Happy April. A month to remember that taxes and the Portland rain are heralding a brighter and more glorious spring. To stay positive, confident and patient. Work towards your goals and smile more. April is the halfway point in the NAWIC calendar; and at this teetering moment I am looking around and believe it’s been a terrific year so far and it just seems to keep getting better.
The chapter meetings have been outstanding both in terms of topics and attendees; thank you so much to our Professional Development & Education committee chairs Liz Rhode and Liz Cowen for pulling together an exciting schedule and for those of you who have invested your time and energy in attending these meetings; both members and potential members. The Marketing and Industry Outreach committee chaired by Jeannie Spencer, as well as, the Membership committee chaired by Charris Sonne-Phinney have done a great job at creating outreach opportunities within the industry, as well as, reaching out to new members.
Several big events are under our belts; Women In Construction Week was a resounding success both in terms of quality and quantity of events. Thank you, Marilyn Morrison – WIC Week committee chair! NFSF scholarships have been submitted and decisions are underway. Thank you, Lauren Holmes – Scholarship Chair. Block Kids and CAD Competition events were both held and submissions have been received by Regional – fingers crossed to see how our young people did but both events were well attended and inspirational to see young men and women get engaged in learning about construction careers. Good Luck to our winners form Crestline Elementary School and Franklin High School!
Of course, halfway through means there is more on the horizon; Our Community Service Committee chaired by Joanna Westrich has outdone herself with an array of outreach activities designed to touch the hearts of our members and the community. Our ReBuilding Together event is coming up on 4/28, if you haven’t already signed up to volunteer on the national build day please do so – Bonnie and Jerry could definitely benefit from your involvement. Also stay tuned on getting involved with our Girl Scout workshop and GirlsBuild camp!
Additionally, Chapter Elections are underway and there is an exciting and impressive group of women looking to guide the chapter into the future. Thank you to the efforts of Angie Otto and Misti Burdine from the Nominating Committee and Good Luck to the 2018-19 Board of Director Candidates!
In writing this message, I see not just that our chapter is very active and highly motivated but also that it takes a village to be active and motivated. I am so grateful to be a part of this village of inspirational and remarkable women! We are a multitude of extraordinary, engaging and diverse individuals. Furthermore, I encourage those of you who haven’t come out to meet your ‘neighbors’ to go ahead and do so. The only thing you’ll walk away wondering is why you didn’t come meet us sooner!
President, Portland Chapter 54