This past weekend, I was glued to my TV, watching with deep personal interest the footage from Hurricane Irma. As a 4th generation Tampa native, it pained me to know many of my family and loved ones, who still live in the area, were at risk of experiencing the wrath of one of the most powerful hurricanes in recent history. I watched in disbelief as news footage showed a bare sea floor near the area where I once lived. The powerful storm had literally sucked the water away from the shore.
This past weekend, as I was watching my favorite show, CBS Sunday Morning, singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) was discussing her 40+ years in the music industry. In addition to discussing her very successful career she talked about her newfound passion for saving the bees. She even named her latest album “Pollinator.” Immediately my thoughts went to our 2017 Annual Meeting, and our Robert A. Shapiro Award winners, The Levin & Michaels families.
As I sit hear listening to the rain, I can’t help but think of our friends in Texas. The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is mounting by the day and flooding in many areas may exceed four feet by the time the storm ends. Houston is underwater and still being inundated with rain. I’m sure we have all seen pictures over the past few days that have touched our hearts and saddened our spirit. It is during moments like this you may think “What can I do to help?”