When I first moved back to this area 5 and half years ago, I found LAPW on-line and attended my first meeting in March of 2009. I walked in alone, knowing no one. This was a time of change for our organization. We were considering moving from BPW to one of our own. Of course, you know how that turned out.
After a few meetings I was encouraged me to become more involved. I was to sit on the Leadership Team as the first Events Liaison during the migration to our own regulated, local group.
Fast forward five years, I now sit as the 2014-15 President and we are honoring our 70th year as an organization. I’d like to now share with you a personal story and encourage you to become happy with me in this year. It was the summer of 1987, I had just graduated from High School and I thought I had the world at my fingertips. Ready to head off to college knowing all there was to know about life already. Many of you now that I grew up on a farm South of Glenwood, not just any farm but my Dad was a beekeeper. So summers were never a good time, I was required to help with the bees since I had started walking and that year was no different. If you recall, that is the time that the movie “Cocktail” had just come out. One of the songs on the soundtrack was played over and over again on the radio. Long, hot days extracting honey at 104 degrees and 1000’s of bees the songs on the radio were the only thing that kept us going. One song, kept being played every hour on the hour…remember those days of not having control of song selection? I would complain, I would pout, and I would do just about anything to get out of working. But my Dad was a hard worker – harder than any person I’ve ever met. Every time the song would come on, he would walk over to the radio and turn it up to full volume. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the song was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. That Fall, my Dad gave me one going away present when I left for college. It was a cassette of the soundtrack from Cocktail. I lost my Dad not too long ago, and I miss him very much however his message to me still stays within my heart.
So my wish to all of you as we walk through this journey together this year is to simply “Be Happy”. In all that we do, let the worry go and seek the high road of being happy. Personally, professionally and in your Philanthropic work…..be happy. ~Sara