Happy Women’s Day
I have fond memories of this event aka MDZ from former Czechoslovakia. On this day in history, we received flowers and/or pantyhose to celebrate our womanhood. The celebration mainly honored women as mothers and workers for the common good. It felt good to be recognized for something that is natural to all women in the world.
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Inspiring Women- Carol Briggs
Lowell Person of the Year inspires and motivates others to get things done
“Whether I work with two or 10 people, I like to share the success, and not to solely own it. It takes a myriad of people and networking effort.”
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Lowell, MI – If you want to get things done, just ask Carol Briggs.
The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has named Briggs as Person of the Year 2019 for her community involvement in multiple organizations such as the Lowell United Methodist Church, F.R.O.M., the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and Relay for Life.
The top award came as a complete surprise to Briggs, when chamber director Liz Baker gave her a piece to proofread on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
“I found out from the chamber flyer that I was the person of the year,” Briggs said. “There were friends waiting for me at the chamber to congratulate me.”
Briggs is passionate about the Lowell community, and she radiates and spreads that passion around her.
“My personal motive is to help our Lowell community to be vibrant, inviting and fun for those who live here, as well as for those who may stop by for an event,” Briggs said in her acceptance speech at the Annual Membership Gathering at Deer Run.
Form a committee
And special events are her cup of tea. Briggs has a keen interest in organizational things.
“I love working with a group of people with the same interests toward results that are both educational and enjoyable,” she said.
Briggs enjoys the most working in committees for special events. Her most recent experience comes from organizing the 20th Anniversary of F.R.O.M. last summer.
“I like when everyone takes their piece and follows through,” she said.
She attributes the huge success of the F.R.O.M. event, held at Witt’s Inn and attended by 140 people, mainly to being prepared. The preparations for the event started about a year ahead of time with regular monthly meetings of a committee of nine.
Be prepared, have a theme
“We started brainstorming with the theme,” she said, “having in mind the main purpose of the event, whether it’s education, awareness or celebration.”
The committee consisting of nine people picked the theme: “Roaring 20s.”
It all evolved from there; from entertainment by Roger McNaughton to catering by Miss P’s Catering and the silent auction.
“We used china plate settings from F.R.O.M. and some costumes,” she said. “Eighty-five percent of people dressed up.”
The event was complete with pictures by the vintage car provided by John Sterly.
The key to success
“The key to success is understanding the purpose of the event,” she said. “That is what does the organization want to achieve.”
“Think about people and their connections in the area,” she said. “It’s about finding those connections in the community and expecting people to follow through.”
Challenges & fears
Briggs advises to face challenges by not feeling overwhelmed with an upcoming event.
“You work through it and you have to be flexible,” she said. “Sometimes I woke up at 3 a.m.”
Briggs likes to break down complex tasks into steps and she definitely makes lists.
“If I have a lot going on, I have a lot of lists and a lot of folders,” she said.
Some funds for the event were directed from the proceeds of the Food Fight, while others were in kind gifts.
“I am a visual learner,” she said. “I like to see things first, and then the mind absorbs it. I like to see my task or I can’t sleep.”
Success and accomplishments
“I like to share the success, whether I work with two people or 10,” she said. “I am not the only one who made this happen. I try to practice humility.”
“A person who has his or her fingers in many pots must have a motive,” she said. “My personal motive is to help our Lowell community.”
Briggs offers tips and advise for other women in terms of everyday goals, as well as long term goals:
“I try to find good in every day in whatever comes my way,” she said. “I try to decide how to respond not to react.”
Her mantra is acceptance.
“I am accepting of others and their lives,” she said.
In response to what makes her feel good about herself, Briggs said: “It’s mainly family and close friends, if they are supportive you can do so much more.”
And you can always do a lot more than you think you can, according to Briggs.
“Don’t let other people’s comments or your own inhibitions hold you back,” she said. “Ask for an opinion from a trusted friend, we don’t have all the answers. We’re all in this together.”
If Briggs has any secrets, we’re not going to find out about them from her.
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