News and Announcements

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.


WEC Board Hard at Work for the Club!

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Sunday, February 17th, 2013 @ 4:49pm

  • Much thanks to our hard working volunteer board for all of their efforts on our behalf. Such a beautiful group of lovely, brilliant women.

February Meeting Memories

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Sunday, February 17th, 2013 @ 4:38pm

  • Smiles to us all from the Tower Club. :-)

A Note of Thanks from Geri Trodick to Liz Mendel

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Sunday, February 17th, 2013 @ 4:22pm


    Just want to thank Liz Mandel for helping me plan my trip to San Francisco to celebrate my 70th birthday in April.


February Cannon Circle Sharing

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Friday, February 15th, 2013 @ 11:58am


    The February Cannon Circle was a success held at the Hampton Beach Club. WEC members were treated to red or white sangria, latin sodas like Materva and Ironbeer and fruit juices like mango and guava. Ceviche, 2 salads, turkey picadillo (a ground turkey dish, seafood and chicken paella, black bean soup, and platanos maduros (sweet plantains) followed by latin cookies and guava or mamey (a red fruit similar to papaya) icecream. Zelda, the Palm reader entertained. A tour of Dr. Dora's new beach condo. apt. followed. A great time was had by all and everyone went home with their Valentine's goodie bag. Dr. Dora Vilk-Shapiro, a WEC member since 1996 enjoyed sharing her Cuban heritage with her WEC friends.

Raise The Roof!

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 @ 2:43pm

  • Hello Ladies;
    I am part of the Coral Springs Leadership program this year and one of our functions is to raise money for the local high schools in our area.  We put together a wonderful networking event on March 14th. I invite you to attend and network in a professional yet fun environment.                                  -Kimball Stadler


    Join the Coral Springs Leadership Institute as we raise money for the Education Foundation helping our high schools in the area

    This is a great opportunity to network and on the unique rooftop of JM Lexus! 

    Silent Auction and Raffles

    Great Food and drinks from 

    World of Beer
    and much more!

    2 FREE Drink Tickets
    $15 RSVP in advance * $20 at the door

    Register online:

Marla Jaffe Nassau Shares Her Exciting News

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, February 7th, 2013 @ 12:14pm

  • Marla Jaffe Nassau, Interior Designer and President of Jaffe Design Associates, Inc. has just been appointed as an Adjunct Instructor at the Auto Nation Academy of Art + Design Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University.


    This New Interior Design Fundamentals course is a unique interactive experience designed for students interested in interior design taught by Industry expert Marla Jaffe Nassau. Focus will be placed on design principles, balance, scale, proportion, color, and texture. Students will learn smart shopping techniques, such as how to save time, money and avoid costly mistakes. Space planning will be discussed as well as practices on how to draw and design a room. Finally, designs become a reality with the implementation of a vision is realized. This 5 week course is open to all levels, no experience necessary. Open house is February 9th 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. and session begins February 19th.

    5weeks: $225 + $30 lab fee

    Tuesdays: 3pm – 6pm or 6:30pm-9:30pm

    Marla has been a presence in the South Florida Interior Design arena since incorporating Jaffe Design Associates, Inc. in 1984. Marla is a Florida State Registered Licensed Interior Designer with the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. An ASID Award Winning Interior Designer known for her diverse non repetitive style. “As a creative Visionary and Industry Expert I always begin with the end in mind….Space is my Canvas.”


WEC Social Event of the Year!

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Allied Kitchen & Bath: 616 W. Oakland Park Blvd Ft Lauderdale 33311

    Please join us for a
    WEC Social Event hosted by

    • 22 people attended

March Cannon Circle: SUNSET ON THE BEACH

  • Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: Rochelle Schwartz: 520 N Ocean Blvd #9 / Pompano Beach


    • 27 people attended

Dr. Donna's Bridal Shower

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Monday, February 4th, 2013 @ 10:17am

  • You are Invited to a Magic Carpet Ride

    A Fun Bridal Shower for Dr. Donna Goldstein

    Saturday, March 2, 2013

    2:00 - 4:30 in the Afternoon

    Villas at Sheridan Clubhouse, 2520 North 38th Avenue, Hollywood

    Limited Guest Parking near Clubhouse, Plenty at Sheridan Hills Church, just east of Townhouses


    Celebrate a rite of a beautiful woman with
    exotic bites and surprises!

    Bring colorful, jingly scarves and wear comfy clothing!


    Please RSVP to 954-478-1091 or
    by February 14


    Gifts - Contribute your treasure* to Donna and Vern’s Dream Boudoir:*Confidential contributions(money tree) or Gift Cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, SOMA (where Donna gets her lingerie)


PACE EVENT: Believing in Girls!

  • Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 11:30am - 1pm
    Location: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel

    2013 PACE Luncheon…

    • 16 people attended

Broward Cultural Council Welcomes Gold Coast Jazz's Pamela Dearden

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 @ 8:09am

  • Dearden Joins the 24-member arts advisory board to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners


    The Broward Cultural Council recently welcomed Cultural Executive Committee Chair and Executive Director of Gold Coast Jazz Pamela Dearden to Broward County’s cultural arts advisory board. Dearden will be part of the 24-member team that makes recommendations to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The Broward Cultural Council, created in 1977, is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.

    Appointed by the Cultural Executive Committee, Dearden brings to this new role, 25 years in arts management and administration experience. She has been the Executive Director of the Gold Coast Jazz Society since 2004. Prior to that she dedicated more than six years with the Florida Philharmonic's Orchestra in management in the areas of education, outreach, grants management and administration of the Chorus. In addition, Dearden has been employed as the administrative director and business manager of Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir and the assistant manager for The Opera Guild of Fort Lauderdale.

    Dearden holds a bachelor of arts degree in Music from Florida Atlantic University and is the recipient of the 2008 ArtServe Arts Administrator Award, the 1997 Encore Award for Individual Leadership in the Arts, the Cultural Foundation of Broward’s Star Award for volunteerism, and a “Women of Style and Substance” awardee. She has been affiliated with many professional and local civic organizations including American Symphony Orchestra League; Broward Cultural Council’s Arts in Education Committee; Broward County Music Teachers Association; Women’s Executive Club; past chair of the Cultural Executive Committee for the Broward Cultural Council; Cultural Foundation of Broward; National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE); National Association of the Teachers of Singing; past member of the Philharmonic Society and Opera Society among other civic organizations.

    Please visit the website of the Broward Cultural Division for more information on the Broward Cultural Council.

Carolyn Zaumeyer Named to Advisory Board

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, January 24th, 2013 @ 4:13pm

  • Last September, Carolyn Zaumeyer, MSN, ARNP  met with several other outstanding nursing leaders at the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina, where she was named to the first advisory board for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. The board positions will be held for 2+ years. 

    Zaumeyer was invited because of her knowledge, experience, and entrepreneurial expertise. She is known and respected for her opinions on the future of nursing in our healthcare system. Zaumeyer has been an NP specializing in women’s health for over 20 years. She is the author of two books and more than 27 publications. She has made presentations at more than 80 national and international conferences. She is also currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for Practice Management, the only online business journal written specifically for Nurse Practitioners.



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11:30am January Luncheon
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11:30am February Chef Luncheon
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