Sister Edith Myflesh
07 January 2004
Anno Sanctimonialis
Happy new year to everyone. This year starts with a lot of promise and potential in many different ways. The biggest event this year is The Sisters' anniversary. We turn 25 this year and are already making plans to celebrate our silver anniversary with style, drama and flair. In addition to our annual events (Easter, Pink Saturday, Pride, Dore Alley and Folsom), we're planning on celebrating "25 Weeks Of Indulgence". Thanks to a happy coincidence, there are 25 weeks between Easter, our first big event of the year, and the Folsom Street Fair, our last big event of the year. If all goes as planned, we will have at least one event during each of those 25 weeks. It's going to take a coordinated effort involving all of my Sisters, but I'm confident that we'll be successful.

I have been re-elected as Board Chairnun. Serving on the Board last year was a delightful learning experience and I'm looking forward to using what I've learned and expanding on it. I'm also hoping to continue my efforts to improve the Sisters' Board and expand the Order's connections with the community that we serve. I've been reading "The Strategic Board: The Step-by-Step Guide to High-Impact Governance" and "Nonprofit Boards : Roles, Responsibilities, and Performance" in an effort to improve my skills as Board chair and to hopefully come up with ways to make Our Board even better. Serving on the Board is neither one of the more glamourous nor exciting things to do with the Order, but I get a lot out of it.

I celebrated my One-Year Black Veil anniversary in December. My first year as a Fully Professed Sister was a successful one, I think. The Sisters have proved to be everything I thought they would be and so much more. A number of my Sisters told me that I should take a year to grow into being a nun before taking on any major responsibilities in the Order. This was to give me a chance to get more comfortable with being a Sister by focusing on myself. I found, however, that having some major responsibilities (like being Chairnun) really helped me to be a better nun. The duties that I took on helped me to further define my calling as a Sister and the place that I want to hold in the Order.

There are a lot of major goals for this year; goals for the Order as a whole, for the Board and for myself as a Sister. However, I've tried to be careful about what I've taken and am going to work on my skills at sharing responsibilities. I'm looking forward to a magical year of delicious, guilt-free indulgence. May your year be the same!

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