On May 18, Classy Living Society celebrated its eighth year in business! What a major accomplishment! This year CLS celebrated with a multi-part giveback/social mission!
During the anniversary week, members posted photographs from their favorite past social and volunteer events, recounting what CLS means to them. Many of them told the story of how they joined, and the difference that becoming a member has made to their lives. It was heartwarming to see the photos that have so many memories attached to them. It was quite a treat to read all of the funny stories, as well as the heartfelt stories of “beautiful survival”, success and triumphs. The stories are a true testament to the fact that CLS has left, and will continue to leave, an indelible mark on its members and the community at large. That, in and of itself, is something to celebrate!
In further celebration, CLS members each donated $10 or more to CLS’s 2021 community partner, Margie’s House, to pour into their mission and vision. Margie’s House serves the community as an outlet to equip disadvantaged families with physical, spiritual, emotional or financial needs. They provide resources that help them gain and maintain long-term independence. Collectively, CLS members donated a total of $900 to Margie’s House!
Bonjour! On Saturday, May 22, CLS members travelled to Paris to celebrate! Well…not really! But close to it! The Berets & Bubbly event was held at Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The ladies wore stylish berets, and sat on the patio to dine and clink glasses of celebratory champagne on the patio of the restaurant. Bon appetit!
Not only did the ladies enjoy bubbly and delicious fare, CLS had a few goodies lying in wait! Everyone was asked to check the underside of the table in front of them for birthday cards taped there. If found, they were eligible to win a prize! A few of the members won fabulous gift cards, and the first member to arrive, Ms. Jeannette Washington Whipple, won a night’s stay at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Before leaving, the ladies unleashed the festive balloons that were tied to the tables and chairs and released them into the clear blue sky. The balloon release was symbolic of the passion and forward thought of the organization for itself – the sky’s the limit … and beyond!
Of final note, the Founding Sisters of CLS presented a $500 scholarship to a deserving young lady of the Girls of Excellence. During the presentation, Founding Sister Tarrah Smith announced that they would also be purchasing the scholarship recipient’s books for four years! Girls of Excellence is a nonprofit organization that provides supportive services to girls ages 8-18 in grades 3-12. https://girlsofexcellenceinc.org/
Most people equate birthdays with receiving gifts, and that’s an excellent way to celebrate! But there’s something about giving that brings a special ambiance to the celebration of a new year. The best way that CLS knows to celebrate the beginning of a new year in business is to give back to others. It’s the finest way to say “thank you” to all of its members, supporters, well-wishers and community partners. Without you, all that we do would not be possible!
Happy Birthday, Classy Living Society!
“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson