I am pleased to share with you that Chapter AH has had a good year. This is not to ignore that we are still attempting to overcome our traveling concern in reaching each meeting. At our visitation from Lia, she graciously listened to our dilemma of our sisters’ homes being spread over the Denver metro area. We have addressed this concern several times over the last few years. As difficult as travel to meetings is; we as a chapter are not willing, at least at this time, to make changes that would result in AH breaking up. The travel situation is a detriment, yet the majority does not want to lose the unity that we have with each other. Lia shared with AH that we are strong on paper. We are not the largest chapter, yet, we are able to make contributions to our projects with healthy fellowship and prosperous fundraisers. The bond that AH has is the strength behind wanting our chapter to succeed. Maybe this last year’s yearbook theme explains our feelings. “For the Love of Friendship,” makes it clear. Additionally, we have amended our bylaws to monthly meetings. It is with this change that we hope to ease some of our travel woes.
AH is making a stronger push on our membership contacting our inactive VIP’s, contacting those introduced as non P.E.O.’s and looking for new sisters within our chapter connections. We invite potential sisters to our socials and share our P.E.O. story. It is with sadness that I report that we lost another sister to Chapter Eternal, Ann Christy.
Thank you, Janelle. We were honored at AH with your presentation of International Convention Report. Yes, we were popping our buttons in having you with us. Needless to say, we felt like we had the inside track in hearing about your first hand experience. Thank you for sharing the occasion from your view point.
It always is fun to start our year off in April with our Birthday Dinner Social. We introduce our new yearbook and theme for the upcoming year. Another educational social this year was the private tour of the “Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius,” at the Museum of Nature and Science. A few BIL’s joined us on this private tour guided by our very own Joyce Matthews. Joyce has been a volunteer at the museum for years. And of course, one should always follow up a tour with food as a group! It’s a rule!
Our Christmas Social in December is always well attended and the silent auction of gift baskets is an occasion anticipated by all. This year the baskets followed a Christmas Carol theme. A trivia contest on Christmas Carols caught a few of us off guard, yet was enjoyed by all with the group singing. We were pleased to have three guests at this social.
One philanthropic endeavor, other than our main projects, has been donations to Ronald McDonald House with delivering detergent, granola bars and Barb Wiggins’ wonderful Teddy Bears she makes for the children. Support of DACC and the Precious Treasures Garage Sale has become somewhat of a tradition. Manning tables, participating in set up and tear down with our BIL’s, is hard work. Doing these things together brings the fun of the chore. Our own Jo Busnardo has coordinated this event for the last few years.
Our fundraisers have been profitable. We had a “Make and take Rock Art,” fundraiser that was so successful that we were asked to host another gathering. But, the best part is the fun we had while creating and laughing and eating. Even better is the low overhead of cost of goods! Rocks are everywhere! I shared this fun craft with my college friends and they donated to AH as well! These two fundraisers and our Christmas gift basket silent auction made it possible to increase our donations to our projects this year.
As I mentioned, our programs have followed the theme, “For the Love of Friendship.” Barb Wiggins, a retired teacher gave a program on “Friendship through our Children.” Our newest member, Melissa McCormick and sister Michelle Koopman shared their story with the chapter. The title of their program, “Facts of Friendship,” told us of how their connection started at work in the medical field, and how P.E.O. became a part of that connection. Linda Dunn gave a program of, “Friendship Beyond Chapter Borders,” telling us about the friends you make through convention and the benefits and experience of attending a convention. Our Founder’s Day Program was titled, “Love Created This!” We are looking forward to a few more programs following this theme in the next two months. I feel our members take their own strengths and bring knowledge and experiences to our programs. Yes, it looks like we are great friends here at AH!
A milestone AH is looking forward to in 2020 is celebrating our newest Golden Girl, Fran Frey. We are proud to say AH has four Golden Girls: Lois Astler, 1964, Barbara Wiggins, 1965, Joyce Matthews, 1966, and Fran Frey, 1970!
Thank you again for your personal visit to our chapter. I feel privileged to be a part of Chapter AH and to our P.E.O. organization.