Dear Brothers and Sisters of the North Central District,
WOW!!! What to say about the last year. Some incredibly amazing things have happened. The chapter disks with Convention stuff last year were delivered on time, 350 candy roses were made, minutes were typed and sent out, toothpick holders were sold, T-shirts designed, hats borrowed, keys were locked in my car with it running in Lima Ohio, road trips, road trips, road trips, good times, good friends made, kept, reacquainted, moving on, Sisterhood trophy won by NCD at Nationals, goals attained, life is good, life goes on without you, thoughts of dying, giving up everything, the possibility of chemo, perseverance…..I have been spared.
I know that this paragraph, if that is what you would call it, ends rather morbidly, but it ends with what has effected me the most. Over the last year, I have learned so much about how to run the District. I have accomplished every goal I have set forth to do; raise my GPA; keep my priorities in line; to be content being single (finally); I have met all deadlines with exception to one (I think); I communicated well with my counterpart (but he is a great counterpart anyway); I have traveled, fund-raised, and will soon get a pie in my face, though that was not a goal in the beginning..
I have loved every minute of it, with the exception of being diagnosed with Cancer last summer. At first I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I would have to give up everything. I was afraid. I thought that I would lose my hair. What if I had to quit school? What about my family? To be honest with you, the sorority was one of the last things on my mind, but I still did what I had promised to do at the last Convention. Then I found out things weren’t as bad as they seemed, until I found out that surgery had to be done under my tongue. Well, I sing and play the trumpet….. they told me that I may never be able to play or sing again? WHATEVER!!!! That thought did scare me. I am glad to say that I can do both, probably better then I could before. I just can’t feel the tip of my tongue. Long story.
The last year has been one of the most challenging, and fulfilling of my life. I have had personal struggles, but I have managed to keep focused and organized. I have never thought of myself as a strong person, but I can see now that I can handle anything with the Lord by my side and with help and support. That is where I get to the thank you’s.
A) To the brothers of DU. You Rock
B) To the KKY council. You rock, too.
1) To Delta Epsilon. I don’t know if you all remember the Get Well card that you sent me, but it could not have come at a more opportune time. Thank you for praying for me Heidi. Keep serving Jesus.
2) Kelly….You are bubbly. What else can I say. Thanks for listening to my quorums about Seth.
3) Susan….Remember in the car on the way to Cinci? Who would have
thought that this all would have happened. Phil 1:3
4) Michelle…Thanks for putting up with my complaints. You are a
Wonderful person and I will always be reminded of you because of the big green truck.
5) Lisa… I love your cats J Thanks for being our words of wisdom.
6) Cheryl… Thank you for encouraging me to run for office. I would have never had enough guts without your extra shove. Thanks for having confidence in me.
7) Gamma Rho… past, present, and future. You are the one thing that has remained consistent, but you always change. What else can I say but I LOVE my RP
8) My Mom. I know she’s not here, but she is AWESOME!!! She will never know that I said this, but I love her and she has always supported me in my decisions.
9) Last and most importantly, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I owe my strength to Him and the power of the Holy Spirit. With Him all things are possible, and I can do nothing apart from him. Gal. 2:20 For I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Also, thank you to the NCD who chose me to take on this role over the last year. It has been both an honor bestowed and a privilege granted. I am thankful to have been chosen to serve in this capacity.
Trudy R. Caudron