I know I’ve said this before, but the beauty of Fairmont Women of Today is that our chapter is defined by our members. What we do is what we as individuals bring to the table.
Our latest adventure in “what we do” started at restaurant table, moved to a dinner table, and ended up at a classroom table.
Our chapter meets twice a month, once at our official board meeting the 4th Monday of the month, and once at varying hour and places in the event we lovingly call “Ladies Who Lunch”. This gives all our members an opportunity to meet up amidst crazy schedules. This casual meetup is purely to get to know each other and brainstorm ideas that we may have not time to flush out during an official meeting.
It was at one of these lunches that once AGAIN, Denise and I started raving about our Instant Pots. I had just gotten one, and she had been an avid user for a while.
“Have you made this, yet?”,
“Oh my gosh, yes! It’s amazing!” could be heard every time we got together!
I don’t remember who said it, but the amount of time we had spent talking about the appliance had prompted a lot of questions from other members and finally a “We should teach a class”!
In the past, I would have laughed this off as a goofy thought and continued with my coffee and chit chat. But here we were amongst friends with the capacity to make it happen. I know Denise and I didn’t have a long time desire to teach Instant Pot classes, but we both love sharing our knowledge and love of cooking and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.
We started out with a trial class where I got out my trusty flip board and marker and we had members bring their instant pots (if they had them) and figured out what people wanted to know! It was a fun and delicious evening!
Erin and Denise with the FLIP Board!
Good friends and Good Food
Just a sample…
We decided to contact the community education programs in Truman and Granada to see about using their commercial kitchens and classroom spaces. The next thing we know, we have three sold out classes in a month! People really wanted to know about this cooker and we had the info! Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t make it to the public classes due to my work schedule… but here’s the thing… I had a group of ladies who stepped up and supported Denise and I’s idea and helped pull it off.
Over the three classes, many of our members helped serve and organize the classes. Sue and Denise took over the teaching…
Sue and Denise talk about the Instant Pot
Amber and Denise dish out the samples
Going over the different parts of the cooker
Everyone got to try the results
… and everyone had a great and tasty evening.
It was so affirming to see a small idea become a benefit to the community! With the support of chapter members from the idea the execution, we made something happen that was fun, educational, and made an impact on peoples lives; at least at the dinner table.
So glad we were able to help give you confidence!
If you’re interested in finding out what it’s like to have a pack of ladies to back you up with your goofy ideas for a fun time, join us every 4th Monday at 7 PM. We meet at Jake’s Pizza in Fairmont, MN. If you want to check out “Ladies Who Lunch” watch our Facebook Page for the Event to be posted.