Even with the rain coming through the ceiling of the Camano Library at our March general meeting, it did not put a damper on the record attendance for our panel on Human Trafficking. Huge thanks to Lynda Buehring for having secured the participation of all the panelists. These are people with whom Lynda had worked before retiring from government service. If you were able to join us, you might remember that I introduced Judy Prince, our AAUW Washington state President before the panel began. I am pleased to inform you that Judy was so impressed by what she heard that she has asked Lynda to coordinate a similar presentation at the upcoming state convention on April 22 in North Bend. I hope that some of you will be willing to support Lynda’s efforts as a member of our branch and attend the state convention if only on that Saturday. Lynda’s presentation begins at 9:30 a.m.
For those who will not be driving to North Bend, our branch will be hosting its April general meeting at the Camano Library on Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. This month we switch gears departing from community oriented topics and once more focus on topics that celebrate the individual. Mary Lou Sanelli, who has presented to our branch before will be reading from her latest work, A Woman Writing. Even if you are not interested in becoming a novelist, you will enjoy her perspective on getting to know yourself at a deeper level. This presentation promises to have applications in all types of personal writing from letters and thank you notes to blogs and Facebook postings. It will highlight “skills that apply in both (volunteer) and professional lives.”
And let’s not forget that PWP is fast approaching. Ticket sales begin May 1, and we still are only about half way to our goal of purses we need to collect. Be sure to do your part in collecting/buying and otherwise obtaining new and gently used purses for our auction. This is the event that we rely on to fund our scholarship efforts for the next two years. We need all hands on deck to make this event a success. If you haven’t yet signed up to help, check with Jackie DeFazio and Gay Campbell. I’m sure they can put your talents to use.
We have set our clocks ahead and Spring is now on our doorstep. The crocuses have bloomed in my garden and the hyacinths are opening. Let’s open ourselves up to new possibilities. Let’s develop our potential and apply it to bettering the lives of those around us. There are many reasons why I have dedicated so much time and effort to this organization: 1) we help girls achieve their dreams, 2) we serve as examples of excellence in our community and 3) we extend a compassionate, caring hand to those around us both in our organization and in our community. We don’t need to stand on soapboxes to achieve these goals; we simply need to be willing to work together to accomplish much. Find your niche for service and make new friends in the process. Those friends will be there for you when you need them.