Sunday, April 13, 2014


Continuing my "report" on my visit to UMW offices in New York City last week...

My next visit was in the national UMW office at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive. When I arrived, Sally Vonner, our national assistant general secretary of membership leadership development—and a member of the North Texas Conference—was in a meeting about Assembly, but she left the meeting to greet me and send me with Alicia, her assistant. (Sally finished her meeting before I left the office and we had a nice visit in the office on the 15th floor of the Interchurch Center. She later sent me this e-mail message: “You are always welcome here. This is your home and we are family. We are always glad when members stop by to visit.”

Upstairs, I was given a cup of coffee, a desk and materials to look over while I waited for Yvette Moore, the editor of response magazine. I had explained to Alicia and the other staff present that I also wanted to go downtown to the Alma Mathews House—and before I knew it, Alicia had gone online, gotten precise bus directions and printed them out for me!

When Yvette came in, we discussed an article that I had prepared about our Stop Hunger Now event. I thanked Yvette for her work on the magazine, including the very interesting article about maps in the March edition. Yvette didn’t promise to publish our story, but I’m hopeful! She told me she’s on the lookout for pictures of UMW groups actively participating in programs or activities….. and then I was off to the Alma Mathews House with Alicia’s stop-by-stop directions.

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