Charity Starts at Home
My husband, Steve, and I have lived in Simi Valley for almost 30 years (Damn that makes me feel old to say that). We did not want to move to Simi, but could not afford to buy a home in the San Fernando Valley in 1980 and Simi was less expensive back then. Today you could not trick me with that choice, Simi wins hands down! For the first 20 years we didn’t know many people in Simi beyond our immediate neighbors, other than the amazing congregation at my church.
Then 9 years ago my pastor invited me to join Rotary. I thought it would be a good way to meet some local business owners, community leaders and give back to the community at the same time. Wow, did I under estimate that. Simi Sunrise Rotary has opened my eyes to a whole new side of Simi Valley I never knew. This community is filled with charity minded leaders who generously give back at every turn and now, I not only know who they are, but they are dear friends. I feel a much deeper connection to my own home town.
Even though we were happy living in Simi Valley before, we used to dream of retiring and moving to places that were less expensive, or more beautiful, or closer to our families. Now when Steve and I talk about our retirement we just don’t think we can leave this amazing city where SO many people love to give of their time and money to others. If you’re not already volunteering or haven’t experienced this same pleasure, try it. You might just fall in love with your town or city too.