Greetings on a snowy day at the end of January, today is one of those days that most people love to be snowed in, but I am happy to be at work with the phone staying fairly quiet and getting a lot of things accomplished. We are on the cusp of the end of our calendar year for PWI, and we have many exciting things coming up in the next two months.
First and foremost is our February Power Lunch. This is a lunch that you just cannot miss. Denise has put together a fabulous panel of Professional Local Women, to share their stories, and talk about their "journey to the top.” Be sure to get your RSVP in right away. Take note that we will be at the Ramada this year. In our efforts to support our members and local business, we try to change up our meeting locations from time to time.
Also please mark your calendars for Wednesday March 13th, this is our annual meeting and is for members only, so if you haven't paid your dues please do so. Our annual meeting will be held at Chef Ivo's Place in Galena.
I would like to welcome two new board members. Mary Cinto will be taking over as our Membership Director, and Katie Wienen has come on as our Hospitality Directory. Welcome to both of you.
As always if you ever have any questions or would like more information about PWI please feel free to contact any member of our board.
Happy Valentine's Day!!
First and Foremost I want to wish everyone a safe, happy, and joyous holiday season. I know we say this every day, but I just don’t know where the year went. In the chaos of this time of year, I hope each of you take the time to truly remember what this holiday season is about. For me, it is a time for our family to get together and enjoy each other’s company, the smiles on my children’s face as they sit on Santa’s lap, (Hopefully smiles!) As well as the feeling of giving, and celebration during this time.
Please join us on December 12th for our very own PWI holiday event at Fried Green Tomatoes. What a great way to take a little time for yourself to relax and enjoy the company of fellow PWI members. Happy Holidays!
As I sit here on the cusp of November I cannot help but to send out a friendly reminder for everyone to get out and vote on November 6th. Whether you enjoy politics, or will have your TV on mute for the next week due to the political ads. Whether you agree, disagree, or fall somewhere in between of either side, I cannot reiterate enough the importance to get out there and make your vote count. Please remember that in the communities you live in there are many more elections taking place other than the presidential race. There may be tax referendums to vote on, county board seats, and many other electable office positions. I feel that it is our right to have a say in these elections and we need to exercise it.
I happen to be very political in my personal life, as I truly enjoy politics and received my college degree in Political Science. Needless to say, I am not getting much sleep and I am watching way more news programs than any person should in a 24 hour period. I strongly feel that we each are free to believe whatever we choose and we are free to support those who we feel have the same beliefs and values that we do. So please exercise your right on November 6th, and vote!
I also look forward to seeing everyone on November 14th for Coach Petitgoue. I have had many people tell me that they are coming to this event, as he is a wonderful speaker, so please spread the word to your friends and colleagues to not miss this spectacular event.
President's Message October 2012
Here we are already in October, can you believe it! I was recently reading an article the other day that talked about stress, and that some forms of stress can be healthy. Sometimes the rush of being under a short deadline or the need to complete multiple tasks quickly can actually be healthy. I decided after reading this article that although my every day stress is currently in overload, it is nice to hear that some of it may be somewhat beneficial.
Please mark your calendars for our Power Lunch on November 14th as Coach Petitgoue will be here to make an amazing presentation about advice on facing challenges and heartbreak and dealing with opportunities to achieve the best possible outcome.
We are always looking for volunteers if you would like to join a committee or are interested in running for a board position please reach out to any current board members.
I hope everyone has a spectacular October!!
Presidents Message September 2012
As this time of year rolls around, I start to think about new chapters in my life. Maybe it’s the back to school mentality that hits us all a little bit, even if you don’t have any little ones going back to class. I always feel September is a good pre-curser to the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. For example, earlier this month I vowed to get myself and my children up a little earlier so we can all eat a healthy breakfast together sitting at the table. Then after one successful day of that, we transitioned back to grab a breakfast bar and eat it in the car mode. Oh well, maybe we will try again in a few months! The point is whatever chapter you are in in your life; embrace them with humility and grace. Don’t take yourself too seriously and reach out when you are in need of advice.
