Harrogate, Tennessee, April 24, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Women of Service (WOS), an organization dedicated to providing women opportunities to serve and give back, is seeking new membership as it continues to support scholarships and cultural activities.
“Women of service organization has such a wonderful variety of service projects and we are hoping to find more members who enjoy serving as well as the fellowship with others in the group,” said Judy Hansard, membership chair.
Established in 2011, the LMU Women of Service is open to all women who want to help students at LMU. By living as an example of service, WOS members teach LMU students about the incredibly important mission of service to humanity.
With proceeds from activities like the WOS Christmas Festival and the Service, Sweets & Style for Scholarships fashion show, WOS funds student scholarships, provides family aid and cultural enrichment opportunities to LMU students. In addition to funding a $25,000 endowment to provide scholarships annually, WOS hosts young ladies on the LMU campus in summer for a week-long leadership and enrichment program. A subsidiary of Pearls of Grace, The CORE is aimed at empowering young women. Each letter of CORE stands for a central tenant of the program, including cultural understanding; overcoming obstacles to success; roles and responsibilities; and education value.
During the summer program, guest speakers cover topics such as women’s health, financial literacy, higher education and college admissions, diversity, blogging, resume writing and interviewing.. Additionally, women from WOS will share personal stories of their own successes and learning experiences. The participants will continue to be mentored by Pearls of Grace throughout the school year.
Pearls of Grace was established in 2012 and through training and mentoring, the group aims to promote change in mindsets and give opportunities to women and youth that access open doors to self-sufficiency and success.
“We encourage all WOS members to volunteer to be a part of the lives of these young women,” said Cindy Whitt, who coordinates the summer CORE activities.
WOS also sponsors the Lincoln Cupboard, which provides staple food items and some toiletries to students and is located in the Campus Center. Lincoln’s Cupboard regularly serves 44 students since fall 2017. Plans include expansion of the Lincoln Cupboard 2 onto the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine campus in Virginia.
“The LMU WOS voted to establish the food pantries to serve the students, faculty and staff,” Whitt said. “We search for needs that exist within our campus community and work to meet those needs.
WOS is currently planning its annual fashion show fundraiser. Building on the event each year, WOS promises a bigger and better event on August 16, 2018, in the Tex Turner Arena.
In addition to service opportunities, the WOS plan group travel opportunities and host business meetings in the spring and fall.
At the WOS Spring meeting, March 12, 2018, at the Cumberland Gap Convention Center. Carrie McConkey, a fashion consultant from Knoxville, Tennessee, was the guest speaker. She talked about discovering a personal style and cleaning out closets to match that style and make getting dressed less stressful. Other speakers have covered topics such as human trafficking, corporate mindset for success, overcoming adversity and essential oils from the Bible.
WOS officers who began two –year terms of service in spring 2018 are Melissa Day, president; Wandaleen Adams, vice president; Susan Davis, secretary; Regina Burns, treasurer; Cathy Chumley, chaplain; and Sheliah Cosby, Judy Hounshell, and Tammy Dean, directors. LMU Vice President for University Advancement Cindy Whitt will serve as an advisor to the group.
WOS will be conducting a membership drive in the upcoming weeks. Everyone currently on the WOS mailing list will be receiving communication by email and/or regular mail with instructions for reestablishing membership. Anyone who would like to join can contact Judy Hansard, membership chair, at [email protected]; leave a message on the Lincoln Memorial University Women of Service Facebook page; or call WOS member Regina Burns at 423.869.6255.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].