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What Friendship Means to Me
By Catherine Towns
Mideast Area Vice President
Greetings, friends and colleagues! This year has affected my life in so many ways. I would like to share a few stories with you.
On Dec. 2, 2019, I lost my best friend, Frances Jackson. She was a supervisor in the Postal Service and served as a local NAPS branch and state treasurer for many years. After retiring, she served the local and state auxiliary as treasurer for many years until her death.
I truly miss Fran, as I affectionately called her. She was a friend who was there for me and others 24/7. A friend like that is hard to find and never should be taken for granted. The NAPS Auxiliary lost a great servant.
I have served as a local and state auxiliary president for 25-plus years, as well as on the National Auxiliary Board for many years. Having served in these positions has allowed me to make friendships and memories with wonderful people all over the country. I’ve always cherished my friendships with the New Jersey local and state NAPS officers and members.
This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey state convention was canceled. However, state and local NAPS members decided to help the state auxiliary with one of our fundraising events. The fundraiser was a great success! Thank you, local and state NAPS members!
And let’s not forget about my family. I don’t know how I would continue to make it through this pandemic without the love and care of my children, other family members and caring neighbors and friends. Most of all, I would not have made it without my belief in the Lord, our God. I want to share this poem from a greeting card about friendship that moved me:
Friendship Is …
Friendship is the sunshine
that lights the darkest day,
The helping hand we sometimes need to help us on our way.
Friendship asks no questions
and never tells us lies …
It stands the test of time,
because true friendship never dies. Friendship is the greatest gift
of any you recall—
a friendship such as ours
must be the finest of them all.
As 2020 comes to an end, I want to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season. And, please, be a friend to someone!
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