Jewel hosted the August Damsels meeting and chose to learn more about Oprah Winfrey. The girls all prepared by watching several videos (Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech, Oprah’s advice for girls), reading her Wikipedia entry and an article about how she empowers girls around the world.
The meeting opened with an icebreaker using Oprah quotes. They went around the table choosing their favorites and sharing what it meant to them. Oprah has a lot of words of wisdom and it was great to hear how those were translated by the girls. Some of their favorites:
“Surround yourself with only those people who are going to lift you higher”. – Oprah Winfrey
“When you don’t know what to do, get still. Get still. Get very still until you do know what to do”. – Oprah Winfrey
“You become what you believe”. – Oprah Winfrey
Next, Jewel read some facts and statistics about Oprah and then gave her friends a pop quiz! They did really well and even remembered her birthday (January 29th).
As a lead in to deciding on an action, Jewel asked the group what Oprah does that inspires them. They liked that she gives up so much of her money to good causes and that opening a leadership school are inspiring.
They brainstormed several different ways that they could honor Oprah Winfrey with an action. Here are a few of the ideas: Donate to her school or a cause she supports, send her a birthday card, go visit or facetime Oprah or host a book drive and donate books. They decided to hold a book drive in her honor and would love to use the books to start another chapter of Damsels in Progress. We are working on logistics now and will update this page once the action is set.
To close out the meeting, Jewel invited the group upstairs for a surprise. They were thrilled to meet her two Guinea Pigs Cleopatra Hermonie and Fiona. They were quite a hit!