13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

Comprehensive Approaches to Healthier Communities


VOICES - Savannah

Posted by ayn on March 21, 2017

SGene Photo.jpgThis year will mark the fourth Circle of Harmony (COH) Conference that I’ve had the privilege of being part of planning.  Seven years ago, I came on board having very little experience in conference planning but I had a strong desire to build on the foundation laid by Marie Kirk and the many members of the COH Planning Committee.

Reflecting on those years, I can remember the little things we overlooked, the moments that brought tears and laughter, and most of all I can remember how proud I was at the end of the conference. Proud of not only the hard work by our conference coordinator, Ayn, and the conference planning committee, but all the individuals in our communities taking care of our relatives. 

The work that we do takes a special kind of person, to love everyone equally and without judgment.  We work unusual hours and sometimes we’re in a tent testing in dusty fairgrounds, taking shelter under our tents in hurricane-like conditions, or pulling weeds and swatting away mosquitoes on a back patio.  No matter the conditions, we are there providing the services that our relatives need.   

As we come closer to the conference, we hope that you are given an opportunity for self-care with the many offerings including the wellness night, massage therapy, and acupuncture.  We hope your spirits and enthusiasm for caring for our relatives is reinvigorated. 

With many blessings,

Savannah Gene