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Despite the sleet and snow that you may have seen yesterday, know that Spring is here. March 20 may be the official start in the northern hemisphere, but I know just last weekend I saw the earliest spring flowers reach up out of the cold earth to mark the start of another season.
Spring is an exciting time. The sun feels warmer. Birds welcome the day with singing and enthusiasm. Their excitement and the longer daylight hours always give me a bit more energy for my to-do list. And I really begin to look forward to events and activities scheduled and yet-to-be planned over the months ahead.
No doubt we have endured a great deal over the past year. We have also learned so much. We have stretched ourselves and grown as individuals and as an organization. I am grateful for the opportunity we have had to re-think how we go about our mission. Each of us has had the chance to reflect on different ways to engage Ohioans and each other, as individuals and in teams. We have reached new audiences and served our traditional partners in new ways as well.
I am full of energy and hope and sense that we are on the verge of breaking out. I am hopeful that it is just around the corner. To what extent will we embrace the opportunity? It is up to us.