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College of Fellows Update – A Christmas Wish from the Chancellor

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we all find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped us through the chaos. Many have suffered unprecedented difficulties. We also reflect on those who have helped shape our business in new ways to meet these challenges, to mentor others and to re-shape our professional journey. Fellowship in CSI is a significant recognition, celebrating those who serve at the highest levels, who make significant contributions in many ways…! Unfortunately, this year's Class of 2020 got the "virtual" treatment for their annual Celebration. Although it was the best possible alternative, they deserve further celebration and the recognition they deserve during the next time we meet in person! I hope and pray this will happen again by the end of 2021!

The College of Fellows brings together an amazing network of leaders with common interest, to further support CSI, to expand our network, and to improve the industry we serve. When challenging times get especially difficult as they have over the past 9 months, this is the right group or professionals to lead by example. This group has helped many to find a way forward, to pull together and make a difference in finding the positive in all this disruption. We give thanks for these long-lasting relationships within the College of Fellows, and for all your help and guidance as we build our initiatives for the future. I look forward to working with you in the years to come. 2020 has been a challenging year, so we hope you have found some joy and happiness in all the chaos.

I'll leave you with this Christmas Poem, shared by a close neighborhood friend (75) who survived his fight against C-19. He has remained an inspiration through some very challenging times!


"T'was a week before Christmas,

And all through the town,

People wore masks,

That covered their frown.

The frown had begun

Way back in the Spring,

When a global pandemic

Changed everything.

They called it corona,

But unlike the beer,

It didn't bring good times,

It didn't bring cheer.

Contagious and deadly,

This virus spread fast,

Like a wildfire that starts

When fueled by gas.

Airplanes were grounded,

Travel was banned.

Borders were closed

Across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown

To flatten the curve,

The economy halted,

And folks lost their nerve.

From March to July

We rode the first wave,

People stayed home,

They tried to behave.

When summer emerged

The lockdown was lifted.

But away from caution,

Many folks drifted.

Now it's December

And cases are spiking,

Wave two has arrived,

Much to our disliking.

Frontline workers,

Doctors and nurses too,

Try to save people,

From riding in hearses.

This virus is awful,

This COVID-19.

There isn't a cure.

Yet now a vaccine.

It's true that this year

Has had sadness a plenty,

We'll never forget

The year 2020.

And just 'round the corner -

The holiday season,

But why be merry?

Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house

And put up the tree,

When no one will see it,

No-one but me.

But outside my window

The snow gently falls,

And I think to myself,

Let's deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon,

The garland and bows,

As I play those old carols,

My happiness grows.

Christmas ain't cancelled

And neither is hope.

If we lean on each other,

I know we can cope


Merry Christmas to all....!

and to all we share Hope!"


Wishing you all warm and happy Holiday Season and a new year filled with peace, good health, and prosperity.