A Spring of Hope!

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A Spring of Hope!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times‚Ķ.it was the sea¬≠son of Light, it was the sea¬≠son of Dark¬≠ness, it was the spring of hope, it was the win¬≠ter of despair.‚ÄĚ These famous words from Charles Dick¬≠ens‚Äô open¬≠ing para¬≠graph of A Tale of Two Cities were writ¬≠ten in 1859 about con¬≠di¬≠tions in 1775. The first sen¬≠tence from The Kiwa¬≠nis Lega¬≠cy, ¬© 2004, reads ‚ÄúAt the begin¬≠ning of the 20th cen¬≠tu¬≠ry, well sir, the world turned flat crazy.‚ÄĚ

So, here we are in 2020, expe¬≠ri¬≠enc¬≠ing a glob¬≠al pan¬≠dem¬≠ic, and those sen¬≠tences from the past describe our world. For¬≠tu¬≠nate¬≠ly, ever since 1915, we have had Kiwa¬≠nis and good-heart¬≠ed Kiwa¬≠ni¬≠ans to step for¬≠ward to pro¬≠vide the ‚Äúsea¬≠son of Light‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúspring of hope‚ÄĚ that Dick¬≠ens named.

Mem¬≠bers of the Eye of the Tiger (EOT) eKi¬≠wa¬≠nis con¬≠tin¬≠ue to lead in improv¬≠ing the lives of oth¬≠ers. Through our new part¬≠ner¬≠ship with The Lit¬≠er¬≠a¬≠cy Club, EOT eKi¬≠wa¬≠ni¬≠ans have pro¬≠vid¬≠ed over 1000 books to unlock the pow¬≠er of read¬≠ing for chil¬≠dren dur¬≠ing this time. 

Our EOT eKi¬≠wa¬≠ni¬≠ans are involved in many oth¬≠er projects, such as mak¬≠ing cloth face masks and deliv¬≠er¬≠ing much-need¬≠ed food to those who are hungry. 

Our e‚ÄĎclub mod¬≠el has proven help¬≠ful in inspir¬≠ing face-to-face Kiwa¬≠nis clubs and foun¬≠da¬≠tions to piv¬≠ot to vir¬≠tu¬≠al meet¬≠ings. And while social dis¬≠tanc¬≠ing and orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion¬≠al shut¬≠downs make in-per¬≠son vis¬≠its dif¬≠fi¬≠cult, EOT eKi¬≠wa¬≠nis mem¬≠bers are orga¬≠niz¬≠ing an e‚ÄĎclub and fin¬≠ish¬≠ing require¬≠ments for oth¬≠er clubs. Final¬≠ly, many EOT eKi¬≠wa¬≠ni¬≠ans are active¬≠ly prepar¬≠ing for club open¬≠ings (includ¬≠ing our planned loca¬≠tions in Indi¬≠anapo¬≠lis) to begin when our phys¬≠i¬≠cal loca¬≠tions open up again.

Since 1915, Kiwa¬≠nis has sur¬≠vived and served through two world wars, a major eco¬≠nom¬≠ic depres¬≠sion, and at least four oth¬≠er glob¬≠al pan¬≠demics. Thank you for your lead¬≠er¬≠ship, hard work, and gen¬≠eros¬≠i¬≠ty in meet¬≠ing our cur¬≠rent chal¬≠lenges and in ensur¬≠ing a healthy future for Kiwa¬≠nis. You bring the best of times.



Barb Thomp­son

Pres­i­dent, Eye of the Tiger eKiwanis

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2 Responses to “A Spring of Hope!”

  1. Gary Levine says:

    Thanks Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Barb. Health hard¬≠ships and death not with¬≠stand¬≠ing, I think that the need for Kiwa¬≠nis in our post-Coro¬≠na world will be much greater than before. Thank you for your con¬≠tin¬≠ued lead¬≠er¬≠ship and moti¬≠va¬≠tion as we move through these chal¬≠leng¬≠ing times.

    • Barb Thompson says:

      Thank you for your response, IPP Gary. I think you are right about the need for Kiwa¬≠nis in our post-Coro¬≠na world. I am doing my best to fol¬≠low in your footsteps. 

      Thank you to all the Eye of the Tiger eKi­wa­nis mem­bers for help­ing us and those that we serve to get through these chal­leng­ing times and for bring­ing in new mem­bers to spread the Kiwa­nis impact.

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