I'm sure by now that your respective clubs are busy with all sorts of new projects in this new year of volunteerism. I've been receiving lots of e-mail messages with membership lists and photos. Keep up the good work!!! Your communities thrive because of you.
On the subject of photos, I would like to bring a couple of things to your attention and request your assistance. When our president, Cathy Jo, sent out the request for photos for the website, we received a few but not many, so I trolled your social media pages and borrowed some. The reason we asked for the photos was so that in my role as webmaster, I could make our web page welcoming and real. I want visitors to our page to see the real GFWC West Virginia -- the real clubs, real women, and real projects that make this organization what it is -- FABULOUS. My vision for this term is to periodically change out the photos on the web page so that all of our clubs have the opportunity to be featured. My intention was for each club to send me one or two photos from your favorite projects for me to have in my photo stash when the time comes to change out the images.
The response has been a bit overwhelming. Some of your messages to me probably bounced back to you because the sheer number pictures people have been sending have filled my mailbox faster than I can check my e-mail. You see, the e-mail address I gave you to use is my personal one. The size is limited and the influx of photos coupled with the mail I regularly receive from friends and family has overwhelmed it. Because it is my personal e-mail account and I do have a full-time job, I only get to check my messages once or twice a day which is not enough to keep up with the number of e-mails I have been receiving.
I'm glad that you are proud of your projects and want to share them, so I am suggesting that you share all of your photos to your respective social media pages and send me only your favorite ones for the website. Posting your photos to social media will get you more exposure faster.
If you don't have social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram, I strongly encourage you to set up an account for your clubs. It's free and fairly simple to do. It's also a great way to advertise your events and share ideas with other GFWC clubs as well as organizations outside of GFWC. Facebook and Instagram are linked, so when you post a photo on one of them, you have the option to simultaneously share it to the other. It's also a great way to recruit new members. When women see all the wonderful projects you do in your community, they will want to be a part of it, too.
I know technology can be a bit overwhelming, but once you get the hang of social media, you will love it. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.