I want to first thank all of you. Without the support of you, our members, we would not be here. The library, as we know, is a vital role in our group. So, thank you to those who have become members, purchased raffle tickets during International Babywearing Week (IBW), passed out cards or just told people about us to spread the word, and everything else. With your dues, donations, etc., we added THIRTY carriers to the library this year. Thirty. i used to carry the library in one bag and my stash in the other. Now I have three bags to carry in to meetings! This is amazing. The library allows people to try things and find what works for them. This resource is so important, so thank you for being a part of it. Additionally, we have been able to have more money for outreach and marketing purposes, which helps get our face out there. This is invaluable in order to reach more families and help them learn the benefits of babywearing. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for your support.
I’d like to also take this time to thank a very important person that has helped our success. I am so happy to have welcomed Ali as a co-leader this year. She has been an invaluable leader and friend throughout the growing pains we experienced this year. She shares the same vision I have for the group and pushes for all the same things I do. Our job here is completely voluntary, and she puts countless hours, gas, and time invested in educating. I would feel lost and overwhelmed without her. Thank you, Ali, for all that you do.
To our new VBE, Kelci, I thank you too. You have been an amazing cheerleader and supporter since you came to your very first meeting. You are excellent at making people feel welcomed and pumped about babywearing. Your enthusiasm is contagious. I look forward to starting the new year with you on board to educate with us. I know you will be great.
There are many of you who are not (yet?) educators that I need to thank as well. To those of you who take time to help us clean up (I don’t want to name as I am afraid I will forget someone, but you know who are), thank you. Having extra hands at the end is so helpful and appreciated.
Chelsye, my sweet, darling, Chelsye. How could I ever even begin to thank you? I spent many days and nights in a sick, stressed out, anxious panic when trying to find a new location when we outgrew our old location. You magically made this all go away. For this, I am forever grateful. I have thought many times what I could possibly do for you to thank you. I still have not figured it out. Chelsye not only found us a space, but volunteers her time to be there, so we can hold our meetings. She has found solutions so we can continue to as well. This is a huge commitment and also something that probably can go unnoticed. We all owe her our thanks and gratitude though.
To our parent organization, Babywearing International, we thank everyone (past and present) on the board of directors who make this organization and amazing and successful one. The countless volunteer work that you all do is outstanding and amazing. We appreciate the donations, insurance, marketing materials, and everything else you do all of the chapters.
A special thanks to, Kids City, Buttered Noodles, Wellspring Hypnotherapy, and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union for donating your space to us. Our meetings could not happen if it were not for these fantastic businesses.
Tina and everyone at Kids City needs a huge thank you as well. She has been a huge supporter of this group since I first met her. We held our first meeting here and often donates the space for workshops. She provides us with gift cards as a member incentive. She reached out to us during IBW to donate a Boba (She does so much for us that I was too nervous to ask her for anything else, but she came through like always). I am incredibly grateful for her!
Last, but not least, we would not have a lending library if it were not also for the amazing companies and retailers that donate to us or sell carriers at a discounted price. Thank you from the bottom of our heart to the following companies:
Sleeping Baby Productions
Thank you for making 2014 a great year, everyone. I look forward to what is in store for 2015.