Billie is not a leader in title only. She leads by example and works hard. Personally, I attend or lead 3 board committee meetings monthly and although Billie doesn’t have to be at all of them, she almost always attends. And she doesn’t just come to my meetings, she has equal enthusiasm for every meeting. She always knows what is going on. She checks in with me a lot and always encourages me to do my best and aim higher and higher. She has sat by me in donor meetings as we request gifts that are larger than 6 figures--she is fearless when asking others to financially support our work (and I think she could get us a donation to buy ice for Eskimos if we told her we needed it).
|Various photos of Billie representing the Army |
and one of she and I at her last meeting as Chair.
Billie is handing over the reins to our Advisory Board on Oct. 1. She is moving on to some other exciting community roles with United Way and other local organizations. She has promised me that she isn’t leaving for good and she will still serve on our board, but I will miss her leadership and that splash of orange she always adds to our meetings (GO POKES!).