“He who shows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” - St. Basil
I recruited my 4 and 6 year old grandsons to help me with last month’s challenge to “Cheer Up the Lonely.” We connected with a senior living facility and identified an individual that was new to the facility and new to the community. After explaining to my grandsons what our mission was, I asked what they would like to give to him when we went to visit. We hit the store where they picked out candy and a “Super Hero” stuffed animal so he could have his own “super powers!” Perfect!! After introducing themselves, my grandsons quickly presented the Super Hero stuffed animal and told him “Now you have extra super powers!” They quickly gave him the candy, then just stood next to him grinning from ear to ear. Our new friend also had a smile on his face as he said “I could really use some extra super powers…” PRICELESS!!!
As for this month’s challenge - I’ll bet you didn’t know that August is the month of “National Friendship Day.” In 1935, the United State Congress proclaimed the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day. Following the popularity and success of Friendship Day in the US, several other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Friendship Day is celebrated by several countries around the world. In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh and the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
Friendship Day is an opportunity to nurture friendships, new and old. It’s a really easy and fun day to celebrate. Start by getting in touch with some old friends. Phone calls, emails, Ecards are great tools to reach out. Make plans to meet a friend for lunch or dinner.
As you go through the month, be vigilant to spot an opportunity to make a new friend. Finding new friends is a real feather in your cap! We invite you to watch this fabulous video https://www.facebook.com/Thecampaigntoendloneliness/videos/790395627816836/ about making friends – it’s sure to melt your heart and provide inspiration for reaching out to others.
One thing is for certain…if you put your all into the spirit of Friendship Day, you will have a really great month! Happy National Friendship Day to people all over the world.
As always, we’d love to hear what you do this month! You’ll find a link to email us at www.lakeelmorotary.org
Always remember…kindness is contagious!
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We look forward to meeting you as much as we believe you will enjoy the hospitality and time spent in the company of friends and neighbors committed in service to community.