Letter From Woman of Tocqueville Chair | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Women of Tocqueville

A Message From Linda Yohe: 2020-2021 Chair

Greetings to all Women of Tocqueville!

Thank you for being a member of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Women of Tocqueville Society! It is my honor and privilege to serve as Chair of this inclusive network of engaged, compassionate leaders for the upcoming 2020-2021 year.

And, oh, what a year it is shaping up to be! Facing unprecedented times – uncertainties due to COVID-19 impacts on public health, education, and economic stability as well as addressing systemic challenges to achieve racial equality and social justice—there is no doubt our Mighty, Mighty Women of Tocqueville are needed now more than ever to support the mission of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. As Chair, I am thrilled to be working with my dear friend and former colleague at AT&T, Michelle Thomas, Chair-Elect. Together we are delighted this year’s Women of Tocqueville Steering Committee of dynamic and energized leaders are already engaged and continuing the momentum created from the awesome members and leaders of the past 12 years.

With the Annual Campaign kick-off in September under the leadership of Anne Chow, CEO for AT&T Business, United Way is launching its Aspire United 2030 Goals, a ten-year initiative aligning our long-term goals in Education, Income and Health to affect lasting change for our North Texas community. These key goals, program indicators and metrics which the Women of Tocqueville had the chance to preview on July 29 are specifically designed to create and measure impactful change through targeted community investments and key partner alliances. As a member of Women of Tocqueville, you will receive important updates on Aspire United 2030 as well as information on upcoming engagement activities, volunteer opportunities and networking events through this monthly e-newsletter.

Through our alignment with the mission of The Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children, led by Kristy Faus and Carol March, we will play a significant role in shaping and supporting the future of the fund to create a legacy of bettering the lives of women and children in North Texas. All of us can play a part through our generous giving, advocacy and public support.

While there may be some unique challenges on how we meet and gather together in the future months, we see opportunities in finding creative and safe ways to extend our reach—connecting and engaging our membership with each other and with our service providers, alliance partners and extended communities. Our Steering Committee is busy at work creating a calendar of events including Zoom Book Group meetings, virtual volunteer activities, advocacy opportunities and sessions on mental health awareness and professional development.

In these recent months, I will admit it has sometimes been hard to keep myself focused on positivity and possibilities. A wonderful, compelling and uplifting book – Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman – has renewed my faith in goodness, kindness and decency of humankind. As we kick off the 2020-2021 Women of Tocqueville year, I would like to share some of Mr. Bregman’s own words and conclusions, which I hope will serve to inspire you as well.

“Kindness is catching. And it’s so contagious that it even infests people who merely see it from afar . . . Be courageous. Be true to your nature and offer your trust. Do good in broad daylight, and don’t be ashamed of your generosity….” 

I look forward to being a part of the change the Women of Tocqueville will bring to North Texas.  Thanks for all your generosity, commitment and courageous kindness in making our community and our world a better place.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Linda Yohe
2020-2021 Women of Tocqueville Chair
Retired AT&T, Community Volunteer

 

This article was published on: Aug 3, 2020