As my year as the President of Chapter M comes to a close, I want to start by thanking all of my officers and sisters for the support, encouragement, and kindness I have received during my term. Our chapter truly blessed with a group of amazing women giving of their time and talents to our chapter and community.
My first duty as president was to assign committees and choose the theme for our yearbook. I chose “Beautiful Woman You Are Doing Amazing Things”. Throughout the year members have nominated women in our commuity that they feel personify the yearbook theme. In March, we will celebrate these women at a tea.
One of our chapters goals is to financially support our International Projects, which requires a yearly fundraiser. Figuring out and executing the yearly fundraiser so we can support these projects can be stressful for the finance committee as well as the chapter. For the past several years, a wildly successful Kentucky Derby party has been our fundraiser. Due to numerous other community activities planned on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, we were unable to hold this event.
Our fantastic finance committee planned and executed a Corn Hole tournament to coincide with a Sunday afternoon Bronco game on Sept. 23rd. This event was more successful than our past Kentucky Derby party! Ttckets were sold prior to the event, with 2 ticket options available. Club members and several community members donated items for a silent auction, as well as some incredible prizes for the top four placing teams in the 32 team Corn Hole tournament. It was a huge success and a lot of fun, with the net profits around $3600.00.
Throughout the year we have enjoyed several socials including a canvas painting outing, BIL dinner at a local restaurant, and our yearly Christmas party and bundles event. We received a very informative International report from Sara Canfield of Chapter EG, Ft Morgan in November. Sara had lots of fun trinkets and stories to share with the chapter. The Christmas party included an ugly sweater contest, lots of yummy homemade treats, and beverages of the alcoholic and non alcoholic type. We all enjoyed visiting and catching up with each other as we wrapped and prepared our gifts for 2 families within the community. A special thanks to Shausta who graciously agreed to host the event on short notice, when the hostess was stranded out of town.
Due to unpredictable weather in Northeastern Colorado, the yearbook committee opted to have our Founder’s Day celebration as a luncheon meeting. We celebrated a new decade and our sisterhood turning 151 years old with a catered luncheon at a local restaurant. This brings us to February: my least favorite month as a PEO sister. I know we will have sisters who will elect to go inactive, which always makes me sad. I always wonder if there is anything I could have done or said to keep this from happening. I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to grow our chapter this past year as we offered an invitation of membership to two amazing women within the community that declined our invitation.
I am very grateful and feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to share a common goal of “helping women reach for the stars” with the amazing women in Chapter AA here in Wray. Thank you to all my sisters for taking the time to show up to meetings when you can, helping with fundraisers, and saying “yes” when you’re really thinking “How in the world am I ever going to fit that into my already jam packed schedule”.
Lovingly in PEO,
Chapter AA – Wray