Before handing me all the presidential goods, the outgoing prez bestowed gifts upon all of her officers - a 6-pack of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory truffles - to which one officer lamented, "Crap, I gave up chocolate for lent!"
Ha, I didn't.
This also isn't too daunting a task since I've served as a local chapter president before with my previous chapter. Once someone joins P.E.O., she receives an official P.E.O. star emblem to wear to meetings. Traditionally, once a member completes a term as chapter president, she receives this gavel guard that attaches to the emblem:
I remember when I first got that gavel guard. It seemed like such an honor. Now, I see it has another function - as when a member transfers to a different chapter, and she has a gavel guard, it tells everyone, "Hey, she's been a sucker before, bet she'll do it again!"
But really, it is nice to be asked... and here I am.
When I got home from the meeting, schlepping in all the presidential gear, Magnum greeted me with Hail to the Chief wafting from his phone. We then got into a discussion over whether "Chief" was a masculine or genderless term.
We concluded "Chief" is genderless, FYI. Nonetheless, no one will ever call me "Chief" at a P.E.O. meeting. Hopefully.
Then I got a text from one of my sisters saying she found a yearbook (member booklet that has all this tip top secret stuff in it) after the meeting. Was it mine? I realized that it probably was. Apparently I was so concerned about making sure I secured my chocolate truffle 6-pack, I totally neglected my yearbook.
With that and the fact that it was another nice spring-like day, Magnum and I had a mission. We summoned our bicycles and headed out to retrieve my top secret documents!*
So that was fun. It lead us to a bicycle route we'd never taken before, and also made for a good ride of well suited distance. Any excuse for an adventure, and my negligent behavior gave purpose to our ride.
So far, after 24 hours in or so, my presidential reign, while not without mistakes, is going well.
*blog content regarding the mission may have been somewhat embellished.