M/s Gathering Memorial Scholarship

The Producing Team of The M/s Gathering created this event out of their desire to bring the community a different type of educational experience. We never want finances to get in the way of people’s ability to attend and learn from our discussion leaders and other attendees. This is why each year we will hold an auction during the weekend to fund scholarships for the following year.

Every year our Memorial Scholarship will be designated in honor of a community member who has passed away. We want to acknowledge and celebrate that community member who considered education to be a priority and had done their part to support others in learning.

20160816_000609_resizedThis year’s designee is Callie. A long time board member of MAsT: Wilmington DE. Our Family dinner on Saturday night will include a tribute to Callie.

In Memorium of Callie

On February 22nd 2015, this community lost another bright light ~ Angela M. Beecher Sloan.  Angela, also known affectionately as “Callie,” was a long time board member of MAsT: Wilmington, DE and served as their secretary.

Callie was born here in Wilmington, DE on June 8th 1967 to Joseph H. Beecher and Virginia M. Walker Beecher.  She was a military brat (USAF), and her family was descendants of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Callie lived in New Mexico, Alaska, and yes, California where she spent most of her formative years.  She obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix.

Callie has a son who she loved immensely while she was alive. As a single mother, she focused much of her energy making certain he grew up to be a strong, healthy, young man. Her son shared in her creative and artistic talents. For those of you who have looked at her profile on Fetlife, the avatar is a self-portrait Callie had done of herself years ago.

Art, music, dancing, laughing, stiletto shoes, and her singletail…were all loves in Callie’s life. She came into the local scene back in 2010, and attended her first social event at the Black Phoenix. Shortly thereafter, Callie came to the NDDs munch, and then in 2011 to MAsT Wilmington, DE.  Being a member of MAsT changed her life and gave her a sense of community and belonging.  She was always willing to provide service to the community, and the membership. As the Chapter Secretary, Callie’s attention to detail – spelling especially and writing the minutes and agendas were a pleasure for her. This was secretly part of her kink; she just never let on to anyone.

Unfortunately, Callie also struggled with a mental illness, and a battle with alcoholism. For many years, she was sober and her mood disorder was stable. However, this stability changed for Callie, and the stress became too overwhelming for her.  As a result, Callie made the decision to end her journey here with us.

Ever since the day she danced out of our lives, Callie’s bright smile, infectious laugh, and beautiful soul have been sorely missed!

Below is a quote from her profile – written at the end of a journal entry on how happy she was to be celebrating her birthday. This quote speaks of her thoughts on the importance of helping yourself & helping others!

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm… As you grow older you will discover you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

 Audrey Hepburn