Dear Oasis Members, Volunteers, Staff, Instructors, Board of Directors, Community Partners, and Sponsors,
It is with greatest regard and appreciation that I thank each of you, and all of you, for the privilege to work with you, and for you, over the past 24 years.
What a wonderful journey this has been. At the core of every treasured moment – and you can be sure there are too many to count – will always be the memories and lessons I have learned from you.
So many of you were here when I started and you will be here when I retire, December 28, 2018! What a testimony you are to Oasis and successful aging. I do hope I can emulate at least some of the exceptional role modeling you have provided.
And yes, you have already expressed your desire to sign me up to join the essential corps of volunteers who serve as the administrative backbone of the organization, as peer instructors, as passionate mentors through the tutoring program and as life coaches as you greet, listen and encourage all who enter our doors on a daily basis. You are priceless.
What will I do without you? To quote Winnie-the-Pooh, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” However, I am twice-blessed as I don’t have to say goodbye. I now have the opportunity to be a member and enjoy to the fullest all that Oasis has to offer. Many of you have heard me say through the years that everyone should have an Oasis in their future and that Oasis is the last “great wait” - and indeed, it is worth waiting for.
Thanks for being such a wonderful part of my life - every hour and every day. “Friends may come and friends may go, but none that I will treasure so.” You are the best and I have been blessed. I am so excited for all the possibilities that await Oasis. The best is yet to be.
August 28, 2018