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President's Message September 2017

President's Message September 2017
Barbara Timko - Wed Sep 13, 2017 @ 10:20AM
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Welcome to the “Kick-off” of another exciting year for our College Club; programs and activities have been planned and we look forward to sharing them together and with our community. As your new President, I am honored and also slightly daunted with the idea of “stepping into the shoes” that Dorothy has left; she has done an excellent job bringing us Together and Growing Stronger. I am very fortunate to have her as our Director for her guidance and support.

Over the summer, I unfortunately was informed of 3 member resignations and I believe we need to take a step back and focus on how we can keep current members engaged and how to attract new members to ensure we can continue to support our mission of raising funds and awarding scholarships to the young women in Fanwood and Scotch Plains in pursuit of higher education goals and desires. I plan to have some brainstorming meetings with the Officers and the Board in early September to address our membership crisis and to present these ideas at our General meeting on September 18th. I think of the song I learned in Girl Scouts… “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold”….we need to reach out and welcome new and old members alike.

Over these past summer months, I want to acknowledge and thank the many people that kept the wheels in motion for the Club. Thanks to Ellen Harrison and Marie Leppert for contacting speakers and scheduling another great year of monthly programs. At our General meeting in September, we will be entertained by a talented and lively musical performance by a Barbershop quartet - an upbeat way to kick off the program series!

The Calendars are IN and they look fantastic!! Many thanks to Mari McDevitt and her committee for producing a high quality calendar and the numerous hours behind the scenes gathering local information, advertisements and proofing! Now we need every member to sell or buy 4 calendars.PLEASE pick them up at Jean Naugle’s house ASAP! We want to encourage our friends and neighbors to use these calendars to see the schedule of events for the College Club and local community and school activities and opportunities to enjoy them. Please remember to shop at our local merchants that support us that bought advertisements in the calendar.

A key communication tool for the club is our Directory and I want to thank Pat Swick for gathering all the information and her numerous excel spreadsheets to track member data. If you still owe dues, please drop off to Pat or at the General meeting.

Remember your bags of used clothes, shoes, sheets, towels, purses, toys, bikes, etc. for the Sep 16th clothing drive. Thanks to Cathy Hirschhorn for organizing this event and coordinating pick-ups at the Thrift Shop throughout the summer. Cathy will need help on the 16th and if you have any sons, daughters or young people at church or scouts that need service hours, we could use their help loading the truck for one hour that day.

If unable to help with the Clothing drive, there are many other opportunities to get involved. The College club will be sponsoring the greatly anticipated College Night on November 1st. Sue Spirko will be organizing the event and she will be recruiting helpers; please see if you can spare and hour or two or donate goodies to feed the College representatives. Pat Goldberg will be organizing the hospitality.

An idea that I hope you will embrace and hopefully be able to attend will be our Monthly “Fun Outings”. Every month, we will offer an outing such as going to play Mini Golf at Scotch Hills in September, Halloween Graveyard walk, a visit to the Hindu mosque, Chick movie night, Bunko, SPFHS or Union Catholic musical, etc. This gives an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other better and learn more about the wonderful women we have in the club. Family and friends are welcome to join the activities.

The first general meeting for 2017-2018 will be Monday Sept 18th at the Fanwood Presbyterian church. Please arrive at 7:30 pm so we can start the program on time and enjoy the music of the Barbershop Quartet. It would be a wonderful opportunity to bring a friend, neighbor or relative to come and enjoy the entertainment and to learn more about us and our Club. I look forward for a fun and productive year ahead.

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