2010 FTA NYC Spring Dinner
including a donation to the Tibet House U.S.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
The following 'Welcoming
Remarks' were delivered by Fred Tibbitts at the 2010 NYC Spring Dinner.
Welcoming Remarks at New York Spring 2010
Welcome to the Fourteenth Annual FTA “A Spring Evening in
New York with Very Special Friends”.
We gather in New York City spring and fall, at
Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Bangkok, Mumbai, Shanghai and
Kong to recognize hospitality excellence; in the names of those whom we honor,
provide scholarships at schools of higher hospitality education; and to make
An industry is only as strong as the wisdom, vision,
compassion and actions of its leaders; leaders who define excellence for the
benefit of all those who look to them to know the way to realize their dreams
and ambitions and not be left behind.
In the end we are judged not by whom we include, but
by whom we exclude.
Great leaders inspire and teach all those who seek
to be included, because serving the least of us is truly the highest calling and
the only measure of service from the heart.
This evening we come together to recognize hospitality
industry Excellence, announce the 2010 scholarships and donate to charity.
This is truly a very special evening for us all and
I thank you for joining us, because as I say at every FTA dinner, YOU are the
But the deeper
meaning of why we come together is really at the very heart of why the
hospitality industry is so special to those of us who have come to consider it
Hospitality is about service and in particular service
Service is truly the highest calling.
It is not what we do for ourselves, but what we do
for others that is the measure of our worth to humanity.
And simply because it is the right thing to do: Not
for personal recognition.
The truth is that we
are free to dwell at any given moment in as beautiful a place as our hearts are
open to loving others and our willingness to serve them without regard to our
Life is a series of
micro steps from the time we arrive to the time we depart and the quality of our
life is but a reflection of the quality of our contribution to the peace and
happiness of others: It is not about pleasing ourselves or collecting “things”:
It is about serving others and after one’s basic, personal needs are met,
allowing what remains of what comes our way to pass through our fingers for the
benefit of those less fortunate.
I ask everyone to please remember those less fortunate,
especially the survivors of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
Their suffering continues as does their need for