Doing What It Takes

This morning I was doing photo research, finding pictures for the annual report and I came across this picture.

Shirley Weaver of United Methodist Women sands a wall prior to painting at the St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education in Louisville, Ky. Weaver was part of a group of volunteers who served at sites across Louisville during the Ubuntu Day of Service at the United Methodist Women's Assembly in Louisville. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Shirley Weaver of United Methodist Women sands a wall prior to painting at the St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education in Louisville, Ky. Weaver was part of a group of volunteers who served at sites across Louisville during the Ubuntu Day of Service at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly in Louisville. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

I was moved to tears by this photo.

This picture says quite a lot about United Methodist Women. The women work where they are needed. They are not too anything — not too old, too female, too inexperienced, too shy. They are adept.

They do what it takes. They get it done. I love this. What a privilege to work with this amazing organization. And with United Methodist Women like Shirley Weaver. (And thanks Mike DuBose for catching her in action.)

Celebration for Julia Tulloch.

Celebration for Julia Tulloch.

I am writing this as UMW staff members are preparing a luncheon to celebrate the gift of leadership and retirement of Julia Tulloch. Julia is as smart as any Sunday morning news pundit; as innovative as any Silicon Valley CEO; and as kind as any Mother Theresa.

These are the sorts of women you get to meet and work with when you work with United Methodist Women. Just sayin’. Pretty great.

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