Heather Prabish began her term as our Coffee Party USA president in January. Here, in her first blog, she tells her story about juggling her life and learning how to keep her balance. Not only is Heather a Coffee Party volunteer, she is also a mom, a wife, a recent college graduate and career woman.
The new year allows us to reflect on the year that was and opens a new year with potential for change. January is a month of transition.
This month, I stepped up from Vice President to President. So far, I’ve found my new role to be both an honor and humbling. I get to witness all the wonderful work being done by our members and our volunteers. I get to listen to difficult conversations that remain respectful. I also get to witness conversations that are not civil and need to be moderated and sometimes ended.
I love this organization and all it stands for. I look forward to continuing its mission to “empower and connect communities to reclaim our government for the people.”
I first joined Coffee Party USA several years ago not because I cared about politics, government, or civility. I joined the Coffee Party because I love all things coffee. A friend shared the “Join the Coffee Party Movement” Facebook page with me, and I liked the coffee memes. I did not pay attention to the news articles posted on the Facebook page. I avoided commenting on any posts. Occasionally, a story from the JTCPM Facebook page would entice me to read it, but I always googled the mainstream news article.
After years of being a bystander, I decided to get involved. I started out joining several work groups because I wanted to get a variety of flavors to see if there was a fit. I was an active volunteer and then I walked away. My life with family, school, and work got too crowded. I needed to protect my time to keep my sanity. I went back to being a bystander.
So how did I go from delinquent volunteer to board member to president? Well that’s a story to tell another day. I share my beginnings with you today because I want you to know that there is not a template for leadership or activism. There is no magical fairy that taps people as leader, volunteer, activist, or member.
A decision today doesn’t need to be the decision you make forever. We, individuals and organizations, change; we grow; we evolve.
This year, I ask you all to empower and connect communities. Reclaiming our government is important too, but let’s first take some time to have a cup of coffee and connect.
Come share your story.
Come have a chuckle about a coffee joke.
Come join us.
There are a variety of ways to get involved. Find out more HERE