It's not all hard work and no fun being on the WEC board of directors. We allow ourselves a little levity! In the comment section below, see if you can tell us the OUTGOING President's name and the INCOMING President's name?
Hi Ladies, something neat I wanted to share with you is my Monarch Tree, a pink plant on my covered patio that seems to be a favorite for the Monarch caterpillars that I raise in my rear yard. Actually, all I do is provide the host plant, Milkweed/Butterfly Weed and the Monarchs do the rest. (Milkweed grows as a vine, as bushes, with red or yellow flowers, and also as a version called Giant Milkweed, that has large incredible looking flowers). In this particular session there appears to be the largest number of "Cats" hanging out. With the Monarch Butterfly having issues with its popluation in our world, it is something I can do to help. Yes, of course I have additional types of host plants in my yard for other varieties of butterflies. :-) It is easy to do and amazing to watch the butterflies flutter around. Barbara Moorman and her husband are also butterfly gardeners. I learned this about her at one of our Annual Retreats. :-)
Jordan Shapiro graduated UCF May 2013 with a Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Family photo includes Dora's youngest sister Eileen. Jordan's girlfriend Shelby, Dora's mom, son Jordan, Dora and hubby Larry.
Judith Kolva is proud to announce a new business name and brand. Thanks to help from the stellar marketing team of Bonnie Unsworth and Dee Moustakas, Memoir Shoppe is ready to launch Legacies in Ink: Limited Edition, Heirloom Books. Stay tuned for soon to be released website.
Equally as exciting, Judith and her business partner/husband, Chuck Schwabe, were presented with the Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business of the Year Award.
Observations from one of our respected Past Presidents: Last month’s speaker, Dr. Gayle Carson, fielded a question from one of the PACE girls about the best tip she could offer for getting ahead in the business world. Here’s what the S.O.B. (Spunky Old Broad) said: “Always be accountable…keep your commitments.”
Dr. Carson’s response struck a chord with me. Based on recent events, I feel many of us have gotten lackadaisical about doing what we say we’re going to do.
Here are just a few examples:
Forty-four members RSVP’d they’d be coming to the January Cannon Circle; 33 showed up.
In February, Dora cooked a magnificent Cuban dinner. She made enough food for 45, because that’s how many said they were coming –– 28 members came.
The last Book Club gathering had 10 members respond. Only four attended.
At a recent luncheon at the Tower Club, 20 members who RSVP’d did not come. (Imagine how unprofessional we must seem to the new catering manager.)
Try putting yourself in any one of these hostesses’ high heels (or chef’s hat). When there’s a 25 percent or more “no-show” rate, lots of food and drink goes to waste. Planning for these events requires a sizeable investment of both time and money. So, the next time you RSVP for an event, make sure you will actually be there before hitting “send.”
Of course, emergencies pop up: illness, car trouble, unexpected deadlines, etc. However, being pooped at the end of the day is not an acceptable excuse. Imagine how tired the hostess is!
Besides, a little face time with other WEC members is the ideal antidote to a stressful day.
Hollywood, FL (April 25, 2013) Rosana Santos Calambichis, President of BIG CHEF™, the company that specializes in gourmet canapés, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres that are delivered to your door, invited to speak at the The 8th Annual FOCUS BRASIL-EUA as part of the Panel: Brazilian Women in America - Challenges and Achievement.
FOCUS BRASIL-EUA Seminar which takes place April 29th to May 5th, in Fort Lauderdale, FL will gather hundreds of Cultural leaders, professionals, students and media representatives from different Brazilian communities in the United States and many other countries. This year, the event will be launched on April 29th at Cinema Paradiso and will proceed daily until May 5th at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of BIG CHEF™ says: "It is an honor to be the voice of women in South Florida/Brazil. My goal in sharing my own challenges and achievement is to enlighten women about what it takes to make it in America, to get noticed for our accomplishments and not get discouraged by how long or difficult the road can often be for a foreign-born woman to realize her dreams and achive her goals. I believe in the positive impact of women’s contributions to society and in the economic development of the community and region."
About the Panel: The panel, presented by Globo Noticia Américas is being moderated by Mila Burns, News Anchor of ”Globo Notícia Américas”, TV Globo Internacional. In addition to the successful Florida business woman Rosana Santos Calambichis, other distinguised panel members include:
About Rosana Santos Calambichis: In Florida since 1991, before she lived in Cali, Colombia and Angola, Africa. Studied Law in Cali-Libre and PUC-SP, obtained an MBA from UOP in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. As a Brazilian woman immigrant, she proudly holds many unforgettable moments, among them, traveling to Sao Paulo, through SUSTA for the purpose of exporting BIG CHEF tasty items proudly made in the USA; to accept the award "Notable Women - Laurel Cecilia Meireles" Itabira, Minas Gerais, and to participate in the Pathway to Prosperity with Hillary Clinton in the Americas Women Entrpreneurs Conference in Washington, DC.
The outgoing entrepreneur and owner of BIG CHEF™ has taken on many leadership roles and has been recognized in numerous organizations of distinction, mentored young entrepreneurs, participated and sponsored innumerous events & causes in the community. She is President-elect of the Women's Ecommerce Association International www.wecai.org; sits on the Board of Directors of The Alliance of Broward County http://www.gflalliance.org/ , member of Fort Lauderdale Women's Executive Club www.wecftl.com and of the Tower Club . She is the author of two ebooks “The Ultimate Appetizer” and “The Ultimate Holiday Feast” and the Food and Entertainment editor for "WeMagazine for Women." www.WeMagazineforWomen.com
About BIG CHEF™:BIG CHEF is a health conscious, lean & green food manufacturer since 1999. BIG CHEF™ offers hors d'oeuvres and canapés, gourmet prepared food and Blossoms fresh fruit bouquets, shipped nationwide, delivered locally and catered to your homes, yachts and business. Private Label and Co-Packer. BIG CHEF Gourmet Market is located at 4811 S State Road 7, Davie, FL 33314. For more information, visit www.Bigchefonline.com , call (954) 965-2480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April is “Jazz Appreciation Month” and we’ve been busy providing jazz opportunities for people to enjoy lots of jazz. We started out the month with our “First Friday Jazz Jam” on April 5 which features local jazz students. On April 12 we presented jazz pianist Bill Mays in his “Mays at the Movies” jazz concert at the Broward Center. We just completed our annual “Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Competition” on April 20 with over 50 area jazz students who competed for jazz scholarships to summer jazz camps and for college tuition assistance for next year. On Friday, April 26, we’ll be cookin’ with jazz at our “Jazz Cooks” event at the Lenore Nolan Ryan Cooking School, a fun evening of food and jazz by the Broward College Jazz Ensemble.
Our upcoming events in May include the “First Friday Jazz Jams” on May 3, which is free and open to the public. On May 10, we’ll be hosting the “Spring Fling Pub Crawl” at the North Beach Arts District from 6pm – 8pm. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. May 8 will be our final jazz concert of the season, “South Florida Jazz Divas,” featuring Wendy Pedersen and Paulette Dozier accompanied by members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band led by Steve Ahern. Tickets are $40/person and can be ordered at 954-462-0222.
There’s still time to appreciate jazz in April! Call the Gold Coast Jazz Society for information about any of the events listed above.
Our kickoff is Tues. April 23rd. I have sat on the prestigious board for Jail & Bail Broward County for over 10 years. We raise a lot of money for the American Cancer Society. This is near and dear to my heart. My Mother, 2 first cousins and 5 wonderful young friends have lost their lives to this dreadful disease. Please make a donation to keep "Baby Face Beth" out of Jail and try to conquer cancer.