As a countdown to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg in April, EWGA Founder Nancy Oliver has agreed to write a weekly column and share her amazing collection of newsletters and press clips revealing the early years.
Yes, it’s been quite a journey going through our little “time capsule” of the first five years of EWG! A box filled with memories, trinkets, photos, press clips, newsletters, VHS tapes, pins, and a few championship awards that were never claimed. I delivered a box of these to EWGA HQ last week and had a nice chat with Pam Swensen, comparing notes about caring for EWG back in the 90’s vs. how things are done today. Ah, to have had the technology that exists today – wouldn’t that have been interesting!!
But perhaps it was not meant to be, because it was the unending passion of women from coast to coast that kept them “stuffing, sealing, licking and stamping” hundreds of envelopes each month to welcome new members and invite them to the next series of activities and events. When you actually received a printed invitation to most outings or social get-togethers. Back when a “phone tree” was the primary method of instant communication among chapter members, but wasn’t it nice to actually hear the enthusiasm in a chapter volunteer’s voice encouraging you to participate and get involved? And of course it was always a nice surprise when you saw your name in an issue of Tee to Green that you could pass along to your mother!
Those were the times that I cherish the most. When visiting a chapter meant sleeping in someone’s guest room or sofa, and staying up till all hours of the night sharing personal stories and getting excited about the kick-off scheduled for the next afternoon or evening. Or when local chapters hosted Sectional Leadership Training sessions for neighboring chapter leaders, where I got to witness the excitement of exchanging creative tried-and-true ways of helping each chapter live up to its full potential. Or getting a call from the media who found it so intriguing that such an organization had been formed to help women learn the game of golf so they could use it as a business tool. I ran across this list of Media Reviews in that box, which seemed to tell the fairytale story of an overnight success of something called the Executive Women’s Golf League – now YOUR Executive Women’s Golf Association. Read it with pride and remember that together, we are STILL making a difference!