Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our Pass the Gavel ceremony last week! There was a special energy to the proceedings – a special glow. It was the same glow I felt when I walked into my first CFAWL luncheon at the Citrus Club a decade ago. So often, we women walk into rooms full of men, a sea of dark suits. But when I walked into that room full of powerful, colorful women – surrounded by light and laughter – I felt that special glow.
The past few years have seen dark times for our society and for me personally. But as Edith Wharton once said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” If each of our CFAWL members is a candle, burning with the inner flame of passion and purpose, then CFAWL is the mirror, beaming your light out into the community for all to see. We need that light now more than ever.
So this will be the year of the #CFAWLspotlight! We’ll shine our light on great causes and expand our philanthropic efforts. We’ll keep that CFAWL laughter bursting bright with fun and innovative programming. We’ll step into that spotlight ourselves, with our Diversity Task Force making sure our community is as inclusive as it should be, and our Legacy Task Force figuring out how to keep our CFAWL torch burning as brightly for the next 40 years as it has for the last 40. And at the end of the year, we’ll all get dressed to the nines for our #SpotlightSoiree, a CFAWL gala to celebrate all of you! Nothing re-lights the inner flame better than a gala 🙂
It is a true honor to lead this organization that has always been a light in my life. I can’t wait to see all of your bright shining faces at our first big event, the CFAWL Hobnob next week, and throughout the year! #CFAWLspotlight #shineon
With light and love,
Lauren Millcarek, Esq.
CFAWL President, 2022-2023