MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAN GEGGIE

“Happiness requires something to do, something to love and something to hope for”.  This is a Swahili (East African) saying I found in ‘The Little Book of African Wisdom’ which was given to me when I became President 2 years ago.  I think this speaks to so many of our members who are creatively doing something, while “loving what you do, and doing what you love” (a guiding principle from the Handcraft Committee, I believe).  And during this time, each of us has something for which to hope – spending time, physically or not distanced, with family and friends to gradually enhance our (COVID-19) bubble, to remain healthy and active, and to find some joy each day – despite those thunder, hail and wind storms we’ve been experiencing at the time of writing.

I continue to be grateful for those leaders and members of UJAMAA GRANDMAS who have taken the challenge of continuing to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) through many unique ventures.  Please read about our successful FIRST ‘Stride to Turn the Tide’ and how we exceeded our activity goals, while raising close to $19,000 – congratulations to our 11 team members!  We may continue in the Fall.  The Bagettes’ online auction of stunning wine totes was amazing!  Thanks to each of the artists who took a work of art to create exceptional wine totes, reflecting the art itself. These ‘one-of-a-kind’ handcrafted totes will be praised by all who see them.  We held a “live” fabric sale at the Home Decor Fabric store, at the invitation of a long-time supporter of UJAMAA GRANDMAS, Dawn Sherlock, who donated her store and fabrics to sell during 2 week-ends in July.  Thanks to the committee who very quickly established the processes for a safe ‘live and in-person’ sale.  We’ve learned a great deal for future possible sales.  The Handcraft (Bags, Babies and Beyond) Committee is exploring various ways that our annual BB&B sale might be held, thanks to the various groups who continue to support our African Grandmother sisters!

We’ve also expanded our member out-reach in several ways during July.  We held our first ‘Picnic’ at Glenmore Park thanks to our Connections Team, on a perfect Summer’s day, – we were all physically distanced, brought our own picnic lunches and spent several hours of pleasant conversation.  There may be plans for an August picnic so watch for the details, and please join us.  We also began meeting on Zoom for our South and North UG Gatherings at our usual times (the 2nd Monday morning and the 4th Thursday afternoon, respectively).  The Zoom contact is included right at the beginning of the UG August E-News.  We hope you will join us for the Gatherings, when you will have a chance to chat with other members, learn about future UJAMAA GRANDMAS events, as well as the SLF activities.  If you require any help to use Zoom, please email message@UjamaaGrandmas.com  and someone will help you learn how to use it comfortably.

May this coming month bring each of you some “happiness” – keep well and active, and connected to others in whatever manner is safe.