And, boy, have I had fun! I can’t believe it has been more than 2 months since my last post. I’ve been meaning to sit down to write a post but I’ve been writing other things…
I have now written a total of three grants…one accepted, one declined, and one just submitted. My fourth one is due by the end of the year. Another one will be due in February 2019.
Speaking of 2019, that is really all that I’m thinking about right now. My holiday engagements are in the books, and I’m beginning to calm down. So, what has been happening in my world?
MUSEUM: We set up at our community Christmas Walk, participated in the Candlelight Tour, conducted our own Open House, along with a few other functions. For about 10 days, I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going! In the midst of all this, I had a hard drive crash and learned how to get Windows 10 up and running again.
DAR: Had our Christmas meeting and helped stuff stockings for active-duty military personnel.
I also created an evidence analysis and business/marketing plan in my ProGen39 course. Right now, I’m updating my resume to turn in as an optional assignment. Never hurts to keep that document updated!
I am in the process of assisting TEN ladies hoping to join the DAR! I have learned so much about different families, as well as different regions of our country. It is humbling to be a part of this special process.
I updated our Museum volunteer handbook and created a groups meeting policy. I’m in the process of creating a disaster preparedness plan, as well. As we near 2019, I’m preparing our Board for StEPs, an AASLH program that very much needs to be instituted for our organization.
I have written so many letters I’ve lost count. And that brings me to my main point of this post…intentionality. Everything I do for the Museum and DAR is with a purpose; it’s intentional. I realize that many other people do a number of things that might go unnoticed, things that help the Museum in ways untold, things that help veterans and children and women in a variety of ways. I witness these activities on a near daily basis. My goal, since taking over as Museum executive director and as my DAR chapter’s regent, is to recognize these individuals personally. I sit down and write a letter, or thank-you note, or special message. Sometimes these are typewritten in the interest of time, but they are always, unfailingly, signed in my own hand. I have templates for common letters, but I always add my own words in some fashion. That is the least I can do for someone who has done so much.
Watch here in 2019 for more about the not-yet-lost-art of letter writing!