The Genesee/Lookout Mountain Circle was founded by two current members, Helen Gair and Karen Barker. Helen first heard about Friendship Bridge in 2002 and then became more familiar with the organization when her daughter served in the Peace Corps in Santiago, Guatemala and worked for Friendship Bridge there.
In May of 2004, Helen and Karen took action, motivated by a shared interest in microcredit and education as tools for empowering poor women globally. They held a luncheon to explore starting a circle and 18 people attended from the communities of Genesee and Lookout Mountain. Since then the Circle has exhibited its enthusiasm and creativity in the variety of its fundraising events: wine tastings and gourmet dinners, art sales, a western barbeque, sales of handicrafts made by Mayan women, Persian rug sales, and a pottery sale.
We currently have 20 active members. We meet the third Wednesday of most months at 7:00 PM at one of our member’s homes. In December, we have a potluck dinner for members to better get to know one another. The first part of each meeting is social. Then we discuss upcoming events and learn from a speaker or movies about microcredit or other women’s issues. Throughout the year our members attend events in the greater Denver area to learn more about women’s issues. Many of us share common interests such as hiking, skiing, biking, walking, and being involved in our community.
Some of the things we enjoy about our Circle:
- It provides an opportunity to meet new people in the Genesee/Lookout Mountain area.
- It increases our understanding of the organization through speakers and Friendship Bridge staff participation in our meetings.
- We support the Friendship Bridge office through volunteering and participating in fundraising events.
- We take advantage of Insight trips to Guatemala. Twelve of our members have visited Guatemala.
- We learn about the common issues challenging women around the world.
Why we support Friendship Bridge
Our Circle likes to support Friendship Bridge clients because we are a committed group of women passionate about global women’s issues. During our visits to Guatemala, we have observed firsthand the benefits of microcredit and the difference it makes in the lives of our clients and their families. As a Circle, we feel supported and appreciated by the Friendship Bridge staff.