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To International Neighbors and the United States Government
January 7, 2021
Dear International Neighbor Women:
As President of IN I feel it is important to address the riots at the United States capital in Washington DC yesterday. I’m sure you are shocked and possibly worried about what might happen next.
Please know that it is now under control, there will be punishment for those that did this and the President will also be punished. This is not the America I am proud of but I am proud to know that things will change for the better once our new president and his administration is in place.
This is a part of history that Americans can never forget. This may have had to happen so that our country can address issues of inequality, respect for decency and honesty, respect for democracy, and our constitution.
Sometimes a country has to have a loud awakening in order for people to realize its faults. That is what will happen now.
I believe in America’s ability to heal – to work together to make it a place where everyone is welcome and respected no matter their race, sexual identity, religious beliefs or political party.
We will be better and stronger when we work together. It begins with each of us individually- if we do our parts to support one another and care for each other, we will be alright. As women of international Neighbors, I feel sure we will do our part.
Andra – President, International Neighbors
As your International Neighbors continue to prioritize the health and safety of our members, and community, we have made the decision to suspend in-person large gatherings until further notice. We recently had an exciting and reimagined virtual IN Day on Thursday, September 17th. You can visit our Website to see what we are up to monthly and read our newsletter. We have many small groups that are meeting virtually or in-person outdoors depending on the group leaders’ and members’ preferences and comfort levels.
If you have not already gotten your flu shot this year, please get one now. You don’t want to risk getting flu and COVID-19 and you don’t want to risk spreading it to anybody else. Getting a flu shot does not cause you to get the flu. It’s very safe.
Message from the Department of Health and Human Services:
If you think you may have been exposed to someone you can get a rapid test. You do not have to have ANY symptoms just check the box that asks if you have been around someone that may have covid19.
CVS is offering free drive-thru testing at two Ann Arbor locations (2100 W. Stadium Blvd. and 1700 S. Industrial Highway) for people with symptoms, as well as asymptomatic workers and asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19. 1-866-389-2727
Some groups continue throughout the summer.
Activities & Groups?
International Neighbors (IN) are “Neighbors” (local women) who welcome “Newcomers” (women from other countries) into the community through participation in a wide variety of activities. Our monthly programs and small groups are held from September through May.
English Conversation Groups.
Special Interest Groups.
Hi women of International Neighbors:
You have a chance to help out your International Neighbors. You can volunteer to help in groups that work to make IN activities possible. There are several positions open and one of them is Vice President. I would love to have a partner to help with International Days, substitute at board meetings when I cannot make it, and various other things.
Karen, our current VP has done a wonderful job but has decided to broaden her horizons and look for a job in Ann Arbor. She will be happy to help the new VP learn the volunteer position and make the new woman comfortable. Any questions you may have – she will gladly help with.
Please consider doing this – we need you! You can commit to one year or more- it is your choice. Please contact Andra for information on the various positions available or for specific information about the position of vice-president. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for considering this.