Thank-you letters make day for me, Rotarians

David Keyes

When is the last time you received a heart-felt thank you note?
Until recently, I would be hard pressed to recall the last time I received an appreciative letter from anyone.
Then I received three.
The first one came from my neighbor, Sandy Western. It was a kind, post-Christmas note thanking our family for a Christmas gift we gave them. The letter went on to share how excited the Westerns were about their new neighbors and made promises about getting together soon.
It was a sweet letter from a sweet woman.
The next two came from third graders – specifically from third grade teachers – who reached out to me as president of the Laurel Rotary to thank our club for donating dictionaries to them.
Laurel Rotary has been here since 1936 and most people know the club for awarding scholarships, helping to replace the LHS gym floor and the literally hundreds of things the club does or did for Laurel.
One recent guest called the Rotarians the “movers and shakers” of Laurel. And as I looked around the room this Tuesday, I saw: The Ace Hardware owner and manager, CHS manager, a CPA, banker, former banker, two former doctors, a real estate agent, insurance agent, superintendent of schools and many more folks who want to make a difference.
And while the club does a lot – look for the Welcome to Laurel signs in the spring and the LHS Hall of Fame in the fall – nothing has felt so rewarding as the two letters we received from Mrs. Shane’s third grade class in Rapelje and Mrs. Griffin’s class in Absorkee.
Mrs. Shane’s class explained that as soon as the dictionaries arrived, they dove into them.
• “I LOVE the state and capitals so that we can use them for state reports that we do in third grade.”
• “I like the sign language because we can use our hands to talk.”
• “We just found out that Louisiana is the Pelican state!”
• “I love the maps of the world.”
I can almost put up with another dose of winter with nice letters like these. In fact, I am going to continue to spread the good news by jotting down a few notes of my own this week.

David Keyes is publisher of the Outlook. Laurel Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon at The Owl Café.

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