Hi everybody...I am writing this at the beginning of the Dog Days of Summer, and I am feeling a little lazy. So, I am going to let two relatively new members give my President's Message.
The first member is Marion Suekoff who wrote to me recently after MWI's first and hopefully not last, High Tea. Phyllis Capp and Carole Walters ran their first event and it was WONDERFUL! Marion said, "I had a blast today at the tea. I told Phyllis Capp that her email was spot on...The secret to success in any group is join a study group within the larger group and get to know people."
Now for Phyllis Capp's wonderful email to all of you...which must be repeated.
"I was recently asked to describe MWI to a person who had never heard of it. I started by telling about the philanthropy work we do (I like that word better than "charity.") Then I went on to try to describe what MWI means to me, personally. I joined the group 2 1/2 years ago, knowing only one person. I went to functions by myself, but always found the women I was seated with warm, charming and friendly. I soon began to feel good about being part of the group. I mentioned this to my friends and they have now all joined MWI. (Unfortunately, some have since chosen MOT to re-join because their experiences were less welcoming than mine - they sat at funtions where people did NOT welcome and converse with them.) I look to the members for inspiration - especially the ones who are a bit older than I, yet have so much energy and committment. They are truly my role models.
MWI is so much more than a philantropic institution. It's MWI - Meals With Information, it's women helping women, friends helping friends. I am so happy to be a part of this.
Next week is a "biggie" for me (and my friend who joined with me, Carole Walters.) We are co-leading the Book Discussion Monday as well as taking on a first-time role of actually running a function, the High Tea at Chat Noir.
I think fondly of the day when Carole Metzger cornered me at the New Member Tea and asked what skills I had to help the organization. From there to here - a learning curve I'm glad I've taken.
With that in mind, please remember this organization is run by its members and if I can take on some responsibilities, there are many of you, as well, who can help to keep this wonderful organization going."
And that, my friends, says it all. Please become an active member of MWI and partake in all we have to offer.