We all know the story of the wonderful journey to find "The Wizard Of Oz". The Scarecrow hoping to find his BRAIN, the Tinman who pined for his HEART and the lovable Lion who knew his life was incomplete without COURAGE.
Last but not least, Dorothy, with her HEART aching over having her precious pup, Toto taken away, was racking her BRAIN over what to do when the tornado struck sending her to the farway land of Oz, where she too would need COURAGE to complete the journey that would deliver her home.
Brilliant concepts for an ENRICHMENT MEETING that would launch this new year with a bang! I have had a few requests that I post up what we did using this OZ concept for our meeting last week, so here are all the details you need to re-vitalise and inspire your sisters to meet this new year with a new determination!
Room Set Up
Through the middle of the room lay our gold pavers (yellow painted wallpaper slabs). At the top of the room the path lead to three separate table displays, whiteboards etc for the presenters. (Each sister was encouraged to wear either red ribbons in her hair or red socks or shoes).
I wonder Sisters, if you've ever likened the magic of the Yellow Brick Road to our journey here on earth. On arrival at the end of their journey - the Scarecrow, TinMan, Lion & Dorothy were all hoping to be made whole again once they received the rewards for following that yellow path. Likewise we have been promised by a loving Father in Heaven that we too will be made whole if we follow OUR yellow brick road - the straight & narrow path back to Him. Tonight we've come up with THREE ways we can more fully enjoy our journey along our paths and inspire others on the way. Our presenters tonight will give YOU the keys to receiving your HEART, COURAGE & BRAIN during 2011!
Presenters/Topics (15-20 mins each)
The TINMAN - HEART
Quotes used - "If I only had a HEART" - Tinman.
"Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection, nothing is lost that is born of the HEART!"
Purpose - To inspire our Sisters to keep the committment (certificates for signing on the night were provided!) - of VISITING TEACHING 100% - EVERY month of 2011.
Our wonderful presenter played a short movie with a skit showing the do's and don'ts of Visiting. She shared stories and experiences that were personal and reminded us that we are building friendships for the eternities via promptings and impressions that when heard, change lives!
The LION - COURAGE (in the face of Adversity)
Quotes used - "In every day are found a few hard moments, which if we are strong in, make everything else like a piece of cake"
Purpose - To inspire our Sisters to keep the committment (again certificates for signing provided) to RECORDING A GRATITUDE JOURNAL FOR 21 DAYS.
Our amazing presenter made up booklets - each page had 4 days on it - a quote for every day and lines for recording all the things we are grateful for. We all joined in a discussion on the daily frustrations that may at times cloud our vision of the bigger picture and make us the momentary grumps we cans sometimes be. Knowing the mantra "this too shall pass" can at times seem trite, but as President Monson encourages, 21 days creates a habit - so after 21 days of recording the blessings found in daily adversitys we may be better able to focus on the glass ALWAYS being half full!
The SCARECROW - BRAIN
Quotes used - "Wisdom is the guardian of our choices. It helps us to discren the right path at the right moment. Wisdom is the messenger of my soul" - The Virtues Project
Purpose - To inspire our Sisters to accept the Bishopric goal for the year of having all our adult members take part in the Youth programs - (males, Duty to God & sisters Personal Progress Program). Signing on the bottom line our inspiring Young Womens President committed us all the begin with the new value - VIRTUE. We stood together and recited the Young Womens theme and as we did so I realised that there is great power when we stand together and choose to do what is right. That by doing this and sustaining our leaders together, GREAT things can happen!
Tying it all in together I encouraged our Sisters on their Visiting Teaching Visits to check up on the Gratitude journal keeping , and each month this year to sign each other off on the completed Young Womens tasks -all in preparation for a graduation ceremony at the end of the year when we will all receive our HEART, COURAGE & BRAIN for completing this years challenges.
To end the evening the following poem was shared -
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day,
drinking a cool drink and visiting with her mother. As
they talked about life, about marriage, about the
responsibilities of life and the obligations of
adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her
glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance
upon her daughter.
'Don't forget your sisters,' she advised, swirling
the ice in the bottom of her glass. 'They'll
be more important as you get older. No matter how
much you love your husband, no matter how much you
love the children you may have, you are still going
to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now
and then; do things with them.'
'Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women...
your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other
women relatives too. 'You'll need other women. Women
What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman
thought. Haven't I just gotten married?
Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a
married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely
my husband and the family we may start will be all I
need to make my life worthwhile!'
But she listened to her mother. She kept contact
with her sisters and made more women friends each
year. As the years tumbled by, one after another,
she gradually came to understand that her mother really
knew what she was talking about. As time and nature
work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman,
sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world,
here is what I've learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Children grow up.
Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don't do what they're supposed to do.
Colleagues forget favors.
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how
many miles are
between you. A girl friend is never farther away
than needing her can reach.
When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you
have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life
will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on,
praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on
your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the
Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk
beside you....Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters,
daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers,
Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended
family: all bless our life!
The world wouldn't be the same without women, and
neither would I. When we began this adventure called
womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or
sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we
would need each other.
We had a fabulous turn-out for this evening and a wonderful spirit prevailed thanks to the efforts of our incredible presenters and those Sisters that sacrificed their time to attend. So for those of you that wonder if it's worth your time and effort to attend your Enrichment Meetings with your Sisters once a month, I say IT SO IS!!!!! Mark it on your calendar and start making 2011 YOUR best year ever :)