Once again, it’s the time of the year when we pause to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for. My family is particularly lucky this year because we get to celebrate twice - once for Canadian Thanksgiving in October, and again at the end of this month. And even if we are far from family, and are weary of social distancing, there is so much to be thankful for.
I was so pleased when new member Lisa Houghton reached out to help organize a unique opportunity for our members to hear from Janet Weiss (former president of BP Alaska and APWA member) and Darlene Gates (president of Exxon Mobil) on their perspectives regarding the One Alaska Ballot Measure. It was both educational to learn more about the proposed tax changes, and the effects they would have on the petroleum industry in Alaska, and meaningful to hear from women who play such important roles in the industry. Thank you Lisa, Darlene and Janet!
We have several fun social events planned for November and December: an online holiday dessert cooking class for our monthly gathering, volunteer gift wrapping for the youth at Covenant House, a special Zoo Lights night for APWA members, and the start of what we hope is a new tradition: Elf on the (Top) Shelf, a gift exchange just for APWA members. We encourage you to check the website regularly for updates on new events.
October was a busy month for our activity groups: Hike & Ski (Mary Jane) has persevered through the new cold weather and is looking forward to the change from hiking to skiing; Walk & Talk (Kirsten) has explored Cuddy Park, Hanshew Track, and Dimond Mall; and Ladies Night (Amanda) hosted a cozy evening of wine and warmth by the glow of a beautiful fire pit.
Since we aren’t having our usual Activities Fair in person this year, our activities coordinator Lisa has put together a video to highlight our activity groups. Joining an activity group is a great way to meet new people, and make life-long friends. If you are interested in learning more about any of our groups, or maybe starting one of your own, please reach out to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our membership directory will be ready this week. If you asked for a paper copy look for it in the mail next week, otherwise you will receive a special email with the link.
I hope for all of our members that each of you are able to find comfort and connection, space to be thankful this month, and that the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association can play a role in building your community this year.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.