Show your true colors... Abby Magruder, Pres.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 2012

Do you pin? 

I recently updated my Facebook profile to "Timeline" and took a look backwards thanks to their handy software.  What a lot of water has passed under the bridge, as my grandmother used to say.   Looking back at Facebook brought some smiles, some "what was I thinking?" and a whole lot memories as I've posted random, spontaneous and sometimes well-thought-out comments and updates.   The reason I ask if you "pin" is there is a new social website called "Pinterest" challenging Facebook.  Go to and see if you become addicted, like I am.

So, there I was on Pinterest, doing some "pinning"  (you wondered where this was going, right?) and I saw this:  "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your 5 year plan."  Facebook has created a perecption of, I must confess I did it myself...that might not jive with how I see myself five years ago.

January is a busy time for our clubs, as we put together the reports of what we've done over the year.  Looking back, I'm proud of how our reports catalog and create a perception of Thomas Jefferson Junior Woman's Club.  It's our own timeline, and it goes down in GFWC History.

There's something really cool about being in a club that has been in existence for over 50 years.  Former Virginia First Ladies were members.  Some of my neighbors were members. 

It's a cool thing, this Facebook Timeline.  I resisted, just like I resist putting together reports. But doing what you say, and saying what you did is important.  I'm glad I have TJ to lend a diffent spin to my life.  As I read and remember the things we did last year, I think that it's TJ that got us all together.  If we didn't have TJ, we most likely would not have met each other.

Thanks for letting me remember today, for being there with me when I try to improve myself through helping others.  Thanks for the 2010-2011 TJ timeline!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TJ Installs New Board

Sunday June 5 dawned rainy, but the ladies of TJ kept the faith and sunny skies greeted us later in the afternoon.  We had a lovely luncheon at Celeste's house and the incoming Board of Directors was installed.  Here's a pic of us in our hats.  Don't we all look so Richmond?

This year's theme is again advice from the butterfly:  Show your true colors!  It promises to be a beautiful year. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TJ Wins Again!

Our club won several awards at the annual meeting!  Thanks for getting "out of your cocoon" for these great causes.

Home Life: Best Single Project Collaboration: collected socks and monetary donation
for Freedom House.

GFWC Signature Project – Domestic Violence, Best Single Project: collected personal care items for local battered woman’s emergency shelter.

Membership, Best Single Project: held an interesting new member prospective with gold jewelry buying, facial make-over and door prizes. Discussed club and GFWC.

Communication and Identity, Best Single Project: club blog and facebook page.

GFWC Junior Special Project – Advocates for Children: "Clothes for Kids"
Web Design, Best Single Project: club blog that is easy to read and updated regularly.

Circle of Hearts, Silver Level. Awarded for club participation at the district and state level.

Finally, the club was surprised to receive the 2010 Lee District Junior Director’s Best Overall Award for best overall Lee District small club.

Congratulation to all who worked so hard this year!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A time to reflect

Dear Club Members,
January is nearly over.  And as can be expected, the bleakness of winter besets us.  However, it is REPORTS time and our devoted 1st VP is busy creating reports of all our activities of the past year.  How encouraging it is to see what we've accomplished.

I am most proud of our Clothes for Kids project!  This was a rousing success and so much fun at the laundrymat ( truly was!).  I know some children are warmer for our efforts now that the cold cold weather has come.

Thank you for all your work during 2009-2010.  2011 promises to be an awesome year!

Your humble president,