we are in 1999, the last year of our birth century. Some
of us have lived longer in the 20th Century than we will
in the 21st! Time seems to be racing so fast -- as if it
is somehow trying to keep pace with our amazing technological
As in the beginning of
every new year, but particularly this significant year,
I re-evaluate how I am using my time. I recognize my emotional
currency of living as being with people I love. For me,
great living must also include intellectual stimuli and
the 'fun "factor These valued life ingredients, stirred
together, cook up friendship stew. (Wow, I have made a cooking
analogy!) Having said all that, you 71 understand why I
now encourage you to attend the upcoming Forum events. They
are full of friends.
In January, I got up at
the crack of night to attend an informal Forum breakfast.
We tried a new location and were not particularly pleased
with the choice. (It's not easy being high-maintenance women.)
The physical shortcomings of our environment did not keep
us from having a great time together We even had a little
chat with Donna Rohling at her country manor in the South
of France. (Lucy Billingsley brought her to breakfast via
cellular) Becky Hurley, our vice-president of programs,
is doing a great job with the programs and with communications
to remind us of upcoming events. Thanks again, Becky.
Our Forum is growing with
the addition of our newest members. Once again, we have
a stellar group of women. Cece Smith and her membership
committee have made some outstanding choices, featured in
this edition of the Globetrotter Please make it a point
to welcome these newcomers.
It is not too early to
plan to attend the IWF Conference in Montreal. It is particularly
rewarding to make new friends from far away places. The
Canada Forum sent a video touting the Conference to all
Forum presidents and it looks wonderful! I will be happy
to share it with anyone who is interested.
I look forward to seeing
you at our upcoming events!