Monthly Archives: October 2012

House of Hope – Servant Leadership

The House of Hope is a non-profit organization through Interfaith Hospitality Network and the Presbyterian Church of Toms River. They help women that have been displaced through domestic violence, loss of a job, etc. and families that can no longer supply sufficient food and clothing for the members of their family.  Georgian Court was asked to bring volunteers from the Women in Leadership Development program on Monday, October 15th from 5pm to 9pm to the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood for the Night of Hope.  The Night of Hope was a gift auction and Chef inspired food tasting.  Tickets were sold to the community and an estimated 200 people attended the event.  The WILD women were asked to help in serving food and ticket sales for 50/50 and to help navigate the incoming people who needed assistance.  Select WILD women volunteered their time to help those who were less fortunate. Being a leader is a selfless act and for the WILD women who volunteered on October 15th, they did just that. WILD women are the root of selfless volunteerism at Georgian Court University.

Written By: Melissa Farley-Prosperi WILD VIII

“The Keys to a Balanced Life” – Michele Ashley

On Friday, October 5, Michele Ashley came to GCU to talk to us about the Keys to a Balanced Life. I had met Michele at NCCWSL over the summer and had heard this presentation before, but I learned so much more this time around. The most important thing Michele said is that you are the most important thing in your life. If you don’t take care of yourself and know who you are, you rely on someone else to get you going. What happens if someone else isn’t there? You need to take charge of yourself. One of the keys Michele talked about was releasing fears. “Fear,” she said “are just Fact and Expectations Appearing Real.” I found this really interesting. Don’t let facts and expectations hold you back from achieving everything you want to achieve. They are only illusions. One other thing Michele told us that was important is that you need to be flexible. “If you cannot be flexible like a reed, then you will break like an oak.” A reed is able to bear the storm and snap back once it passes. We need to be like a reed. On behalf of all of WILD, I would like to thank Michele for coming to GCU.

Written By: Caitlin Roman WILD IX

In Her Shoes – Providence House

In Her Shoes has to be the most powerful presentation I have ever been to. Following the story of these characters really opened my eyes to the horrible ordeals some people live through. It’s one thing to hear that dating violence and abuse happen, but it’s another thing entirely to experience what someone actually went through. At this presentation, I played the role of the witness; I experienced everything that happened to my character, but I was powerless to do anything to help her. There were so many times I wanted to jump in and scream “No! Don’t do that! Think about it!” It was so frustrating to watch my character struggle and I could not do anything to help her. This presentation really woke me up to the struggles and hardships many teenagers face alone, and I want to do something to help out these teens so they do not feel alone. I would like to thank Providence House from the bottom of my heart for coming to GCU and sharing this experience with WILD.

Written By: Caitlin Roman WILD IX