|President’s Message - Lori Haney, 2014-2015
Building on Our Legacy – Keep the Flame Alive
To my fellow SBW sisters – thank you for giving me this privilege. Thank you for entrusting me to be your president this year. My theme, my goal for this year is to continue “Building on our Legacy” and “to keep the flame alive.” As your president, I inherit a strong, rich history that was established by many women before my time. It is my goal to add to and learn from their work so that we can sustain our efforts to empower future generations of women. My goals this year include:
- Facilitating a cross-generational mentoring program through Individual Growth and Generations Taking Charge. I want our generations of traditionalists and baby boomers to share with our Gen-Xers and Millennials their knowledge and expertise of the professional realm. To teach the tried and true business practices that can only come with years of work or through the guidance of mentoring. I want our Gen-Xers and Millennials to then mentor our Traditionalists and Baby Boomers on how to better incorporate technology into our business practices and into our club, and help us all learn the skills to keep up with a fast changing professional world.
- From this, I hope to create a social media committee whose focus is to promote who we are and share our mission with our community. I want this entire community to know the great work we are doing in this area so that it will draw new members to invest in this club and themselves.
- Finally, I want to continue this club’s tradition of supporting the work to rape and abuse of women and children in our community by continuing our support of “Operation Sweatsuit” for our sexual assault survivors and also host another “Panty Raid” to support rape and abuse survivors at CASA. I further want to honor our past president, Michelle Sparks, by continuing to “Pay It Forward.” CASA benefited greatly from all of the wonderful donations we received from this club during her year. As the director of CASA, I thank each of you. And my gesture to “Pay It Forward” is to encourage each of you to contribute monthly to Child Safe, a wonderful agency in our community working to end the abuse and sexual assault of children.
With each of these hard fought fights, it took the collaboration of many women to bring about change, and the change they yielded has bettered the circumstances for the next generation of women in this world.
It is my challenge to my fellow SBW sisters to recognize the strengths, capabilities, and accomplishments of the various generations that make up our club and the whole history of the women’s movement.
There is a legacy that was left to every generation that preserved our history and made the next generations’ circumstances better. My overarching goal for this year is to learn from one another, across generational lines, so that we may continue to build on that legacy left by the women before us. May our passion for equality and our passion to leave this world better than we found it, burn bright in each of us. I’m not asking that we pass the torch or flame on to the next generation of women to come, but that we share and help ignite that flame in each of them so that it burns eternally. Please help Keep the Flame Alive. We owe this to ourselves and to our fellow sisters. We’ve proven we can make lasting cultural, professional, and political change in this world. As women, we are fierce! We’re amazing! Just look at Ginger Rogers, “She did everything Fred Astaire could do, but she did backwards and in high heels!”
I am honored to be your President, and look to each of you for your support and guidance to lead this club through my year as your President. I look forward to serving each of you and the legacy of Sedalia Business Women.
Lori Haney SBW President 2014-15
Mission Statement: To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.
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Meeting: Sedalia Business Women holds a monthly general membership dinner meeting on the First Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Best Western Inn, 3120 S. Limit, Sedalia, MO. Guests and visitors are welcomed.
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