In these challenging times, I would like us to focus on this year’s highlights. The Branch met small goals on its way to achieving the larger goal of promoting equity, education and development of opportunities for women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential. The Summer Social was a great success resulting in a few new members. Others participated in Interest Groups, which new members are always welcome to join. We embraced Tech Trek, sending a record number of 18 to camp and Speech Trek with a record number of 13 participants. And we also encouraged you to: (1) Be intellectually stimulated by speaker Carol Kravetz on “Caring for the Earth”, the Environmental Movement; (2) Usher in the holiday season with a performance from the Gabrielino H.S. Chamber Singers; (3) Be inspired by the work and words of Fr. Gregory Boyle; and (4) Attend the LACIC sponsored “Suffrage Centennial Tea”.
However, because all April meetings have been cancelled, I am reminding you that if we had held the April 20, Annual Meeting, you would have been asked to vote on two important issues: (1) raising of branch dues beginning July 2020 and (2) the slate of elected officers for 2020-21.
Yes, there is fear. Yes, there is isolation. Yes, there is panic buying. Yes, there is sickness. Yes, there is even death. Today, breathe. Listen behind the factory noises of your panic. The birds are singing again. The sky is clearing. Spring is coming.
Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM