Greetings from the Guild President
2016-2018 Guild President Ruth Alford
On May 13, 2016, I was installed as President of The Guild for the next two years. This was an exciting day, but also it was filled with a combination of anxiety and gratefulness — anxiety in following in the footsteps of so many extraordinary women who have led this organization … and gratefulness in being chosen to preside over this group of dedicated, hard-working individuals who join forces year-after-year to continue the traditions and mission of The Guild.
The following scripture from Romans 12:11-13 has been used in reference to our members: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. As members of The Guild, it is our goal to mold our everyday actions … serving, being joyful, patient, prayerful, sharing with those in need and always being hospitable.
I hold this organization in a very high position because I know from experience the integrity of the women and the goals of HBU. Through our scholarship program, The Guild has provided a total of 237 annual awards to new and continuing recipients and 42 endowed scholarships to students pursuing advanced degrees in education and theology. I have seen the faces and heard the stories of the scholarship recipients and know that we have made a tremendous difference in their lives and futures. I am so humbled to take the position as your President, yet so honored.
My continuing prayer is that we, as individuals of The Guild, will continue to first, serve the Lord; second, serve our families; and third, serve the University and its president in such a way as to enhance the development of HBU. May God’s blessings continue to be upon us.
For His Glory,