It is incredible just how quickly 2014 is approaching. As I ponder our accomplishments this year, I can't help but be thankful. We have already begun to "Unleash the VALUE of Connections."
At our 11/14/2013 meeting, Ann Bushey, retention and recruitment director, installed Tauheedah Muhammad representing our newest firm, The Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown. Several guests also expressed interest in joining EWI of Richmond.
I look forward to the Richmond Chapter's continued success in 2014. Congratulations to Toni Bastian, representing Richmond Region Tourism, and Dee Dee Van Buren, representing T.A.C. Solutions, for connecting to learn more about each other's business and ways they can collaborate in the future. Did you know that T.A.C. Solutions provides employee safety training?
I met with Essie Hill, representing Auxano Enterprises, to learn more about their products and services. I purchased several gift collections as door prizes for some of our member groups. How Valiant have you been lately? Who have you Asked, Listen, Understand, and Established a stronger relationship with in our chapter?
I would like to thank Tom and Susan Epperson, guest speakers at our November meeting. Tom talked about finding your passion, and Susan was a graphic facilitator, graphically capturing our discussion throughout the presentation.
During the November meeting, we also had the opportunity to learn from our current board what assistance is needed for each committee. As a firm representative, we hope that you will volunteer to serve on a committee where your talents can shine! For those that have already volunteered to serve Way to step up! For those who have not had the opportunity, WE NEED YOU!
Karen Kuhn, Vice President representing the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will review the current list and place member representatives in areas we need the most. Please see Karen to find out about committee needs and how to sign up.
I would like to thank Ashely Abplanalp, representing the RVA Realtor, Karen Kuhn, representing The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Kathleen Stull, representing Woody Funeral Home, for inviting so many wonderful guests to the November meeting (See some of the guest that attended on page 4). I thank you for your dedication to the Richmond chapter.
Finally, our guest speaker for December will be Senior VP Mary Doswell with Dominion Resources Inc. We hope to see you there!
Thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve as your President. I would also like to thank Iris Holliday, guest speaker at our October meeting. Her topic of "seasons change" came with impeccable timing. Change is in the air! Everyone is talking about it and I think that change is always good any time of the year. I don't mean a dramatic change like moving to Barbados or investing in a yacht. I mean small changes that will add VALUE and keep you content. This year, I hope that we will unleash the value of connection. Here are a few small changes or tips to get us there:
√ Valiant: Be bold and think of something challenging that you want to accomplish -- something that is a stretch for you. Put your mind to it and take the climb.
√ Ask: Ask for what you want; ask one of your EWI colleagues to lunch or coffee in the next 2 weeks and tell us about it. We want to share the VALUE of connection you experienced and share it in the Connect. What do you have to lose? You'll be surprised how often it works.
√ Listen: Listen and acknowledge at least one positive quality or something you didn't know about that person.
√ Understand: Understand and make a mental note of what fulfills them as members of the Richmond chapter.
√ Establish: Evaluate the needs of your fellow representatives and begin to establish deeper relationships.
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors and thank you for your willingness to step up when called upon to lead. I know you are going to do a fabulous job and make a valuable contribution to our chapter.
Thank you Barry Moore for exposing the best kept secret and inviting so many so many wonderful guests to last month's chapter meeting. You have contributed in numerous ways. Thank you for your dedication to the Richmond chapter.
Finally, the November chapter meeting is a very important time to collaborate and hold each other accountable by joining a committee. Tom Epperson will be our guest speaker and he will discuss value- based leadership and some of the key benefits of joining a committee. I look forward to seeing you on November 14 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
As I sit at my computer writing my last Connect article as your President, I am a little saddened. This experience has been a whirlwind and I have enjoyed serving you and representing the Richmond Chapter this year. Even though this year has flown by, we have many accomplishments that celebrate our focus on "Connections." First, the Richmond Chapter installed five new firms (Auxano Enterprises, Haley Buick GMC, Richmond Raiders, T.A.C. Solutions) and finally Girl Scouts of America at this month's meeting. We also welcomed a 3rd representative with the Virginia Credit Union.
It is hard to believe that September has arrived and summer is now officially over. Fall is fast approaching and our board year is almost over. I want to let everyone know that our meeting this month will focus on LCAM and the proposed By-law changes and Operating Budget to be voted on in a couple of weeks. Please plan on attending the membership meeting as we need your guidance in how you would like us to vote as a chapter. Your insight and opinions are important to the future success of our organization and chapter.
Wow, what a great ASIST night we had last month! It never fails that there is not a dry eye in the house when we hear the great personal stories of how our winners have overcome adversity in continuing to work towards obtaining their degrees. I was truly inspired by each and every one of them.
Summer has finally arrived! I know this because my air conditioner is on full blast and school is about to end for the year. With that in mind, last month we were so fortunate to have the opportunity to help further the dreams of three deserving high school seniors in their quest to attend college in the fall.