Words From Our President (Previous President)
In search of excellence where do you begin? As the old saying goes, you begin at the beginning. But that is not as simple as it sounds, for in a world that is built and strives on diversity, the beginning can start in a multitude of places. Of course the most logical first choice should be the home, but unfortunately we live in a time where dysfunctional families are common place. The next logical place where one may begin his or her search is the classroom, and even though many have began their stride in pursuit of excellence there and achieved their goals, statistics will show that the American school system suffers from maladies ranging from lack of interest to lack of monies to provide proper tools for learning.
So, where do you go from there? You go to the beginning: the heart. It is the love of excellence that ignites the spark that starts you on your search for excellence, and directs your steps enabling you to make the right choices in life. In this ever changing world, where the life forces of an economy, nation, or group are its people, it is important that every segment of the population join together to make viable contributions to keep America strong, and a major force in the world family. It is also the responsibility of every living soul to seek out excellence in their endeavors to assure them a place in the future of this ever growing, ever changing world. After the heart has fueled the desire for excellence, the next place you begin is with the mind, for a healthy well trained mind will naturally perform at a level of excellence. It is with these thoughts in mind that we look to our youth.
A new born has no thoughts, concerns, nor conception of what excellence is. They are like lumps of clay, and we are the sculptures given the divine task of molding them into masterpieces. So, when in search of excellence where do you begin? You begin with the young, you begin with a genuine love, and concern for the future of our young people, and you begin with a desire to cultivate a fertile mind, and at the end you will find excellence.
LaPheris F. Powers
President (Previous President)
BLACK MEN OF GREATER SPRINGFIELD