August 2020 President's Letter
We are living in historical times! Think back to some of the most impactful events in the last hundred years and notice how they have shaped our current reality. For example, the Great Depression ushered in the social security tax and forever ended prohibition. World War II changed the face of the workforce as women stepped into traditionally male jobs. Also, during the war, penicillin became widely used as an antibiotic, saving thousands of lives. More recently, 9-11 drastically altered how we go through security at airports throughout the world.
I loved to hear my grandparents' first-hand accounts of the historical events that they experienced. I wonder if someday my grandkids will ask me what it was like when Mt. St. Helens erupted. Or where was I when the planes crashed into the Twin Towers. And what was it like when the whole world was in quarantine due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
My question is this—what will we create during this time? It's one thing to live history and quite another to make history. Perhaps we cannot change the whole world, but what about our community? Or family? Or WEO? What will we do to make history instead of just live it?
WEO President, Roni Sasaki