Our August speaker Deb Gauldin was fantastic. I enjoyed her humor and her outlook on life. It was nice to laugh over lunch with some amazing women.
It is with much regret that I am announcing the resignation of Dana Bennet from our Board of Directors. Dana has been such a hardworking and dedicated member of our board for the past several years. Dana’s role as Hospitality Director was to make sure our facilities were booked for our events, menu planning, and overall general coordination between the venue, caterer, and PWI. Dana you will truly be missed, thank you for all of your hard work. I am happy I have had the pleasure to work with you.
So are ready for your next chapter and want to join the PWI board of directors? If so feel free to contact me or any other board member. Have a great September!
President's Message August 2012
I am so excited to have Deb Gauldin speaking to us on August 8th. I know she will be making us laugh as well as giving us key take away ideas on how to be our best. I am also looking forward to seeing all of our members and guests.
I feel like the summer has flown by, and here we are in August already! The other day I saw somewhere how many days it was until Christmas, and I just wanted to turn my head, and forget that I had read it. I know we say this all the time, but truly the summer has flown by. I am happy we have had a couple days of cooler weather, but would be more thrilled with a couple of days of rain. So as we go into these last couple of weeks of summer before the school year is here, I encourage everyone to enjoy the most of this time as you can. I plan on camping with my family and trying to relax and I hope you can do the same. I look forward to seeing everyone on August 8th at the Desoto House for Deb’s presentation; I know you will not be disappointed. Have a safe and happy August!
President’s Message July 2012
I have never been a person that does well with change. Many people I know have the ability to “go with the flow” or “take it day by day”. Oh how I wish my brain worked like that. I find that I like to surround myself with people who don’t think like me as it is such a breath of fresh air. New perspectives, different outlooks, and bringing to my attention things I would have never thought of. I have challenged myself over the years to build relationships with people who don’t think like me. I like new perspectives on everything from my profession, to parenting, to life in general. I encourage each of our members to reach out of your comfort zone and make new connections with our membership. I have never been disappointed in any of the wonderful women I have met throughout the years in PWI. On the contrary, I become enlightened, entertained, and have made connections that will last a lifetime.
I want to thank Sue Berning our Special Events Coordinator for an excellent social event held at the Cloran Mansion. I have lived my entire life in Galena and had never been there. It was a gorgeous night, and I really enjoyed relaxing and visiting with fellow PWI members. I can’t wait for our next social event! I hope everyone has a safe and happy July!!
President’s Message June 2012
I want to give a big thank you to Sally Rutledge-Ott for her great words of wisdom regarding customer service at our May Power Lunch. She sure kept my attention! I was able to pick up a few tips and she made me laugh the whole way through! I also want to thank all of the PWI members and Chamber members for attending. We had such a wonderful turnout with many new faces. We look forward to June 7th, with a PWI member-only social event at Cloran Mansion planned by our own Special Events Coordinator Sue Berning. See below for more details on the event. I am really looking forward to a relaxing social event to get to know even more of our members on a deeper level.
Should you ever want to volunteer, or have suggestions or ideas, please feel free to contact me or any of our board members at any time. I wish everyone a safe and healthy month of June.
President’s Message May 2012
As I sit here on the last day of April anxiously waiting for the first day of May to roll around, I get a sense of excitement that comes over me. The thought of summer is finally here. The most difficult part of summer for me is that I feel like it is gone before it even gets here. The calendar quickly fills up with graduation parties, weddings, and family reunions. I remember saying to my husband the other night, we only have one weekend with nothing scheduled until the end of September. Then it hit me, although I feel completely overwhelmed by looking at our crazy schedule, it reminds me how fortunate we are to have so many friends and family around us to celebrate all the different milestones of life.
Each event we will attend will be filled with great food, the laugher of children running around, the chatter of conversation of catching up with family and friends, and most of all enjoying another summer before it quickly becomes another one for the record books. Don’t get me wrong, I will never stop feeling like we always have something to do, or have something scheduled, but in the same aspect, I know for a fact I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope each of you have a fantastic start to the upcoming summer months, and as it gets into full swing don’t forget to enjoy each and every “scheduled” day!