If New Year’s resolutions of town leaders are any indication, 2019 will be a year of striving for better health and happiness.

As some Pacific leaders sat down and prepared a list of lifestyle changes they said they wanted to achieve this year, being the charitable and caring community that we are, there were few surprises in the list of New Year’s resolutions that were set for 2019.

All the resolutions shared with The Missourian involved positive action to improve the quality of life.

School Superintendent Dr. John Mulford is committed to personal betterment.

“My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and increase my amount of weekly exercise,” Dr. Mulford said.

Mayor Steve Myers said he resolves to make Pacific a better place for residents and visitors alike.

“My News Year’s resolution is to convince voters to approve the tax swap. That’s the most important thing I can accomplish in 2019,” the mayor said.

Pam Manuel, Lions Club president, tied personal happiness and service to others together, planning to do more to help others.

“My resolution for 2019 is to love a lot, laugh a lot and make new friends by serving more. Hopefully my family will be blessed in 2019 so I have the ability to reach out and help more people. There’s nothing better than paying it forward. And, yes, I drive my husband crazy,” Manuel said.

Like the mayor, Matt Trower, Meramec Valley R-III School Board president, was thinking of the greater good.

“My New Year’s resolution is to continue to strengthen our relationships with area leaders, begin to incorporate innovative learning solutions to prepare our students for their next step in life, college or career, and to continue to raise the bar for our students and staff as we work to become a district of choice.”

Police Chief Matt Mansell hit a high note on personal happiness.

“My New Year’s resolution is planning on being a major part in my new granddaughter’s life.  I’m looking forward to picking her up and dropping her off at the school bus stops, and watching all the cartoons she can handle.”

My own New Year’s resolution is a bit more complex. I just feel like there is a lot I need to do to be a more well-rounded person.

My 2019 resolution is develop a technique to remember more people’s names, watch less TV and read more books, take advantage of my new metal knee to walk a couple of bridges that have evaded me and learn to play at least one game.

And, like Pam Manuel, I resolve to do more to be a positive influence in the lives of people in our community who need a hand.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this public promise to take positive action in 2019.

Pauline Masson can be reached at paulinemasson@att.net or 314-805-9800.