Dear Fellow Club Members,

 

I would like to share with you some thoughts about this year’s 4th of July celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 241 years ago, on July 4, 1776. 

John Adams, a signer to the Declaration of Independence, thought that Americans should celebrate this day with a “great anniversary festival.” In a letter to his wife Abigail, he wrote, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward and forevermore.”

We celebrate July 4th to reaffirm our commitment to what we hold dear – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The AIC is both American and International. Many of us have lived outside of the United States for many years and yet, we still enjoy this great American tradition of marching bands, floats, patriotic music, parades, family activities, entertainment, picnics in the park and displays of fireworks at sunset.

We also appreciate and value what other countries have given us as residents living outside of the USA.  Yet, the American DNA is a strong part of who we are and celebrating July 4th helps reminds us of what we appreciate in our country.

The American International Club embraces the American values of enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, openness, intellectual curiosity and diversity.

If Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy were alive today and lived in Geneva, I am sure they would attend the AIC’s 4th of July Celebration

I am looking forward to seeing you in September at the Golf Tournament on 8 September, at the Apero on 14 September and at the Luncheon on 22 September with the CEO from HUG.  Please visit the website for more details.

Until then, I wish you a great summer.

 

 

Best regards,

Ron Banks

AIC President 2017

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