Well, this is it. AWC’s program year is coming to an end. It’s hard to believe that May
is already here and the year is nearly behind us.
We had, as always, a fabulous group of Newsmakers honorees, including our Newsmakers: Carmelita Skeeter, CEO of Indian Health Care Resource Center Inc.; Roxana Lorton, volunteer community leader; and Karen Morgan, retired CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. All of these women have made lasting contributions to the community, using their leadership abilities, vision
and expertise to lead organizations into new phases of growth and success. They
are determined and they are inspirational.
We recognized another notable woman at the Newsmakers Awards Luncheon, Missy Kruse, this year’s Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award winner. As a colleague of Missy’s at TulsaPeople Magazine, I am thrilled that she is receiving this honor. Not only has she made an impact on the communications field in Tulsa, but she has also made an impact on me personally. Missy hired me for my first job in Tulsa and since then has served as a mentor in a variety of ways, teaching me about writing, about working with writers and about telling Tulsa’s stories. She also introduced me to the Tulsa Chapter of AWC, inviting me to the Open House event nearly six years ago. I met AWC’s members there and have been hooked ever since.
Then, I had no idea that I would one day get to lead this fantastic organization. I am honored to have served as the chapter president this year and have been consistently impressed by the hard work, dedication and commitment of our members. We have laughed together at bull sessions, learned from one another at the monthly meetings and workshop, helped the community together through our military care packages and worked together to plan the upcoming national convention. Additional work has occurred behind the scenes as well, from launching our new website to engaging with our student chapter at OSU to growing our membership base. We have become better communicators and better friends, and I have loved every minute of watching this group work and grow.
Specifically, I would like to thank this year’s board members for the time they have committed to the day-today operations of this chapter. They have dedicated countless hours to the chapter this year, organizing events and serving members. I am thankful for all the work they have done.
Now, as Linda Jordan takes the helm as president, I hope you, AWC’s members, will consider taking an active role in the chapter in the upcoming year. We have a slate of board positions that need talented, dedicated and enthusiastic women, and I hope you will each consider accepting one of these roles or serving on a committee. AWC is what you make of it, and it’s in the board and committee work that you can truly get connected and share your insights and experiences with the organization.
It has been a great year. Let’s keep the momentum going.