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President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

It's, "See you soon."

I have a confession to make.

I completely procrastinated on writing this letter to you. It’s been on my to-do list for weeks, yet I kept putting it off and putting it off until, finally, I had to sit down and do it.

It’s not because I don’t enjoy writing these letters – in fact, quite the opposite.

It’s because this is my last one.

At the June Annual Meeting and Hat Social, which we will be conducting virtually, the membership will vote for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, and we will begin the transition of the presidency to our President-Elect, Rose MacNeal. The next President’s Letter you read will come from Rose.

As I transition into the Past President role and serve my final year on the board, I’m handing over the gavel (and the laptop, and the rolling cart!) to Rose, with great confidence in her leadership and optimism for our organization’s future. I cannot think of anyone better suited to serve as President, and I am excited to see what comes next for CWF.

When we announced this year’s theme of “Building Bridges” back in August, our intention was to create links with new members and new communities, and to connect our past legacy with our future promise. And in many ways, we were successful.

Our speakers represented dynamic and diverse communities, our annual TradeShare was a wonderful success, and we broke fundraising records in support of this year’s President’s Charity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains. 

Then came March, and with it a global pandemic that is changing how we live, work, and connect with each other. However, even though Coronavirus required us to cancel our in-person meetings, we still found ways to live out our organizational pillars: Networking, Education, and Encouragement.

Our board continued to meet via monthly Zoom calls, and we had our first-ever virtual membership meeting in May. We’ll continue to provide online opportunities for connection, including our June Annual Meeting and Virtual Hat Social. None of this would be possible without each and every member of the board, and I am tremendously grateful for their dedication and support.

As an organization, we’ve met these challenges with flexibility and grace, which should come as no surprise. I’ve never met a stronger, more devoted, more determined group of women than those in Coastal Women’s Forum.

It’s my honor to have served as your president this year, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity. Though this may be my last letter to you as president, it’s certainly not goodbye. It’s simply an “I’ll see you later” – certainly on Zoom, and hopefully in person at an Evening or Daytime Meeting soon.

With deepest gratitude,



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