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.
1992 was an incredible year. I was busy raising four kids, and simultaneously trying to raise several dozen new EWG chapters coast to coast. My own business (Oliver & Co.) had been put on the back burner and I had transformed my dining room into EWG Central. I prayed a lot. My husband was a saint. I hired a part-time secretary (all I could afford), and enlisted my kids to prepare membership packages on our pool table. Five Cents a package! I was indeed eating my Wheaties (and drinking lots of coffee).
In looking back at pictures of myself, I must have lost 10-15 lbs. during the course of the summer. But I was passionate about helping women across the country to establish their respective chapters. It was THEIR enthusiasm that kept me going. Attached are pages from our Summer 1992 newsletter – only one year after our first clinic. Thanks to the PGA of America who invited us to utilize their mail and copy room using their “Women’s Initiatives account”, and all of the dozens of PGA members who offered to conduct our EWG beginner clinics at host clubs.
I’ll go into more detail in the next few blog entries about the new chapters in Washington, DC, Atlanta and Detroit but suffice it to say…EWG was meant to be. I was just holding on for dear life!