Women’s Division Directors Honored at Quadrennial Celebration
At the semiannual board meeting in Plano, Texas, the Women’s Division honored the present configuration of directors and celebrated the exemplary work they did over the course of the 2009-2012 quadrennium.
Hosted by Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, directors past and present, Women’s Division staff and special guests heard a message on “Connections That Matter” from Dr. Thalia Matherson, former Women’s Division director.
She encouraged directors, once their term was officially over, to stay connected—physically, spiritually and actively. “The connection has to be hot, passionate and on fire for Jesus Christ,” she said.
The first step to making connections, she suggested, is reconnecting with local units to share their knowledge and experience. Going back to that local structure may be hard, she said, because it seems so far removed from their past position at the Women’s Division board. But she insisted that this is the best way to keep local United Methodist Women members informed, inspired and engaged in the work of the larger organization and to be a guide for other women into leadership.
Harriett Jane Olson, deputy general secretary of the Women’s Division, led a presentation of gifts to each director, a plaque commemorating their service.
Inelda González, president of the Women’s Division, accepted her gift of a dedicated grant toward an anti-domestic-violence initiative in her name. The Inelda Z. González Domestic Violence Initiative will provide funds for resources, trainings and internships to help bring awareness and action to domestic violence in the 2013-2016 quadrennium.
In a tribute to directors, staff brought lighthearted humor to the event in a skit, where they played directors telling tales of the worst travel experiences, funniest scenarios of the quadrennium and what were the most meaningful and heartfelt moments in their time together.
Overall, the quadrennial celebration was a joyous moment to recognize the impact the directors had across the United States and the world with their delineation of funds, presence at leadership events and advocacy of important issues throughout the quadrennium.
Leigh Rogers is public relations staff with the Women's Division.