Sunday, March 14, 2010

“Community Caretakers” … International Women’s Day 2010

Wednesday, March 10 minutes before the start of our IWD event…We had a bit of technical difficulties with the projector and the screen but a case of Rosé the Riveter wine and 2 candy bars gave the right “height and angle” so that the DVD on Madre was seen full screen!

I just got home from the winery... happy and so proud to host the celebration of International Women’s Day for the seventh year. Tonight we actually launched another decade celebrating IWD on the Olympic Peninsula. 10 years ago Nancy Newman and a small band of women first gathered at Hollywood Beech to honor the vital accomplishments and contributions of women before us.

Preparing for tonight I reread all our past press releases and realized how the themes of each event have become so much a part of our lives at the winery, as women of the community and the local/international charities supported by our donations.

Women Gathering … Women Supporting Women … Ordinary Women Makers of History … Part of an International Community … Designated Celebrator … Keeper of Traditions … Community Caretakers…

Standing there tonight, looking out at old friends, new faces, and young girls all crowded the full length of our tasting room, I re-read a quote by Margaret Mead.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

March 8… International Women’s Day was established in 1922 marked by women's groups around the world, commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. While it is not a U.S. national holiday it should be!

2010 Marks a New Decade and some of our greatest challenges both local and across our world. Tonight our donations will be contributed to Madre, an international women’s human rights organization, to deliver medication and medical supplies to Haitian earthquake victims via the Dominican Republic. Haitian women as ‘caretakers in their community’ play a vital role in remote villages in getting aid to those that need it most.

So let me sign off with the lyrics of song re-written and sung by Kelley Bradley at our 2006 IWD event. She had asked me what my favorite song was and I immediately said, “I Am Woman by Helen Reddy”. Enjoy… Kathy

I am Woman Hear me Pour
In numbers too big to ignore
and I won't stop until my glass is full
I am strong and I am brave
and I've never been afraid
to ask for what I want and to be thankful
oh yes, I am red
I'm full-bodied and I'm proud
Yes, I've found my voice
I'm not afraid to say it loud
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

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