“Individual commitment to a group effort…that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Hello BWA sisters,
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!
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.
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!
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
Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D., is a professor of Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.
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.
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.
join us on this historic anniversary to hear Dr. Duckworth’s
perspectives and experience on the efforts to create a more peaceful
She blogs at Teach for Peace and you can follow her on Twitter @cherylduckworth.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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
Girl Scouts Lead the Way - Honoring Inspirational Women of Broward County.
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
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
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 YoungAtArtMuseum.org.
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 times..it is just to stay in touch. If you would like to be
included, send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Dates 2017 - 2018
September 11th - Cheryl Duckworth, Conflict Resolution
October 9th - Kory Sgrignoli, ESQ., Medical Marijuana
December 11th - Holiday Gift Idea's and Raffle
April 9th - Keenya Robertson, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence
June 11th - Scholarship Awards
*Speakers and topic's subject to change without notice