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You Can’t Start a New Year Without Making a Few Mistakes…..

It’s a new day. It’s a new dawn. It’s a New Year.

So we all managed to make it through the year 2017. For better or worse, most of us are glad we are starting anew. Always good to have a fresh start. Let’s adopt new resolutions to make this year 2018 better, bigger, and more successful.

There is what has become tradition – hearing the State of the Prospectors Club moving ahead into 2018. And we got to hear from the fresh, new leadership, the captain of the ship if you will. New President Kathleen Cussen headed to sea taking us all on the cruise of our lives.

She spoke about the body that is there to guide us – our Board of Directors. She introduced each one and then allowed them to tell a bit of what they do and any other tidbit of information they cared to share. The Board is there to facilitate new ideas and to help make decisions on what is best for the Club.

When Kathleen was asked if she would take the Presidency this year, she thought – “Am I the BEST choice?” She knew that she had the backing of several of those whom have held this office before her. They exuded their confidence in knowing she could do the job well. She said Yes because these people were not just business owners, they have become new-found lifetime friends.

She wants us to bear our mission in mind – to know who we are, to show fellowship and leadership in a business association environment, and do this with the highest integrity both as members and as civic members of our community.

2018 will not exist without dealing with some challenges that continue from the past. Last year has lead a lot of us to find new growth and enlightenment from the experience of losing our dear member and friend Mike Darby. The most fitting memory now exists in not only burnishing his name into a tribute, but also to commemorate the Founders of our Club, placing all of them into a wooden plaque to honor them to those who have come before us. A way to remember them forever and beyond.

2018 has a different sense of excitement already – ready to have a place of stability as we take ourselves and the group to the next level.

So Kathleen pointed out what she calls her bullet points – areas that we all want to think about improving in the coming 12 months:
1)- Strengthening our networking skills and tools. Using each other and with educational opportunities to make us better at these essential areas.
2)- Finding out truly what service means. Is it good or bad? How do you practice good service and learn from each other here?
3)- Improve our Club’s website. Grow it and change it to better serve its members (personal hidden information available only to members i.e.)
4)- Continue our branding as a Club, on social media and other sites to gain better visibility. (Thanks Linda Adams)
5)- Increase our positions on all social media and get more people to know who we are and what we do, so we end up highlighting us as individuals and stress the great services we all provide.
6)- Have quarterly self-improvement seminars as part of a meeting to make us better networkers and business referrals.
7)- Continue to find new members that would be a great fit added to our mix and take the time to find that “right” person.
8)- Make sure that all the members know who our At-Large Members are so they can go to them if they have any issues that need attention. Their role is acting as a liaison between you and the Board. Tell them what your concerns are, and we will listen as if it was coming from you.
9)- Know our history, how our Club was formed, and how it has evolved over the years.

Kathleen ended her introduction to the Club with a reminder that really none of us are perfect, and we all make mistakes. This could very well be the driving force that makes a difference since we need to all make an effort to try or all is for naught.


I hope that this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do It.
Make Your Mistakes, This Year and Forever!!