When I walked into the room at Bridgewater State College, where the lovely luncheon of the Women's Alliance was to be held, I was simply looking forward to having a nice meal and getting caught up with some old friends. I chose to sit at a table with Rev. Jenn Tafel (I was once Jenn's babysitter at Convention 1980 at Wellesley College), Missy Sommer (who I know from Almont), Pat Sommer (Missy's mother), Mareta Tafel (Jenn's mother), Rev. Hunter Roberts and a few others.
Shortly after I arrived, Barb Boxwell (who I know from past Conventions and a few summers at Almont), approached me and asked if I would be willing to be president of the Alliance. I asked her if I could think about it for a few minutes and get back to her. I consulted with Rev. Jenn Tafel, who was president a few years back and was assured that I was certainly capable of handling the responsibilities. I knew that when I was planning to attend Convention in Bridgewater, MA after a 14 year hiatus that I wasn't going to be able to leave there without something like being nominated and elected to an office was going to happen. Well, it did! The wonderful women elected me their president.
I am excited about working with a group of wonderful women who care so much about the Alliance and our church.
I've added a link to Rev. Dr. Sky Paradise's website for her church in Silverton, NM. The mite box money that was collected at Convention this year (over $800) will go to her efforts in the Southwest Desert. Mite Box donations will continue to be collected over the course of the year. I hope that we can continue to support the church's mission efforts in the US, Canada and abroad.
Please send me your comments and/or suggestions. I had a great time at Convention '08 and am looking forward to Convention '09 in Seattle!
Paulhaven Part 6
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