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President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Bridges to a Better Tomorrow

The holidays are here, my friends, and with them come a mixture of excitement, anticipation, love, and yes, sometimes a little stress as well. There’s a lot to do – decorating, gift giving, card writing, baking… and it’s easy for these holiday observances to feel less like fun and more like chores.

That’s why the holiday season is a perfect time to reengage with what brings our life meaning and connect with the purpose of these activities. Sure, writing dozens of holiday cards can be tedious (not to mention the hand cramps), but when we stop to think about each person receiving that letter and why they are important to us, it deepens the meaning of the activity.

I tried to harness that same spirit of intention and reflection when I chose this year’s President’s Charity. As a networking organization, Coastal Women’s Forum traditionally focuses our efforts on building personal and professional bonds, and we limit our philanthropic activity to one month, December, and one cause, the President’s Charity.

Every year, the president selects a non-profit to feature, and encourages members to contribute with their dollars and their time. This year, I’m pleased to announce that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains is the CWF President’s Charity.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.” Their mission connects directly with CWF’s theme of Building Bridges – we are building bridges to a better tomorrow by supporting the youth of today through a partnership with the BGC.

I hope you’ll join us at our Evening Meeting on December 3rd and our Daytime Meeting on December 18th, at which you’ll hear directly from DrĂ© Nix, Regional Vice President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains, how BGC serves the next generation and builds bridges for the youth in our community. At these meetings, you’ll also have the opportunity to support BGC with your financial contribution.

I wish you and your families a joyous and peaceful holiday season!



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