I was recently taken back by a young gentleman who spoke of gratitude and thankfulness in a unique way. When asked about his favorite activities outside of work, he responded “I love making memories with friends”. He went on to explain that he is most thankful for having the opportunity to share wonderful experiences with other people to include biking across America, changing a flat tire on the side of the road with an unexpected good Samaritan, or simply sharing stories and laughter at a college lecture, for example. The friendship was more important than the experience. I quickly realized this is SME; sharing experiences, life struggles and victories, and laughter with friends.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I would like to take just a moment to say I am thankful for the opportunity to serve each of you as the SME President this term and I am thankful more than words can say for the friendships with many. Your dedication to growing and developing our organization has made a great impact on myself as well as our community. It is also exciting to see greater involvement recently with our local Washburn students and I look forward to watching them grow and develop into business executives over the years.
I hope each of you take a little time out of your busy holiday schedules and join the Christmas dinner on December 3rd. This has been a highlight event for me and I look forward to sharing the evening with you all.
Stephen E. Osborne