News and Announcements

News From Catherine Wolfe

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Monday, April 22nd, 2013 @ 10:54am

Geri Trodick's San Francisco Fun

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Sunday, April 21st, 2013 @ 12:20pm

  • We went to San Francisco to celebrate my 70th birthday with my twin sister and her husband.

    Then drove down to Southern California to see our son and grandkids. We were suppose to fly home on

    Tuesday and that was the day American Airlines had their “computer glitch”, so we stayed an extra day.

    Sorry to have missed the WEC meeting on Wednesday, but we got to see our grandson play baseball.

Beth Tobin Shares Jail & Bail Broward County

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Sunday, April 21st, 2013 @ 12:10pm

  • 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.

MAY 2013: CANNON CIRCLE "A Colorful Event"

  • Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: Fountainhead: 3900 North Ocean Drive / Lauderdale by the Sea / 33308

    Please visit the Cannon Circle hosted by Dr. Priscilla Marotta.
    If you have any questions…

    • 33 people attended


Posted by Kimball Stadler, Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 @ 1:23pm

  • We have recapped the instructions you need to RSVP to our luncheons.  Keep in mind that each person registers separately so all will have an individual confirmation number.


BOOKIES CLUB: American Story by Bob Dotson

  • Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: Edie Hoppe: 5749 Camino Del Sol #402

    Parking is limited- please carpool if possible

    • 9 people attended

Making An Impact with Sustainable Seafood is BIG CHEF's Goal During the Tortuga Music Festival

Posted by Myriam Cohen, Monday, April 1st, 2013 @ 1:03pm

  • BIG CHEF is participating in Rock the Ocean's Inaugural Tortuga Music Festival on April 13th and 14th, 2013 in collaboration with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation which is putting together the Conservation Village. During this historic 2 day event, the beach will be transformed into an oceanfront experience, featuring top country and rock artists and local culinary delights on the shores of the Florida Coast; including BIG CHEF, specifically Mano Calambichis who will be cooking Lionfish Ceviche with sustainable seafood, specifically created for the event.

    According to Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of BIG CHEF "We know the impact the Tortuga Music Festival will have in the community will be far-reaching. Mano and the BIG Chef team have create the right gourmet appetizers for this event, keeping in mind the importance of offering food that is not only pleasing to the palate, it is sustainable and leaves a small ecological footprint on our environment. And it tastes good!"

    About Rock The Ocean Foundation:

    About The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation:

    About BIG CHEF: BIG CHEF is a health conscious, lean & green food manufacturer since 1999. BIG CHEF offers Gourmet appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and canapés, prepared food and Blossoms fresh fruit bouquets, shipped nationwide, delivered locally and catered. BIG CHEF GOURMET MARKET is opening at the Broward Plaza, 4811 S State Road 7. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 . visit 
     , call (954) 965-2480 or email  

News about our WEC luncheons

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Monday, April 1st, 2013 @ 7:35am

  • Just a little housekeeping note…

    We have been having some difficulty with members saying they are attending the luncheon and then not showing, or ladies that have forgotten to make reservations and just showing up.  This puts, not only our greeters as great disadvantage but also the Tower Club themselves.  When we call in the total amounts for the entre choice, Tower Club orders accordingly.  When the members do not show, the Tower Club has to eat those orders.  Just last month, there were 20 ladies that rsvp “yes” that didn’t show.  We also had 10 ladies that showed and never made a reservation.  There is also changing of the entre happening when some women arrive on the luncheon day.  Example, you order chicken and when you get to the Club, you change to steak.  It puts the Chef into a frazzle as you could probably tell. This does not put a good light on our club as we are all highly trained professionals in our field. We have to be more considerate to our Tower Club as they want to make things right for us.  Please Ladies, we will have until the Friday before to get our reservations in so please be observant of this.  We are an outstanding group of woman and I know that we all want to show up in our best light.  

Incoming WEC Board Introductions

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Friday, March 29th, 2013 @ 9:03am

  • My friends:

     It is an honor and privilege to introduce candidates for our incoming WEC Board. Each candidate wrote a short description about herself and her vision for her leadership role. Our official vote takes place at our April luncheon. In the meantime, if you have questions for any candidate, please reach out to her via the email link in our membership directory.

