(August 31, 2016)
"The Mission of the USWCA is to develop, nurture, and promote the sport of curling among today's Women and Youth"
Very soon I will have the pleasure of welcoming many USWCA members to the organization's Fall Meeting in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Women attending these meetings are among those members who comprise the governance of the USWCA. The Member Club Representatives, Committee Chairs, Elected Officers, and Committee Members represent a diverse group of individuals accomplishing much work on behalf of the USWCA. They work on behalf of the entire membership to fulfill the goals spelled out in our Mission Statement. Although a good deal of work is accomplished at these meetings, the work done in between meetings is also crucial in keeping the USWCA the vibrant and strong organization it is today. For sixty-nine years the women of the USWCA have kept the organization current and relevant, strong and enduring. With this in mind we share our many talents and ideas, maintain the work ethic, and also enjoy the amazing camaraderie that is the USWCA.
Mindful of the work that we do as an organization, I would be remiss if I did not mention the work that has taken place since your new slate of officers assumed their positions May 1. Judi Page (Secretary), Nancy Wilhelm (Meeting Coordinator), Dae Jean Jahnke (webmaster and assistant to all), Dawn Gutro (1st VP), Martha Mazzarella (2nd VP), Tracy Lawless (Treasurer), and Lisa Johnson (Comptroller) have all done a wonderful job over the summer months to prepare us for the work and enjoyment of the upcoming season. These ladies have dedicated much time and talent and can now share with all the statement: "how I spent my summer vacation". On a serious note they are a part of what makes us the prestigious group that we are.
I would like to welcome many members to new positions in the organization and I heartily thank them for stepping up to fill the roles that they have been asked to take on. This diverse group of the women, filling the many roles that make up the USWCA, give us the needed strength to work through the issues at hand and to meet the challenges ahead.
I am honored to serve as 69th President of the USWCA. I look forward to the year ahead.