Holly Cloutier, the Black River High School HOBY student, was the guest speaker at the LOV Women's Club annual pot luck supper held at the club president's house, Roxie Davis, on September 14.
Holly talked about her fantastic experience she had at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at Saint Michael 's college in Colchester last spring. The seminar gives young people an opportunity to further develop their leadership potential and to enrich their understanding of our free enterprise system.
They do team building and hear from leaders in business, government, science, education and other leaders in the community through give and take workshops.
Holly said she was a little shy and didn't quite know what to make of things at the beginning of the weekend, but by the end, she made a lot of life time friends. She told about the HOBY hugs, HOBY cheers and the spirit stick and some of the more educational things she got to learn.
She said she didn't get much sleep while she was there, but she didn't care because she was having so much fun. She came home with a lot more self esteem and would like to go back next year and help out as an ambassador.
Also in attendance that night was the state GFWC President Dee Beckman, and a former member, Nancy Sears, that was visiting from Florida. There were 15 members and four new potential members, they were, Barbara Calhoun, Brenda Clark, Mary Knight, and Linda Jelly.
While there they learned that it is very healthy to belong to a women's club, that you live longer, less likely to develop physical impairments as they age, and more likely to lead a more joyful life.
A study also showed that social ties and having friends reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol. In fact, the results are so significant that not having close friends was as detrimental to your health as smoking or extra weight.
So come and join us at our next meeting. Visit our club and be happier, and more joyful.
For more information call Midge Tucker at 672-3086, or Roxie Davis at 226-7417.