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Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings us a feeling of peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. So I start this New Year letter to you with my deepest appreciation for all your encouragement and support in 2017, and to look with eager eyes and anticipation to all that's before us in the coming year.
There's a simple formula that I'm sharing with you for 2018. Coincidentally, for all of us who work in nature, it spells out GROW.
G - goal What's our goal(s) for this year? Simply put, it's to continue the growth, the outreach, and the initiatives that have moved us so far ahead from any previous expectations - chief amongst them, our job readiness program working with the homeless, and to fully fund and realize Phase Two of our Accessibility Project.
R - reality Our reality is that we now host over 100,000 visitors annually. In 2017, we were voted the "Best Garden in New Jersey," and in March we will be presented with the 2018 Good Neighbor Award from the Suburban Chamber of Commerce. We are embarking on a legacy of service that will be the hallmark of Reeves-Reed Arboretum for years to come.
O - options In viewing an enhanced future, in planning a vision, we must always anticipate the unforeseen. Opportunity favors the prepared. I know how talented, how committed, and how passionate the RRA team is, and so I trust in their good judgment, experience and wisdom.
W - what's next? That's where you come in. All we do is only possible with your participation and especially your trust. Vision without execution is just hallucination. We need you!
With affection and appreciation,