Brown Bag Lunch Series

2021 – It’s All About YOU!

I think we all agree that 2020 was a year of upheavals, tragedies, and turmoil. It is 2021 now and, I think, time for us to practice some self-care. When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant instructs you to “put your oxygen mask on first,” before helping others.

Why is this an important rule for ensuring survival?  Because if you run out of oxygen yourself, you can’t help anyone else with his or her oxygen mask. Or put more simply: if you pass out or die, you can’t help anyone else. We all need to replenish our energy and reserves in order to continue to take care of others.

If we meet in person, the Brown Bag program is here at the YWCA in the community room – speakers are volunteer – the presentation is informal and usually there are about 10 – 15 people present. We begin at noon and end at 1 PM.  You can bring your lunch or purchase something from the Ragged Edge coffee shop here at the YWCA.  If we meet via Zoom, we will begin at noon and end by 1 PM.  Lunch is, of course, on your own.

The 2021 YWCA Brown Bag theme is “2021 – It’s all About YOU.”  With that in mind, the programs this year – which will begin as Zoom sessions, with the hope that we will be able to meet in some form in person later in 2021 – will center on self-care.  If you are interested in joining us but somehow have escaped using Zoom so far; while I am no expert, I can get you hooked up with this.  The only beginning requirement is that you have access to a computer, laptop, smart phone, or Ipad. The month of March (and beyond, if needed), I will be available to walk you personally through getting on Zoom – it will take less than five minutes.

Below is a listing of scheduled speakers and their general topics.  Watch the YWCA website and the Gettysburg Times for detailed information about the programs as the scheduled dates get closer.

March – Join the Zoom mania – call Nancy at 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email ;

April 20  Get Smart – “What’s this Gerrymandering?” – Tom Deloe.

Topic: YWCA Brown Bag – Gerrymandering – Tom Deloe

Join Zoom Meeting – Tuesday, April 20, Noon

Meeting ID: 971 1419 9574

Passcode: 962553

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May 18 –Stay Knowledgeable – “What’s this  Juneteenth?” – Scott  Hancock ; June 15 – Get Well – What’s Ayurveda? Dr. Smitha Nair, Aura Integrative Medicine ; July 20  Stay Well – “What can we do in Gettysburg?” – (Physical Fitness Task Force – Healthy Adams County) Betsy Meyer, (Gettysburg Beer Runners) Mark Purdy, (YWCA Aquatics Director) Mark Mellon; August 19 – Get it Together – “Don’t Just Live your life- LEAD  IT!” – Dr. Judith Morley   ; September 21 – Get Strong & Fit – “What’s a personal trainer all about?” – John Marconi, YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County ; October 19 – Get Zen – “What’s this Tai Chi “ –  Eugene Gold, YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County; November 16 – “Your Money Care”  – Sarah Brechbuehl, ACNB.

The programs are free and open to the public; the Zoom links will be available on the YWCA website under Advocacy – Brown Bags. Contact Nancy at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115, if you have any questions.

Nancy Lilley is Mission Enhancement Coordinator at YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County