Mary Stewart wrote the Collect in 1904 as a member of the Fortnightly Club, the forerunner of the Longmont Colorado BPW club. The Collect was written as a prayer to instill a sense of unity among women working together with wide interests and important goals.
Mary Stewart worked for women’s suffrage nationally and attended the meeting in St. Louis, where the National Federation was launched. She was elected its first corresponding secretary and thereafter took an active part in the growth of the young organization by service as chairman or member of a number of national committees.
This author, who until 1910 signed the Collect with her pen name, “Mary Stuart”, remained involved in BPW until her death in 1943.
Keep us, O God, from pettiness;
let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and
leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each
other face to face — without self-pity
and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and
Let us take time for all things;
make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is the little
things that create differences,
that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know the great,
common human heart of us all, and
O Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!
I may sound overly enthusiastic, but when I think of family and friends who live east of us, I continue to appreciate our climate west of the Rockies. I do recall February snows and ice of earlier years in BC, but choose to regard those as exceptional.
In the Fraser Valley, good weather also assures us of near-optimal travel conditions, so that I have been able to easily call on both Abbotsford and Langley BPW members. Both clubs, along with our local group, have been providing informative speakers and enjoying animated networking.
Additionally, our Board Secretary, Barbara Fehrmann and I have just returned from our trip to Victoria.
A spectacular view from a 4th floor Days Inn window, dinner with Margo Almond, listening to the BC Legislature’s budget debate and a tour of the Museum were certainly all highlights!
We also appreciated the gracious invitation to lunch in the Legislature’s dining room from MLA Marc Dalton and Marlene Dalton.
AGM-JUNE 13, 2015
I am very excited to announce:
Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, BPW Canada First Vice –President and BPW Calgary Immediate Past President will speak at our celebration dinner on Saturday, June 13.
The Calgary club’s web site tells us: “…Jenny has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years. She is the President and Founder of Gulamani-Abdulla & Co., Immigration Consulting.
As a member of the International Bar Association and a Regulated Canadian Immigration consultant, Jenny was named one of Canada’s most powerful women: Top 100 winner in 2013 by WXN.
Jenny is a 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award presented by the Women’s Resource Centre at the University of Calgary.
From policy development and analysis to communications, research and writing, Jenny brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to BPW Calgary and Canada.”
Additional AGM details to follow next month.
Langley club member and Provincial YBPW Executive Member, Christine Brightman, is keeping her eyes open for speakers and event of interest to our members.
As a result, Barbara Fehrmann and I will be attending “Women Seeking Justice.” This is an International Women’s Day (IWD) event @ SFU Harbour Centre on Friday, March 6th, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—-#1700 Labatt Hall, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory.
A WEBCAST WILL BE AVAILABLE.
RSVP FOR THE EVENT OR WEBCAST BY EMAILING: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments will be served.
IWD in Abbotsford will be observed on Sunday, March 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Reach Gallery.
International Women’s Day will also be recognized in a Proclamation by the District of Mission at its March 2nd Council meeting.
Regards to all,