President’s Corner, October 2014

I wanted to take a few moments here and say Hello from your new Board! It’s a new Board for a new season. Actually, you might notice that – for the most part – it looks just the same as the old Board. I do want to welcome Gary and Hilmar as Treasurer and Member-at-Large, respectively.

Don’t be fooled by this, though. While it may appear that things are ‘business as usual’ for GLASC, I can assure you that things are changing in the organization. It’s too early to broadcast things just yet, but we are looking at making significant changes to GLASC and to the way we operate. Most of this has to do with our history, and the changing face of interpersonal communications. When GLASC started, there was no internet, Facebook, chatrooms, or the like. Likewise, in the beginning, our membership fees largely supported the physical printing and distribution of our newsletters. All of this has changed, and we have been slow to change with it.

What this ultimately will mean none of us knows. But look forward to big changes in how we do things. We will continue to have our dinners, events, and brunches, not to worry. But it’s going to be an exciting season, and I hope you’ll support us!

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Archie Promotes Homosexuality?

OH yeah, and also the occult?! Who knew? And who knew comics were so subversive?

I really wish the religious right would find some new material, because even the commentator notes, “I know I sound like an old crank.” It sounds like even he’s tired of talking about this. Do the world a favor, STOP IT!

Archie

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President’s Corner, August 2014

I was having dinner with a couple of friends recently, when the subject turned to current events. Now, I don’t know about you, but every time – and I mean every time anymore – I turn on the news, I wish I hadn’t . Every time I look there’s more violence, war, bloodshed, drought, environmental catastrophe (climate change or global warming, take your pick), bigotry, ignorance, Ebola, and just plain stupidity.

It’s hard to take, so frankly, I don’t watch the news much. The truth is, there are a lot of horrible things happening in the world, and there’s very little we can do about any of it.

While there is very little chance we can affect any events happening, say, in Gaza, or Ukraine, we can make a difference here. I think we underestimate ourselves and our ability to make a difference in the world. We may not be able to affect world events, but can always make life better for the other human beings within our lives. I don’t know what that looks like, maybe just a smile, or a friendly world, maybe even a cheerful attitude. The thing is we can make a difference in the world, and no act of kindness is ever wasted.

Or maybe to quote William Shakespeare by way of Roald Dahl, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” No less true now.

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