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‘We choose to go to the moon’

On July 21, 1969, the world watched, held it breath, and prayed for the safety of astronaut Neil Armstrong as he began his decent from the lunar module to the surface of moon. This was the successful culmination of a vision, a plan and a collaborative effort toward a goal shared by many Americans.

The vision was first articulated in an address delivered by President Kennedy on September 12, 1962. In describing his vision and his goal Kennedy declared:

“Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why we choose to climb the highest mountain? Why?”

 

‘…not because they are easy’

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy,” he said, “but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win”.

Bill Gates had a vision when he established Microsoft.  He saw a path to harness the power of room-size mainframe computers and shrink them down to our desktops. While many doubted Gates’ vision, his goal became a reality.

Steve Jobs also had a vision when he started Apple computer.  He believed he could take Microsoft’s success one step further.  Why be bound to a desktop for information?  Why be tethered to a wall to make a call?   Jobs took computers from our desktops and put them in our pockets.

These innovators had vision and understood the value of goal setting and follow-through. Their accomplishments were not easy.  Indeed, their visions were fulfilled, some might say, against all odds.

 

ATU’s vision

At our last Convention the delegate(s) from your Local and others approved a vision and plan to move our ATU forward. The Convention was the culmination of President Hanley’s discussions and interactions with Local officers leading to a vision, and the subsequent crafting of a plan, and course of action toward a tangible goal.

To date we have achieved a measure of success, but have many miles to go and can’t afford to rest.

We choose to do this, as President Kennedy said, “not because it is easy.”  No, we do this because, no matter how insurmountable the obstacles may seem, it is something we must do if we are to keep faith with our values, and our commitment to provide better service for our passengers, a better life for those we love, and for those who come after us.

A vision, however, is only a daydream until people come together to make it a reality.  That’s where you come in. We need you to join us in the great work that you see described in page after page of this magazine.

Nothing can stop us if we all work together.

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