Have you been to an Annual General Meeting of PWG’s? This being my first, I didn’t know quite what to expect, and at the same time I thought I knew what it would be like: I had helped edit the presentation slides in December, and a few days prior to the event I received a program outlining the order of topics. I was expecting your run-of-the-mill meeting that covers the past year’s numbers and facts and looks ahead to future plans. What made the meeting special was the life that everyone breathed into it with their positive energy and a mutual sense of purpose and togetherness.
Laura shortens the distance between Chair and member with her approachable nature and a genuine desire to provide a support system for women who want to nurture their professional identities, which came through in her presentation. Standing side by side with so many volunteers who share a mutual goal and purpose is a feeling that can’t be replicated through email (where a lot of our work is done). The special mention of appreciation to Aletta, who has been running the Job Hunt Support Group for 13 years, was heartwarming and symbolic of what our group stands for.
In turn, Marzena had each table draw a flower in whose center we wrote what we had in common and on whose petals we outlined our individual strengths. The resulting flower reminds us that we are not just a group made of members: we are a team based on a common core made stronger by each member’s unique talents. I don’t know what other Annual General Meetings are like, but it was refreshing to find that ours is not so much a meeting as it is a laid-back get-together of like-minded people who believe in PWG’s mission and want to have a good time. QuBa was a perfect venue for this event with one large open space for the presentation and a smaller, more intimate space for nibbling cheese, sipping wine, chatting with old friends and making new ones.
If you missed the meeting, you can take a look at our Annual Report of 2016 to get a better idea of what last year looked like for PWG. Check out the photos from the event!