From the President — Excerpts from our monthly newsletter2021-08-15T10:28:50-07:00
image of 3 dress forms, one with a painted dress

Presidents’ Thoughts: June 2021

If you have checked our web site in the last months, you may have noticed that we don’t have a masthead. The original idea was to have a rotating
masthead that we could alter at will, which would showcase our creative wearables. That never happened due to technical difficulties that I would understand just about the same time you would see a pink pig flying overhead. The great news is that now our own personal IT guys, (take a deep bow Kevin and Andrew) have figured out how to accomplish exactly what we need with the minimum of hassle.

I’m going to digress just a bit here but I’ll get back to the masthead issue shortly. In our last Board meeting I was struck by the thought that if something happened to Kevin, we would be in a deep mire because no one else has been trained to do any of the technical tasks he has undertaken over the years. He agrees with me, that some knowledgeable helpers who could take over some of these tasks would be wise and helpful. So, we are looking for four or five members who are willing to learn the how-to of rotating
mastheads. You don’t have to be a computer wizard but you must be comfortable with learning how to navigate on the computer. If you would like to know a bit more about this before making a commitment, just email webmaster@penwag.org and Kevin will be happy to talk with you. If you can remember to do so, would you cc president@penwag.org so that Marcia and I will know if we have been successful with this plea.

Thank you, stay well, and “see you” at the June meeting!
Lelani

co-presidents Marcia Manzo and Leilani Bennett
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Presidents’ Thoughts: July 2021

co-presidents Marcia Manzo and Leilani Bennett

Something occurred earlier this month and I got a tad irritated with a fellow member. But along with feeling a little pissy about the situation, I also realized how much I like and respect this person and notwithstanding my little frisson of irritation, that wasn’t going to change. Then I got to thinking that is one of the nicest aspects of PenWAG. We work together and interact but we do have our differences. Differences in how we think, act and react, differences in our lifestyles and circumstances, skillsets and abilities. And, truth be told, at times our differences lead to varying degrees of irritation.

But, we always make it work! I think that’s because we pretty much all respect one another. We certainly all inspire each other in so many ways.
If there is one lesson to be learned from this whole pandemic experience, it’s that we simply can’t take for granted the many things that make the life we lead worthwhile and fulfilling.

For my part, if I can remember that my perspective isn’t the same as the other person’s, maybe I won’t waste any emotional energy being irritated. I hope to not lose sight of how so many  people in our Guild have given and continue to give of themselves to make PenWAG the vibrant community it is. Summer is truly upon us – I hope yours is lovely and filled with much for which to be grateful!

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