Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President for the 2018-2020 Administration. The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has served the community for 114 years, and I am very honored to be following in the footsteps of some amazing women.
We’re entering into a new administration filled with members ready to begin the new club year–and I’m so pleased at how many wonderful women will be serving this club in leadership–some for the first time! It’s always exciting when a new administration comes in, with new people and fresh ideas. With so many new members joining the club, we are pleased that we will have more women becoming involved in focus areas of community service and club activities.
One of my goals for this coming administration is not only to build membership, but to have our members embrace what this club has to offer. The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has a proud history of service to the community, and we want to continue that vision in all that we do. Becoming involved in club activities offers not just community service, but relationships as well. I have heard so many members talk about the friendships that they have made, friendships that have spanned not just years–but decades. So many of our members have developed strong bonds of sisterhood. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, worked on projects, had road trips, and adventures. Had it not been for this club, many of our paths would never have crossed.
I recently found a graphic that said GFWC–which we know means General Federation of Women’s Clubs–but one of our sister clubs changed the initials in the graphic to mean, Girl Friends Who Care. I loved that! It made me smile. And, it’s true. Isn’t that what we do?
Yes, we do care, which is why I am also excited to announce a President’s Project! So many choices, so many worthy organizations to choose from, but, because children are near and dear to my heart, for these next two years, my President’s Project will be focused on education. Children are our future! My background in education has enabled me to see things from a different perspective. And, giving children all the tools that we can to help them achieve should be our mission. Children, as we know, don’t all learn at the same levels, but they all need to receive the same opportunity to learn.
Our club will be focusing on the organization, Communities in Schools of Wake County, to help provide disadvantaged children opportunities in their educational pursuits. As I’ve learned, so many of these children are transported to many different schools, which, unfortunately, keeps them from forming a network of educational support in their own neighborhoods. Communities in Schools is fighting to change that, not just working in the neighborhoods but also in the schools themselves. Please join with me in helping to support Communities in Schools of Wake County to provide these children with more opportunities to achieve. We’re Opening Doors & Unlocking Minds!
We’re looking forward to these next two years and hope you join us on the journey!
Mary Derrick, President