A Letter from the President: As with many organizations, 2020 stretched us in unexpected ways and revealed opportunities for growth. The year started off strong with a great turnout for our Multi-Week Circle Training. The circle training had to finish up online due to the spreading of COVID-19. Our newest closed circle formed from this training, and is still going strong without ever having an in-person circle!
To support our community during the spring, we purchased two Zoom accounts to ensure all of our circles could continue meeting while adhering to the guidelines for social distancing. Cheryl Richardson started an open online circle in March, which continues to meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. In April, Leadership held our Annual Community Meeting on Zoom which included a beautiful guided meditation by Becky Schupbach. Our Guides then graciously offered twelve online Community Connection Circles so that any women who needed a little extra support could have a safe place to connect with other women. These were new and unique offerings to the community.
In the summer, the Leadership and Guide Circles worked with Whitney Bishop, Change Agent, to regroup, reconnect, and revamp our mission statement. This was happening as racial tension was mounting around our country, which impacted the lens in which we envisioned the future and sustainability of our organization. We voiced our support of Black Lives Matter and began attending a protest in Louisville against the dehumanization of Black lives. We also supported open circles specifically for Women of Color and Latinax women.
Later in the year in August, our leader Ashley Barnes completed her term as President and passed the torch to *Yours Truly*. W2W didn’t miss a beat and ended up having a very successful Give for Good annual fundraiser in September (final count of the funds donated: $10,419.51!!!). We wrapped up the year transitioning our circle training to an online format and preparing for an equity audit with Gifted by Design, a local diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting agency. Our first ever Online Circle Training will be offered beginning February 11, with new elements targeted at improving the inclusivity of our organization.
What a year! I am so grateful for women in the community who continue to show up for each other in circles- you are the heart of our community. Thank you to all of our financial supporters. Thank you to those who have shown us grace and inspired us as we continue the work towards being a more inclusive and equitable organization. Much thanks also to the board members and guides who continue to show up with love and give their time and talents to the organization. Together we have forged into 2021 with as much determination as ever to create spaces for safety and belonging so all those who identify as women can transform themselves into who they want to be.
In loving service, Susan Callander, President of Woman to Woman Kentuckiana