2016-2017 President

Chadia Ghanem

Love is in the air- it's February!

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”  

- George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

It is February… Love, passion and excitement are in the air… Chocolate, heart candies, flowers and special gifts are exchanged between lovers, friends and partners… We- at WEC- all share the best gift of all- sisterhood, friendship and the passion to give back.
 
Since the inception of the Women Executive Club back in 1976, the club has donated over one hundred thousand dollars for charities or in scholarships.  For over 41 years, the WEC's goal has always been to engage the members as volunteers to make a recognizable difference in addressing civic, educational, cultural and humanitarian needs in our community and beyond.  Thanks to contributions like yours, we have been able to the support the PACE Center for Girls and our WEW – Women Empowering Women Scholarship Program.
 
With that being said, our members and their friends have shown their support to our Charity of Choice “Pace Center for Girls” and our WEW scholarship program for the past few years that we have raised enough money at this time to forego this year’s fund raiser… Our goal is to focus on increasing our membership, getting to better know each other, to have the opportunity of professional fellowship with other women in diversified fields, and to encourage support for each member’s business.  It is due to your generous donations and support that we have the opportunity to take a break from fundraising, still award our scholarships, and just relax, kick back and cherish and enjoy the friendships and memories we are creating together and in our community.
 
This month’s luncheon will have a Valentine theme so remember to wear your RED proudly.… We will also have a good speaker Doreen Christensen who is an award-winning writer, blogger and radio contributor.  Doreen is a Shopping and consumer expert known for finding the best deals and bargains so we can live better and cheaper. 
We will also have the elections form out so we can elect the incoming president and the slate of officers for 2016-2017.
 
The Cannon Circle will be Valentine inspired.  It will be about love and passion.   I will be your hostess and I would love to have you join me for a lovely evening with delicious food and delectable drinks and deserts, some story telling and music. The soiree will be held at Auto Tech and Body’s beautiful lobby at 429 N. Dixie Hwy in Pompano Beach. I am looking forward to spending quality time with all of you on Tuesday the 21st at 6:00 pm.  
 
Our Book Club will be hosted by Shelley Pumphry’s house at 270 Miramar Ave in Fort Lauderdale. The book will be the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction- the Sypathizer. This is a wonderful novel and the bookies usually discuss the book while sipping on delicious wines and good eats.
 
Ladies, please get on the WEC website… check out the different events held, RSVP and share with us your feedback about different events and/or if you like to volunteer… We are always open to different activities and love to hear from you.
Again, we want to thank you for your passion, compassion and your love for life and fellow human beings!

www.wecftl.com
 
I just like to close by sharing this quote by Linda Thompson:
“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.”
 
Love and Gratitude,
Chadia Ghanem

WEC 2016-2017 Officers

President:

Chadia Ghanem

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Past President:

Michelle Case-Anderson

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President Elect:

Pending Membership Vote

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VP Membership:

Rosana Calambichis

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VP Finance:

Ila Bennett

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VP Internal Involvement:

Cheryl Freniere

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VP Corporate Records:

Diana Fairbanks

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VP Communications:

Karen Dudden-Blake

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VP Community Involvement:

Nathalie Sloane

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2016-2017 Theme of the Year

Thank you to one of our special WEC sponsors!

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FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB


The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Please bring: Wine. apps, or dessert




PACE Empowerment Luncheon

March Luncheon Speaker

Stella Tokar is President / CEO of BOLD Consulting, LLC, 
which stands for Build, Organize, Lead and Discover. 
 

 With 30 years of experience in politics, education, business, coaching, training, non-profit and for profit work, Stella finds fulfillment in taking people, organizations and businesses to the next level.  She has worked with 4 of the largest school systems in the US, political leaders such as Shriver/Kennedy, Goldwater, Gore, Perot, and more.

Stella is credentialed in Leadership development, Organizational Management, Coaching.   Most recently Ms. Tokar very proudly joined the John Maxwell Team as a certified leadership specialist, speaker and coach.

Stella is an international speaker & has a passion for the woman professional and next generation leader, and was recently invited to speak at Oxford University in the U.K. at the Woman’s Leadership Symposium.

Formally the President/CEO of a local Chamber of Commerce, Stella transformed a bankrupt & struggling organization into what is recognized today as South Florida’s only 4 Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce. 

Mary Adams, JD

WEC Member Spotlight

Mary Adam, JD

Mary is Principal Consultant and Owner of local Employment Law Compliance Consulting Firm, The Employee Relations Group (TERG.com); www.terg.com

As a former national and global corporate Human Resources Director, Mary provided HR Generalist support for over 15 years and 100s of employees in companies, including: IBM Corp., DellComputer, Google/Bertels-mann, Start-Up and Venture Capital firms. Along with a Doctorate of Law, Mary is uniquely qualified in the researching and drafting documents for: commission plans, wage & hour, job descriptions, employee handbooks, owner partnership agreements along with mediating and helping to create a compliant and knowledgeable work environment. TERG's client base are small businesses in all industries, with an average of 3-30 employees but no more than 49 employees. Mary’s career record and her firms’ of zero legal claims, along with expediting and negotiating very low damages of existing claims for new clients, is a record the firm works hard to maintain. The Employee Relations Group® prides itself in having a mobile office that saves their clients time and costs of doing business with TERG®.

Community involvement is very important to Mary, her community volunteerism include:

Riverwalk Trust – Board and Executive Committee member
Meals on Wheels of South Florida – Board and Vice Chair
Children Diagnostic Treatment Center – Transformer
Downtown Board of Governors – Board member
Women Leading Broward/Leadership Broward – Program Facilitator (2014-Present)
Tower Club Professional Women’s Luncheon – Chair (2014-Present) 
As well as a member of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Women Executive Club and the American Business Women’s Association.


Events

February 2017
Thursday 16th
11:30am February Luncheon
Tuesday 21st
6pm FEBRUARY CANNON CIRCLE: What's Your Passion?
Thursday 23rd
6:30pm FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB
March 2017
Thursday 16th
11:30am March Luncheon
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