June 2015


Dear Members;

As the year draws to a close, it is with great appreciation that I thank my friends and fellow members of the Board of Directors for their service to BWA this year. Presenting 10 different and interesting programs for such a diverse group of high impact women is not easy, and every member of the board had a hand in making this year’s programs interesting and enjoyable. It has been my privilege to lead the charge this year, but in reality, it’s a team effort. I believe that this will be the case again next year, when the new board is installed and begins planning for the next series of programs. Please see the list of the 2015-2016 Slate in this newsletter. We will be voting them in at the meeting

Also, I am pleased to announce that this month’s meeting will celebrate our new scholarship recipients. These ladies have worked hard to accomplish their academic and professional goals, and with your help, they will continue to do so. Congratulations to the “fantabulous” scholarship committee on their efforts and selections.

Finally, I just wanted to thank the many individual members for their continuing offer to do, assist and handle details. Several of you contacted me directly and asked if there was anything that they could do to assist. It’s so awesome that despite your busy schedules, you continue to give of your time. And , finally, a big hug and a thanks to Debbie Hartman, our all-around great administrative support-er. I know that we are not the only association that she supports, but she has never, ever said “No can do” to a request. She is the hub for our revolving wheel of activities!

Well, that’s it from me. Thanks for putting your faith in me this year. It was fun. Have a great summer!



Meeting Information/Speaker

Our June 8 luncheon will be a celebration of the future. The  Scholarship committee will present the scholarship recipients for 2015-2016. The Nominating Committee will present and request a vote on the slate of officers for next year. We will also recap some of the highlights from our 25th year. Please RSVP for this celebratory meeting.

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


Important Registration Details

Your on-line registration is very important to provide an accurate count.   If you attend without registering OR you register and do not attend, you will be charged a fee.

If you must cancel after Friday, June 5 or, if you have questions about registration you must contact Debbi Hartman at Browardwomensalliance@gmail.com or 954-483-3060


Member News

Thanks to Jill Beach for taking some great photos of Maria Soldani's hilarious presentation last month.

Eileen O'Connor tells us that the Lighthouse of Broward will be the featured non profit at the Fort Lauderdale Starlight Musicals at Holiday Park on July 10. They have lots of great raffle prizes including gift certificates to the Sea Watch Restaurant,  The Miami Seaquarium, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Kelly's Landing, and many more.  Volunteers  are needed at the event.  Call Tranique at 954-463-4217.

Duree Ross was recently recognized as a 2015 Influential Business Woman by South Florida Business Journal. She received the award on May 21 at the Influential Business Women Awards. The event recognizes the top 26 most influential business women in South Florida who have made unique contributions to the community and business world.

BoomerTimes  announces the 14th "One & Only" Sizzlin' Boomer Expo at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, July 28th from 10 to 4. This free event is dedicated to Veterans of all wars, with 4 cash prizes of $250 to the lucky vets. Exhibitors are encouraged to participate and meet and greet the 2,000+ attendees. It is the summer's major event for 50+ ers! For information call Anita Finley at 561 758 0299.

A speccial thank you for a job well done to Tracy Carroll, Catalina Avalos, Jillian Krueger Printz, Barbara Van Voast, Holly Moody and Ivette Sanchez for serving on the scholarship committee.

Board List

BWA's 2014-2015 Board

President - Merrie Meyers

President-Elect - Lorna Brown-Burton

Immediate Past President - Catalina Avalos

President Emeritus - Connie Loewenthal

Communications - Sally Gress

Membership - Ruth Spiegel

Program - Hillary Gurman

Treasurer - Diana Plucienkowski

Secretary - Diane Hatcher

At-Large Members - Tracy Carroll, Diana Metcalf, Janet Erlick

Meeting Dates

June 8, 2015

Contact Information:

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Broward Women's Alliance
P.O. Box 826631
Pembroke Pines, FL 33082-6631


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