March 2013 Presidents Message
We have come a long way baby! March is women’s history month. Throughout history, women have played a key role. We have run guns, flown the blue skies, run countries, started wars, fought in wars, helped to end wars, wrote books, discovered medical breakthroughs, ploughed the fields, run factories, made the bread, and wiped the tears from our children’s faces, while being the glue for our families as we carry on the day-to-day work that needs to be done. As women in business, we are there to keep things running on all fronts. It’s what we do. And we love doing it.
NAWBO-SA created the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards (ESA) to celebrate the excellence, ingenuity, and commitment of women business owners within our community. The ESA award is a most coveted award given from peer to peer. This year, for the first time, we are celebrating eighteen women business owners, all who are well-deserving and and epitomize the essence of ESA. The ESA Gala on March 20 is sold out for the first time in NAWBO history. The ESA Committee has done an outstanding job in planning and executing the event.
Thus it is appropriate that Debi Lamb-Burrows, ESA Director, has been selected by the Membership Committee as the April 2013 NAWBO San Antonio Member Spotlight of the Month. Debi joined NAWBO in 2012. She was immediately asked if she would chair the ESA Committee. Debi stepped into the role with great enthusiasm. She had many challenges ahead of her. She rose to those challenges and has excelled. Debi owns Penguin Suits, which is located in Boerne, TX. Penguin Suits uniquely brands a business, creating the necessary essentials for a business to succeed in today’s market with custom logos, eye-catching business cards, memorable brochures, well developed websites, and lasting messages in advertisements, networking, and specialty items. You will see Debi’s distinctive mark on the ESA Gala this year. She has brought a fresh perspective and heightened interest and excitement. Thank you, Debi, for being an integral part of the NAWBO team and for all you have done within NAWBO. We greatly appreciate you!
We each can make our own history within our companies, families, and communities. It takes perseverance, commitment, and ingenuity. We have to think outside of the box and be ever mindful of opportunities that come our way. We have to be ready to respond to market turns and to be ready for last minute changes that often will derail a lesser person. We have to be mindful of the people who we gather around us so that they add to our overall equation. We cannot afford to be inefficient or wasteful in any way. We have to be leaders, and we have to assist in building the leaders of the future.
It is with excitement and gratitude that we welcome as a new member, Sondra Grohman, who owns Shining Star Energy. Sondra is supporting the NAWBO teen mentoring program, Entrepreneurial Connections—Fostering the Entrepreneurial Dream, through a donation for the $10,000 scholarship. Thank you, Sondra, for your generosity and service to our organization. Welcome to NAWBO. We look forward to working with you.
Please do check out the upcoming events: ESA, Cocktail Connections in April, and our April 25 Women Mean Business luncheon where we focus on the “Importance of Women on Boards, Philanthropic Endeavors, and Positions of Influence.” Another great program you will not want to miss.
Our goal is to grow the San Antonio NAWBO Chapter membership well past 300 members. March is also our membership drive month. National NAWBO is offering a $25 credit for anyone joining during the month of March. The San Antonio NAWBO Board of Directors has decided to match that at the local level. In addition to the $25 national credit, you will receive a $25 local credit toward a monthly membership luncheon. All new members joining in March 2013 will receive a voucher to attend one monthly meeting free. That is a total of $50 in savings!! We are women; we do not like to go to lunch alone. Bring a friend and have her join in the fun, empowerment, and connections you can make within NAWBO.
May you March forward into your own success, while bringing many with you!
Posted by Patsy Foxworth on 10th March, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks
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