My dear Mr. Jefferson, pardon the pun. However, I couldn’t help myself. I know at least two of you will appreciate my attempt at humor…
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To my readers, I apologize for falling off the face of the earth. Current events have indeed weighed me down. Like almost every other resident of the area I affectionately call Podunk, I have been caught up in “As the Rotunda Turns” as a local radio personality put it. At one point over the past 10 days or so, I understand we were Tweeting hot topic #2, second to a big world event. (Which one escapes me at the moment.)
I am not UVA alumni. I am not UVA employed. However, I have lived and worked under Mr. Jefferson’s shadow most of my life, and I love his university anyway. I think he is smiling down on it now, both because passionate students and faculty took action when they saw “tyrants” at work, and because the Board of Visitors took a deep breath and did something that’s very hard for adults to do, and even harder for a board of any sort to do… they not only admitted they made a mistake, but they corrected it, all in a very public forum.
Life can return to normal in Podunk, where we locals enjoy the restaurants on the Corner that are too crowded during the school year…
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Which brings me to the heart of my post. Life is so far from normal for my JL sister-friends in Colorado Springs. Not only are we part of the same international organization, but because of the League’s beautiful transfer program, one of their former members is now in leadership in our League. Because she’s just the warmest, brightest woman in any room, I made a new friend just uttering her name when I found myself seated next to my counterpart in their system over a year ago, and the current JLC President Elect and I had the best breakfast in San Fran with their now President and PE.
So now, those home-engulfing wildfires are personal. Friends of friends have lost so very much, and there’s not really an end in sight. However, there’s always a silver lining; I don’t believe any of my board members read my blog, but I have to give them shout-outs anyway. When I emailed first the Executive Committee (everyone with President anywhere in her title) and then the rest of the Board, I not only received unanimous support for a letter of support, but those big hearts, willing hands and sharp minds challenged me to find a way to do more.
So of course, we are. Our shared gem and I are working with the JLCS leaders to figure out precisely what will be most helpful, but in the meantime, we’re all invited to donate to the Care & Share Food Bank and the Pikes Peak Red Cross.
A note on Junior League Cookbooks… PLEASE always search for the publishing League’s website and buy directly from the League. Yes, it’s generally more expensive and you’ll have to pay shipping too, but a larger percentage of the purchase goes directly to the League and its community efforts when you buy directly from them. Oh, and especially for JLCS right now, obviously it takes longer for them to do the pre-shipping work too, but I hope you’ll think it’s worth the extra funds and the wait to contribute more to their organization.
Of course, if you order from Amazon, a portion of the proceeds still go to that League and you might get free shipping too, but I thought I’d mention that it does make a difference…