Happy Thorsday, little friday, thankful thursday, “homecoming” for the JLC and more! Since today’s the first general membership meeting of our League year, why not feature Sunday’s Yappy Hours on Thorsday?
I blogged about this event last year, but if you’re curious, you’ll just have to search… no time for me to search and link for you. The short version is, Gretchen Greer went last year and was terrified. This year was Sissy’s year, and not only did she make new friends, but I was even more impressed with Keswick Vineyards than before.
We were part of their wine tasting event, but as I sat with good friends who were more aware than I was, our host was quickly told that I cannot drink red wines. Rather than suggesting I might just like to venture inside for the open to the public tasting as I heard last year, this fellow quickly reduced my fee to half price and then still rounded up a third white for me to sample. We bought a bottle, and I honestly can’t tell you which wine we purchased, because my friend’s husband chose for us.
Of course, it is Thorsday, so here’s a partial group photo. Let’s just note that Sissy and Stirling got along FABULOUSLY and move along, okay? There were actually about twice as many people and far more dogs earlier, but we’re still getting the hang of preserving digital memories. Those of you whom have met me in person know that if anyone is counting on me to remember to pull out the camera, someone is going to be sadly disappointed.
And yes, that’s the Christopher & Banks sequin doggy tee I have on, and I’m not wringing my hands over Sissy’s improper moment; I’m merely cradling my tasty wine.
Thankfuls? Oh, I could write for HOURS. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to travel and to spend time with some of the brightest, most talented women in the world. I remember scoffing when I learned that a lot of big businesses will give their employees educational credit for attending Junior League conferences and training workshops, but several years and almost as many conferences later, I’m a believer.
I’m thankful for intuitive women whose compassion and desire to help outweighs their gift to perceive a need. Yeah, that could apply to a lot of women in a lot of Leagues, but I’m actually speaking of the phenomenal AJLI staff and the impressive not-staff speakers they assemble for each conference. Their experience and guidance makes being a League president almost easy.
But most of all, I’m grateful for my local gals. They inspire me each and every day and their dedication and unexpected offers to help me has me bursting with hope as we move through this pivotal year. Our league is changing and evolving, and it is truly an honor to be the woman running the meetings.
Heck, I’m not even REALLY doing that. Because Leagues are all about training volunteers and developing the potential of women, I just have to modify the agendas and scripts from years past to reflect what we’re doing now. There’s an energetic Meetings & Events committee that REALLY runs the logistics; I just get to worry the snot out of a few of you while I obsess about what to wear to said meeting.
And to end on a lighter note, I’m really thankful Sissy is a dog. Could you imagine such a carefree, sassy human girl?!
What are you thankful for today?