As you gather for this important Conference, you have the best wishes of the White House Office of National Service -- and the full expectation that you will re-double your efforts on behalf of service.
President Clinton, at the ceremony signing the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1991, said, "I hope, believe and dream that national service will remain throughout the life of America, not a aeries of promises, but a aeries of challenges, across all the generations an4 all walks of life, to help us to rebuild our troubled but wonderful land....Today we are taking a stand in this country for the proposition that if we challenge people to serve and we give them a chance to fulfill their abilities, more and more and more we will all understand that we must go forward together. This is the profoundest lesson of this whole endeavor. And it will be the greatest legacy of the wonderful people who make it come alive."
As you stand facing west, on what was once our last frontier, you have the chance to help lead the great exploration remaining in this century -- not the conquest of a continent, but the reestablishment of community, united through our common effort.
Youth Service California; Volunteer Centers of California, Inc.; and CalServe, "Service and Volunteerism: Working Together For Our Future" (1993). Conference Proceedings. 1.
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