By Kim Vidor
As we begin 2017, I have been reflecting on all the accomplishments of the past year and our plans for this year. Over the past two years, the efforts of our Recruitment/Admissions and Membership Committees have been phenomenal. We have increased our membership with over 60 new members. Our newest members have so many talents and stepped up to many leadership roles. Fourteen of our second year members currently serve on this year's Board of Directors and have brought fresh ideas to our leadership team. .
President, Houston Junior Forum
Our membership has embraced new methods to communicate: SignUp Genius, Survey Monkey, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and our HJF website which has enhanced the ways that our members communicate with each other in addition to the traditional email blasts.
We have had record breaking attendance at General Meetings and other social and service opportunities bringing energy and increased camaraderie between our members. With four new service sites and three one-time service opportunities so far this HJF year, members have already served approximately 8,000 hours and we are half way to our goal of 16,000 hours for the year. Wow…it has been a busy six months.
Moving forward in 2017 we have many things to look forward to. Starting off is our annual fundraiser on February 16, 2017, Conversations from the Heart, which honors Anna and Dr. Zachary Hodges. Our guest speaker, Nikki Richnow is a legend in her area of expertise and passion. When we look at the accomplishments of these women and all of the efforts of our members in the community we are truly honoring amazing women this year. If you have not purchased your ticket to the luncheon and the raffle tickets, please do so now. You do not want to miss out on the many opportunities to take home great silent auction and raffle prizes featured this year. Along with committee volunteers, endless hours have been spent by our event Co-Chairs Laura Hellums, Pat Martin and VP Jodie Parker. Many thanks to these ladies whose efforts will ultimately benefit our Community Grant and College Scholarship Programs.
Forum Inc. (JFI) is hosting a retreat in Nacogdocheson February 24th through the 25th. Members will gather and exchange ideas between chapters and definitely manage to have a lot of fun together.
As March rolls around our general meeting will be our election for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee and Recruitment and Admissions Committee. Elections are particularly important because it is your opportunity to choose your leadership for next year. At the January meeting, members were asked for nominations. Under the direction of our Parliamentarians, Pamela Blakely and Cooky Mays, the Nomination Committee will be preparing a Ballot for our March Meeting. It is critical to choose leaders who are forward thinking, exhibit leadership skills and is willing to be a part of the leadership team. Remember to pay your 2017-2017 dues early so that you will be eligible to vote.
Recently I was talking with one of our Provisional’s, Cathy Oliver, who was describing her experience thus far this year. The part of her conversation that resonated with me was her description that she receives “joy in doing service” and went on to describe that she has really enjoyed giving back to the community. Ladies, this is what “making a difference” is about and feeling the joy that it brings. There are four months left in this HJF year. Seize the moment and take the opportunity to become more involved. Make new friends by taking advantage of all the service and social opportunities. Share the joy!
♡ Kim ♡