Letter from the President – December 2023

My favorite holiday story is The Gift of the Magi. This is the tale of a young couple who each sell their most prized possession, so that they could give the other the perfect Christmas gift. Della sells her glorious cascade of hair to buy Jim a platinum chain for his grandfather’s gold pocket watch; and Jim sells his watch to buy tortoise shell combs for Della’s hair. From the opening line of “One dollar and eighty-seven cents“ to the moment when O. Henry tells us “these foolish children” gave the wisest of gifts, I am entranced by this classic tale of selflessness.

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Letter from the President – November 2023

We preserve what we are grateful for. That was the closing message of one of the podcasts I listen to. The host and his guest were discussing the erosion in trust in our public institutions. The host opined on a number of factors at work, but what stuck with me was the host’s closing comments about the importance of institutions on civil society, and the general lack of gratitude for them as one possible reason for their disjunction. His closing line, “We preserve what we are grateful for”, has stuck with me, because I see it in the many institutions I am a part of.

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Letter from the President – October 2023

As we step into the month of September, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the privilege of serving as the EWI Chapter President over the past year. It has been a remarkable journey filled with profound lessons, personal growth, and the invaluable bonds that make our EWI community so extraordinary.

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Letter from the President – September 2023

As we step into the month of September, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the privilege of serving as the EWI Chapter President over the past year. It has been a remarkable journey filled with profound lessons, personal growth, and the invaluable bonds that make our EWI community so extraordinary.

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Letter from the President – August 2023

As we enter the month of August, I cannot help but reflect on the wonderful evening we had at our July Chapter Meeting, hosted by our esteemed EWI past presidents. It was truly a night to remember, filled with inspiration, camaraderie, and laughter. Thank you all for making it such a memorable and fun-filled event!

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Letter from the President – July 2023

June is upon us, and it brings with it the warmth of summer and the excitement of a new season. As we reflect on the past month, I cannot help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude for the success of our chapter meeting and scholarship celebration.

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Letter from the President – June 2023

June is upon us, and it brings with it the warmth of summer and the excitement of a new season. As we reflect on the past month, I cannot help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude for the success of our chapter meeting and scholarship celebration.

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Letter from the President – May 2023

As we approach our May chapter meeting, I am excited to celebrate our upcoming scholarship celebration! This is a time for us to come together and recognize the hard work and dedication of our scholarship recipients. These young scholars are the future leaders of our community, and we are proud to support their education and career goals.

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Letter from the President – April 2023

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. On April 17, 1979, EWI of Spokane became the 73rd chapter to charter with Executive Women International, a national organization already built on decades upon decades of firms and member representatives dedicated to leadership development and community impact.

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Letter from the President – February 2023

Thank you to Jene Ray, Northeast Community Center for hosting our January Chapter meeting. It was a wonderful meeting and reminded me just how important the mission of EWI is. Promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.

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Letter from the President – January 2023

The past year was full of ups, downs, and sideways. I often find stepping into a new year brings a breath of fresh air. As I reflect on 2022, I found myself smiling, thinking of all that our Chapter has accomplished and given back to our community. The past year was filled with wonderful events, meetings, and real connections made.

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Letter from the President – December 2022

As our November guest speaker Larry Krauter taught us, I’ve taken on a new meaning of the term bleasure: business, and leisure. The idea of mixing business trips and events with leisure sounds like something we all need more of, especially as we enjoy the holidays this season with family and friends.

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Letter from the President – November 2022

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.

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Letter from the President – October 2022

If I’ve learned one thing over the past few years, it’s this: when life slows down, I feel a greater pull to fill my time with priorities that genuinely mean something to me. Am I spending time and energy on emotionally draining things or restoring my zest and compassion for life?

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Letter from the President – September 2022

It feels surreal to me that this is my final President’s Message. I started to re-read my earlier letters, and what emerged was a common denominator. The natural guess would be EWI – what business we were attending to, important reminders, organizational necessities, and other timely updates. Everything that you would expect. And you would be right.

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Letter from the President – August 2022

I’ve just returned home from an impromptu 24-hour visit to Seattle. It was a blur of a day with my husband’s family, but a rare visit by two nephews gave us (nearly 25 of us) an informal reason to come together and spend time. 

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Letter from the President – July 2022

While unusually wet and rainy this year in the Inland NW, during the 4th of July holiday weekend, people across America gathered to eat, drink, laugh, celebrate and enjoy their freedom; unselfishly provided to us by a countless number of brave souls, past and present. As I sat down to write this article, my memories drifted to the friends and family that have served this country gallantly, including both of my grandfathers, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law, and my own father. I thought about the word “freedom” – what it means to me, to my family and to this community.

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