If you were lucky enough to be on the Zoom meeting in late June, you heard two of our most cherished members give a wonderful poetry reading. One of the poems that was presented was a reading of Stephen Sondheim's brilliant song "I'm Still Here," from the Broadway show Follies. I would like to paraphrase it a little for you now:
Good times and bum times
MWI's seen them all and, my dear
We're still here.
Plush velvet sometimes
Sometimes just pretzels and beer
But MWI's here.
We've run the gamut, A to Z
Three cheers and dammit, c'est la vie.
We got through all of last year...(most of it anyway)
And MWI's here!
This is just to remind you that the Meadowbrook Women's Initiative is definitely still here for you. Thanks to Polly Hammer and all of her hard work getting us on Zoom, we have gotten through the last 4 months with style. Our study groups have been many and exciting. And to think that in January most of us had never heard of Zoom.
During the pandemic, since every single one of us is vulnerable, we have reached out to our membership and will continue to do so. Please join us on Zoom and say "Hi." And don't forget to send in your dues so we can continue to send money to those in need. Please remember we have had no fund raisers in the last 6 months. But we have already booked the Book and Author Luncheon for 2021...because MWI is still here and thinking ahead. Normalcy will return, and we will be there to welcome it back!
If you need any of us...please look in the Spring Bulletin for our phone numbers. Or contact us here at our website. Just give a holler and we'll try to help.
I have been busy with Zoom for MWI, very busy indeed. We have had meetings every Monday and every Thursday since April 9, and have added to that our monthly Board meetings and a few small study group meetings.
In the beginning, I spent my time helping our members become confident Zoom participants. All it took was patience...you just need to want to be a part of Zoom, and the rest follows. Each week, more and more of our members "got it," and now I'm spending only a few hours a week helping people as opposed to about 6 hours a day in the beginning. I can confidently say that MWI women are now a part of the virtual world! Our Zoom meetings are still carrying us through this pandemic. Even with some now going out and about a bit, we have larger numbers at our Zoom meetings than we had at many study groups.
My thanks and appreciation go our to presenters (in chronological order) Suni Fay, Carol Metzger, Sandra Kaufman, Phyllis Capp, Carole Walters, Cheryl Ross, Carol Brier, Karen Goodman, Barbara Meyer, Addy Kalsmith, Celia Garb, Stephanie Freese, and thanks in advance to upcoming presenters June Stelboum, Anita Graber, Diane Rappaport, Joni Spielberg, Alice Werker, and Marion Kraskow.
It is wonderful to recognize the talent and skills of our own members, and to save our MWI funds for philanthropy.
Also, kudos to Judy Fischman, Lorrine Schuman, Dorene Steinmarc, Marilin Smolin, Estelle Barton, Cheryl Ross, Lilly Rozansky, Barbara Goldstein for lining up the presenters. What a support staff!
MWI is alive and well...thanks to both the presenters and the repeat audience...gotta love these old ladies!