I want to thank the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for the wonderful evening of recognition at the 51st annual Community Service Awards. Your staff is outstanding, having had the opportunity to work next to them (or their parents) at many volunteer activities. Your Chamber members do fantastic things for our community and beyond.
It was such an honor to share the stage with the other recipients. Moreover, it is humbling to be among the names of so many respected past recipients.
I am especially thankful for the support of my wife Nancy, our children Jessica and James Brooks, Alex and Gabi, and Elyssa. The leadership and fellow volunteers of the organizations for which I have had the opportunity to be a part of really deserve the recognition. These include CYO (Catholic Community of Pleasanton), Amador Valley High School Boosters, Special Olympics, Committees for the school district, Sports Council, and Neighborhood initiatives.
Additionally, city and school district staff deserve much credit. Personally, some incredible families have shared challenges that have made a difference for others.
Finally, I want to thank three special members of the audience representing those who we serve: elementary students Aidan, Logan and Joseph. We are blessed to have a community with such a serving spirit. Much of the energy for this is driven by the appreciation from all being served. Thank you all for thanking those who serve you.
-- Greg Thome