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  Winds of Change Newsletter, March 2011     See sidebar for table of contents

Celebration Highlights Our Many 2010 Successes, Launches New Sustainer Campaign Initiative

January 21. A cold and icy night. But the party must go on, and it did. Nearly 100 people came out for OVECs membership committees Victory Celebration.

Larry Gibson was given a standing ovation when he received the Laura Forman Passion for Justice Award at the Victory Celebration and banquet.

And what a celebration it was. As one attendee remarked, "With this kind of work, you have to know how to party."

We gathered at the Charleston Womens Center, decorated with balloons and sparkling centerpieces. A delicious catered meal sent tantalizing aromas throughout the room, as people listened to some speechifying about OVECs 2010 successes, our programs, the OVEC Kroger Gift Card (a method to donate to OVEC without sending us a cent) and our new sustainer membership drive. (For details about the latter two, see page 8 and page 27. Many of the details of our 2010 successes can be found in our newsletters from that year, available online at www.ohvec.org.)

We surely had much to talk about, and many people

remarked that they learned something new about OVEC. For instance, one person was immensely excited to find out we are working on campaign finance reform and immediately saw how that work ties in with all the rest of our work.

During the speeches, folks could watch a slideshow of OVEC volunteers, board members and staff in action in 2010. After viewing the slideshow, several people remarked that they were surprised at how much we accomplish in one year.

Next, we had dinner by candlelight at round tables just perfect for meeting new friends. As the dishes were cleared, a DJ spun tunes from several different decades. People from ages 5 to 90 took to the dance floor. Those who remained seated seemed to have a little too much fun watching the dancers. Next time, well get you on the floor, too, so you cant laugh at the dancers.

Its hard to choose a highlight of the evening, but a special moment was when board member Larry Gibson received the Laura Forman Passion for Justice Award (see story on page 6).

If you came to the event, you probably received a reminder phone call from folks on OVECs membership committee most likely Charlene Tincher, who about wore out her fingers on the telephone keypad. Charlene sent this note to staffer Robin Blakeman: "Its Saturday morning after a great evening out with many kindred spirits. You are to be applauded for a very successful event last evening. Everyone had some enlightenment about some area of OVEC, and what great fun we had, too. Please tell the staff I appreciate them and their service for all of us.

P.S. Jimmy had a really good time, too. He has never danced that much."

The thanks go to you, Charlene, and everyone else on the membership committee who worked so hard to make this event a success. Thanks also to all our speakers, to everyone who helped with set-up and clean-up, to those who donated beverages and to staff. Thanks to everyone who volunteered time and/or funds in 2010 because of your efforts, we really had something to celebrate.

As people were heading home, we heard from many who said they were so glad they came out. They had learned a lot about OVEC and had new motivation to get involved. Heres to working together for a long list of successes in 2011!

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