    As your incoming president, I promise to build on our mission of friendship. AND it all starts at our retreat on June 8th at Carol Metevier’s stunning party room. Our theme: Girlfriends: Party in Purple. Trina London, Rodica Charles, and I are busily planning a “can’t miss” day filled with things girlfriends love to do together. 

    Stay tuned for details, but for a sneak peak, what about champagne & chocolate, flowers & food, pictures & presents all kicked-off (literally!!!) by premier performance from our very own EXECUTIVETTES?


    I am blessed with extraordinary presidents who came before me.  I promise to follow their wisdom, build on their heritage, and offer you the best of ME. Thank you for your trust. I’m excited and humbled.

     Judith Kolva

    Michelle Anderson: VP Membership

     Born and raised in upstate New York, Michelle received a BS degree in Management from Binghamton University and a M.B.A. degree from Syracuse University in June of 2000.  In 2003, Michelle relocated to Fort Lauderdale and joined Smith Barney in 2004.  She achieved the Certified Financial Planner status, and currently serves, along with her husband Scott Anderson, as co-manager of the Anderson Group at Morgan Stanley.  The Anderson Group serves as advisors to a select group of high net worth families ranging from $1 to $45 million in assets.  “We are a relationship-based financial planning team recognized by our individual and corporate clients for quality advice, effective implementation and superior service.”  Dedicated to the highest ethical standards, the Anderson Group provides customized multi-generational solutions for the select families we serve.  We have a focus on building long- term relationships founded on mutual trust and respect.  In today’s volatile market the advice of a trusted professional is more valuable than ever.  As your VP of membership, I will work to actively recruit the highest quality new members in the local community. 

     Susan Kissinger: VP of Internal Involvement

    Hello Everyone
    My name is Susan Kissinger and I have been a member of WEC since 2009.  What a difference this wonderful group is from others!  While I have been a member of many chambers and organizations,  during my careers in Special Events and Equipment Rentals, and then with my own company Kissinger Promotions and Send Out Cards, this by far has been the most rewarding. It's like having 50+ new girlfriends all at once. The first two years I was on the front table checking everyone in so I could learn names and faces!  Jump right in and get to know the ladies were my thought, and it worked. I have enjoyed the retreats so much and I love to take pictures and then put them in Send Out Cards then sending to everyone to remember the great time we had. 

    I am so honored to be the incoming VP of Internal Affairs, I will do my best to continue the smooth flow of the different areas I will cover.   Following after Judith will be a blessing as she has created a failsafe road!  I see smooth sailing ahead.

     I am married to Paul the man of my dreams for 11 years and have two furry family members, Buddy and Trudy T. and am very lucky that we both love to travel and take a pretty exciting trip each year!  This year it's off to Madagascar.

    Trina London: VP Events

     I originally joined WEC because I loved the fellowship and energy of the group. I have received so much more than I could have imagined. The support of other women business owners, the sistership, compassion and love I have received is far beyond what I could have expected. Giving back to the club by being on the board, fund raising for PACE and participating in various events has given me an amazing sense of belonging and community

     Kathleen Ryan: VP of Community Involvement

     This position oversees: Women Empowering Women (WEW) Scholarships, Future Executive (FX) Mentoring program, ongoing relationship with PACE as WEC designated community charity, special collections of food at Thanksgiving and gifts for PACE girls at December party, and Media and Public Relations.

     Quote: “It is my honor to coordinate programs in which WEC members inspire, mentor and support women and girls in fulfilling their educational and career goals.  WEC has a proud tradition of “giving back” to our community.”

     For the 2013-2014 year I am looking to establish a Media Committee to assist in television and print exposure of WEC and its impact on the community. If interested contact Kathleen Ryan at 954-561-6939 ext. 317.


     Christy Sjoblom: VP of Corporate Records

     Greetings, Sisters!  I've been a member of WEC for three years!   I am looking forward to serving you as the Vice President for Corporate Records.   I am an independent financial planner specializing in working with women during life changes by day.  My 24/7 titles are wife and loving partner of Steve Sjoblom and mommy to Robbie (6) and Johnny (2).  I am excited about getting further involved in WEC and helping us all to "Lean In" both personally and professionally. 

