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15 New Year's Resolutions for 2007 - December 29, 2006


I resolve....

to appreciate my family, friends, and colleagues for who they are, what they mean to me and others, and to gracefully overlook some things they do (or don't do!). None of us is perfect and accepting that reality is a good thing.

to not ignore a wrong that needs righting, a crass statement that needs correction, or an offense that demands a just response. We can set a positive example by not accepting negativity in others.

to be a valuable teammate and to trust others to do their best. Each of us should know what team position we play best, and regularly practice our skills.

to listen to the voices of children and elders. The wisdom of innocence and experience is both free and priceless.

to speak truth to power, but to be both polite and persistent. There's a fine line between persistence and pestilence. Resist aggressiveness, but advocate with assertion.

to accept that I don't know everything. There are others who know more about most things, and together we can form a great brain trust if we meet and blend expertise.

to pleasantly surprise someone every day with an unexpected kindness in word and deed. Life's subtle gifts of concern and cordiality are cherished.

to respect the diversity of faiths, feelings, and fashions. Differences are natural and honoring each other's beliefs creates mutual admiration.

to exercise artistic expression for its intrinsic value. The vitality of the physical, instrumental, literary, visual or vocal arts fuels the soul and expands the mind to new possibilities.

to invest a thoughtful minute before I speak or act. Regret is often preventable. Reversing harm is one of life's most vexing challenges.

to honor those who courageously sacrifice for us at home and abroad, care for our health, educate us, and perform all manner of healing and helping arts so that our quality of life is improved.

to share even if I think I don't have enough. Setting an example by gifting to others in need is one of the best lessons for children to observe.

to protect and defend people who rely on me. Give special attention to the needs of others who may not know how find their own voice.

to preserve natural environments for their beauty and bounty. Natural settings are home to plantlife and species which are too often victims of our wants, not our needs.

to never give up on a person or a cause, despite the challenges faced. Perseverance is an attitude that personifies leadership, attracts allies, and creates meaningful change.

I'm often asked for my definition of advocacy. While it can be summed up as "speaking up for someone or some cause you believe in" I think it's important to define it more broadly as a set of attributes which, in combination, set the stage for effective advocacy. Here's my list of Top Ten Advocacy's a work in progress, so I welcome your response.

Top Ten Advocacy Attributes

Kindness and connectivity create access.

Enthusiasm and energy create action.

Sensitivity and sensibility create attraction.

Care and concern create warmth.

Openness and originality create opportunity.

Fairness and frankness create justice.

Love and levity create responsiveness.

Courage and commitment create leadership.

Voice and vitality create vision.

Persuasion and persistence create power.

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Save the Date MLK - December 29, 2006

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December Event LEDC Update - December 12, 2006

In December members and guests listened to an economic update on the Lakeland area from Steve Scruggs, Executive Director of the Lakeland Economic Development Council, while enjoying lunch catered by Fresh Choice Plus at Michael Holley Chevrolet. The Lakeland Economic Development Council is a private, non-profit division of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce. The LEDC's primary role is to attract new industry to Lakeland and help facilitate existing industry expansion. For more information visit

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Community Impact and Community Investment - December 4, 2006

Community Impact Cabinet
The Community Impact Cabinet is charged with designing and implementing a measurable and sustainable community impact. The Cabinet will identify the community’s most critical human service needs; once identified, they will put together a plan to address them in order to achieve a measurable community impact. Meetings are held at the United Way of Central Florida. Anyone interested in participating should contact Kristin Tripoli at the United Way of Central Florida, 863.648.1500.

Community Investment Committee
Community Investment Committee members are responsible for serving as informed volunteers to determine which programs and services best meet community needs. They make assessment and annual funding recommendations that comply with United Way policies and standards. As a Community Investment Committee member, volunteers visit United Way agencies to evaluate their programs and the measurable outcomes they have achieved. This is a great way to get an in-depth look at what programs are available and the impact they have in our community . If you are interested in serving or would like more information, please contact Kristin Tripoli at the United Way of Central Florida, 863.648.1500.

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