By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder, CMG
Every now and then it’s okay to plan a “women’s only” event. I look at it that we are “sparing” our male associates the duty of having to attend every single event we plan (we are a very social gender, after all). With that healthy mindset, the San Diego County Floor Covering Association hosted their first-ever Women’s Networking get-together on September 6th, 2012.
The guest list included ladies associated, in some manner, with floor covering throughout the Southern California region. Distributor staff members, Manufacturers’ reps, interior designers, retail store owners and staff all attended. What a great opportunity to reconnect, regenerate, and get updated on what SDCFCA is doing. Also, attendees had the opportunity to suggest new ideas as well.
SDCFCA is hugely involved and doing great things. Board members Annette Johnston, Judy Wells, and Marcy Lehnherr presented the projects currently underway:
– SDCFCA sponsors an on-going Hardship/Scholarship Fund to assist industry members. Besides offering funds for furthering education to industry members and their families, the Hardship Committee also reviews individual requests from members who may have medical or personal situations causing extreme hardship. This is benevolent assistance at its very best.
– Upcoming event, “Women Build for Habitat” will offer a volunteer day for the ladies of the floor covering industry to assist Habitat for Humanity.
– The chapter is forming their own Walk/Run Team to participate in raising funds for breast cancer research.
– Also under construction is a Walk/Run Sponsorship Event to benefit the March of Dimes
And, just for fun, the chapter will be announcing more definite plans for their upcoming golf tournament in 2013, a day at the races (again, to benefit a chosen charity), a relevant CEU presentation for members, and more events to come…. My take-away from this casual networking night was that SDCFCA is definitely in touch with the needs of its membership, the industry, and their community. They are extremely involved and creative as they lay plans for the coming year.
Wine, appetizers, networking, and supporting each other were the hallmarks of the evening. But this sorority of ladies, involved and dedicated to reaching out on behalf of the floor covering industry, was the real inspiration. So glad I was there to capture the spirit and share the news with you.