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‘yes’ to taking an office.” In the year ahead, her hopes and expectations for Membership are high. “I really see us taking that step to bring membership in and having a terrific year in our programs.”


The National President also


addressed the effect of eliminating the Community Service category this year. Everything members do affects their communities, she said. She sees the move as not only a cost-saver, but also an improvement toward a simpler reporting process. “I hope they will give it a chance and know that this is a step up in strengthening us as an organization.”


On an individual level, every member should know their efforts matter, she said. “Some


people think what they do is nothing.” Each small contribution combined with all the others adds up to a lot. “I want them to know that little bitty thing they stepped up to do is worth reporting.” The most important commitments she wants from members this year are to work the programs and to focus on Membership. “And by doing this, to have in mind that what we do is going to result in the legacy we leave.” She’s also excited about the new Junior Girls JUMP program and about contributing to the campaign to making others aware of military suicides. “My fervent hope is to leave a legacy to be kinder to each other, to care for each other – and bottom line: our veterans.” n MS


Gwen, and her mother on her right, are pictured at her 2003 installment as California Department President.


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