Time to Take Charge


It sounded nice when the offer was made.

I was excited about being asked.

I said ‘YES’ without giving a thought

As to if I’d be up for the task.

President of the organization

I could surely do that.

Besides, I had several months

Before stepping up to the bat.

But now the time has come

To back out there is no way.

I must be ready to go

The first meeting I head is Wednesday.

I’ve gathered the information

Agenda is set and sent.

No way to get it back

With the tap of a button it went.

I said I wanted to explore

To try new things and see

I know I can do this if only

I relax, take a breath that’s the key.

It’s only two years I’ve signed on for

Eighteen meetings, four luncheons that’s all.

Instead of worrying and getting an ulcer

I’ll relax, enjoy, have a ball.

As I begin this journey as president,

Friends, wish me luck as I start.

I’m ready, I’m set, I can do this

Of my journey it’s just one more part.

(Although I was sworn in back in November, my term as president of the Dauphin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees officially begins with January’s meeting which is tomorrow.)




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10 responses to “Time to Take Charge

  1. We wish you all the best and I am sure you will have a wonderful time. Regards

  2. jumpofffindwings

    You will be phenomenal. It’s strange how a track record of success—and I’m sure you have one—does little to alleviate the uncertainty over a new challenge. I know I struggle with the same as I prepare my first conference presentation as a retiree. For both of us, history repeats itself, sometimes in a GOOD way. All the best. (Loved the rhyme and rhythm of your poem, too.) 👏 👏 👏

    • I guess beginning something new always gives one pause…can I do this? Will I be successful? The thing is, usually when it is over we ask ourselves why were we so worried in the first place? Thanks for the vote of confidence.

  3. I’m jealous that you have a teacher retiree organization. I would love to pop into one of your meetings (if it weren’t across the country). Have a fabulous journey and take your own advice: Relax, enjoy, and have a ball!

    • I am glad to be part of this group. We are really active and many good things. If you are ever in the Harrisburg area on the third Wednesday of the month we would be glad to have you sit in on a meeting.

  4. Wishing you luck. I can sense your nervousness, but I am certain you will do a great job!

  5. Good luck! Sounds like an interesting project.

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