Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Women of Vision Annual Gathering

Women of Vision Gathering

Carson-Newman's Women of Vision held their annual Gathering on Saturday, April 25.  About 100 women attended this wonderful event. Old friends were happy to see each other, and new friends were made.   

Joan Cronan, UT's athletic director for more than 30 years, was this year's speaker. Joan's husband was a Carson-Newman faculty member from 1983 to 2005, and even though Joan is very much a Vol fan, she says her blood secretly runs orange and blue!  Joan also serves on the CNU Board of Trustees, and believes in the servant leadership emphasis for students and staff at Carson-Newman. She shared this acronym which she tries to live by each day: 


B - Read your Bible each day
E - Exercise everyday
L - Learn something new everyday.
L - Write a letter or note to someone (emails don't count!)
S - Do a Special Project each day (something you've been putting off, or don't like to do)

Joan said when she completes all the BELLS, she has a much better day. Joan has a new book coming out this fall, Sports is Life with the Volume Turned Up. It promises to be a great read.

Another highlight of Saturday's Gathering was a look at Women of Vision projects completed in 2014, and the projects selected for completion in 2015.  It promises to be a full and exciting year. Check the January newsletter blog post for a listing of projects, and consider donating to the project of your choice. 

Young Women of Promise, the student organization started by Women of Vision celebrated the completion of a three year project on Saturday with the dedication of a swing erected on Henderson Lawn.  The fledgling organization raised money, developed a project plan, met with architects and builders, and with the help of some special CN donors, were able to build their swing. It was inspiring to watch these students see this project through and learn many life lessons along the way. 

Kay O'Brien, President of Women of Vision sums up the mission of the organization in these words:
"I thank my God in every remembrance of Women of Vision as together we seek to glorify God and strengthen Kingdom work in this future-building place.  Blessings to you as we serve together."

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