As I write this message on a calm, colorful autumn day, it is easy to forget the weather-related devastation our southern neighbors have endured. This year ranks as the eighth most active hurricane season out of 167 years that data has been tracked! Thanks to Harvey, Irma and Maria, it is also one of the costliest years on record. Damage estimates are approaching $3 billion and the emotional toll is entirely unimaginable.
Of course, Woman’s Clubs across the country have stepped up to help because that is simply what we do. We support, we give, we share. Fortunately, we are not alone. The people of this great nation have pulled together yet again to provide assistance and relief. Utility workers, girl scouts, animal shelters, church groups – you name it – are all demonstrating the great, common human heart of us all. And that is more beautiful than any autumn day!