Young Souls January 2021 Events

Young Souls January 2021 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar and our Facebook Group

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Curious to learn more about Young Souls? Check out this short video!

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 11:45 am (right after the live All Souls service)  

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls Virtual Party! Friday, January 22nd from 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Are you missing the Young Souls Friday potlucks or looking to meet new people? Let’s celebrate the new year with a Young Souls party! Come join Young Souls on a virtual party platform, Remo, on Friday, January 22nd from 7:30 – 9:30pm EST. This platform will allow us to mingle, by hopping around to different tables, as if we were at a real party! This is a great chance to reconnect with Young Souls friends and to meet new friends. Keep an eye out on the YS listserv for a link and more info on how to join the party. If you have any questions, email Lena at eastoncalabria@gmail.com or Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Young Souls January Virtual Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together – Sign up here!

It’s a new year and what better time to make some new friends or rekindle old friendships? We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom. New members welcome! Some upcoming virtual activities include:

  • January 18 @ 7 pm: BIPOC Hangout – Casual social space for Black, Indigenous and other people of color Young Souls to hang out, chat about experiences in and outside of the church and play games!
  • January 28 @ 7 pm: Bake a dessert while hanging out on Zoom!
  • January 29 @ 7 pm: PowerPoint Party- Everyone (who wants to) prepares a short (3 min) PowerPoint on a topic they’re enthusiastic about, whether it’s cooking, conspiracies, fun facts, knitting, etc. Otherwise, just join in to listen and ask questions!

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service in a couple weeks. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

December 2020 Events

Young Souls December 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar and our Facebook Group

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Curious to learn more about Young Souls? Check out this short video!

Young Souls Caring Cards – Holiday Edition

This year’s holiday season looks a little different. Many of us will be seeing our friends and family over zoom instead of in person. To help our community foster connection during this time, let’s do another round of the Young Souls Caring Cards – Holiday Edition! You will be paired with someone in Young Souls – you might have met them before in person, or not, but this will give you a chance to possibly connect with a new friend within the Young Souls community. Writing letters to each other is a fun way to keep up our connections and say “I’m thinking of you.” Sign up here by Wednesday, December 9th and you’ll receive information about your match shortly after. Questions? Contact Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com

Young Souls Cookie Exchange (by mail) – sign up by December 10th

Stuck in place for the holidays? Sign up here by Thursday, December 10th to send and receive cookies (or other holiday sweet treats—interpret as broadly as you’d like!) with fellow Young Souls via mail to help brighten up your December! Questions? Contact Maggie Kane at maggieckane@gmail.com

Young Souls Book Swap

Looking to get rid of a few books from your bookshelf? Let’s do a Young Souls Book Swap! Add the titles of your books you’d like to get rid of to this spreadsheet. If you’re interested in receiving a book, add your name to the column highlighted in gray. The donor will then mail the book to you! Feel free to write a short letter introducing yourself or talking a little about the book. Keep checking back on the spreadsheet throughout the month of December to see if new books have been added. Happy reading! Questions? Contact justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

The Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook

Have you seen the new Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook yet? This year many people have discovered (or rediscovered) their joy for cooking. The pandemic has forced us to eat more at home and to become more creative with our recipes. Instead of searching through the endless choice of recipes on the internet, we’ve decided to create our own Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook! Read and download the cookbook here. Questions? Contact Justine Rothbart at justine.rothbart@gmail.com. Bon Appétit!

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 11:45 am (right after the live All Souls service)  

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls December Virtual Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together – Sign up here!

Winter is right around the corner and we are amping up our virtual events!  Maybe discuss some thoughts about a great book? Virtual baking event? Well, you’re in luck! We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom. New members welcome! Some upcoming virtual activities include:

  • December 13th @ 7, Book Club Event: We’ll be discussing Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson. Sign up here.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     December. Some activities include:

  • December 5th @ 6, Matt and Jaya will be hosting an interactions-based, boundary-breaking activity similar to this one. There will be a firepit. BYOB if you want to! We’ll be socially distant and masked. Sign up here.
  • Every Saturday, Ward I mutual aid needs help unloading a truck full of produce at the church, and Young Souls has volunteered to help! We need 4-5 people each week, and the work should only take 20-30 minutes! Email Jaya to join. 

