CRAZY & OUT ON A LIMB
 
I remember when, I remember when I lost my mind,
there was something so pleasant about that place,
even your emotions had an echo in so much space.
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb,
and all I remember thinking, I want to be like them. 
 
(from Crazy by Gnarls Barkley)
 
It has been said that visionaries and uniquely successful people are a tad bit crazy, or at least that's how they are viewed by the hordes of  eager average types out there. Want to make a mark on the world? You must step out there and be a bit different, even crazy. I know people who were early responders in Haiti to provide life-saving antibiotics to the Voodoo-centric epicenter. Crazy? As rabid bedbugs, but they saved lives. Clean water? Crazy people do that too. Build Third World schools on, well, pick a continent? Absolutely bonkers! Book bags filled with the basics we take for granted for less fortunate kids we will likely never meet? Yep, looney folks with nothing better to do with their time and money than care for poor kids. Clean up McGinnis Ferry Road even when there is no court order? Same; mad as the Hatter in Wonderland. Cruise the 'Hooch in a canoe for three-four hours and clean up other people's mess? Nutty. 
 
Or, maybe, possibly, the people who do such things are simply sold out to Rotary and actually believe we can make a difference. A Rotarian once was crazy enough to think Rotary could defeat polio and guess what, it's all but gone thanks to Rotary. Crazy people, those Rotarians and I am proud to be counted among the crazy.  
 
And to La Dolce Vita and your support (and that of our friends and supporters) we did very well and we now have funds to continue to step up and meet needs. Turn loose a
crazy and focused Rotary club and the world could be a different place.
 
Special thanks to Marc (La Dolce Vita Coordinator Extraordinaire) and his team of Hannah, Marilyn, Russ, Bob, Monica and Angela for all their work on making our event so successful. A special thanks to Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Marilyn, and to Dr. Allen, for being in-house sponsors as well.
 
Michael