District Newsletter for January 2021

Hello  Fellow Exchangites!

Happy New Year to each of you.  Here’s to 2021 which can’t help but be better than 2020!

The holidays are behind us.  I don’t know about you, but I have been a little depressed with the social distancing.  That is just not my style!  But, I have decided to be grateful for what I have and not stress over what has been taken away.

So far, all my family has stayed healthy.  My prayers go out to any of you that may have been affected in any way by this terrible virus.

With a new year are always new beginnings.  Now is the time for each club to get a fresh start.  If you are not meeting, how about trying Zoom?  It is an easy platform to use and if you need help, National is offering to help any club get started.  How about inviting someone new to attend that Zoom meeting?  It is easy to get someone to attend when they don’t even have to drive anywhere.

You should be contacting your school counselors to get students for Youth of the Year.  Yes, it is going to be different this year, but very doable.  If you are meeting by Zoom, the students can certainly attend and give a rundown of what their plans are.  If you are not zooming, they can be contacted and submitted directly to the District Chair, Doug Graham (949-300-2656), by the March 1st due date.  The Youth of the Year booklet has been updated and is on the District Website.  The same for the A.C.E. program, which is due May 15th to Janell Darby (619-301-8518) the District Chairman.    If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact any of the three of us.

We will be having a Mid-Winter Conference via Zoom on February 20th.  This is an opportunity to see what other clubs are doing and ask any questions you might have.  There will be interesting speakers and some fun as well. Mark your calendars, 9:00 to 1:00.  More information will be coming as plans progress.

Also, please mark June 26th  and 27th  for the District Convention.  I am hopeful that it will be in person!  If not, it also will be virtual.

Another event that is happening monthly is the “California/Nevada Exchange Clubs Mixer”.  Somehow it has not been well advertised.  It is a combined meeting with Exchange members and businesspeople where ideas are exchanged.  Sound familiar??  It is open for anyone to attend.  There are two fifteen minute talks.  One by an Exchange member and another by a businessperson.  It is a good opportunity to introduce someone to Exchange and what we do.  The next one is February 24th at 4:00 and they last about an hour. Grab your beverage of choice and join us.

Please, if you have any questions or concerns, call me.  I am always available.  My cell phone number is 714-394-1843.

Speaking of new beginnings, I’d like to share this with you.  I don’t know who to give credit for writing it.

I asked one of my friends who has crossed 70 & is heading to 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself?  He sent me the following very interesting insights:

#1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.

#2 I just realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

#3 I now stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

#4 I pay my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than me.

#5 I stopped telling the elderly that they have already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive the past.

#6 I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

#7 I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me.   And, a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You”.

#8 I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.

#9 I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.

#10 I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.

#11 I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.

#12 I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships I will never be alone.

#13 I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.

#14 I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

On our “Road to Recovery” we should not wait to be 70 or 80, we can, and should,  practice this at any age and at any stage of our life.

I’ll See ya’ on the Road!


Shirley Lashmett,

District President 2020-2021


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