The Women’s Giving Circle Member Spotlight and Fall News

Sydney Nations
(photo by Dana West)

Jill Burnham

The Women’s Giving Circle (TWGC) has begun their fall season of giving. After the brutal summer heat, the cooler weather provides our members with renewed energy and dedication to the many activities of giving being planned.

Many new as well as returning members were scheduled to attend the annual fall meeting on Sept. 28. The agenda was packed with information, including:

* PebbleCreek’s Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. The presentation by Teri Sellers was so motivating that many of our members have committed to participate in the West Valley Alzheimer’s Walk, which is to be held Oct. 14 at Glendale Heroes Park. This is the third year of the club’s involvement with this activity, and it is rewarding to have an increase in the number of participants.

* Kathy Cheek gave a short demonstration on making mats for the homeless out of grocery bags.

Spotlight with TWGC Member Sydney Nations

What does volunteering mean to you?

For me, volunteering has always been a way of expressing gratitude for all that has been given to me. My mom was a great role model in actively serving in the community. I’ve tried to mirror her efforts in my life, volunteering in Los Angeles, Dallas, and now in our retirement community in Arizona.

What do you get out of volunteering?

When I serve (i.e., giving time and/or resources), I feel like I’ve accomplished something meaningful. There’s also a peace in serving local needs. Plus, I’ve been able to meet and serve with people in my neighborhood, gym, book club, and card/mah jongg groups. It’s amazing to connect with a variety of people, especially transitioning from employment to retirement and relocations across the country.

What motivated you to become involved with TWGC?

My TWGC participation has evolved from meeting Willa Kravitz at a new book club and deciding to walk with her on Thursday mornings and listen to her ideas/vision on starting up a women’s group focused on serving. The concept of helping on a variety of opportunities appealed to me. I can serve on projects that fit my interests, skills, and availability.

What are the duties of your position on the TWGC board?

This newer role in the TWGC is fluid and challenging. The focus is on identifying ongoing needs in the community and gathering people and resources to accomplish team goals. Partnering with other PebbleCreek groups is also key to broadening our scope and making an impact. I’m fortunate to work with a great team of giving ladies.

Want to make a difference in the lives of West Valley residents? Have special talents you would like to share? New to PebbleCreek and interested in meeting caring, dedicated fellow residents? Want to experience the ultimate high of helping others? Look no further than The Women’s Giving Circle. Membership information can be obtained by contacting Willa Kravitz at [email protected].

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has …”—Margaret Mead