017
Wow – 2017 has come and gone. It sure appears that the years are passing by faster and faster…
No matter how you celebrate, I hope you had a peaceful and reflective Holiday Season amongst your loved ones and a good transition into 2018.
Hopefully Christmas and the magical time of year inspired each of us to give a little of what we have, to share a little of who we are and to help make this the kind of world it was meant to be.
Personally, I cannot remember a year in which more people that I know have been so vocal in their desire for the current year to be over.
The most interesting moments without rating and personal opinion or in any particular order were undoubtedly (as of the date that I wrote this message…):
• January 21 – Inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
• February 11 – North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic
missile across the Sea of Japan.
• May 12 – Computers around the world are hit by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack which
goes on to affect at least 150 countries.
• August 25–30 – Hurricane Harvey strikes the United States.
• September 3 – North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
• September 6–10 – The Caribbean and United States is struck by Hurricane Irma.
• September 13 – The International Olympic Committee awards Paris and Los Angeles the
right to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively.
• September 15 – Cassini–Huygens ends its 13-year mission by plunging into Saturn, becoming
the first spacecraft to enter the planet's atmosphere.
• October 1 – 58 people were killed and 489 injured when Stephen Paddock opens fire on a
concert crowd in Las Vegas.
• October 12 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO.
Your CSNM Board had an eventful year full of activity and demanding tasks – the biggest one being the concentration of our joined efforts regarding the implementation of our Strategic Plan. Our in-person Board Meeting in November solely focused on the task of “implementing like hell” – anyone that attended our Conference will remember this slogan! Your Board remains focused on this strategy.
We are all looking forward to 2018 with new beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and promises for a brighter future as we start this New Year.
There are the superficial, yet purposeful, promises we make to ourselves. We resolve to get in shape, lose weight, improve career paths, and the like.
Then, there are the heartfelt promises we make to others, whether aloud or in our minds. We want to care more, express love more, reverse bad feelings in old relationships or seek out new loving relationships. We try our very best to put these desires into words.
Though New Year's can be a time of celebration and cheer, there are many people who are facing difficult circumstances. They may be entering the New Year with apprehension or anxiety. If that’s the case for anyone in your circle of friends or family, you can reach out and be an encouragement by wishing them the best for this upcoming year.
If your loved ones are experiencing favourable circumstances, you can wish them continued success. Whether you live nearby or far away, you can send heartfelt wishes for happiness, health, and prosperity to those who mean the most to you.
My personal wish for each of you is to achieve what makes you happy for now, 2018 and into the future.