What an interesting group of ladies to be a part of! I was invited to present as a program last year (to give a community/economic development update) and shortly after asked if I’d like to join. They meet one time per month (summer months off) over lunch – with an interesting program (great for us to always continue learning what is locally around us!), a delicious lunch (Crazy Apron Catering delivers – so of course the food is awesome) and a short meeting.
Due to a funeral, we had a very early lunch yesterday – and an awesome program! Melanie Reiners (United Methodist Church Pastor whom I’ve gotten to know over the past couple of years through Julie French’s introduction) Melanie shared photos and information on her travels with her husband, Roger, to Sierra Leone at the Kissy UMC Eye Hospital in Freetown. Very interesting with such personal connections! I’ve scanned the brochure that she provided as part of her presentation – so you can read it here (PDF): Central Global Vision Fund
Although I was unable to make their last meeting, the meeting before was Craig Randleman who provide information on his clock repair business. He covered some amazing history of “keeping time” of which I had no idea! It is really amazing when you hear someone as detailed as Craig speak… just how much information you really do not know.
I’m looking forward to next month’s meeting – we won’t know until we arrive what the program will be about – but it is sure to be very interesting & informative!
I love this part… we read this together at the start of the meeting:
Keep us, oh God, from pettiness; Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed. Let us be done with fault-finding, and leave off self-seeking. May we put away all pretenses, and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice. May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous. Make us to grow calm, serene, and gentle. Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straight-forward, and unafraid. Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create differences; that in the big things in life we are one. Any may we strive to touch and to know the great common heart of us all; and O Lord God, let us never forget to be kind.
We have so many wonderful groups and organizations in Ortonville!