Seminole County (FL) Commission Meeting
22 September 2015
Brenda Frei (376 words - 3:08)

Good morning.  It's nice to meet all of you and thank you for having me.

When our family moved to Seminole County a little more than four years ago, our attachment and affection for this area grew quickly. We stood in awe in front of the breathtaking tree, The Senator, and then only a few weeks later, we grieved - along with you - when hearing about the tragic loss.  We appreciated our recent visit to the welcoming Seminole County Historical Museum to marvel at the beautiful memorial art pieces.

Since living in Seminole County we have seen in our backyard:  deer, turtles, raccoons, armadillos, and numerous gorgeous birds.  We have seen a bear run by and a bald eagle soar above.  Wow!

What a special place to embrace as home.

From a multitude of different plants and animals to a variety of different people  -  with diverse backgrounds, goals, beliefs, constructs, views of reality, and motivations,  - all make Seminole County unique.  Yet, despite any differences, I would hope that concern for humanity and our environment is in every one of us here.

For example - From my husband's work helping to improve the lives of people with epilepsy to our youngest son, a student at Hagerty High School, volunteering for an Alzheimer's care facility in Casselberry or playing piano for the Sanford Welcome Center, everyone can have an important role to play.  We thank you for your role and service, for your pledge and commitment to care about each of us.

 Like many others, we were drawn to Seminole County for its pride and excellence in education… - where skilled teachers require that students have factual support for their assignments and assertions. Perhaps, above all is the importance of students learning to create a community of cooperation and inclusiveness, with no bullying, name-calling, prejudice, or unfair negative stereotyping.  May we as adults also choose to practice these values and principles.  May we lead our young people by positive example and may we also learn from our children as well.  Today and going forward, - we ask that you use evidence-based knowledge, as well as compassion, inclusiveness, and kindness in guiding your civil discussion and decision-making over issues that affect us all.

Thank you again.