So a week and a half ago, I was asked to head up a committee to prepare activities for the women’s group at church. OK, fine. I can do that. I already knew that there was an activity planned for last night at the time, but the former committee chair had moved away. They’ve been advertising this activity for months and even had a cute poster made, and handed out invitations to it, so naturally I assumed I’d be sort of “watching” this event unfold, and not really take over leadership of the committee until we moved on to our next activity.
Guess again! I got thrown in the deep end on this one. The only thing that had been done was that the leadership of the organization had decided what they might like to do and someone made a misspelled poster and smaller copies of it to hand out as invitations (by misspelled, I mean “Thursady”, and I may have been the only one who noticed it).
THEY HAD NO PLAN!!! They just told me, “This is what we’d like to have happen. Go!” Oh brother.
So off I went. Apparently, as right-brained as I know I am, my left-brained instincts can kick in rather quickly, and I can organize other people with lightning swiftness. Probably being a first-born has made me excellent at bossing people. heh heh. :)
So, I made assignments and put together an email group so the committee could communicate easily and we could all stay on the same page as to what was being accomplished. Unfortunately, no one else on the committee had ever been part of an egroup before, so they didn’t use it effectively and I still had to spend hours on the phone babysitting everyone.
No matter, though! I know how to keep things super simple, yet extraordinarily beautiful, and we pulled off a wonderful evening without a hitch.
I wrote a poem that made them all say, “ohhhhh”, which made me feel like writing a hundred more poems just so I could read them out loud to people!
We served dessert off a cart so the women who came to the event wouldn’t have to stop what they were doing, or walk all the way down to the kitchen and carry their plates back.
The set up didn’t take the former hour or so. It took all of about 15 minutes the way I planned it, and I got a lot of thank yous for that. The clean up was lickety split, too, because everyone tossed their own plates in the trash (except me, actually. I was writing something and a hand reached around me and took my plate away. sweet!) and the decorations were simple, so they were simply taken care of.
I could go on, but I think I’ll write the rest in my journal. Overall, we couldn’t have done a better job if we HAD had two months to prepare. It was awesome! 2 months ago