Welcome to the 2021 – 2022 AWCA Board of Directors – Written by Celeste Beran-Bennekers
Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have ideas in your head,
And directions to choose
You have ZOOM skills a-plenty
But long to swap slippers for shoes,
You’re not on your own. You’ve got a team full of women,
Together you’ll find, which direction you’re driven!
Let’s host a meeting! A tour or two!
Let’s meet our newcomers – it’s been too many moons!
You’ll march up and down streets. Look venues over with care.
About some you will say, “We don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and with a detailed eye
you’ll find just what you need, and you’ll host a fine time!
Smiles will shine bright
At just the pure sight
Of one another – you’ve changed your hair!
And all will delight. . .
At welcome back gatherings, bookclubs, and more!
Founders’ Day, Christmas lunch, it will be just like before.
And when things start to happen,
Don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.
For the amazing thing,
about being part of the board
Is your chance to be YOU!
And that’s when you’ll soar!
Oh! The places you’ll go.
You’ll be giving yourself
You’ll have your best foot forward!
You’ll join the high fliers
Reaching beyond Belgium’s borders!
But sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so
But, sadly, it’s true
Can happen to you.
Not everyone is happy,
Perhaps COVID still lingers
Women’s tasks are too much. . .
perhaps you’ll feel like giving it the finger
And when you’re in such a bummer
You’re not in for much fun.
Is not easily done.
But remember, dear friend, that we are all women
We’ve ALL been frustrated, overwhelmed, and at wits end!
Call up a friend, shed a tear or perhaps two
Share a few laughs, and remember what’s true
You belong to a team
That there’s many of us!
To pick up the pieces
When life seems too much.
You’ll lean on her like she leans on you
Just ask for some help! There’s no need to be blue.
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are things to be seen! And ideas to come!
And the magical things you can do with that hunch
Will make you the funnest gal of the bunch
Success! You’ll be rolling and focused, nothing stands in your way!
With the whole wide club applauding and smiling away
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.
But on you will go
Despite life’s great tests,
On you will go
Knowing you’re trying your best.
You’ll get inspired, of course,
As you already know.
You’ll get inspired,
By the club’s great women as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s
A Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget that the AWCA
Is a club full of hearts who work hard and love play
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed).
Ladies, you’ll move mountains.
So. . .
Be your name Debbie or Magda, Ariadna or Anne
Or Katia, Jessica, Nancy, Laura or Diane
Brigitte or Michelle, Joan or Liesbeth,
You’ll all have a blast – I’m sorry to miss it.
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your club is waiting.
So get on your way!