Patrick Lieuw
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. As a first generation immigrant to this country, that is a holiday I had no trouble adopting. I could completely appreciate a day off work to spend feasting with extended family. Thanksgiving to most of us seems to boil down to turkey and football. I doubt that most of us give a thought to its origins in the tremendous relief felt by the Pilgrims in 1621 after a good harvest following the loss of most of their members the previous winter of starvation and illness. Of course, it never would have happened without the generosity and aid of the local Native Americans. The Pilgrims had much reason for gratitude. I have been very fortunate in my life. I have never had to worry about where my next meal will come from. At Thanksgiving my thoughts turn to my family and my gratitude that we can spend the day together as we enjoy abundant food. I have much to be grateful for. This year, in particular, I am grateful for the many people who have volunteered their time as SAR Members to improve our profession. It has been inspiring and humbling to see how many people, members and affiliates alike, have come together, side by side, to share their time, their skills, their knowledge, and their hopes for an even stronger association. I thank you all.