City of Deland (FL) Council Meeting
21 May 2018
Jocelyn Williamson (190 words)

Good evening Mayer Apgar, commissioners, city staff and citizens.

We come together at the beginning of another week, to listen and address the needs of the people of the City of Deland.

Tonight, as you honor the Public Works Department - let us remember that vital role they play in connecting and protecting the community. It is through their concerted effort that we maintain the high quality of life in Deland.

May we openly listen and develop new ways of relating to neighbors AND to the strangers we may soon call our friend.

Let us to find a sense of humility where we have privilege, and strength where we find and face oppression.

In our struggles may we learn compassion; and in our power, may we learn temperance.

As a community, may we be a safe harbor in a world that is often harsh toward difference.

This evening - May we lean forward, keeping in mind the welfare of all the city citizens, embracing reason and free inquiry, working harmoniously together to transform our city through love and to accomplish good works with compassion and consideration for all.

Thank you.