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Its is a club tradition that every year, the president selects a symbol that represents our club and goals for the term. As my symbol I selected the sea turtle.

The turtle represents so many things but perhaps most importantly the turtle gracefully teaches us the art of adapting to new surroundings and environments. The Sea Turtle opens us up to experimenting with new terrains and ideas, while maintaining a comfortable self pace.  The message is not to push yourself so fast that you make errors and miss opportunities.  The turtle knows that all things come in perfect and divine timing sharing the golden lesson of patience.

As we all know turtles have  a shell that becomes it’s home, whenever it is threatened it retreats to safety of it’s shell…this brings symbolic meaning from the turtle that you too can do the same, by creating a spiritual shield that is your armor against negativity, harmful influences, and painful memories. In retreat gather your inner wisdom and emerge strengthened and prepared to move forward.

Sea turtles are known for their long lives and calm demeanor, turtles represent wisdom, perseverance and longevity.  They serve to remind us to stay true to ourselves even as the club and circumstances around us change. Turtle wisdom encourages us to see what most problems are – tiny bumps on the long road of life.

Advice from a Sea Turtle:

  • Come out of your shell
  • Be well-rounded
  • Know when to stick your neck out
  • Log time with friends
  • Home is where your heart is
  • Snap out of it
  • Swim with the Current
  • Be a good navigator
  • Stay calm under pressure
  • Be well traveled
  • Think long term
  • Age gracefully
  • Spend time at the beach

I’m looking forward serving as president for the club that means so much to our community.

Carol Anne Ketelsen
Carol Anne Ketelsen

Carol Anne is currently serving the Rochester Junior Women’s club in the role of President. In the past, she has served as President-Elect, Chair of the New Member Department and the Arts & Apples Chair. She earned the honor of being named the Rochester Junior Women’s Club “Volunteer of the Year“ in 2015.

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