If you want to know what makes a community tick, find the women who are active in clubs, village improvement efforts, and cultural activities. That will take you to the heart of the town about as fast as anything.
I had the privilege of being asked to speak to the joint luncheon for the Gouverneur Garden Club, Shakespeare Club, Arts Club, Le Beaux Arts Club, and Retired Teachers Club. I AM NOT KIDDING. As Marilyn Scozzafava, the President of the Garden Club, told me: if you go to one club, you’ll see members from at least a couple of the other clubs, these women are the doers in town.
Okay, confession: I was second choice as speaker. Former Assemblywoman Dede Scozzavava (Marilyn’s daughter) was the first choice, but Dede wasn’t back yet from vacation. Eat your heart out, Dede. I laughed and laughed, met some great gals, and felt more connected to Gouverneur than I have in all the years I’ve lived about 10 miles outside of town.
What are the core groups in your town? Tell me. I’m really interested. And, if we can work it out, I’d love to come meet and talk with your group.