Welcome to the Women’s Symphony League of Austin’s 64th year! I am honored to serve as your President this year and look forward to volunteering along side you. You are a
group of extraordinary, hardworking and committed women. Our members span sixty years in age – we are young professionals, working moms, at home and in the workforce, retired women, empty nesters, and grandmothers – but we all share a passion of supporting the Austin Symphony Orchestra and its music education programs in the central Texas area!
For 64 years, we have successfully strived to fulfill our dual mission of supporting the ASO and its programs and providing music-focused educational opportunities for the children of Central Texas. The monies raised from our fundraising events makes the WSL the largest annual contributor to the Austin Symphony which, in its 105th season, hails as the oldest continuously performing symphony orchestra in Texas! From our 62nd Jewel Ball, the 42nd Soirée, the Fashion Show and Luncheon, the award winning Red Haute Children’s Valentine Party and Youth Leadership Council programs, our events and programs provide entertainment, recognition and education to our WSL community and beyond, all while raising monies for the ASO.
Every year, our members spend thousands of hours volunteering for such programs as the ASO’s Children’s Day Art Park, the Halloween Concert and Young People’s Concerts, decorating for the Ernest and Sarah Butler Pops Concerts, serving food to orchestra members at rehearsals, and performing our award-winning WSL – owned program, Simple Simon/Simón Simón at area elementary schools. The talent and dedication of our members, from our newer members who keep us current with social media and the latest technology to our Gold Members who have given their time and talent to the WSL for most of their lives, inspire me everyday!
I encourage you to make the most of your WSL year by finding joy in your volunteer opportunities and by attending our fabulous fundraisers, social events, and meetings. A truly unique aspect of our organization is the connection between our members. It is my hope for all of us to connect or reconnect with each other so that each of us realize our full potential as members of and volunteers for this great organization. There has never been a better place than the WSL for finding friendships that can last a lifetime. It is my hope that this year we make new friends, connect with each other and all contribute to the WSL. All our members are vital to our success – you are our lifeline!
I would like to thank the 2016-2017 Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Fundraising Chairs for all that they give of themselves, their time, and their talents. And for all of our members, I encourage you to participate in as many ways as you can and enjoy every moment of our year as we continue our mission of offering educational opportunities for children and the community of Central Texas to further develop their appreciation for music.