Happy Fourth of July! I hope you enjoy this holiday celebrating and relaxing with family and friends, as we recognize the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s independence. “The three documents noted below, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more than two and a quarter centuries and are considered instrumental to the founding and philosophy of the United States
- The Declaration of Independence expresses the ideals on which the United States was founded and the reasons for separation from Great Britain.
- The Constitution defines the framework of the Federal Government of the United States.
- The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. It defines citizens’ and states’ rights in relation to the Government.” – from the National Archives online – Charters of Freedom.
Now that you’ve had your history lesson for the day, let’s move on to another notable anniversary. This year Executive Women International celebrates their 80th anniversary. Back in 1938, our founding leader, Ms. Lucille Perkins, from San Francisco, recognized the importance and potential of an association bringing key women together to promote their firms and improve their communities. Since then, additional cities throughout the United States and Canada have created chapters and joined Executive Women International forming a prestigious and diverse networking organization of growing businesses and individual members. Denver was officially chartered on November 22, 1954. In 1977, the organization’s name was changed to Executive Women International. This change reflects the international expansion of the organization and recognizes the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by our representatives. Now we have more than 1,000 member companies and 1,100 representatives are thriving within EWI today. We continue to grow in nearly 42 Chapters located in major cities in the United States and Canada. EWI is a premier organization for connecting, building community and developing both professionally and personally for today’s business professionals and their firms.
I hope you are as proud as I am to be part of Executive Women International. I have now been a member for 10+ years and have enjoyed many extended friendships and grown professionally as a result. The board and I have had a major focus on retaining and growing our EWI Denver Chapter membership. I believe we have been successful in our efforts, as we have welcomed several new members this year. I would like to finish stronger and I challenge each of you to recruit and bring a potential new member to at least one meeting during the months of July – October. How can we accomplish this? It has been noted that one of the best ways to grow your business or book is from the referrals of others. Here’s how I believe each of us can be involved. First, we do allow multiple reps for member firms. Is there another person from your firm that would benefit from EWI? Secondly, we are all out and about in the community, talk on the phone, use social media for communication, etc., and we should all have at least one person we can invite to an EWI meeting, as a potential new member. We also allow guests of membership, that is where the chapter picks up the dinner tab, if your guest is a viable new potential member. Should you want to take advantage of this opportunity, please let me know. Yes, we are all in this together and we have the ability to build our chapter with professionals, just like us. Please join me with this challenge – everyone recruit one and bring one.
As I close this message, let me reiterate what a privilege it is to represent Executive Women International Denver with all of you. Each month I enjoy seeing your lovely/smiling faces and being enriched and challenged by your life’s happenings.
Grateful for all of you,