Happy Holidays. I don’t know about you, but I am stunned that it’s already Thanksgiving! I sincerely hope that you are well and have had a great 2017. The Winston-Salem Ambassadors as an organization has been around for almost one year; what a year it has been!
With a mission to increase awareness of Winston-Salem, we have been very busy. First, allow me to give a most heartfelt thank you to the inaugural Board of Advisors: Chair Jordan Googe, Vice-Chair Anne Donovan, Secretary Sandy Meeks, Treasurer Lindsey Howard, members Amanda Hoey, Kristina Welch, Tim Beeman, Max Maxwell, Maura Paterson, Christy Spencer, Diana Westrick and Lesley Lamb. This year simply would not have been possible without their help. It has been a honor to serve with you, Board of Advisors and thank you, thank you, thank you for your service. These are wonderful people from all different types of backgrounds.
This first year, myself, the Board of Advisors and those interested in helping have spread the word that we are here to help. We have promoted inclusivity, enablement, empowerment and connection. We love our city and join with the many people already helping it grow.
In 2017, we have had Workshops, a musical event (called SSO4) and countless meetings. In 2018 we plan to increase all of these. Our last workshop, open to all, which is a wonderful, low-key conversation about all things Winston-Salem will be held December 6 at the West End Coffeehouse at 5pm. Following that, our Holiday Social + Meet the Board will commence. We invite you to join us and come see what the Winston-Salem Ambassadors is all about!
Last but not least, our Annual Meeting and Everyday Awards will be held January 25, 2018 starting at 11:15am at the Winston Cup Museum. It is a celebration of our first year and the presentation of the newly created Everyday Awards, which celebrates people who make our city a better place, just by being who they are. Mayor Allen Joines, Council Member D.D. Adams and Council Member Jeff MacIntosh will join us. Tickets are $10 or $11.50 online and we hope you can join us to celebrate all things Winston-Salem.
I am beyond thankful to be a part of such an amazing city and honored to lead the Winston-Salem Ambassadors. There are many ways to get involved, so please feel free to ask questions at any time! I can be reached at (336) 775-7102 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, a great Holiday and a Happy New Year!
Mackenzie Cates Allen
Founder & President, Winston-Salem Ambassadors