     Kimball Stadler: VP of Communications

    To me, nothing is more important than great communication. My goal is to be sure all WEC members know who is who and what is what.  I strive for open and honest feedback as I feel it’s important to hear all viewpoints and then move forward with the best decision for our group as a whole.  Keeping up with our website, our events and working with the talented “communication team” of Susan Kingsley and Myriam Cohen will keep us all humming.

    Thank you ladies for the opportunity to be of service to this wonderful group!

     Catherine Wolfe: VP Finance

     I am deeply honored to have been asked to serve on the Board!  I look forward to the opportunity to assist our community and will give 100% to the position. Thank you for your confidence.

Allied Kitchen and Bath Pace Event Extravanza!

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 @ 3:22pm

  • An unforgettable evening for all involved. Thank you to Trina London, Laurina Anderson, Bill and his staff, evening entertainers and all volunteers attendees for making this happen. The PACE girls will definitely benefit from your generousity.

Allied Kitchen & Bath Pace Event Extravaganza!

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 @ 3:14pm

Dr. Priscilla Marotta is Being Honored

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 @ 8:12pm


    Dr. Priscilla Marotta joins the ranks of many WEC "sistahs" this May 9, 2013 at the Boys and Girls Club annual 100 Most Oustanding Women in Broward County where she will be honored this year.

Heidi Richards Mooney Shares Her Latest Book

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 @ 8:06pm


    Heidi Richards Mooney announces the launch of her latest book: Quirky Marketing Calendar. The 7th Edition of QMC - 365 Ways to Promote Your Business Using Zany and Non-traditional Holidays is filled with more than 400 ideas to grow your business using events, celebrations and off-th-wall holidays.  Check it out at
    www.QuirkyMarketingCalendar.comMembers can save $10 when they use code: QUIRKYSAVE$10

Dr. Lenore Alpert Shares Her Updates On Florida Oceans Day

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 @ 10:43am


    Dr. Lenore Alpert organized Florida Oceans Day 2013 (April 4th) for the Florida Ocean Alliance (FOA), a nonprofit organization of industry and ocean researchers. This year's theme "Oceans of Opportunity for Economic Growth" focuses on the importance of oceans and coasts to Florida's economy. The event includes a workshop of experts in the Historic Capitol to discuss their industries and ocean-related exhibits in the Capitol.  She and Dr. Bill Stronge have just completed an economic and industry cluster mapping report for FOA. The report finds that the state's coastal counties contribute $584 billion to the economy. This represents 79% of Florida's economy, of which half comes from the economic contributions of those counties along the Atlantic Shoreline.  Southeast Florida figures prominently in tourism and seaports, but also includes the marine industry, recreation, and fishing.

Hot Off The Press News With Rosana Santos Calambichis

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Friday, March 22nd, 2013 @ 11:41pm

  • BIG CHEF Supports Book Launch of "Little Secret: The Fantastic Life of Kat" With Gourmet Signature Dishes!

    Hollywood, FL (March 12, 2013) BIG CHEF™, the company that specializes in gourmet appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and canapés that are delivered to your door is supporting the book launch of “LITTLE SECRET: the Fantastic Life of Kat” by renowned Brazilian (Rio de Janeiro) born author Heloísa Schurmann. The event will take place in Miami, March 20th, at Britto Central - 818 Lincoln Rd. - Miami Beach, FL 33139, at
    7PM. All book sales proceeds will be donated to the Kat Institute in Sta Catarina and to Renata’s Christmas in Recife, Brazil. The cocktail party for the evening will have the signature of BIG CHEF™ who will provide delectable gourmet hors d’oeuvres they have become known for including apricot boursin, salmon pinwheel , turkey mandarin and Blossoms veggie and cheese Bouquet – “the flowers they can eat”.

    According to Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of BIG CHEF™  "We are supporting the release of LITTLE SECRET for reasons that, to me, appear to be obvious: this is a story which needs to be told and I am sure it will help and touch a lot of people.” "

    About the Author: Heloisa Schurmann, born in Rio de Janeiro, is a writer and a sea-woman. With a degree in English from New York University, she established a language school in Santa Catarina, attended by more than a thousand students. Moved by her love of the sea stories written by Jules Verne, she abandoned her stable career in order to live her dream of sailing twice around the world. together with her husband and four children: Pierre, David, Wilhelm and Kat. Her passion of literature, however, was not lost: she has already published four other books on the stories of the Schurmann family and their travels.

