From Your President

jackie_powers3  “A Journey to Higher Learning”

The meaning of Higher Learning means it may involve the development or deepening of skills, knowledge, understanding, awareness, values, ideas and feelings, or an increase in the capacity to reflect.

I have always been one who wanted to expand my thoughts.  I guess I just love the challenge. I read an article a few years back that stated if all my friends were my age, I was missing the boat. It challenged us to find people younger and older and invest some time with them. It’s true, people who are younger than me or older than me will teach me things I would never know. So, I set out to do just that.  I began mentoring one high school senior girl every year and be available to her through her college years. I also have three senior adult ladies that I take to lunch once a month.  And boy was the article right. I have learned so much from both age groups.

I have learned from my high school girl that I need to stay young and expand my mind and thoughts. To understand more about the current generation.  To laugh and dream – you are never too old for that.  She has taught me to be aware of the current issues and the thought processes of young adults.

And from the retired ladies, I have learned much about grace and dignity.  And to love more than I judge.  They have taught me to value life and take care of myself.   One of them who is 96 years old, taught me two things I did not know about my Ipad.  And they just “crack me up”!

I also found out that in both age groups, they want to be needed and respected.  They want to share their thoughts, celebrations and even heartaches. In many cases they all suffer from loneliness.

All this started from an article in a magazine and four years later, I am loving spending time and becoming great friends with the opposite ends of the spectrum.

Proverbs 23:12 says, “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”  

This September, our GA-PAUMCS Conference will meet in LaGrange and discover “A Journey to Higher Learning.”  I hope you will join us.  Expand your thoughts.  Spend time together and learn from one another.  Whether you are new in the office or been there over thirty years, we have much to learn from one another. I have been a member of this great group for over twenty years and have found great friends, young and old.

I hope you will join me!


I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.                                                                         Psalm 69:30 NIV


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