President wraps up 2-year term

From left: Peggy, Andrea, and Carol.

Soon, Carol Allen, YWCA Board President, will hand the baton to President-Elect Molly Phillips.

After a recent Executive Committee meeting, Carol reflected on her term with Andrea Unck, Secretary; Peggy McClung, Treasurer; and Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, Executive Director.

Carol’s two-year term began in January 2020. A few weeks later, the COVID pandemic changed life as we knew it.

“It felt like the ground under my feet was constantly shifting. In fact,” she laughed, “sometimes it still feels that way.”

The Believe party video is still available to watch online.

Discussing the past two years, Andrea noted that the annual Phonathon was a great way to start their 2020-2021 term. This event connects board members and donors one-on-one, but of course without any virus risk. And in April 2020, right after shutdowns started, Andrea said, “a need to connect was something we all had in common.”

Without live events to bring YWCA supporters together to rally around the mission, Carol said, “we had to get creative about connecting.”

You responded to the outreach. “It warms my heart that people continued to give, even without live events,” said Peggy.

“We are resilient, and when we feel strongly about something, like empowering women who have experienced domestic violence, we come together,” said Andrea.