A thousand points of light

As the nation remembers, honors and says a final farewell to President George H.W. Bush, we were reminded of the phrase “a thousand points of light”. Used first in his speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, President Bush repeated it in his 1989 inaugural address as he compared America’s clubs and volunteer organizations to brilliant stars in the sky.

Our North Bay communities have their “Thousand Points of Light” represented by service clubs and organizations. Their members work together to provide encouragement and assistance in a variety of ways which benefit their neighborhoods.

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One of the local “Thousand Points of Light” is the Spirit of Aransas Pass which held a special thank you event for people who have supported the organization and volunteered during their fundraising events.

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With the leadership of Mike and Jan Moore of Redfish Bay Boathouse and Redfish Willie’s, the Spirit of Aransas Pass sponsors three events annually. Vets Fishing with Vets is a fishing tournament open only to active duty military and veterans of any branch of service. The community is invited to participate in dinner and live music to support the veterans’ participation.

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Baconfest is a free community event featuring competition between the Aransas Pass Police Department and Fire Department. The dinner and live music allow the Spirit of Aransas Pass again to encourage the community to support their donations.

Chow Down for Charity features community leaders and city employees who become the waitstaff for Redfish Willies. With a special menu offered, the community is invited to share dinner with a portion of the ticket and all tips being donated to a local food bank.

Spirit of Aransas Pass is only one of the “Thousand Points of Lights” in my hometown. Readers are invited to share a comment telling about a service club or organization which makes a difference wherever they live. How many can we recognize before the New Year begins?