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November the Month of Inspiration and Reflection -Why do I think this? Well it is a month we elect our leaders that we are inspired to follow and we reflect on those who have served in our military and give Thanks for our blessings. Many of our chapter members have family or friends who have served in the military. That is how my family came to be here in beautiful Colorado Springs. We have a generous military presence in our community and the gratitude of each and every member is reflective in all of our actions.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.

We are Thankful for the blessings that the military has brought to this community and all the members. When we think of Thanksgiving later this month we should reflect on why we started celebrating.

The day after approving the First Amendment to the Constitution and its protections of religious liberty, Congress called upon the president to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God." President George Washington responded by proclaiming Nov 26th, 1789 the first official Thanksgiving. We now celebrate the on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Take time this month to reflect on what you are Thankful for and the many blessings that others have provided to you, your company, your family and friends. Reflect what EWI has meant to you. Inspire others with your story about this chapter and community. Inspire your firm to become more involved.

With much Gratitude,
Brandy Merriam



Thought for the month...

Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. ~Anonymous Butterfly-F61556597C


Congratulations to the
2014-2015 Springs EWI Board!

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On October 8, 2014, at the monthly meeting held at Hotel Elegante, the 2014-2015 Board was sworn in.  From Left to Right: Brandy Merriam - President, Jennifer Doherty - Vice President, Cathie John, Director at Large - Terri Flores-Brown - Publicity Chair, Joan Taylor - Scholarship Chair, Brandy Walters - Retention & Recruitment, Michelle Bennett - Fundraising, Christine Ressler - Secretary, and Eileen Wolff - Sergeant at Arms


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