Summer is here which means BWA is ready to take its summer reprieve, install its new website and welcome a new board of directors. My term as your president ends but my commitment to BWA has only become stronger. I want to begin by thanking all of you for your wonderful contributions this year and for your friendship. I also want to thank the exceptional executive committee for their energy and dedication to making BWA a strong and positive experience for all members and an important support for women in our community. As we move into our 25th year anniversary, BWA both honors its history and welcomes its future. I welcome Merrie Myers as our new president and know that BWA remains in good hands.
In light of your suggestions, we tried some new things this year—we had a real variety in speakers, tried out some new ways for interacting at lunch meetings, and held a few after hours get-togethers. Next year we look forward to having more BWA networking events where we get to know our members and what services they provide. The idea is for us to promote each other and our businesses while continuing to build a dynamic and diverse group of professionals.
We are granting 10 scholarships to deserving women, thanks to the generosity shown by members stuffing the scholarship box and making that extra donation when paying dues. To me, this is the greatest part of BWA and I thank everyone for helping us have another great year when our help is needed more than ever.
I have felt very honored to be President of BWA and enjoyed getting to know more members every year. Broward Women’s Alliance is a great organization—thank you all for making my experience great and worthwhile. Have a great and wonderful summer.
Catalina M. Avalos, President
PS And again, my heartfelt thanks to the fabulous executive committee!!
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Join BWA for the Annual Meeting on June 9, 2014.
Lori Parrish, County Appraiser, will be our June guest speaker and she will offer us her perspective on the future of Broward County as well as her thoughts on key leadership roles for women going forward in a growing Broward. She is a great speaker and has so much to share with our members, come one, come all! We will also have the Installation of Officers for 2014-15 and the presentation of the BWA Scholarships.
Elections will be held for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. The proposed slate is:
•President - Merrie Meyers
•President-Elect - Lorna Brown-Burton
•Immediate Past President - Catalina Avalos
•Communications - Sally Gress
•Membership - Ruth Spiegel
•Program Chair - Hillary Gurman
•Treasurer - Diana Plucienkowski
•Secretary - Diane Hatcher
•At-Large (3) - Tracy Carroll, Diana Metcalf, Janet Erlick
BWA will also introduce the scholarship recipients - Attend the meeting and meet our impressive candidates as BWA supports them in their education pursuits.
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Important Registration Details
Your 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 6 or, if you have questions about registration you must contact Debbi Hartman at Browardwomensalliance@gmail.com or 954-483-3060.
Members, please remember that registration requires an RSVP. No shows (You or your guests) will be charged. Late registrations will be charged. If you are bringing a guest it is your responsibility to insure that their luncheon is paid for (either by you or by the guest).
The value of membership in BWA extends beyond lunch and a speaker. As a returning member, you recognize the value of the relationships you renew and those you create with other like-minded women who are the leaders in Broward County. You also recognize the importance of contributing to the academic development of other aspiring women through our Scholarship Program.
We value your membership and the time you take from your busy schedule to join us at our monthly meetings. We’re committed to making those meetings meaningful to you.
Remember, if you have an event to promote, please bring materials and place them on the registration table to share. Self-introductions have been trimmed down to better accommodate speakers.