Co-Presidents: Cris Harter and Susanne Monasa SWC Co-President’s Message 2015-2016

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in hugging, hugging a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy women are the prettiest women. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

This year marks the 110 anniversary of the establishment of the Stamford Woman’s Club. What a remarkable legacy was left to our current membership by the women who came before us. During this time we have survived two world wars and several regional embattlements, the great depression, the great recession, 9/11, not to mention our own life challenges of health, wealth (or lack thereof) and loss of loved ones. And yet, we’ve never been more optimistic about our future.

Audrey Hepburn’s quote is an appropriate reminder for us to believe in what matters most. Believing in our own strength, caring for others, not taking ourselves too seriously and yes even believing in miracles help to make our human condition thrive. Last year we asked the SWC membership to step up and volunteer for leadership positions and various committee tasks. And you did it, with great success. Thank you!!!

In the coming year we are focused on bringing the Club back into fiscal wholeness. For the past several years we have been deficit budgeting. If we want to continue well into this century we will need to work towards a balanced budget. The Board has developed a dedicated strategy aimed at this goal. We have plans in place to revise our investment strategy, conduct more fundraisers, increase membership, establish a website/Facebook page and apply prudent cost cutting where ever possible.

We are looking to you, our membership, to support these activities. Support our fundraisers, think about inviting your friends to become members and look for ways to do more with less – we too believe in miracles.

We want to thank you for the privilege and honor that you have bestowed upon us to serve as your Co-Presidents for the 2015-2016. And finally we want to leave you with another quote from Audrey Hepburn:

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Cris Harter

Susanne Monasa