Hello everyone. I’m very honoured to be the President of your Ujamaa Grandmas’ Board for 2018 – 2019. I welcome several new Board members, and look forward to working with ongoing members of the Board. I’ve been a member since 2011 and have been involved with our organization in several different capacities – all of which have highlighted the enormous energy and dedication of our members. I was a Member at Large on the Board 2012 to 2015, and then Vice President 2015 to 2017. In 2012 and 2014, I chaired our two Fashion Shows, which were so much fun for members and friends who were on the committees and/or modelled in the Fashion Shows. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering for most of the Fabric and Yarn Sales and the Boutique Handcraft Sales as well as several other fundraising events.
Which brings me to one of the three ‘whys’ of Ujamaa Grandmas – the immense capacity we’ve had to donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF). At the recent AGM, it was reported that we donated $78,000 in 2017; when added to the overall total donated to SLF of slightly over $1,000,000 by year end 2016, you all need to congratulate yourselves heartily! This reflects the thoughtfulness, dedication and unending hours of planning and volunteering by hundreds of our members. This could not have been achieved without YOU!
All the details of our Fabric and Yarn Sale will be included in April’s e-news. I love the entire concept of recycling fabrics and yarns from those who no longer need them, the joy on the faces of buyers with their bags full of treasures, and the total funds raised (last year that was over $43,000!!!) for SLF. We are grateful to the committee who has worked throughout the past year to plan a smooth and successful sale. Foremost NOW is the approximately 500 volunteer hours needed for the set-up and sales days, so check your availability on your calendars and plan to register to help.