Hey friends. I’m writing from the League of Women Voters of PA Board meeting in Harrisburg. Fourteen ladies and me. I’m a lucky boy.
I’m here to keep the meeting on schedule and on topic. Wow this is a long agenda. I’m still a little bit confused about the new motion slips so since I’m not making any motions today, I’m ignoring them.
We’re the first group to hold a meeting at the brand spanking new Candlewood Suites and I’m the first pet to attend a meeting here so the hotel management posted our picture on its Facebook page. I shared it to the League’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/palwv….thanks Aunt Kate DeRiel for the shout out to mom and me. We got your message. I love this hotel; the front desk manager gave me a biscuit when we arrived.
Wow these ladies are smart. President Susan reported on the Voter ID trial and the board discussed ways to reach voters so they know they don’t need to show a photo ID in November’s election. Good thing…PennDOT still refuses to give me one.
Vice President Betty’s giving her report on fracking. HEY BIG OIL – DON’T MESS WITH MY DRINKING WATER!
Whooooooaaaaaaa I just got gaveled. You all know I do the filing in my day job, right? I just jumped into Susan’s file box to begin organizing all the folders I and got sent to timeout. The rules are so confusing.
Our new secretary, Sherry, proposed marketing, funding and grant plans. My Aunt Jody reported on plans for the Civic Leadership Reception in November. Supercool Carol Tamburino is this year’s honoree. The event sounds like so much fun and very fancy. I’ll have to make sure my tuxedo fits. Even though it’s not black tie, I like to dress up for a party. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M NOT INVITED? YOU’RE OUT OF ORDER AUNT JODY. TIMEOUT – 10 MINUTES!
AND YOU’RE OVER YOUR TIME LIMIT. KEEP IT MOVING PEASE!
OH NO YOU DIDN’T……………Aunt Jody just gave me the evil eye.
THERE’S NO FRIENDS AND FAMILY PLAN HERE. TIMEOUT – 10 MORE MINUTES. WHAT DID YOU SAY? NOW YOU’RE GOING TO COOL YOUR JETS FOR 15 MINUTES. KEEP IT UP AND YOU’LL BE ESCORTED OUT OF THE ROOM.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN HOW AM I GETTING HOME?
Now I’m stressed. I’m taking a break.
I just circled the room and as I went to visit each person, hoping to get a pat on the head and a snack, I jumped into everyone’s open bags to see what they brought. Ms. Betty had a great big bag and I almost fell all the way in. Oh well, no food in there. Nothing in Ms. Judy’s bag either. I snuck a peek at the table. Yum cheese. Mom is a riot. She’s eating Melba Toast and cheese. DO YOU THINK THAT NO ONE NOTICED THE 35 COOKIES YOU ATE BEFORE THAT MOM?
I found lots of crumbs under the tables. YOU’RE WELOME HOUSEKEEPING STAFF; NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO VACUUM IN THE MEETING ROOM.
President Susan recessed the meeting at 7 PM. Yippeeee…………dinnertime!
Mom and I shared a one bedroom suite. It was really nice and modern. I didn’t mind sharing my bed this time. I would hope that next time we meet I’ll have my own bed. Boy was it comfy with lots of fluffy pillows.
Usually it’s the mommy who reads the bedtime story to the kids, but mom likes me to read to her until she falls asleep. My work is never done!
It’s Day 2 and I’m late. It’s 8:15. I had my breakfast and my stroll around the gardens and I’m supposed to be in the meeting room by now. Mom’s waiting for Aunt Jody to pick us up in our room.
FINALLY! When mom opened the door, I shot out of the room, ran down the hall across the lobby and into the meeting room. Thank goodness we were on the first floor. The hotel might be pet-friendly, but the elevator buttons sure aren’t.
Aunt Jody arrived in the room absolutely stunned. AUNT JODY, I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE SO SHOCKED BECAUSE I KNEW WHERE THE MEETING WAS BEING HELD. WE SPENT THE WHOLE DAY IN HERE YESTERDAY. I’M NO DUM DUM YOU KNOW!
There’s a lot of good discussion going on about advocacy. Ms. Carol is really strategic. She’s going to teach me lots more Facebook tips.
There was so much to learn at this meeting and so many cool things happening. I hope I’m invited to the next one. I feel smarter just being in this room with these dynamic ladies.
I was just about to insert my photos when mom realized she lost her USB cord. HARUMPH! MOMMY, YOU WOULD LOSE YOUR HEAD OF IT WASN’T SCREWED ON. (My pop-pop used to say that to her all the time because she lost or misplaced everything!) NOW I CAN’T POST MY ENTRY UNTIL WE GET HOME.
Ladies, now might be a good time for the Pawliamentarian to take a nap. Carry on without me for a while. I appoint Ms. Sharon to take over my sergeant-at-paws duties until I return.
Is it 2 o’clock already? Time to go home, but not before a group picture. Wow – what a good looking board.
The awesome housekeeping staff found mom’s USB cord and I just realized that I lost my red, white and blue stars and paws bandana. It must have come loose when I was inspecting the premises. Uh oh…..it’s a good thing my head’s screwed on.
Until next time…..
Oh No……..I was just eating some of my homemade treats that Ms. Rae brought for me when I realized I forgot to publicly thank her for thinking of me. THANK YOU RAE. They are so yummy. I hid them under my pillow so that I can grab a midnight snack without getting out of bed. You are so kind Rae. At the next meeting I’ll set my watch back and give you extra time for your report. Don’t tell. It will be our secret. xo, PJG
Thanks for putting in your paws to reflect. I honor this group of wonderful women who make a difference as the voice of herstory needs to be heard. The voice of history and the patriarchal has contributed to much of the mess within which we live. Thank you for taking your time and energy to ensure freedom.
Thank you JC. We all had a productive and fun meeting! We appreciate your thoughtful and loving comments.