Here's to the Next 71
Posted on 04/22/2015 @ 04:00 PM
I’ve been thinking a lot about birthdays lately.
I turned 19 years old on Monday, and I was touched by the kind phone calls and warm messages that were sent to wish me a happy birthday. BBYO staff rearranged their day to have lunch with me, and line up some birthday surprises along the way. Friends showed up to my birthday dinner, and I had never felt so grateful for the people in my life. It got me thinking: while on one hand, birthdays are all about ourselves, but on the other hand; birthdays are really about everyone else. They are about the people who go the extra mile to make sure you have a special day. They are about those who call you from foreign airports because they need you to know how much you mean to them. It’s about your parents plotting to surprise you, because it’s your first birthday away from home without your family. While the day is about you, it’s really about reciprocating your appreciation for all of those who love you. It’s not presents or fancy restaurants that make birthdays special; it’s the people who want to celebrate you and all that you have done for them.
Today is another special birthday, as the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls turns 71. While today is all about BBG, it’s really about the thousands of lives of Jewish girls that BBG has changed for the better. BBG Founders’ Day is about every senior soon to graduate from BBG, and every new member, who is just getting her first taste of the movement that will soon become her home. It’s about every BBG who wakes up in the morning with the passion to better her chapter, and every BBG who stays up late, working tirelessly to plan a program or recruit a member to improve her region. Today is about my mom, a proud alum of Nona Bloch Salomon BBG #243 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is still involved in BBG 40 years later. It’s about my 5-year-old family friend, Sydney, who will grow up to be a BBG in Lonestar region and learn how to change the world. It’s about Trudy Album, a Holocaust survivor currently in Israel on her seventh March of the Living, who was inducted into the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Girls at IC 2015. It’s about Anita Perlman, for declaring BBG an official organization 71 years ago today. And above all, today is about you and everything you do to keep BBG’s heart beating, blood pumping, and feet moving forward.
So today, celebrate BBG’s 71st Birthday. Thank the BBG who got you to join, let your chapter know that you love them, and share the gift of BBG with a new member who has yet to have her life changed by our sisterhood.
Here’s to you. Here’s to us. Here’s to BBG.
Here’s to the last 71 years. And here’s to the next 71 to come.
Happy BBG Founders’ Day!