"Women & Wine Wagon" fundraiser in support of PACE Center for Girls is confirmed for Thursday, May 24. Please start bringing bottles of wine or spirits to any board member for the "Bathtub of Booze" Raffle.
At our most recent board meeting, the board approved the creation of new website for our group. We know it will be wonderful and easy to use - and we also expect a couple of hiccups as we all learn to use it and get it running perfectly.
The nominating committee is also pleased to announce the candidates for next year's Board of Directors. We will be voting on the slate of officers at the next luncheon. President - Carolyn Zaumeyer President Elect - Cheryl Freniere VP Corporate Records - Rodica Charles VP Membership - Anja Hessert VP Finance - Debbie Dempsey
VP Community Involvement - Shelley Pumphrey VP Internal Relations - Jenny Ritter Kelly VP Communications - Karen Dudden-Blake
Mary Riedel is President and CEO of Women in Distress of Broward County, serving the families and children who are victims of domestic violence from its expanded Jim and Jan Moran Family Center Campus in Deerfield Beach. Women In Distress is among the oldest and largest among of the 42 domestic violence centers in the state of Florida.
Mary joined WID as its CEO in 2008 and previously had served on its board and as board chair. Prior to moving to the nonprofit sector in 2006, Mary had a career of over 30 yeas in media marketing, community and public relations. Mary was part of the Sun Sentinel's marketing division for more than 18 years, she held similar positions with The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel. She also was Director of Major Gifts at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) prior to joining Women in Distress as its chief executive.
Active in the community, Mary has served in leadership roles in a number of nonprofit organizations, spanning human service to the arts, education and libraries as well as numerous charitable boards. She has also received several awards for community service and a the Lifetime Achievement Award from the local chapter of Women in Communications.
Mary has a journalism degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she also did graduate work.
Mary and her husband Bill have two grown daughters and a grandson who also live in South Florida.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning In I Almost Forgot About You , Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia's bravery reminds us that it's never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile. Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.
February's Luncheon was saved by our last minute guest Speaker, Wendi Blum. Wendi is a Divinely Inspired Business Consultant who is passionate about helping women share their passion and purpose in an authentic, unique and deliberate way to achieve personal and professional success. Wendi inspired us with the topic "Lead With Love" which centered on prioitizing, offering more value and PLANNING with love.
In addition, Wendi is also an International Speaker, Published Author and the Founder of “Flourish; Grow, Thrive, Prosper” A Success Program/Calendar/Planner System that is facilitated through Mastermind groups led by Certified Flourish Coaches throughout S. Florida, NYC and Connecticut.