November signals a month of Thanksgiving here in the United States and what a wonderful time it is to remind ourselves of our blessings and express our gratitude to one another.
I am incredibly grateful for this Association, whose members have become both friends and family to me over the years. We are a diverse group with many unique personalities and viewpoints, and that makes us both stronger and more productive. Your energy is contagious and that energy has sustained and motivated me during many difficult times. I am forever thankful for that love and support. I am also in awe of what we have accomplished together and it is a testament to the individual and collective strength of the LGBTQ+ judges who comprise this group. We have reached unprecedented membership heights and have laid the groundwork for an enduring and vital organization. Thank you for the time and dedication you have shown.
I believe that honoring our past is the best way we can move forward with gratitude. And so, I am also grateful for our heroic founding members, whose courage I call upon daily. Representation drives acceptance and visibility matters. Your bravery and decision to live authentically changed the lives of every one of our members. It is not an exaggeration to say that our organizational and personal success rests upon the foundation you laid. We thank you for breaking down barriers and conquering your own fears, so that we may all live our best and truest lives.
As we move through the holiday season, I hope we can maintain that spirit of gratitude and share it with others. And I hope you continue to share your passion and wisdom with our Association. We are better and stronger when all of us are seen and involved. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.