LEGACY – “If you are going to live, leave a mark on the world that can’t be erased”
– Maya Angelou
On July 1, 2018 I stepped into the role of Chapter President. I wish to express much appreciation to Dr. Antoinette Dziedzic for her amazing leadership these past two years as president. Not only did she inspire with insightful ideas but truly she led with love, courage and honor! Antoinette – you leave a legacy!
As I reflect on the direction I hope to take with the chapter during my presidency, I am drawn to the idea of LEGACY. We build on the legacy of those who have gone before us and we add to those who will follow. Allow me to share some reflections on LEGACY.
My journey with STTI began in May 1968 – 50 years ago!! 50 years of membership is LEGACY. At my BSN alma mater, nurses who graduated 50 or more years ago are considered the LEGACY graduates and are celebrated each year with a reunion and at the 50th year are re-pinned as they were at graduation. I am a BSN LEGACY alum. In 2018, Omicron Delta Chapter celebrates 20 years of chartering. All year various events have been planned to celebrate the LEGACY of the chapter to the nursing profession. And we celebrated the LEGACY of all the Omicron Delta leaders who built what we are today.
One of the special events of the Chapter’s 20 year celebrations was the “Footsteps of Florence Nightingale” tour June 2nd and 3rd in London. The tour included a visit to the gravesite of Nightingale in the churchyard of a small country church many miles from London. I was struck by the simplicity of her grave marker. It simply said “F.N. – 1820-1910”. Her LEGACY is vast and it lives on. In the words of Pericles – “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone but what is woven into the lives of others”. How Nightingale inspires each of us to touch the lives of others!!
The Omicron Delta LEGACY of service – hundreds of lives of children have been comforted by blankets through Project Linus; many families in developing countries have gained access to clean water through our contributions to water.org; thousands have received medications in clean, childproof containers through the Medicine Bottle Project in collaboration with medical missions worldwide. Just a few ways we have created a LEGACY.
In the next two years, not only will we continue our dedication to the above service activities but create more, such as the Don’t Rush to Flush Education Program to keep our domestic water supplies drug free. Stay in contact with the Chapter through frequent visits to the website. Be a part of our actions to build LEGACY through love, courage, and honor.
In the words of Warren Buffett – “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”.
Yours in LEGACY building,
Chapter President 2018-2020