Today is my last day as MYD President! I can’t believe that my term is over, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone. The past three years that I have spent as a member of the MYD Executive Board have been way more than a volunteer experience. At times it has been a full time-job, at times a group of friends and even more times than that, it has been a family.
I wish I remembered what I typed into google in 2007 to find you guys. I think it was something simple like “Democrat Club NYC”. I never set out to be President, I never set out to be political actually. Until I started and realized how amazing it was to work with the people that MYD attracts. You are passionate, you are creative, you are so so smart. I remain in awe of you every day.
As my time as President winds down I keep thinking about November 4, 2008. I was sick, I was exhausted… we all were. I woke up, I voted, I took a deep breath and I said “Taylor, you didn’t do everything but you did as much as you could.” Then I met you at a bar, where I had told the owner we were bringing 250 people and he didn’t really believe me so he didn’t have the space ready. You crammed yourselves in, standing on staircases and leaning over banisters as the management went out and bought new televisions so you all could see. For as long as I live I will never forget when we won California. I caught it out of the corner of my eye, before I could register what I had just read I heard the cheering, like a thunder roll through the streets of New York City. Then I knew. What it meant for all of us that day was that if you have hope and you have love and you have a passion then you can do anything. That moment will live with me forever, because man, that was exciting. That’s why we do what we do everyday. Hope is our bread and butter.
We’ve tried to emulate that experience in small doses this year. I hope you felt empowered and excited. I am extremely proud of all the work we did together. I’m proud that we helped get good Democrats into the State Senate. I’m proud that we went to The Bowery Mission one weekend and scrubbed the staircases together, and everything in between.
Every time a new person walks through the door into an MYD meeting I remember when I walked through. I wasn’t sure what I wanted out of the experience, just excited to try something new, consider all expectations met and exceeded. It has been a fabulous adventure for me. I have changed so drastically and found so many new things about myself from being here with all of you.
Thank you for the challenge, thank you for your commitment and thank you for the opportunity.
You can reach me indefinitely at firstname.lastname@example.org.