Secretary/Treasurer Donna Cissell
   Donna serves as the state secretary of the association. She lives in Shepherdsville with her husband Noel and their dog Bella.
Food for Thought

“What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.”  Albert Pike

Spring time means different things to different people.  Some of the things that happens every spring as a State Secretary are the spring District meetings and preparing for the State Convention.  This year is no different.  The District officers did well in preparing for and holding the meetings.  A few longtime friends were missed this year, but they would have been proud to see the legacy live on with new officers and new faces attending and becoming involved in our Union. 
The State Board continues to reach out to the Kentucky members in many ways.  The carrier seminars celebrated its fifth year and continue to draw participation from carriers across the state.  The concept of the seminars has been shared with other states looking for ways to reach out to their members.  The scholarship fund continues as well.  Families of Kentucky members are eligible to apply and reap the benefits.  Training of State Officers, District Officers and recruiters make us better prepared to do our jobs for the Association.  Add to this the display of historical information by the State Historian and the book exchange and we have many ways for all members to be involved. 
What does this have to do with you?  While the State Board is trying to reach out to you as a member, we need you to reach back to us as well.  Some things take just a minute or two.  Others take a commitment of time or talent.  We ask you to participate to make the Association better.  District meeting have concluded but what about the next seminar or event?  Are you willing to devote an hour or two to gain knowledge to improve yourself as a carrier and your career?  When you get that ballot for national delegate elections, do you vote and return it or just throw it away?  Is there something you would like to change?  If so, did you send a resolution to the District or State Secretary to be presented at the State Convention?  It’s not too late.  Mail before June 1 or bring it yourself to the Convention.  You can speak to the National Vice President while you are there!
The words of Albert Pike have been a part of my life for more years than I can remember.  Doing for others and doing what is right should be a natural response.  Not for fame or fortune, but because it is the correct thing in any situation.  Unfortunately that is not the immediately response in today’s society. 
The bottom line is this: life has balance.  You cannot always take and never give something back.  ‘But I pay my dues!” you say.  Correct; but do you work to advance the rural carrier craft?  What will your legacy be when you are gone?  Will you be the one to “make a difference” or will you just drift along on the river?  It is, as always, your choice. 
Be Blessed,
Donna Cissell, KYRLCA Secretary/Treasurer