    About Britto Cental: Britto Central houses the artwork of Romero Britto. Known for his colorful, black-outlined illustrations, his work can be seen everywhere from Miami Beach City Hall to the White House. His gallery boasts original paintings, sculptures and a shop where visitors can purchase Britto-designed handbags, ties, T-Shirts and more. For more information visit:

    About BIG CHEF™: BIG CHEF is a health conscious, lean & green food manufacturer since 1999. BIG CHEF™ offers delectable hors d'oeuvres and canapés, gourmet prepared food and Blossoms fresh fruit & veggie Bouquets – the flowers they can eat, shipped nationwide, delivered locally and catered. R&D kitchen, private label and co-packer. BIG CHEF Gourmet Market is opening at the Broward Plaza, 4811 S State Road 7. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. For more information, visit , call (954) 965-2480 or email Rosana Santos Calambichis at

BOOKIES CLUB: Mystic Sweet Communion

  • Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: 2500 East Las Olas Boulevard, Penthouse 8 / Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


    The next Bookies will be on April 8, 2013,

    • 11 people attended

Celebrating Birthdays with Liz Mendel and Her Mother D

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 @ 9:17pm


Posted by Kimball Stadler, Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 @ 3:24pm

    Wonder Woman has been seen on a variety of WEC member's profiles!
    If you have a Wonder Woman picture as your own profile picture, there is a way this can be stopped!

    You simply need to send your own headshot and $00.00 to Kimball Stadler @ and she will replace Wonder Woman with your very own beautiful picture!

    This has been a PSA from the WEC VP of Communications
    Thank you for your interest ( and your headshot!)

Introducing WEC’s 2013 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Monday, February 18th, 2013 @ 5:56pm

  • Women Empowering Women (WEW) is WEC’s college scholarship program. 
    Our 2013 WEW winners are Tamara Chang and Rodica Charles.  Tamara is a student in an Associate Degree program majoring in legal studies at Keiser University.  Her education goal is to earn a graduate degree in Public Administration. Rodica, a  Florida International University graduate with double majors in Finance and International Business, is currently pursuing a MBA with a concentration in Human Resources at Nova Southwestern University.  Both women are dedicated students with clear career goals.

    A WEW recipient receives up to $2500 for educational expenses and a complimentary WEC membership. There were 15 eligible applicants for the two WEW scholarships. Tamara and Rodica were the unanimous  first choices of the Scholarship Committee: Ann Meacham, Chadia Meroueh, Dee Moustakas, Melissa Rapkin and Kathleen Ryan.

    For both Tamara and Rodica, being a WEW recipient is both an honor and an entrée into a community of women leaders.  When asked what it meant to be a WEW scholarship winner, Tamara Chang responded: 

    There are many reasons why this scholarship is important to me. While the monetary award

    will be pertinent for my school fees and books, the best part is being a part of a dynamic group

    that represents women who are  powerful in business, the economy and the community. This

    experience will assist me in my endeavors to become a leader in my community.

    For Rodica Charles: WEW is important to me for many reasons:

    -This is the first scholarships I ever won and I will never forget the excitement when I received the call informing me that I was the winner of the award!

    - During my preliminary interview, although it was short, and I was bombarded with questions by all the committee members in the room, at the same time it gave me this great feeling, and one thought crossed my mind: “One day I want to be like them, powerful and able to make a difference!”

    - The scholarship doesn’t mean only funds to help with my tuition, but it also means one year membership in WEC, where I have the privilege of attending events and meeting some\extraordinary people.

    Welcome Tamara and Rodica!

Dr. Judith Kolva Shares Her Family Hopes and Wishes

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Sunday, February 17th, 2013 @ 5:00pm

  • *Featured photo is of Erin and Grammy to be on her wedding day*

    An unknown, but very insightful, woman once said, “Friends are like a good bra, supportive, hard to find, and always close to your heart!”

    Well, my friends, I’ve found you and now I’m asking you to be supportive in a way that’s VERY close to my heart . . . my daughter Erin and her husband Gabe are ready to adopt a baby into what they call “our forever family.”

    I’m learning that the adoption process today is about spreading the good news. So, my friends, if you hear of a birth mother who wants her child to be raised in a loving, lovely family please, please let me know.

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart.



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