A year ago at this time, I was gearing up and preparing to hopefully become elected your next national president-elect. With the July 2020 AGM coming to an end after what seemed to be the longest day of our lives, I was still not elected and our organization had to wait another month for a decision. I started August 2020 with so many unknowns. So many unknowns in my day to day career and also my personal life. Would I be able to see all my middle schoolers on a daily basis, and if not then when? Will I ever be able to take off my mask and smile around my colleagues? Would I be able to travel to clubs and would clubs be able to put on events? And one of the biggest unknowns for me…… Would I be elected?
Things happen for a reason. A lot of times I don't understand the reasons, but they do. In August of 2020, I was elected for a reason. I believe I was elected to continue to be this organization’s biggest cheerleader and encourage all of us to take a step back and appreciate how 20-30 positively impacts our lives. I wanted to share my speech from the National Convention in Tucson with you...
“First and foremost I want to thank my family and friends who have traveled down here to support me. I look around here and I feel very lucky... I feel fortunate. After this crazy year filled with a pandemic, 11 hour election, vaccinations, and so on, I am able to stand here today with you. I am also lucky and fortunate because 11 years ago I was randomly flipping through a Phoenix magazine and I came across a short article about a 20-30 men’s club putting on an event.... well I thought to myself... hey there has to be a women’s club or something...and that’s how I stumbled upon VOS. Now this couldn’t have come at a better time because it was one year after my mother had died. I don’t know what stage of grieving I was in, whether it was 8 or 2 or back to 5, but I was a shell of a person... going to work, coming home and sitting on the couch.... not to mention I was in my mid 20s, so I was constantly questioning my life... Do I like my job? Should I move? The next thing I know, I interviewed with VOS and I was busy. Busy meaning 2-3 meetings, volunteering, socializing a week... I was off the couch. These last 11 years have flown by and they have always brought me back to the reason for a smile on my face.... we do this for kids. They are what drives our mission and purpose. Of course leadership development and building friendships are added bonuses to being a 20-30ian, but for me it’s the kids. It’s time for us to get back out in our communities, out into the fresh air and volunteer our time. Seek out new and creative ways to support our beneficiaries and the children they serve. It’s also a time for us to get back out there and support one another. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to attend different club events and see your faces throughout this next year. I am going to end by asking you to raise the bar.... raise the bar in how we treat one another, raise the bar in how much time you volunteer, raise the bar in how much money you/or your club raises, and raise the bar just for you. Enjoy life, and enjoy being a part of 20-30.”
In closing, I look forward to seeing your faces whether it's in person, on a Zoom call, or from pictures up on social media. This is an exciting time for our organization, and we have many things to look forward to. With clubs hosting events back in person, being able to see kids' faces light up when we volunteer with them, to the centennial convention in July 2022…. get excited.
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