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President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Building Bridges ...  Building Relationships

When it comes to February, the first thing many people think of is Valentine’s Day. Even though Valentine’s Day is typically associated with romantic love, my favorite memories of the holiday are rooted more in friendship than passion. I loved this holiday as a child – in elementary school, exchanging valentines with classmates inevitably meant bringing home lots of cards and candy, so it felt like a second Halloween.

Even now as an adult, my Valentine’s Day is less about romance and more about telling all of the people in my life how much I care about them. Relationships are at the heart of this holiday, AND they are the core of this year’s theme. Building Bridges has everything to do with relationships.

In my first President’s Letter back in July, I wrote that Building Bridges is about “expand[ing] CWF’s presence and impact through dialogue, relationship-building, and connection.” It’s exhilarating to see how our members continue to weave these three concepts into the fabric of our organization and our larger community.

Our extraordinary guest speakers each opened a dialogue with us, sharing their unique stories of how they build bridges in their lives and inspiring us as we build our own. Our members regularly answer the call to build bridges in our community through employment, volunteer work, and by supporting this year’s President’s Charity, the Boys and Girls Club of the Central Plains.

And in the month of March, CWF will sponsor another opportunity to connect with your fellow members and build relationships at TradeShare, our annual membership trade show. TradeShare will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at The Flame, and it’s an opportunity for our members to showcase their businesses, network, and support each other’s work.

If you’re interested in having a booth at TradeShare, please send an email to cwftradeshare@gmail.com for more information and to sign up. All members are invited to attend TradeShare, and you can register at our website, http://www.coastalwomensforum.com, just as you would any Evening Meeting.

I hope that your February is filled with love, friendship, and happiness. I look forward to seeing you all at our February Evening and Daytime meetings (more on those below!) and at TradeShare next month.



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