Chapter GI remains a dynamic and caring chapter despite a year of several challenges. We had a very successful year sponsoring project candidates. We really got to know our project recipients by meeting with them to present their checks, and/or inviting them to attend our pre-meeting social. They were able to describe their educational programs and members were able to encourage them to reach their professional goals. Many members were able to show their support for one of our recipients, Meg Brilleslyper, when she performed in a local concert to raise funds to attend a summer institute in Italy. Amy Peters is attaining straight A’s at Carnegie Mellon and our future helicopter pilot is advancing through her training program.
We initiated one new sister in 2019—Amy Peters. One non-resident member, Susan Jernigan, moved back to Colorado Springs – we are happy to have her. Five members (Gretchen Richardson, Karen Meyer, Carlie Bannister, Janet Olander, and Cindy Dunn) chose to go inactive at the end of the year. Several members (Karen Olander, Donna Randolph, and Amy Peters) chose to transfer to Chapter FT. Sadly, we lost one inactive member to Chapter Eternal—Stephanie Smith.
The Courtesy Committee chaired by Ann Carlson has provided food and other support for funerals, illnesses, surgeries, and, of course, birthdays. I have carried on the tradition of sending “The President’s Monthly Meeting Report” following each regular meeting. I believe this helps keep those sisters who could not attend informed about chapter activities and reminds everyone of decisions made and upcoming events. Our 52 committee positions for 2020-2021 will be filled as well as the 7 officer slots. Sisters have always stepped up as officers, hostesses, co-hostesses, program and committee volunteers, many in multiple roles. Out of 50 active resident members, our average attendance at meetings is 22 and 4th Tuesday lunches attract from 10 – 18.
Our chapter raised approximately $4000 this year through a combination of our Food for All event, brag money from members at meetings, and our annual Holiday bazaar. As a result of all of our fund raising events we were able to meet our international, state, and local obligations. Our annual contributions to ELF, PCE, IPS, P.E.O. Scholar Award, P.E.O. Star Scholarship, and Cottey College totaled $1050. Contributions to State Projects was $975.
Our social committee, under the direction of Cindy Haddenham, organized many interesting gatherings. Attendance was great at both of our BIL outings. In addition, the Social Committee organized monthly “4th Tuesday Lunches”. Since we meet only once a month, these no-host lunches give us an additional opportunity to meet prospective members and visit and get to know each other without the pressure of an official meeting. Two of these luncheons are counted as our social meetings.
Monthly programs draw on member talent and experiences as well as outside expertise. Programs such as cooking skills, P.E.O. Goals and Ideals, Singing Joyfully with Phil and Joleen, and the Pillar Program kept us informed, entertained and enlightened.
Our goals this year were:
- Continue to integrate our new members more thoroughly into our chapter.
- Maintain contact with project recipients to support them in their attainment of their educational goals.
In closing, I want to thank all the members of Chapter GI who have supported me in my role as president over the last two years. Members quickly offered their help when it was needed. I am especially grateful to the past presidents who provided support and guidance when chapter norms and activities were being challenged this year. I am also extremely grateful to those members who made the Holiday Bazaar happen despite losing its traditional chair. The hidden strength of our chapter is the members who believe in our mission and will put in the extra time, effort, and heart to achieve success in all we do.