It was a day of mixing and mingling, hugs, introductions, delicious food, raffles and prizes, laughter and sister-LOVE – it was the Second Quarter CLS New Member Mixer!

Each quarter, CLS hosts a Mixer to welcome new members who joined during the previous quarter, acclimate them to the organization and give them a chance to get to know the Leadership Team, and their fellow new members.  The Mixer was held on the afternoon of Sunday June 2.

The ladies were greeted at the door with an explanation of the CLS icebreaker game – each attendee wore a sign on her back with the name of a famous woman.  By asking leading yes or no questions, each person had to guess the name of the woman on their back.  There are always laughs and lots of open discussion while playing this game!  The ladies dined on a meal of roasted chicken, fresh salad, broccoli cheese casserole and delicious rolls and cornbread.  Several vendors were in attendance, and the new members shopped and gained information as they mingled.  There were raffles and excited prize-winners, and a few heart-pumping moments of PILOXING – an combo of Boxing and Pilates with Lasonya Jones of LL Dance and Fitness!

The hostess of the day was the wonderful and engaging Founding Sister Tarrah Smith and a comedic performance by CLS’s own Lady Q. The ladies also heard a word from Victoria Wiley of Polished Etiquette, Angela Francis-Phillips from Budget Buddy and Dionne Lackey of WIN with Dionne.

As a giving back initiative, new members were asked to bring clothing donations to benefit free fab’rik, a program sponsored by fab’rik, an Atlanta clothing boutique whose mission is to offer girls in need free shopping sprees, so they have an opportunity to experience the thrill of boutique shopping without the pressure of price tags.  Attendees of the mixer sorted and bagged the donated clothing and accessories for delivery to fab’rik by CLS.

Classy Living Society’s New Member Mixer always stands out as one of the best ways for new members to get to know one another and to learn that, while the number one priority of the organization is giving back to the community, CLS also places important emphasis on fostering friendships and sisterhood.  CLS sisters are not sisters by blood, but are definitely sisters by the heart.

written by Janine Lattimore

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