President's Message
By LuAnn Lee, Board President
President's Message                       
    Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now, its December!
    Yes! One good thing is since it came a few days earlier this year, we will have a few
more days to get ready for the holiday season.
    I want to wish everyone a restful and enjoyable Thanksgivings day and weekend with
family and friends.
    Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s a time when it’s not too cold and usually not too hot
(except our 90 to 95 degree weather last week) and is the calm before the hustle and
bustle at the end of the year.
    As November came so did the elections. We have all heard so many negative
comments from people all over the U.S. and have seen riots on T.V. It’s a scary time as the
nation is split. Change can cause anxiety, anger and fear.
    A couple of things that helped me feel some comfort was talking to others and
knowing they feel the same way. We encouraged each other to do what we have control
over and that is to be kind to one another. Reverend Wondra emphasized this in her
Dharma School message about the Golden Chain at the Eitaikyo service. Also on our way
to the Southern District Meeting in Gardena, I was able to talk with Rev. Kenji and he had
some insight on understanding others and their behavior. We are lucky to have Reverend
Dr. Kenji Akahoshi as our Resident Minister. He has a Masters in Psychology as well as all his
other accomplishments. He is a great resource and I hope you get a chance to talk with
him in the near future.
    I look forward to December and our Mochitsuki on Sunday the 11th. We hope all of you
can come out and participate in this long time tradition of pounding rice and enjoying
the company of our wonderful sangha.

                                                                                                                             In Gassho,
                                                                                                                             LuAnn Lee
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