The phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” originated as a British home publicity poster’s message in 1939 in preparation for World War II. Today, the newly rediscovered slogan offers a reminder of the importance of resilience, patience, and moving forward in difficult times. Everywhere I look in the Barrington area, that is what I see. People caring about each other and supporting local businesses. Families are adjusting to the new school year and the huge challenges it brings. Children are finding ways to keep their sense of humor. And I feel deep gratitude for our abundance of amazing open spaces, and the armies of people who have preserved and restored them, for all to enjoy.
This issue has attracted many stories about strong, visionary, and accomplished women who are gamechangers both of yore, and those who are driving the future right now. Megan West leads the way with her intelligence, wisdom, and fearlessness on the field playing polo. For her, polo is an avocation that gave her a unique space to test her leadership skills and find her voice. She reminds us that there is a time to lead, and a time to be a team player.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Leslie Ferris Yerger brings us unmatched fortitude and perseverance in fighting for women’s health. We are grateful to Leslie for sharing her journey with us and making it her life’s work to push hard, and with success, for advanced technology and awareness about mammography and dense breast tissue. Special thanks to Vince Foglia and Dr. Barry Rosen and many others for helping save women’s lives through new mammogram technology now available at Advocate Good Shepherd.
Barbara Benson looks back at the Girl Scouts—the largest organization in the world for girls—and the importance of civic training, adventure, and leadership opportunities for girls. We welcome three women pastors, from the three oldest churches in Barrington, to offer their perspective on the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and today’s cultural issues.
I was surprised to see the extent of open space in Lake Barrington while reading the latest in the Our Town Series, this time featuring Lake Barrington. Mayor Kevin Richardson has done a highly commendable job for the past 15 years for Lake Barrington’s residents and businesses.
There is much more for you in the pages ahead. We are grateful to our family of advertisers who choose to reach you in our magazine. They are wonderful people who offer high-quality services. We hope you’ll keep them in mind when you go to market.