stam·i·na /ˈstamənə/, noun: the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort; the power to endure “How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina.” B.C. Forbes, 1880 – 1954 “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882 – 1945 “In writing, as in medicine, there are no short cuts. You need stamina.” Abraham Verghese, 1955 – pictured: Mountainside Rotarians with third grade students at Deerfield Elementary School in Mountainside, NJ. The Mountainside Rotary Club also donates thesauri to the fourth grade class. Over the past ten years, members have donated over 2,000 books to local students.