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

Young Souls Phone Tree – Christmas Edition

Christmas this year will be different. Many of us will be seeing our friends and family on zoom, instead of in person. We might be feeling a little more disconnected and sad that we can’t celebrate our regular traditions. For those of you who would like to connect and chat on the phone with other Young Souls on Christmas Day (December 25th), you can sign up for the Young Souls Phone Tree – Christmas Edition! Just a simple phone call can help lift your spirits, even on this unusual Christmas Day. Sign up here by Tuesday, December 22nd and you’ll receive your match the next day. Questions? Contact Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

The Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook has landed!

Click here to read and download the cookbook. 


This year many people have discovered (or rediscovered) their joy for cooking. The pandemic has forced us to eat more at home and to become more creative with our recipes. Instead of searching through the endless choice of recipes on the internet, we’ve decided to curate our collection and select only our favorite recipes for this cookbook.


Thank you to the seventeen Young Souls who submitted their favorite recipes to this cookbook! This was a huge collaborative effort and I appreciate everyone who participated. Names and email addresses of those who recommended the recipes are included on each recipe. The goal is for this to create more connections and conversations, so don’t hesitate to reach out to someone and say, “Thanks for the recipe recommendation. I made it yesterday, and I love it!”


This cookbook is unique because there are special “Cookbook Interviews” from Young Souls interspersed throughout the recipes. These interviews explore different topics about food, such as, baking during the pandemic, vegan eating, food experiences while serving in the Peace Corps, and more!
Cooking can (sometimes) be calming and relaxing, so I hope this cookbook provides some calm during this chaotic year of 2020. We have several soup recipes which are perfect for this time of year as we head into the colder months. There are also many recipes that can be used for your zoomgivings!


Thanks again to everyone who participated in creating this cookbook. Please share widely with your friends, family, and anyone else who would like this! I hope you enjoy the Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook!
Bon Appétit!
— Justine


If you have any questions or comments, please email Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

November 2020 Events

Young Souls November 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar and our Facebook Group

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Curious to learn more about Young Souls? Check out this short video!

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 11:45 am (right after the live All Souls service)  

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls November Virtual Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

As the temperatures and leaves fall, we are amping up our virtual events! Wanna get together for Friendsgiving or after the presidential election? Maybe discuss some thoughts about a great book? Play some games on Jackbox? Well, you’re in luck! We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom. New members welcome!

Virtual Friendsgiving, Thursday, November 26 at 7:00 pm

For those of us who are unable to travel for Thanksgiving, you may be jazzed to know the classic millennial tradition is coming to Young Souls! A Thanksgiving celebration among friends, Zoom edition. BYOT (turkey, tofurky, turducken, etc). Sign up here.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for November. Some activities include:

  • November 21st, Matt and Jaya will be hosting an interactions-based, boundary-breaking activity similar to this one. There will be a firepit. BYOB if you want to! We’ll be socially distant and masked. The rain rescheduling date will be December 5th. Sign up here.
  • Every Saturday, Ward I mutual aid needs help unloading a truck full of produce at the church, and Young Souls has volunteered to help! We need 4-5 people each week, and the work should only take 20-30 minutes! Email Jaya to join. 

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

October 2020 Events

Curious to learn more about Young Souls? Check out this short video!

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 11:45 am (right after the live All Souls service)  

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook

Get your chef hat on and your oven mitts ready, because it’s time to start cooking! With more people cooking at home during the pandemic, we thought it would be fun to exchange recipes by making a Young Souls Quarantine Cookbook! Send in 1 or 2 recipes and include a short blurb about how you found this recipe or why you chose that one to share. Email your recipes to Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com by Friday, October 16th. 

It’s time for Round #4 of the Young Souls Phone Tree!

Are you retro-chic or getting Zoom-ed out? Is your ‘Zoom shirt’ routine a bit stale? Sign up for Round #4 the Young Souls Phone Tree! As we continue to be physically separate, it’s important now more than ever to continue to keep up our connections with our (new and old) friends in Young Souls. The Young Souls Phone Tree is a one-time 15 minute (or longer) check-in phone call where we can have a one-on-one conversation with another person in Young Souls. So far, over 40 Young Souls have participated! Sign up here by Friday, October 9th, and you’ll receive a phone call shortly after. Questions? E-mail Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

Young Souls October Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Wanna watch a movie? Maybe bake some cookies with friends while catching up on each other’s lives? Well, you’re in luck. We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom.

Other examples include virtual circle suppers, book discussions, and more. More events are trickling in, so please check the sign up page a couple times this month for updates.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     October. We are playing it safe by hosting outdoors BYOB hangouts and brunches. New YS folx are encouraged to participate.

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

SEPTEMBER 2020 EVENTS

Young Souls September 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls Phone Tree – Round #3

It’s time for Round #3 of the Young Souls Phone Tree! Over 30 people participated in the first two rounds, and now it’s time to do it again! This is a great way to stay in touch with your (new and old) friends in the Young Souls community without adding to your Zoom fatigue. Sign up here by Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Questions? Email Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

Young Souls Caring Cards

Sign up here for Young Souls Caring Cards! It’s important to be creative about how we stay in touch as we continue our physical distancing. So writing letters to each other is a fun way to keep up our connections within the Young Souls community and say “I’m thinking of you.” Everyone is welcome to participate. If you’re new, this is a great opportunity to connect with others in Young Souls. If you have temporarily or permanently moved away from the DC area, you’re also welcome to participate. Sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Questions? Email Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com.

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls September Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Wanna watch a movie? Maybe bake some cookies with friends while catching up on each other’s lives? Well, you’re in luck. We are hosting these activities and more using the magic of Zoom.

Other examples include virtual circle suppers, book discussions, and theology pub night. More events are trickling in, so please check the sign up page a couple times this month for updates.

Developing a security policy at All Souls- please complete the survey!

The Security Committee is in the initial phases of developing a security policy that will encompass the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of the All Souls community. This survey will provide a platform for information gathering and to express interest in getting involved. Your voice is very important to the creation of a policy that will support a safe and welcoming space for everyone when we gather again. Learn more about the Security Committee.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     September. We are playing it safe by hosting outdoors BYOB hangouts and brunches. New YS folx are encouraged to participate.

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Vespers, Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

August 2020 Events

Young Souls August 2020 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Are you new to Young Souls or a seasoned member? Either way, please join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com.

Young Souls August Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Woo wee, it’s hotter’n a blister bug in a pepper patch. Don’t let that get you down, though. We are continuing to host some fun events virtually and in-person and would love for you all to join!

Some examples include virtual circle suppers, book discussions, and baking something of your choosing. More events are trickling in, so please check the sign up page a couple times this month for updates.

Socially-distanced and Totally Fun Events Coming Your Way – check it out!

We listened to your feedback and have decided to host some sweet in-person events for     August. These events include bike rides and chilling in the park near Cardozo. We would love to see your smiling faces. 

Here are the deets for the park hangout: 

Chill in the Park, Columbia Heights, Friday, August 7th at 7:00PM

Let’s hang IRL! We’ll be hanging out socially distanced and masked up. I’m going to try to borrow a speaker so we can have some jams, and feel free to bring snacks! Might play some games. Sign up here! Questions? Contact Tricia at pebusch07@gmail.com.

Want to host your own virtual or outdoor thang-a-majang? 

Wanna host a virtual or socially-distanced event?! Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Events Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

Join the All Souls New Racial Justice Action Group 

The All Souls Social Justice Ministry is forming a new group focused on external racial justice work. With the working name “Racial Justice Action,” the new effort will partner with organizations in DC leading in areas like Defund the Police, Covid response, Cancel the Rent, and Reparations. We will educate ourselves and the congregation on these issues, center the voices and leadership of impacted communities, work collaboratively with other groups at All Souls, take action with other partner organizations, and collectively reflect on our work. Racial Justice Action will host its first congregation-wide meeting to share information, brainstorm, and begin planning for how this group takes shape. Join us on Sunday, August 9, 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Please RSVP here if you are interested in getting involved, whether or not you can attend the meeting! We’ll be in touch either way.

Vespers, Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm

All Souls is hosting a virtual vespers service next Wednesday. What is a vesper, you ask? Well, at All Souls it is a worship service modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service, which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. Come with an open mind and leave with a greater sense of peace. More info can be found here.

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For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

2020 July Events

Young Souls July 2020 Events

If you’d like to organize a Young Souls event, send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com

It’s time for Round #2 of the Young Souls Phone Tree 

Are you retro chic or getting Zoom-ed out? Is your ‘Zoom shirt’ routine a bit stale? Sign up for the YS Phone Tree! As we continue to be physically separate, it’s important now more than ever to continue to keep up our connections with our (new and old) friends in Young Souls. The Young Souls Phone Tree is a one-time 15 minute (or longer) check-in phone call where we can have a one-on-one conversation with another person in Young Souls. Sign up by Wednesday July 8th, and you’ll receive a phone call shortly after. Questions? E-mail Justine at justine.rothbart@gmail.com. 

Young Souls Virtual Check-In, Sundays, 1:00pm 

Join us for a weekly check-in call via zoom! Please see the listserv for the zoom link. We are also looking for facilitators for the call. If interested, sign up here. Questions? Please contact Jaya at juppal09@gmail.com.

Young Souls July Virtual Circle Suppers and Hangouts – Physically Separate, But Socially Together Sign up here!

Y’all, COVID is rearing its head. Let’s make it a bit easier by hanging out virtually. Whether it’s cooking/baking together, having dinner and watching funny videos online, playing board games, chatting about a book or podcast, or doing something else, let’s find solace on one another during this difficult and stressful time. Sign up here.

Also, we’d like to do a temp check on whether folks want to hangout IRL, while being socially distanced. Therefore, we are asking for your feedback on the planning of future Young Souls events during this COVID-19 period. 

Would you be able to fill out this quick google survey by Saturday, July 11? For July, we plan on hosting a combination of virtual and in-person (socially-distanced, outdoor, and masks required) events. 

If you have any questions or are interested in hosting a July/August in-person or virtual event, please fill out the survey and/or contact the board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

Want to host your own virtual thang-a-majang? 

Join me in adding a fun activity. Read this ideas document and sign up directly as a host on the Virtual Thang Spreadsheet. Questions or need some resources? Email Zach at zachmorrice@gmail.com

For more information about Young Souls, visit our blog: https://youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com/ 

Announcing the 2020-2021 Young Souls Board

Hi Young Souls, 
These are the 2020-2021 election results. We appreciate that many of you took the time to vote in this election. Please join the outgoing and incoming board this Saturday, June 20th at 8pm for a Virtual end of year party! We also welcome you to submit song requests for the dance party!
Best,

Claire 


Zach Morrice, President: 

Kat Donovan, Vice President

Sweta Haldar, Social Justice Co-Chair:

Jaya Uppal, Social Justice Co-Chair: 

Steph Shelton, Communications ChairNatasha Riveron, Spiritual Chair 

Tricia Busch, Social Co-Chair

Matt Kreiger, Social Co-Chair:

Robi Rahman, Welcoming and Membership Chair:

Young Souls Election 2020-2021

Hi friends,


I hope you’ve all been faring okay in quarantine, and that you’re safe and healthy and starting to enjoy the warmer weather! Though to me it feels like life is paused, here we are at the end of May – time for the Young Souls board to turn over as we move into the 2020-2021 board cycle. 
There will be nine positions on this year’s board: President, Vice President, two Social Justice Co-Chairs, two Social Co-Chairs, Communications Chair, Spiritual Chair, and Membership & Welcoming Chair. All voting will be done through this Google form and must be completed by the end of the day on Sunday, May 31. We encourage all members of the Young Souls community to vote!


The incoming board will take over from the current board in June, and in keeping with Young Souls tradition we’ll celebrate this transition at the End of the Year Party! Look out for an email with more details about that, coming soon. 
If you have any questions about the election process, please feel free to reach out to the board. 
Missing you all and wishing you a happy Memorial Day weekend,

Abby