Sunday Morning Reflections With E. Michelle Lee- ” Exceptions Honoring Gail Buick, retiring principal at Salem Elementary on Garvey Road in the Northland Community of Franklin County, Ohio for Women’s History Month

Exceptions is History in the making.

That’s what Women’s History Month in March of every year is all about. Exceptional Women making history while pioneering new fronts so that “ALL” women are privy too knowledge, encouragement, and a pathway to success, so that all to follow the leader, will prosper as well, to make the land we love, a better place for all parties involved.

     As I share my reflections with you each week on early Sunday Mornings before I head out to the best house on the street to meet; the good Lord’s House.  It’s my time with you to encourage you to reflect on your past week and analyze it to better plan for your upcoming week. Absorb and release- change-improve, move efficiently . That’s the way to make your life stronger, wiser, and clearer sight for your path ahead one week at a time.

    This past week I had a chance to once again connect with a lady dear to me and who has always pushed me to be inspired everyday.  Back in 1998 when Ms. Gail Buick  had just completed two years of adjustments and new beginnings in her role as the new Principal of Salem Elementary School; I had the pleasure of working with her, being mentored by her, and most of all; inspired by Ms. Buick.

  Of course I could mention all of the accolades of Ms. Buick’s long career as an accomplished school principal; but it would just be too many to name and she would much rather hear the impact her work  made for children and parents and to the Northland Community as a whole.

    I would much rather “try” and count all of the lives that Ms. Buick has impacted in some form or fashion; that I know about and have witnessed myself. Even that is going to be hard to do. Count the lives that I saw her impact. And that won’t even attempt to include in the count the hundreds of other children and parents that she has touched during her tenure at Salem and well beyond even this chapter in her life.

  One thing I am certain of is this precious, caring person, will continue to uplift the life and character of individuals for a long, long, time.

See how many lives Ms. Buick has touched by believing in the mission of  Exceptions To The Rules .


     If you would like to be a part of the celebration to  Honor Mrs. Gail Buick, Principal at Salem Elementary, retiring after her 16 year run as the caretaker of our children at Salem Elementary on Garvey Road and Parents of the Northland Community . Please see here for more information. The Salem Civic Association’s gathering will be held March 27th, 2012 at the Salem Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

     Mrs. Buick’s life’s work has been dedicated to caring and nurturing children AND their parents. Even the Columbus Dispatch quoted that same thought when they featured her and E. Michelle Lee (aka hampton) in the feature addition, depicting the community extensions, that Salem Elementary and group of parents, women, who were making changes within to impact the community around them. 

Reprint with permission of Columbus Dispatch

Just a short time after this group formed at Salem under my direction as I looked to the counsel Ms. Buick for guidance; the Exceptions was involved in this big community gathering created by the Exceptions and hosted by Salem Elementary. It was their debut community project . Remember I just started teaching this class and working with the ladies around the beginning of the year back in October or November of 1998.

     March’s Women’s History Month was just 2-3 months after we had started out as the Exceptions Women’s NetworkThe first five ladies to the group was a match made in heaven. They each had a specific talent that was brought to this collective like minded group of women.  The founding five were ready to roll up their sleeves to dig in so they could get on their own individual paths. And that they did. Everyone one of those women not only helped themselves reach for more, they became the mentoring group for all those that came through those school hallways to get to us; The Exceptions To The Rules.

From the time me and my two boys, Thomas and Lamar, stepped onto the grounds of Salem Elementary; Mrs. Buick was there to support all that which is things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. And if you didn’t, then she was equally prepared and in her own right to do as she seen fit for the challenges these parents and children, including my own, would present to her on a daily business. She is an awesome lady, fabulous principal.

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
~ Rosalynn Carter  That’s the essence of Mrs. Buick:

Everyone listed on this roster was positively impacted by the guidance and support of Mrs. Buick. I know for sure that I was.

Thanks Mrs. Buick for being a positive leader for this community, Salem Elementary, and The Exceptions To The Rules. Thank you for allowing me to be able to honor you and your accomplishments for Women History Month 2012, 14 years later from the date we first became a dream inspired by a great leader who said YES.

    It’s leaders like you that touch and inspire leaders like me to do something, to Give Back 2 Pay Forward. “What IF”

Please enjoy this you tube video about Women’s History Month 2012- It’s just beautifully done:


One response to “Sunday Morning Reflections With E. Michelle Lee- ” Exceptions Honoring Gail Buick, retiring principal at Salem Elementary on Garvey Road in the Northland Community of Franklin County, Ohio for Women’s History Month

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