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June, 2020

It is incredibly hard to believe that this is my very last UPWC President’s message.  Our new UPWC 2020-2021 Board will be sworn in this month and we shall still observe the transfer of roles and celebrate via a Zoom meeting; how times have changed!  We welcome these wonderful women into their new positions; most specially we welcome Vicki Di Paolo as your new President.  

We made another hard decision to cancel the June luncheon; however, we have decided that we shall leave it up to the individual SIG chairwomen to determine if they want to hold their specific SIG groups. For some events it is impractical (e.g. Gadabouts), but for others (e.g. book club) it is feasible to run a virtual get together/meeting.  It is up to each SIG to decide for themselves and find the appropriate virtual format.  I have used Zoom to host our Board meetings and it has worked quite well.  Of course, if any group decides to hold a meeting, they must follow all Local, State, and Federal Covid guidelines and please remember that the club has no liability.

I am very grateful to everyone who has served with me on the UPWC Board for the past 2 years, especially for those women who stuck around for a second term!  We have accomplished a lot and made some significant changes including:  the revision of our By-Laws; the revision of several Board and Chair roles; position descriptions for all roles were re-written; we moved to (mostly) paperless processing & on-line payment capabilities; we added new Special Interest Groups; we are in the process of obtaining new and appropriate club insurance; and most importantly our membership has increased to 406 members. All of this is positively wonderful and I want to thank everyone who worked so very hard to make it happen. 

We are in the process of renewing everyone’s membership so make sure that you check your email, note that your dues need to be paid, and please update your contact information for the web site and next year’s printed UPWC Directory. 

Let’s hope that in the next month or so we all are able to begin a more normal routine including restarting our club activities. Personally, I love the beaches, especially in the summer when I can get there without too much traffic, find a place to park, and enjoy the warm Gulf water. I also enjoy “Savor Sarasota” (I hear there may be some version of it this year) when I can eat at my favorite restaurants at a fraction of the cost, and I enjoy the slower place, though it started a bit unexpectedly early this year!  As I said last month, I have not been bored and I am still enjoying being at home, but am missing seeing all of you.

I am truly delighted that Vicki will be the next club President, she is an amazing woman, and yesterday we shared lunch and a glass of prosecco at the club because through UPWC she has also become a good friend.   I know the club is in a great position and ready for another wonderful year and the new Board is already making plans for you.

“Do or do not. There is no try” (Yoda) and that is what I expected from myself as your President and I hope that I met your expectations, so now it is time to say “Thank You for the Memories”.

Beth Bertsch
UPWC President

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