President's Message

December 2017

Dear Sisters, Friends, and Family:

Welcome to winter in Florida!

Time for warm sweaters and cozy blankets with the dog to keep your feet warm-the weather is unusually cold for us now. As a northerner, it’s kind of nice having a change in the weather, but I’m grateful every morning to wake up in (usually) sunny and warm Pinellas County!

December started with an education Program by Rev. Canon Katie Churchwell on Religion in the workplace. Her message was simple and applicable anywhere-Kindness and Love, and now’s the season. On Saturday, we hed our annual holiday party, hosted by Diane Dewey at her lovely home. I hope I speak for everyone who stopped by, we had a great time, good food, and a lot of laughs, especially as we exchanged (dumped) gifts. Please plan to attend next year, it’s a great, relaxing way to get to know each other.

Along with the festivities of the holiday season, we take the gratitude we have left over from Thanksgiving and look forward to remembering those we care about with tokens of our feelings. We find time to spend with those we care about, and begin planning for our future best selves in 2018. And, of course we decorate, shop, eat, and drink. We all have our traditions, and I’ve been baking like a fiend.

Whichever way you celebrate the season, give some thought to those who may be facing life challenges left over from lost work, hurricae Irma, or estrangement through time or distance. If you can spare the time to help at a shelter or food bank, or can simply listen to someone who needs to talk, find ways to share the spirit of the season through more than just donations of goods or money. You’ll do good AND feel good, too!

In closing, please remember to take time for YOU during the busy holiday season. It’s so easy to get stressed out, time crunched, and over-committed-all in an effort to make the season bright for others. Get a pedicure. Have a massage. Treat yourself to something special this year-you deserve it!

Happy Holidays, Liz

Liz Illgen


Liz Illgen
President, BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas