July? Is July really here already?
You will not hear this girl complain because she loves the heat, sunshine, and lake! I am very excited to come out of such an amazing June! The Kansas City Chapter held its first ever MAGIC Camp (Mentoring A Girl In Construction day camp). I can honestly say that this has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever been apart of in this organization. Alise Martiny, thank you for doing such a great job at leading this event and making this Kansas City dream come true!
The high school girls at the camp were eager. They were ready to find new talents and take on new challenges. They built tool boxes, poured concrete and even learned to weld! MAGIC camp girls toured a real live jobsite, The East Village Apartment Complex in KC, MO and toured the JE Dunn headquarters where they learned about lead and about behind the scenes job opportunities in construction. The very last day I was almost in tears when one teenager went up to the front of the class. This girl was not shy! She thanked the class for all the fun she had, new friendships made and could not wait to come back next year. She talked about how much it meant to her to try a skill that she did not think she could do! This camp was truly amazing. You can see for yourself from the news media coverage we got: http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/education/the-magic-summer-camp-teaches-girls-about-a-future-in-construction
We have one more hoorah for the 2010-2011 term, at our last business meeting on August 8 at 5:30 pm. There will be a very fun workshop where we will learn how to install pavers. I also have something very special planned, but it is a surprise! So I hope you come out and share the final business meeting of the year with me!
They gave me the floor so this message is going to be all about “ME”. If you could see me now you would see that I am rolling my eyes because as we all know when you are a wife, mother, woman, etc it is rarely about “ME”. But for this minute it is about “ME” and my current focus is that on or around September 5, 2011 I will become a Grandmother for the first time. McKinnley Ryann Zismer will be born and the circle of life continues. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. As I think about my daughter giving birth to my grandchild, I am amazed at how quickly the years have passed and the many changes that have come and gone in my life.
Through those years I have come to understand what is important in life.
I diligently work at keeping those five items in my life. I believe they help make up the person I am today.
My NAWIC friends and family help make up the backbone of “ME”. My involvement and work in NAWIC has given me friendships I will keep for the rest of my life. Those friends have been there in the good times and the bad. When I needed a helping hand they were there with their help and advice. In return, when they needed my help it was my honor to be their support.
So here is my message to you: Get involved and stay involved. Find your niche in our organization and be a part of the camaraderie. There are so many areas to choose from, everyone can find a spot in NAWIC that will help you grow as a person and will become dear to your heart.
Anette Wilson, CIT
Midwest Interior Systems Inc.
Greater Kansas City NAWIC Chapter #100