Letter from the President – November 2022

by Amanda Landreth, STCU
EWI of Spokane Chapter President

Hi friends,

I’m not sure about you, but the last meeting had me energized right from the beginning, with a wonderful inspiration by Elizabeth Arnold from Avista. She spoke so eloquently about perseverance and the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. It is a great reminder to think about how we are preserving the different areas of our life. We have new opportunities to change course, start a new foundation, or re-support the foundations we’ve built, and hopefully, those actions will move us closer to reaping the fruits of our labor.

We learned from our guest speaker, Meg Winchester, President and CEO of Visit Spokane, that it takes time and perseverance to create the life and career we want to lead. She moved to Spokane in 2019 with the hope of building up Visit Spokane, not knowing a global pandemic was just around the corner. She reminded us that even though times were extremely tough, she persevered and is proud to be retiring with a strong team ready to get Spokane back on the map!

One of my favorite books, Impact Players by Liz Wiseman, talks about the importance of building a team of unity. A team of diverse talent working with shared values toward a common agenda is a winning combination. When people feel appreciated, and are eager to tackle new challenges, they are willing to step up and lead. When talented individuals are working on the same agenda, and contributing to their fullest, magic happens. Over the past year, our Chapter has persevered and excelled! The relationships we’ve built, volunteer time spent, and extra effort put towards building a strong foundation for our scholarships that help us continue to give back to our community each year are all examples of our Chapter building a team of unity!

As we head into the holiday season, take some time to enjoy family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for!