August 2017                                                                                                          Vol. 1 Issue 12 

In this issue
-President's Message
-Meeting Information
-Member Spotlight
-Member News
-Events Calendar


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P.O. Box 826631
Pembroke Pines, FL 


President's Message

“Individual commitment to a group effort…that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Vince Lombardi

Hello BWA sisters,
As summer begins to wane you can almost feel the changes about to take place…school busses will appear behind and ahead of us, the stores will start to tout the next holiday way too soon, and yes, the Broward Women’s Alliance has begun its annual membership drive!
By now you should have received your membership renewal request and hopefully have committed to another year of good programs, good food, good friends, and the great mission of supporting women through our Scholarship Program.  We hope you will join our efforts to support deserving women who need and appreciate any financial help to improve their lives by renewing your membership today.
Our first meeting this year lands on the anniversary date of September 11.  The Program Committee looked for ways to commemorate this event in our history and are happy to bring a guest speaker who will address the many issues as we move forward after such an event.   Our guest speaker is a professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University (see below).  So, mark your calendars to join us at the Tower Club for lunch and a meaningful presentation!
The BWA Executive Board encourages current members to bring potential members as guests to introduce them to a year of great programming and comradery.  As a kick-off bonus, there will be no guest fees for this first luncheon meeting.
Diana Dane Plucienkowski
President 2017-2018

Meeting Information 


Cheryl Duckworth

Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D., is a professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Duckworth has trained hundreds of students, teachers and community leaders in peace education and conflict resolution both in the US and internationally. Currently she serves as the faculty advisor of NSU's Peace Education Working Group and on the Advisory Board of the Hope Development Organization, a women's rights and peace building organization in Pakistan, and Women's Promise, which advocates for and empowers women's leadership for peace globally.
Dr. Duckworth has published and presented globally on her two passions, peace education and peace economics, exploring ways to transform the economic, political, social and psychological root causes of war and violence.  Most recently, she published Teaching About Terror: 9/11 and Collective Memory in US Classrooms, which analyzes the narrative today's students are receiving about 9/11, and the implications of this for global peace and conflict.
Please join us on this historic anniversary to hear Dr. Duckworth’s perspectives and experience on the efforts to create a more peaceful world. 
 She blogs at Teach for Peace and you can follow her on Twitter @cherylduckworth.

Member Spotlight 


Catalina M. Avalos is a past president of  BWA and remains very involved in the Scholarship Committee.  She is dedicated to BWA’s mission and sees the value in empowering others to succeed.    
Catalina is director with the law firm of TrippScott, PA and focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment, and complex commercial litigation.   Avalos has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment matters and often serves as quasi in-house counsel for various corporate clients providing advice for their employment needs.  
At the age of 35, Catalina was fortunate to reach her dream of becoming a judge.   She presided over county and circuit jury and non-jury trials.  Prior to her role as a judge, Avalos was an assistant state attorney in Broward County, where she was the Deputy Chief of the County Court Division and also prosecuted serious cases involving the use of firearms, sexual batteries and second degree murder.  
Avalos holds a law degree from Nova Southeastern University where she was on the Dean’s List, was elected vice president and president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and received recognition for her trial skills. On a personal note, she has been married for 25 years and is the proud mom of two wonderful daughters, 23 and 18. 


Member News


Gretchen Thompson Art Party

Thursday, August 10th

5 - 7 PM

Fun and Nutty Wine and Cheese Event

Yes, Gretchen paints (sometimes pretty stuff, sometimes political stuff, sometimes crazy stuff, come see).

If you buy paintings, half of the profits will go to the History Center. Prices are cheap because Gretchen loves to paint and she can't keep them all at home.

Fort Lauderdale History Center

219 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

RSVP 954-202-7809

Girl Scouts Lead the Way - Honoring Inspirational Women of Broward County.



Lorna Brown-Burton of Brown-Burton & DeMicco PLCC was honored recently with the Florida Bar's 2016-2017 Presidents' Award of Merit presented by outgoing President William J. Schifino, Jr. at the Bar's annual convention. Brown-Burton has been on the Bar's Board of Governors since 2012.



June 16 – August 20, 2017
Charley Friedman: Moist Things
Contemporary visual artist Charley Friedman offers a survey of humorous, family-friendly sculptures, photographs, videos, drawings, and installations. Visitors can create their own works based on exhibition themes in the Interactive Art Room.
September 8 - October 22, 2017
Dual Frequency
As a selection of activations and works from the South Florida Cultural Consortium 2017 fellows, in house Curator of Exhibitions, Laura Marsh will visit with each artist and curate this year’s exhibition. The Fellowship Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach.

Young At Art Museum hosts XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness through Sept. 10 which explores feelings and emotions through hands-on activities. At 2 p.m. every Tuesday in August, there will be a “Summer of Love” Special Guest Artists Series with arts workshops: Aug. 1: Artist Deming King Harriman; Aug. 8: Art Collective Sérverus; Aug. 15: Artist Nick Gilmore; and Aug. 22: Artist Jen Clay.
As part of XOXO and the celebration of the Summer of Love, YAA is hosting free family friendly art events at D.C. Alexander Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 and on Saturday, Sept. 2 with interactive arts activities, live entertainment and on Aug. 19, visitors can participate in creating the world’s largest human peace sign.
Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st. Ave., Davie. For information, call 954-424-0085 or visit  

Did you know that our member,  Maria Soldani,  has a list of “Happy Friends” that receive a daily motivational quote from her?  Sometimes it is “just what the doctor ordered” and other is just to stay in touch.  If you would like to be included, send her an e-mail at 



Save the Dates 2017 - 2018

Events Calendar 

September 11th - Cheryl Duckworth, Conflict Resolution

October 9th - Kory Sgrignoli, ESQ., Medical Marijuana 

November 13th

December 11th - Holiday Gift Idea's and Raffle

January 8th

February 12th

March 12th

April 9th - Keenya Robertson, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence

May 14th

June 11th - Scholarship Awards

*Speakers and topic's subject to change without notice