The new year allows us to reflect on the year that was and opens a new year with potential for change. January is a month of transition.
This month, I stepped up from Vice President to President. So far, I've found my new role to be both an honor and humbling. Â I get to witness all the wonderful work being done by our members and our volunteers. I get to listen to difficult conversations that remain respectful. Â I also get to witness conversations that are not civil and need to be moderated and sometimes ended.
I love this organization and all it stands for. I look forward to continuing its mission to â€œempower and connect communities to reclaim our government for the people.â€
I first joined Coffee Party USA several years ago not because I cared about politics, government, or civility. Â I joined the Coffee Party because I love all things coffee. A friend shared the â€œJoin the Coffee Party Movementâ€ Facebook page with me, and I liked the coffee memes. Â I did not pay attention to the news articles posted on the Facebook page. I avoided commenting on any posts. Occasionally, a story from the JTCPM Facebook page would entice me to read it, but I always googled the mainstream news article.
After years of being a bystander, I decided to get involved. I started out joining several work groups because I wanted to get a variety of flavors to see if there was a fit. I was an active volunteer and then I walked away. My life with family, school, and work got too crowded. I needed to protect my time to keep my sanity. Â I went back to being a bystander.
So how did I go from delinquent volunteer to board member to president? Â Well thatâ€™s a story to tell another day. I share my beginnings with you today because I want you to know that there is not a template for leadership or activism. Â There is no magical fairy that taps people as leader, volunteer, activist, or member.
A decision today doesnâ€™t need to be the decision you make forever. We, individuals and organizations, change; we grow; we evolve.
This year, I ask you all to empower and connect communities. Â Reclaiming our government is important too, but letâ€™s first take some time to have a cup of coffee and connect.
Come share your story.
Come have a chuckle about a coffee joke.
Come join us.
There are a variety of ways to get involved. Find out more HERE