Do Something

By: Shannon Shull

Well, this amazing society of women I belong to has managed to do it again! The Batesburg-Leesville Women’s Society in South Carolina hosted a lovely event that not only helped raise funds for two amazing organizations, The Epworth Children’s Home and Sistercare, they also inspired and empowered women with a great message. Under Mrs. Lois Black’s direction, they hosted a lovely PJs and Pearls event. Ladies of all ages – daughters, granddaughters, grandmothers, mothers, aunts, dear friends and colleagues, you name it – enjoyed incredible food, fellowship and entertainment, all the while raising money and awareness for two important causes and enjoying the comfort of getting to wear their pjs!

Batesburg-Leesville Women’s Society

I had the honor and privilege of performing at the event, singing a slower version of Sia’s song, “Chandelier,” accompanied by my amazing mother, Robin Vaughan Parler on keyboard, my fabulous colleague, Amy Reynolds, on violin, one of her lovely orchestra students, Riley Pratt, on cello and one of my brilliant honors drama students, McKenna Pratt, dancing. It was a touching piece that shed light on physical and emotional abuse. I also had the honor of presenting a very inspirational video that was edited by my awesome sister, Chelsea Vaughan Parler.

Batesburg-Leesville Women’s Society

All of our hard work paid off and I can only hope that the audience received our message of inspiration and empowerment! I often ask myself why I tend to overwhelm myself with work and activities that keep me so busy, but it’s events like these that remind me of the importance of getting involved, doing something, and sharing my talents.

Batesburg-Leesville Women’s Society

I’ve chosen to share the inspirational video with you Every Woman Blog readers because I know you all will hear the message, be inspired and hopefully get out there and do something! 🙂

Please do watch the video, you won’t regret it!

A Society of Amazing Women

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 GFWC Logofabulous 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.

With the Amazing Ladies of my Women's Society of Batesburg-Leesville

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.