Letter: Thank you for the honor

By on September 1, 2011

I am writing to thank the Elburn Lions Club and others for selecting Carole and myself as the Grand Marshals of the 2011 Elburn Days Parade. It is an honor that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

As many of you know, I retired in October 2009 to be more attentive to Carole, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in October 2004. Since then, she has gradually declined, but is “still Carole,” with a great outgoing personality and sense of life, who lives in the present, not in the past or in the future. The 40-minute ride in the parade was a great pick-me-up for both of us.

We have been blessed, as many of us have been, by living and/or working in and around Elburn and the greater Kaneland community, where we are accepted for who we are, and not for what we have. We have worked together, as others in the past, to make our community better. And, there is no better example of this than the Elburn Lions Club.

My dad, who was very active in the Aurora Noon Lions Club, was not a person given to slogans, etc. But when he died in 1964, we found a card in his wallet with the following written on it that embodies Lionism and has become our family creed, as follows: “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”.

Jim Michels