By: Shannon Shull
Upon moving to South Carolina from Los Angeles, California and getting involved in the community, I met so many fabulous people, including the amazing women of the Batesburg-Leesville Women’s Society. Amazing is an understatement when describing some of these ladies. Along with being sweet as can be, masters of incredible cooking, and knowing how to host a seriously fabulous party, these women do so many wonderful things for the community and those in need. Their dedication to helping others is priceless. I was so impressed with this organization! When I was invited to join I did not have to think twice. Though I live in Lexington now, I continue to be a member and be involved with the B-L Women’s Society as much as my schedule will allow. Some of these folks are like family and I will always treasure my relationship with them. I am very proud to be a member of a Women’s Society that does so much good for others.
We start each of our meetings reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Women’s Society Pledge. At our recent meeting, as we were saying our Society Pledge, it struck me how special this pledge really is and the importance of its meaning. It’s something we could all benefit from reading daily.
I felt that our Every Woman Blog family of bloggers and readers should have the opportunity to read this lovely pledge, as it really does serve as a wonderful reminder of the important things in life and how we can live each day with courage, kindness, a helping hand and a warm heart.
Keep Us, oh God, from pettiness;
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault –finding
And leave of self-seeking.
May we never be hasty in judgment
and always generous.
Let us take time for all things;
make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
Straight forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is
The little things that create differences,
That in the big things of life we are as one.
And may we strive to touch and to know
the great, common human heart of us all.
And, oh Lord let us forget not
to be kind.
– Mary Stewart
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.