President, GFWC Illinois Antioch Woman’s Club
LIVE every moment,
LAUGH every day,
LOVE beyond words!
Happy New Year!
Our January meeting, titled AWC 2018, was very successful. Our new members had an opportunity not only to meet our committee chairs but also to talk with our older members. This event was far more effective than the New Members Tea, and I hope it will be continued.
Barb Petersen and Anita Dyer are our program co-chairs, and I’m very excited to see what they schedule for us. Thank you to Ida Krozel for her dedication to her position.
The time from Thanksgiving through the New Year has been bittersweet. We lost friends, husbands, sisters, and a son. We look forward to a happier year.
On a positive note, we had a very successful Christmas brunch. Thank you to Peggy Kellen and Jean Johnson along with Karen Wehrheim and Betty Chornoby and all our committee members and members that made the day a festive, fun occasion. Fundraising exceeded their budget goal. Congratulations!
Speaking of fundraising – if we do a golf outing, we must start planning in February. We need volunteers! Who is good at outings/party planning?
Pat Martin is our Interim Recording Secretary. She is also a relatively new member. Please join me in welcoming her.
Light, Love and Laughter
One of the things stressed at convention is our sisterhood. As sisters we laugh together, cry together, squabble and compete–all in kindness and love. The poem below was used in a sorority pledge, and I believe reflects us.
I Am Honored To Call You My Sister
I know that I can trust you
with my most cherished treasures,
with my heart and soul, and
with every secret I hold.
I know that you will listen
without criticizing me for my mistakes.
You hear what I am trying to say,
even when I fail to express myself clearly.
I know that I can believe you
without worrying that you will mislead me
because you are honest with me,
even when honesty means disagreement.
I know that you will accept me,
despite every wrong turn I’ve made.
You simply love who I am.
I know that our hearts are connected
on the deepest level.
You know me so well;
Your insight and your view of me
make me feel so complete.
I know that I am special
because you are so special.
I am proud of our friendship and
the strength we have together.
I am honored to call you my sister
and fortunate to call you my friend.