August 2022: President’s Message

Posted by Laurie Schechter

August 15, 2022

Greetings, Ebell Friends.

Summer is often a time for rest and reflection.   For our family, it means heading to our cottage in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts to savor the peace and quiet of the country, gather with East Coast family and friends, and enjoy the many cultural activities for which the region is celebrated.    

As I sit on our cottage’s front porch, I am reminded of The Ebell, my Los Angeles sanctuary.  It is in The Ebell’s courtyard or library that I find peace and refuge from LA’s bustling streets.  It is within its hallowed and historic walls that I revel in glorious music, art and theatre, and where I gather with friends to break bread, volunteer, learn, and laugh.  

How I missed and yearned for this sanctuary during the shuttered days of COVID.  I know many of you feel the same.  

Our doors are now open and beckoning.  Almost 90% of our members have renewed this year.  A heartfelt thanks to all for your continued support and participation.   Please stop by and say hello, attend our diverse programs or join one of our many committees.

Working on a committee is an excellent way to meet fellow Ebell members, to learn about our history and our organization, and to engage with the larger Los Angeles community.  Programming, public relations, publications, philanthropy, membership, house and grounds, special collections and more.    There is something for everyone!  For more information on these committees see our detailed list in this month’s newsletter. 

Lastly, I hope I will see you all on Sunday, September 18 at our upcoming Ebell Open House where you will not only have an opportunity to chat with committee chairs and board members, but also to tour our historic campus, enjoy music and dance performances, and meet some of our community partners.  Be sure to invite your friends!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I hope to see you all soon!