As a florist for 35 years, with a license plate that reads REDROSES, it was a no brainer to take Advice From a Rose:
Make new buds and look past the thorns: We were all kind of lost and down, and together we were able to look past the pandemic and stay together through Zoom.
Beauty stems from within:The talent, patience, cooperativeness, interaction, connections, rapport, engagement made it possible to move through and beyond our quarantines.
Live in fullcolor: Meet in the park, see each other in person, share laughter and jokes, even get to touch! Tell your friends about MWI and help build our membership.
Tend to your garden with care:Patience. lots of patience, lots and lots of patience, build relationships.
Wait for your time to bloom:Observe, watch carefully, listen...take criticism seriously but not personally. Keep informed and when something strikes your fancy, please step up and become involved. Attend study groups, help with Community Service, chair a fundraiser, lead a study goup, attend board meetings and step up to become a member of the board. The more involved you are, the more people you will meet, the more friends you will make, the better your life will become.
Cultivate happiness:The things that make us different are the things we should celebrate. It is together that we will bring MWI back stronger and better.
Our new Executive VP, Judy Fischman is not into flowers and roses and plants of all kinds, but...if you need something done tomorrow, by this evening, or in only an hour, you will not find anyone more willing, more efficient, and more supportive to work with. And...it works so well between the two of us because Judy loves the phone, and I communicate best with email and text. In other words. together we make it all work.
I ask for your support and your help. I ask that you work with us for the good of MWI. There is only one direction...and that is forward!
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT
The mission of our organization is philanthropy, giving back to the community, sometimes learning new ways to look at old things, and making friends along the way. That statement says it all. That is the nature of our members. As an organization we are proof that our members live up to our mission. This past year has been horrendous for all of us. We have gone through the Covid pandemic and survived. We survived by seeing each other, mostly on zoom, and sometimes, weather permitting, we were able to meet at a park. Not only did we manage to stay together, we were able to provide support to Island Harvest with donations of close to $30,000 as well. Since we had no fund raisers, our money came from our member’s dues. Our members are always there to lend support in good and bad times. That is the nature of MWI women.
However, nothing happens unless we nurture. We have all just survived a most difficult time in our lives. Now we are about to be able to meet once again at face-to-face meetings. In order to keep MWI the viable organization it is, it is time to nurture each other. Please help us to grow and keep our future as impressive as our past. It is up to all of us to support our events, as well as our study groups. It is at our study groups that we usually find it an easy time to start and grow relationships. Don’t forget the all-important lunch after each meeting. Please consider becoming a presenter at our study groups.
It is time for new thoughts and new ideas. Everyone is welcome and will be listened to. All ideas or suggestions are worth exploring. Hopefully this virus will be a thing of the past in the not-too-distant future. Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!