Leadership is part of what each and every YWCA does. Here in Central Virginia, we would like to take a moment to thank our Board of Directors, and specifically those women who have agreed to serve as Officers for the 2019-2020 term. For our #wcw/#womencrushwednesday we would like to introduce you to those officers!
Clare Terry has served on the YW board for many years, and currently is our Vice President! Clare is a community volunteer, dedicating her time not just to the YWCA but to other organizations including the Forest Rotary. Mrs. Terry has been a wonderful asset to the Board of Directors, and we are so thankful for her leadership!
We asked each of our officers a set of questions, and here are Clare’s answers!
What does the YWCA mean to you?
The YW is an organization whose purpose and mission is specifically targeted to women and children and the quality of their lives. A place where women can feel safe, find encouragement, a welcoming environment and pursue the opportunity to grow into their full potential- not only for themselves but for their children as well. It’s a place where anything is possible!
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I have been blessed to have the support of a loving, caring family that has allowed me to share my time with those who may need support that is not always available. I have seen the difference volunteering makes in the lives of women and children. They are encouraged to go out and live a well lived life and pay it forward.
How you do empower women and/or promote diversity in your own life?
By supporting the programs of the YW and sharing with other organizations I am involved in, my church, Rotary, women’s groups, friend and acquaintances the mission and purpose of the YW.
What song is your favorite empowerment jam!
I actually have two songs I like. I have to admit I am ‘old school’ as I loved Helen Reddy’s song I AM WOMAN when it came out in the 1970’s! Words like hear me roar, I can do anything, we are strong, you can bend but never break me – were encouraging words for women to hear them!
And I’M EVERY WOMAN by Whitney Houston. “Whatever you want, whatever you need it’s all in me, I do it naturally and there are more empowering words in this song. (Wish I could sing like her)
What book has meant the most to you in your life?
I do love to read so I have many favorite books. The one that came to mind immediately is THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls. It is clear from reading this book that ‘anything is possible ‘!!! No matter where you came from, how you were raised or what happened to you in your past, you can do anything and the YW is there to support you in accomplishing whatever that is for you!