Blog - Irfan, chapter leader
"I Believe I Set An Example Of Self-Confidence, Bravery And Tenacity..." Irfan 06, 2013
Being a male, and entering a non-profit organization like GlamourGals, I was given many weird looks... [Because of this] I believe I set an example of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity... One day, I was at a makeover and the lady I was with, Barbara, wanted to be beautified because she was going on a date with her son. When the son came, he stood at the doorway and dropped open his mouth, and Barbara asked, "How do I look?" Shortly after she started to tear because she felt so good about herself. Barbara's son came to me and thanked me, and all the volunteers in the room for everything we were doing.
How has your leadership impacted your chapter?
Mahatma Gandhi wonderfully says, "The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity." I, desired to be one of those marvelous men and women who rose to leadership. Being a male, and entering a non-profit organization like GlamourGals I was given many weird looks. My family and friends made fun of me, calling me "gay," but I did not heed to a word they say. To me, the only thing I saw was a way for myself to get a group of young kids and help change the world as best as we can in our own community at first and then other communities. Now you may ask how my chapter was impacted by this? Well quite simply, I believe I set an example of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity. Upon seeing me, my fellow chapter members acquired these characteristics too and decided that helping "old ladies" is not something to be ashamed of, but instead something to be very proud of. At school, when I hear the chapter members talk about GlamourGals I hear it in their voice that they love what they do and want all of their friends to come and experience the same magnitude of enjoyment and satisfaction one gains by doing makeovers and making friends at a senior home. The Bergen Tech chapter is a second family to me. I don't believe in being the boss of everyone, but I am proud to have been able to lead the chapter members in the right direction.
Why is GlamourGals important to you and your community?
GlamourGals is import to me because the experiences I encounter at senior rcitizen homes have touched my heart. To me, the true meaning of GlamourGals is friendship. Because whether anyone believes it or not, I have made marvelous friends at these senior citizen homes. Every time my chapter goes to a makeover the smile on the ladies faces we create are priceless. Through their eyes, their excitement, and their stories, I can tell that I am making an impact in their lives. That itself, is a huge accomplishment for myself. But not only does it make me feel good, it gives the family members of these "young gals" more confidence in knowing that they are in good hands. One day, I was at a makeover and the lady I was with, Barbara, wanted to be beautified because she was going on a date... with her son. When the son came, he stood at the doorway and dropped open his mouth, and Barbara asked, "How do I look?" Shortly after she started to tear because she felt so good about herself after so many years. Barbara's son came to me and thanked me, and all the volunteers in the room for everything we were doing. From makeovers and manicures to more importantly, raising the self confidence of these women, becoming their friends, and giving them a god time. Even though GlamourGals may be over for me as a high school volunteer, I will never hesitate to visit my friends at the senior homes at least once a month, and help out a wonderful organization like GlamourGals to prosper so all the high schools in the nation can have a chapter. The skills and leadership qualities I have learned through GlamourGals are going to stick with me for the rest of my life. It was a privilege working as a volunteer.