Northeast Region Director - Catherine D. Schoenenberger
The holidays are once again upon us! We hustle and bustle all year long, and it’s truly amazing how much more hustle and bustle we are capable of during this season. This is my mantra during these next few weeks, “Breathe. Breathe in through your nose. Breathe out of your nose. Pay attention to just your breath.” This takes literally three seconds, and it’s amazing how centered you become. Now, having said that, get ready for some phenomenal reports from the Northeast Region, together again.
Our Fall Conference in Sturbridge, Mass. in October was a success. We had 59 in attendance officially, with ages ranging 19 to 86 years young! Our key workshop explored the Introvert and Extrovert in all of us. Awareness of ourselves and these
personality traits in others were the foundation in discovering how to have “a successful difficult conversation.” Professional coach (and also Boston, Mass. Chapter #15 member), Nancy McCabe, was right on the mark. With 14 fi rst timers in the room, too, her facilitation of message further defined the true value of NAWIC.
All of our Northeast Chapters have incredible talent out in front. Here are a few highlights. The Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter #67 is showing prevailing signs of how resiliency is paying off. Hats off to Romina Byrd for stepping up as Chapter President. The Greater Rochester, N.Y. Chapter #341 is absolutely on fi re. Chapter President, Melissa Geska, is the primary reason. I do believe we’ll be fitting Melissa for that red jacket! The Capital District, N.Y. Chapter #261 has done an outstanding job planning their entire year, revealing a balanced focus on women’s issues, safety, education and community involvement. The Baltimore, Md. Chapter #135 is keeping it connected. Corey McGrath and Jennifer Sproul are both sought after women in construction in Baltimore. Their recent invite to sit at a round-table discussion at the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs further proves the credibility and recognition of NAWIC as of voice of the industry, and as a voice for women. Across the Northeast, Block Kids and WIC Week plans are shaping up, too. Pray that this Region doesn’t experience the weather of last year. My travel plans are in the works to get to the Wilmington, Del. Chapter #96 blockbuster of a Block Kids event in early February!
I am looking forward to all the reports on chapter events during this blessed time. NAWIC members shine like no other in our
community involvement, gracious deeds and charitable contributions. Thank you all for extending yourselves, and please take time for you. Enjoy this day and all that it has for you. It is after all, the present.
“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here …” — Desiderata