I found a quote from Cynthia Rylant I really liked and I wanted to share it with you. I didn’t know who she was so I looked her up and discovered she was an author, primarily of children’s books. The quote really touched my heart since to me, November is so many things. The days are shorter and starting to get colder. Did you know that on Mercury a day lasts 1,408 hours? Just like every Monday in November. We start to think about upcoming holidays. Our lives get a bit hectic somehow. We may be getting together with family and friends. We are also reminded about all of the things for which we are thankful.
But, what she said was: “In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”
I’d like to thank each of you for giving me this opportunity to serve as your President this next year. I am truly humbled that you would place your trust and faith in me and I am honored that I have such an amazing group of women to serve with me on our board. I have a tough act to follow and so grateful that Cathey will be our Board Advisor this year.
As a chapter, we can continue to strive for growth, to flourish and to be the best that we can be. We will continue to have enlightening meetings, to work together as a chapter to bring new members into the fold, to strengthen our relationships with each other and to give back to our community.
I hope that everyone in this chapter will continue to share their ideas so that we can grow and thrive, not just as individuals but also within the community. Please feel free to share your thoughts, at any time, with not just me but with any member of the board. We are all volunteers but we are volunteers for you. By definition, volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”. If that doesn’t describe the members of this chapter to a “T”, I don’t know what does.
I have been so blessed to be a member of this organization for a long time and hope to be for a while yet to come and look forward to making this next year one we can all be proud of.
Finally, remember, volunteers aren’t free – – they’re priceless! And, all of you are priceless to me. Thank you.
President, EWI Denver