In a lot of ways, I still can't believe that this is a thing and it's actually happening. While I'm happy and I was very excited to do this, at the same time, it feels very surreal. It's that feeling you get when you're not sure if you've ever would achieve or wanted to do something, but it looks pretty cool and awesome. That's kind of like my story with this.
When I first learned about this organization, I was really young. My Aunt Clara who was super busy and involved with the organization and back in the 80s she invited my mother to travel with her to Charlotte, NC for a National Convention. My mother went and took me and there I met some really cool old ladies. Thus, being around people older than me is no big deal.
In any event, I was sitting in on meetings on and off and then South Korea happened. However, once I got back, I got more involved and participated in speech contests, went to my first ever national convention as a member in Philadelphia, PA where I still keep in touch with a few people, and then got involved in the higher levels of the Michigan organization.
When the Secretary spot came along, I thought, why not try it. My friend and mentor Virginia said to go ahead and encouraged me. My aunt thought it was pretty cool as well and saw how much more busier I had become. Then when the new president came around, I was elected secretary for another year because no one really wanted it and thought, you know what? Let's go for Vice President because soon I'll be the next president. Thus, the rest is history.
Already, I've had to deal with things right off the bat, such as sickness issues from our last Convention site, an introduction to who I am and what I want to do for my first year as president (since its a two-year term), and other communications with other connected people and members to the organization. However, I don't mind getting started because its better to deal and take care of issues as they come rather than sit on them.
So with that, sometimes I'll be documenting some interesting thoughts/ideas as they come up here and also in my personal BPW/MI president journal. I also have some sounding boards to bounce ideas off of and more. This is going to be an interesting ride.