(The following speech is one that I plan to deliver to The ARC Mid Hudson Fall Classic known as the Roy Gonyea Golf Tournament, something I’ve volunteered for several years in a row, The reason for it will become evident as the speech will show)
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for your participation in this very special tournament, done in honor of a great friend of The ARC Mid Hudson, the late Roy Gonyea.
First and foremost, I wish to thank the people who make this tournament possible, including Kathy Bonelli and my friend and partner for this tournament, Jack Ruddick among so many others, I also want to thank my fellow volunteers among them both friends and self advocates: ARC Mid Hudson’s 2017 Personal Achievement Award Winner Samantha Michaels, two time author Jesse Saperstein.
If there was a word to describe what this tournament entails, it would be connection, or maybe “links” may be more fitting. Just think of it, golf holes link an either course, history links the past and present to our future and families are linked together, especially in my case. I’ve known the Gonyea family for many years and know that he’s smiling down on all of us tonight and the passion he had for the ARC Mid Hudson links us to his memory.
It’s in this spirit that I wish to share my poem, which I believe I shared last year, due to the fact that it encompasses Roy’s legacy and love, which we share today:
-for the memory of Roy Gonyea Jr-
Forever friend fueled fire
Open always to hear cries of those
Ready to defend one, all in
Every aspect of wonderful population.
Fore! He cried, plans acted on at
One’s request, knowing life and death depended
Really- depended on community banding as one
Everyone’s hopes hinging on trusted one.
Finally, the decision comes in-success!!
Our community, world is all the better for
Real commitment, compassion on
Everyone’s hearing one voice, the flame we share.
(Thank you and as always…