Our team of GlamourGals arrived just as Bingo was ending. I can’t say the crowd was raucous, but they were definitely in a good mood and ready to mingle. Olga, a resident of Maple Pointe I have seen at makeovers for several years, opened her eyes and arms wide, grabbed me into a tight hug, and exclaimed, “You’re here! I am so happy to see you!”
The senior home my chapter visits is such a special site to me. We have all grown so attached to the women here. I have written numerous journals about the residents before, but it is always a pleasure to recount our experiences. I was so happy to see Reiko, Hildegard, and Catherine who we've visited for years.
"We had very similar interests such as being book lovers, nature lovers, and people who wanted to make others happy. I will never forget the advice she gave me. She told me to never stop smiling because my smile brought her happiness and it made me look beautiful. Also, to be myself, because my personality makes me who I am today and no one can replace me."
We are excited to welcome Orange High School, our fourth chapter in California, to the #GGmovement! They had 22 volunteers and 15 seniors at their first makeover earlier this month. We are grateful to chapter treasurer Myka for bringing the idea for GlamourGals to her school after seeing GG founder & CEO Rachel Doyle speak at a HOBY Leadership Seminar this summer, chapter president Nina for leading the effort to get organized, as well as all of the other outstanding leaders and volunteers who are contributing to this chapter!
Our new chapter at Warren Hills Regional High School had their first makeover earlier this December. With 24 residents in attendance for makeovers and manicures, it was a success thanks to the hard work of chapter president Elizabeth as well as her fellow leaders, advisor, and volunteers. (They had seven meetings before their first makeover to prepare!) Read on for some of their reflections from the big day!
Part eight of "Real Gals" stars Carolyn Liou. She's in her mid-30s and she's lived in New York for the past seven years (she's currently on the Upper East Side). This past summer, she left the corporate finance world to take on a role at a friend's startup, PXA Corp, a finance data company. There she's the director of business strategy and operations. (Carolyn's also an advisory board member for GlamourGals.) Here, she talks about growing up in Taiwan, what it truly means to be confident, and how to speak out against sexism at work.
This year, one of GlamourGals oldest chapters is turning eight years old! To celebrate, GG National joined the St. Joseph High School (SJHS) GlamourGals chapter at their October makeover in Brooklyn, New York. A dozen of volunteers participated, along with their chapter advisor, SJHS vice principal, Mr. John Touhey.
Our new chapter at West Stokes High School had their first makeover recently, with over 13 volunteers in attendance! Chapter president Lacy's enthusiasm makes us sure that this chapter will continue to achieve great things: “I cannot express how honored I am to be the president of such an amazing club. I cannot wait to visit more senior citizen homes in the future, and develop relationships with the women!”