July 2017                                                                                                          Vol. 1 Issue 11 

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


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Email: browardwomensalliance@gmail.com

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


President's Message

Hello BWA Sisters,
I love July.  Why? Because it makes me feel like the whole world is on vacation.  The traffic is less, the office is quieter, the days are longer.  If only we could feel this “chill” all year long.
But make no mistake, things are still happening!  Preparations for BWA are in full swing to make the upcoming year fun, educational and fulfilling.  With results of the year-end surveys in hand, the Executive Board is committed to responding to your suggestions. The program and social committees are stepping up the game by bringing us unique speakers for our monthly meetings and finding special ways to get to know each other better.  We welcome input from each of you to help make this year worthwhile for all our members and scholars.  Following is the list of the 2017-2018 Executive Board.  Please feel free to give any of us a call to offer suggestions or to volunteer to be on a committee.
August will again be membership renewal month.  BWA membership fees will remain at $300 for the 2017-2018 year.  We will continue to have our meetings on the second Monday of every month at the Tower Club for the foreseeable future.  Your membership includes the fabulous lunches provided there for the entire year.  We hope you will continue to join us for another year of fellowship, networking, and the opportunity to support our mission to grant educational scholarships to deserving women.
So, enjoy your summertime fun and family, knowing that the cooler weather is just around the corner and the pace will pick up sooner than you think!
Thank you all for the continued support of this special organization.
Diana Dane Plucienkowski
President 2017-2018

Meeting Information 

Preparations for fall are in full swing to make the upcoming year fun, educational and fulfilling. Please take this time to Live, Love, Travel... See you in September

2017-18 BWA Board of Directors

Diana Dane Plucienkowski, President

Pat Zeiler-President Elect

Holly Moody-Past President

Vivian Fazio-Secretary

Michell Singer Tobin-Treasurer

Melissa Milroy-VP Programs

Andrea Tsakanikas-VP Membership

Jillian Prinz-At Large

Elisa Stone-At Large

Tracy Carroll-At Large


Member Spotlight 



Dina Bellows-Levine is the founder/principal of Bellows Associates, PA- a privately owned, local accounting firm that specializes in all types of accounting needs. They have 17 associates making them small enough to pay attention to your needs AND… big enough to get any job done! 
Bellows and Associates offers a full range of accounting, tax, and audit services for business owners, executives and independent professionals. 

Dina has been a member of BWA for over 20 years and a past president, as well.


Member News


The Broward Public Library Foundation will be the beneficiary of the Cocktails for Humanity fundraising event from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 29. Cocktails for Humanity is a nonprofit that organizes a group of volunteers to serve drinks for a good cause. The event takes place at the coworking space General Provision during Fort Lauderdale’s monthly FAT Village Artwalk. The 18 celebrity bartenders – including our own Darren Blake – will serve craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Every dollar made, even tips go to the Library Foundation.

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

This will be a Networking Reception and Luncheon. The Mistress of Ceremonies is Ellen Jaffe, Easy 93.1 and the Keynote Speaker is Laurie Jennings, WPLG Local 10 News. Tickets are $75. For additional information, contact Mandy Winkle at 561-427-0190 or mwinkle@gssef.org.
The honorees are: Juliet Roulhac, FPL; Dr. Penny Shaffer, Florida Blue; and Deanna Soloway-Simon, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.


Cruisin’ Down the River with Bonnet House
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Join Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Kelly’s Landing Seafood Restaurant for A Cruise Down the New River, Saturday, July 15, 2017
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Kelly’s Landing Seafood Restaurant present Cruisin’ Down the River: Digging Up The Past. Take a boat ride with Bonnet House down the New River Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m on the famous Carrie B paddlewheel boat. Hear historical tales about Fort Lauderdale while enjoying wine and tasty treats from Kelly’s Landing and live music from the Gold Coast Banjo Band. The featured speaker is Sara Ayers-Rigsby, MA, RPA, Director, Southeast/Southwest Regions, Florida Public Archaeology Network.
Admission is $45 for members and $55 for non-members and includes two glasses of wine along with a boxed lunch generously sponsored by Kelly’s Landing. A cash bar will also be available onboard. The yacht embarkation site is 3440 North New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.  Visit www.bonnethouse.org or call (954) 703-2614
Summer Art Series at Frame ‘N Art By the Sea Gallery
July 20, 5:30 pm
Free and open to the public
Bonnet House Fine Artists present works of various media at Frame ‘n Art By the Sea.
The four exhibitions will feature works of various media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and photography and a percentage of all art sale proceeds will benefit Bonnet House and its programs.
June 15 – July 20, 2017
July 20 – August 17, 2017
August 17 – September 21, 2017
September 21 – October 19, 2017
Opening Receptions Take Place the First Day of Each Exhibition 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
Frame ‘N Art By the Sea Gallery
229A E. Commercial Blvd.
Lauderdale By The Sea, FL 33308
Orchid Care Basics
Newcomers to orchids will learn how to choose the correct plants for their growing area and what they need – water, light, fertilizer, temperature, so they grow and flower beautifully.   Start your journey into the exciting hobby of orchid growing!  Visit www.bonnethouse.org or call (954) 703-2606.



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.
June 12 – August 18, 2017
Summer Arts Camp
Bring out the artist and performer in your child with visual arts, performing arts, music, and interdisciplinary programs at the Art and Culture Center’s Summer Arts Camp. Each of the sessions allows children and teens to practice the skills they’ve learned while preparing for final exhibitions and performances.
We offer a variety of programs to suit your child’s interests and skill level:
Littlest Actors and Littlest Artists, for children ages 4 to 6 who want to express themselves creatively
Young Actors and Young Artists, ages 6 to 12, is the popular choice for the child who loves to participate in both the visual and performing arts
Broadway Actors, ages 8 to 18, is an intensive program for the talented performer who loves to be in the spotlight
A limited number of partial scholarships are available through our Arts Outreach Program for qualifying families.

The Frank art gallery’s newest exhibition Pirate Island opens Thursday, June 16 and runs through Saturday, August 19. Pirate Island is an interactive family-friendly pirate experience featuring tales of pirate life, a treasure hunt, a chance to “walk the plank,” and a maritime exhibition by U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. $5 admission. Pirate Island is presented by The Frank in collaboration with Miami Children’s Museum. The Frank hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines.  For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2129,  email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

Maria Soldani received ACDBE Partner Recognition

The Jethro Pugh Community Initiative Award



For demonstrating dynamic and high-impact engagement in initiatives that benefit the local community in a way that reflected positively on the Joint Venture partnership with respect to the airport and/or city officials served.


The Jethro Pugh Community Initiative Award recognizes a Paradies Lagardère ACDBE partner, or group of partners, who has coordinated or executed – on his/her own, with a community organization, with the Joint Venture or in partnership with an airport - an initiative(s) or project(s) on behalf of the Joint Venture partnership that has or will significantly benefit, improve or assist the quality of life for members of the communities surrounding the airports we serve. 


Criteria / Evidence of success included:


1.    Be a truly outstanding  Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise partner that has represented the Joint Venture in community service through: volunteerism, serving as a non-compensated board member, founding a non-profit organization, and/or has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the community


2.    Recommendations were provided by internal representatives of Paradies Lagardère e.g., General Manager, Regional Director, Regional Vice President, Business Developer and members of the community services including airport representatives and community organizers.


Save the Dates 2017 - 2018

Events Calendar 

September 11th

October 9th

November 13th

December 11th

January 8th

February 12th

March 12th

April 9th

May 14th

June 11th

*Speakers and topic's subject to change without notice