A Message From Our President

From Beth Davis-Noragon

Hello, Cleveland Dames!

I know I speak for the entire board in sharing with you how pumped up we got at the National Conference in Seattle last month. It’s all about the connections we make there. For one lucky Cleveland Dame, this was her first conference. Others of us are starting to approach double-digit attendance. And even though each conference is unique in programming and entertainment, common threads continue to surface. We make connections and discover that we are not alone in our struggles.

The perfect metaphor materialized in our last evening there, at Emerald City Trapeze. This 20,000-square-foot venue is housed in the former Canal Boiler Works building. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were expertly prepared, and we even had our own signature cocktail, the “Oui, Chef” (each garnished with its own wee chef). But the real fun began as the lights dimmed and the security nets were drawn: our own, close-up trapeze show. It was thrilling. There were a half-dozen daring flyers, spinning and flipping through the air to the catcher as he cried, “Hep!” (which is trapeze for “go”). We screamed and cheered them on, and they made every catch until the last one. Oh, we were disappointed! But the flyer was not deterred! He tried three more times to make the most complicated flip of the evening, eventually choosing to call it off. The troupe worked together to make their connections, and even when one of them stumbled, the rest of the troupe was there for support. Why? They have all fallen into the net.

I encourage each of you to start thinking about National Conference 2019 in Nashville now. Work toward the Chapter scholarship. Think about how you can get there otherwise. Put away $75 a month toward the fees. Make the connections and share the struggles. HEP!

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