America is fortunate to be one of the world’s birthplaces of the concept of community service. Early pilgrims had to serve each other to keep from dying in early times. When the early colonists realized they had a choice between tyranny or freedom they banded together in every community to keep their communities safe from the tyranny of British military oppression. Men, woman, and children with deep conviction and high integrity rose to face the difficulty of the times with heroic character.
Today’s society has problems as well as any other time in our history. Daily we see dramatic scenes of the very people who should be the lighthouses of community service, acting inappropriately. We may witness certain elements of society riddled with corruption, poor character, and far more concern for themselves than any community they serve.
Community service in its ideal form is a way of doing something positive for the community. When everything in the community seems to be breaking, families falling apart at the seams, economic leaders telling us to prepare for a loss of economic will, I get upset and I ask myself have we really arrived at a true and lasting definition of what community service really means. Community service and giving back is what I know and it is what I contribute to Tredyffrin Township. Community service is a positive way of making the community a better place for everyone. Regardless of the outcome of the November election, I remain committed to serving our community and giving back.