Choose to be the Light Rita Esterly, District Governor

Rita Esterly District Governor

Edith Wharton, a short story writer, stated: There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  As most of you know by now, I end my District Governor’s Official Speech by challenging your club and you to be a shining light and to shine brightly because when you shine, the world feels the light of your service.  Light is synonymous with change. What do I mean when I ask you to shine?  And what does Edith mean by saying you can either be the candle or the mirror?   As leaders of your club whether you are the president or the membership chair or the program chair or the treasurer or the person asked to say the prayer at a meeting, you are a leader.  But what is the leader without followers?  If you start up the mountain and no one follows, are you a leader?  If someone else starts up the mountain and no one is following that person and you decide to follow and everyone then joins you, are you the leader? In order to be a leader, you must engender in others the motivation to follow you whether it is your idea or whether it is another person’s idea that you support.  Both take risk especially when it is a change in what you have always done.  Change is hard for people, but that does not mean it will not be good for your members and your club. So you can lead by doing …