October 2015


Dear BWAers,

If you missed the September 16, 2015 lunch meeting at our NEW location, Bistro Mezzaluna-1821 SE 10th Avenue-you missed a treat. Members in attendance received first class service where there was a selection from three entrees along with a salad to start as well as desert and coffee following the meal. The feedback from members in attendance was all positive as they enjoyed the atmosphere along with a delicious and tasty meal. For those of you who were not able to make it or did not make it on September 16, 2015, you will not want to miss the October 12, 2015 lunch meeting which will still be at the NEW location, Bistro Mezzaluna. Please do come out to support BWA and its mission. For now until the end of 2015 the lunch meeting (yes which does remain the second Monday of each month) will be at Bistro Mezzaluna.

As we begin our 26th year, here are a few reminders of our meeting structure. The lunch meeting runs from 11:30am until 1:30PM. From 11:30am until about 12 noon is the opportunity to check-in and network.  As the lunch at Bistro Mezzaluna is plated and served (not buffet style), please do take your seats between 11:45am and 12 noon so the servers can take your entrée selection. For self introductions, please identify yourself, your job title or position and your firm or company as well as alert us to any materials that were left at the check-in table to pick up on our way in or out. Again, please leave your materials about upcoming events at the front table where you check-in. Please do give me, as your President, any information or materials on events and alike that you wish me to announce in more detail. If there is a “longer introduction” to promote an event, please make a larger contribution-$10 suggested-in the scholarship box. Lastly, please have your guests only introduce themselves and their company or firm.

Also dues for 2015-2016 are $300.00. This amount solely covers the cost of the meal for the 10 meetings at $30.00 per lunch meeting. Guests are now $35.00. Please make a reservation for the meetings you plan to attend, but please cancel by the Friday before if you can’t attend as we are charged if you reserve and do not show up.

For new members a “no show” that is a first time infraction will receive a reminder warning and then the applicable no show fees will apply. Existing members of BWA will receive a charge of $15 for first infraction; $20 charge for second infraction and $30 for third infraction which will all go towards the scholarship fund.

As BWA members, we request that you all get involved. Your membership will be all the more valuable as a result of your involvement and your investment. BWA has the following committees: Membership-chair: Ruth Spiegel; Programs-chair: Pat Zeiler; Communications-chair: Sally Gress; Scholarship-chair: Tracy Carroll and Fundraising/Social-chair: Darran Blake. Please be in communication with the chair of the committee to which you have an interest.

Thank you ALL for your support and for what I know will be a GREAT YEAR!!


Meeting Information/Speaker

Speaker: Pat Zeiler, Executive Director, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
South Florida’s Female Pioneers.

Imagine arriving by ship from the Bahamas to the banks of our New River in 1793 to start a coontie farm. Or imagine arriving in segregated Fort Lauderdale in 1906 with your new husband to find work and put down roots. BWA will explore the lives and economic challenges of the first women entrepreneurs of Broward County. Their influence and contributions built the county we live in today.

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Here is the slate of officers for 2015-2016.

President: Lorna Brown-Burton

President-Elect: Holly Moody

Membership: Ruth Spiegel

Treasurer: Diana Plucienkowski

Programs: Pat Zeiler

Secretary: Darran Blake

Communications: Sally Gress

Past President: Merrie Meyers

President Emeritus: Catalina Avalos

At-Large: Tracy Carroll, Janet Erlick, Jill Beach


Member News

Darran Blake was one of ten Broward Honorees for the Glamathon for Breast Cancer on September 18, 2015. She came in first of all of the prominent honorees for raising the most money for the cause of women who can't afford breast cancer treatment.  Congratulations, Darran!   
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is celebrating its 40 birthday Sunday, October 25, Noon.  Sally Robbins is receiving Special Recognition as First Founder of the Kagey Mansion.  The Kagey Mansion is the historic building that houses the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.  It is located at 1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood.  The luncheon will be Celebrating the Past, Present and Future.

On Thursday, November 19th, we invite you to step into the shoes of homeless young people by sleeping on the pavement for one night. You’ll meet the youth and young adults we serve and hear their heart-wrenching stories.  We will ask you to help by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to support your Sleep Out effort on behalf of Covenant House Florida.  And this year’s Sleep Out will have even more impact … the first $75,000 will be generously matched by The Salah Foundation, for a grand total of $150,000. For more information contact Elisa Stone at 954-568-7914 or estone@covenanthousefl.org or visit www.executivesleepout.org

Contact Information:

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