The International Women’s Club of Merida held their annual election this past Saturday. With very mixed feelings I watched Marianne Kehoe chair her last meeting as the president. Under her leadership 2011 – 2012 has been a good year for our group with many fun activities as well as satisfying accomplishments.
I thought it very fitting that this board chose Lenny Hau as their last monthly speaker. Lenny is one of the young women that the IWC awards a monthly stipend to help with university expenses. When I met her three years ago, I saw a painfully shy girl; on Saturday I listened to an accomplished Law student speak about her investigation in the field of Indigenous Law. WOW! Lenny impressed us all with her excellent English and her sensitivity to the Mayan communities very special needs. Mark my words, she is going places.
Marianne graciously acknowledged her Board: Anny Schrader, Marie Barchus, Rainie Bailie-Bowie and Faye Jorgenson. Just before the end of the meeting, another former president Dulce Firth presented Marianne with a floral arrangement in recognition of her excellent leadership.
Now, at the beginning of this short recap, I said I have “mixed feelings…” This is because, as sorry as I am to see Marianne step down, I’m very excited about the new Board. I know that Marie Barkus will do an excellent job as President; how can she not with Nancy Walters, Beth Knepp, Theresa Gray and Rainie Baillie-Bowie to help her?
Theresa even has a party planned: a real winner for costume lovers; she proposes we have a 100th anniversary commemoration of the sinking of the Titanic. Rainie got a laugh when she piped up with, “We could all wear life savers!”
I hope you enjoy the photos of the lovely ladies of the club…