April 2015


Dear Members:

Usually, by this time in the school year (because my life operated on a July to June timeline) I am starting to get “winded” both physically and intellectually. So, I look forward to the arrival of Spring as an opportunity to renew my energy and enthusiasm for family, friends and BWA. This year, your board has been working on strengthening the organizational framework on which BWA operates.

One of our largest endeavors is the development of a new website. I am excited to tell you that we are dangerously close to rolling out the new site. BUT, before we can do that, we need your help. If you have a high quality camera, and can bring it to the next meeting, we need mucho pictures to add to our photo gallery. The pictures that are in our current site are old and some of are of such poor quality that they won’t transfer well. Also, if you have some general photos of our community (or community events that our members are involved in) that we can post on our site, that would be appreciated as well.

One Saturday night a few months ago, I was invited to a showing at the “Girls Club.” It was an awesome experience to see young and old artists talking to each other about their art. And, I was thrilled to learn that the space is also an after school hang out for young women. Sarah Michelle Rupert will speak to us about the “Girls’ Club,” a non-profit alternative art space located in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  It is also the only private collection open to the public that focuses on art by women. Their current exhibit is, "The Moment. The Backdrop, The Persona." What a treasure, located close to downtown and yet hidden away.

The mission of the Girls’ Club is perfect for BWA, because we are all about supporting women’s accomplishments as well.  And speaking of that…  As we wind down our fund raising season, we will continue to have one activity at each meeting such as passing the scholarship box during announcements, raffles or 50-50s to collect funds. We hope to give out 6 scholarships this year, each $1500, for a total of $9,000. If you would like to make a donation directly, please know that you can donate through our website using your credit card. We are working towards mobile banking at our meetings, but we’re not there yet. But, we hope to be doing so in the future.




Meeting Information/Speaker

Join artist and gallery director, Sarah Michelle Rupert, as she shares about the non-profit alternative art space, Girls' Club, highlighting their current exhibit "The Moment. The Backdrop, The Persona" and upcoming events.  As the only private collection open to the public in the world that focuses on contemporary art by women, Girls' Club fills a unique role within the local community and beyond.

Important Registration Details

On line registration closes Wednesday  April 8.

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, April 10 or, if you have questions about registration you must contact Debbi Hartman at Browardwomensalliance@gmail.com or 954-483-3060

Member News

Nancy Olson and her students in Sport and Recreation Management at NSU are planning and producing a charity bowling tournament scheduled for April 19th.  For more information, go to www.cff30.com.

Ruth Spiegel had the privilege of participating as one of 37 Mentors in the 2nd Annual SFBJ Mentoring Monday event held at NSU on 3/30. The event was attended by over 250 dynamic women eager to engage and learn. It was a wonderful experience for both the mentors and mentees.

This from Janet Erlick: Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre will be overrun with singing and dancing cats, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical purrs its way onto the Galleria Studio Theatre stage.  Cats will perform April 10-19.  Many performances are already sold out, so buy your tickets early!

Eileen O’Connor shares a spectacular picture from her recent trip and says” Iguassu Falls was the highlight of our South America/Antarctica trip. And here is a picture to prove it.”


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

April 13, 2015

May 11, 2015

June 8, 2015

Contact Information:

Our mailing address is:

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


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