News and Announcements

Debra McLaughlin Shares Her Happy News

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Monday, December 31st, 2012 @ 10:16am

  • 16 year member Deb McLaughlin has been accepted as a postulent to the Diaconate (she's on the road to being a Deacon!) in the Episcopal church.  There are still a few hurdles to jump, but you'll be invited for her ordination.

Fun Memories from the December Holiday Meeting

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Monday, December 24th, 2012 @ 7:06pm

Kathleen Ryan Thanks WEC Sistahs For Our PACE Giving Generosity

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, December 20th, 2012 @ 6:30pm

  • Hello My Dear Sisters,


    I wanted to share the most amazing news with you.  Again, you all have shown up for our PACE girls with such generosity.  I am so honored to be associated with a group of women who give from their heart to make a positive impact for those less fortunate.


    Here’s what we’ve done for our girls:


    Today the ladies contributed:

    $180 in gift cards

    $90 in cash

    $295 in Checks

    40 hand sanitizers

    20 ear buds

    15 bath and beauty products

    6 journals

    5 purses and etc.


    All in all, over $1,000 in value—holiday gifts for the girls.


    May the blessings of the season lift your spirits and brighten your homes.




Happy Mom Dr. Dora Vilk Shapiro Shares Her December News

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, December 20th, 2012 @ 6:25pm

  • Dr. Dora Vilk-Shapiro is very proud to share the news that her 22 year old son, Jordan has been accepted to four dental schools!  LECOM in Bradenton, FL; University of Florida in Gainesville, FL; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ; and Tufts in Boston, MA.  Jordan is favoring Tufts and will be applying to either the Air Force Dental Scholarship or Navy Dental Scholarship programs.  Jordan has also been nominated for the Order of the Pegasus award at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Dr. Dora is a very proud mom this month.

Dr. Priscilla Marotta Shares Her Office Holiday Joy

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, December 20th, 2012 @ 6:18pm

  • The center of psychological effectiveness with member Dr Priscilla Marotta celebrated the exciting move to their new office with a decorating holiday party at Sweeter Days in Fort Lauderdale. Each therapist received customized wine glasses as 2012 was a year of expansion for the Center.

November Member Meeting Memories

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Friday, November 30th, 2012 @ 3:59pm

December: CANNON CIRCLE- Holiday Festive Gathering!

  • Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 6:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Vivien Godfrey's Home: 805 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

    ATTENDEES: Members Only
    We are thrilled to have Vivien Godfrey host another…

    • 22 people attended

Toys Wanted for The Pantry of Broward Annual Toy Drive

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, November 29th, 2012 @ 4:35pm

November Cannon Circle Fun Shots

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Thursday, November 29th, 2012 @ 1:11pm

  • Fun, food and shopping on Las Olas Blvd. was shared by your Sistahs. Thanks Dr. Donna and Deb!!!

January Book Club: To Heaven and Back by Mary Neal

  • Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 6:30pm - 9pm
    Location: Suzie King: 2124 Bayview Fort Lauderdale, FL

    All book club events are designed to bring members…

    • 12 people attended

A Power Of Giving

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 @ 10:06am

  • Kathleen Ryan put together a wonderful recap of the impressive donations our WEC Sisters have contributed throughout the years.  We wanted to share this information with everyone.  Ladies, we really have made a difference in the lives of others. Thanks to each of you for your kindness and generousity:

    WEC and Community Involvement
    by Kathleen Ryan

    This holiday season is a time to reflect on WEC’s tradition of giving back to our Community.   As a Club WEC has a history of helping others through scholarship, mentoring and, supporting PACE, our named charity.


    * Women Empowering Women (WEW) Scholarship   Two $2,500 scholarships on an annual basis to women entering or reentering college to further their career as entrepreneurs, senior managers and executives.


    * New Tradition of taking up a collection to help feed the hungry at our November luncheon.

       In 2010 and 2011, WEC members contributed $1,600 for Lifenet for Families and those members who volunteered in the early hours at Sawgrass Mall on Black Friday raised another $7,000.  In total, WEC members raised a total of $8,600 to help feed hungry families in our community.

    * Support for PACE Center for Girls Broward-WEC’s named charity.

    Since December 2007, WEC has contributed $19,740 to support the girls at PACE Broward, has sponsored over 125 girls as guests at our monthly meetings,has collected gifts for the girls at our last 4 holiday parties, and WEC members have attended PACE special events and volunteered at the Center.


     WEC is a group of professional women who are generous in giving back to the community and empowering other women and girls, giving them tools that will bring them success in their careers.

Get SOCIAL with the WEC!

Posted by Kimball Stadler, Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 @ 12:07pm

Marla Jaffe Nassau Seeks Sponsors for the 3rd Annual MS Hopscotch "Hopping 4 A Cure"

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 @ 9:39pm

  •   The 3rd Annual  MS Hopscotch "Hopping 4 A Cure"  

    for Multiple Sclerosis Tournament will be taking place on January 17th at Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Fl.


         Hopping 4 a Cure was created as a tribute to my husband Steven by my son David when he was a junior in high school. Now working on bringing the game to the University of Florida and other Colleges in Florida, he has left a legacy at Stoneman Douglas to carry on this event. 

    As President of this now Pending 501c3 not for profit organization I am reaching out to all of WEC to help make our mission come true. This year with your help we will be giving out the first of many "Hopping 4 A Cure" $1,500 College Scholarships to a qualifying student who either has MS or whose family has been financially hardshipped due to a member that has MS. One day soon our mission will also include Caregiver Support and Alternative Medical Research.

    Tax deductable Donations and Sponsorship information are available on our website.  You can just click the Sponsorship tab or contact me. Raffle prizes are also appreciated. 

    Have fun listening to our Hip Hop song and smile knowing you will make a difference in someones life! Enjoy pictures and learn more about this awesome funfilled Hopping 4 A Cure game of Speed, Endurance and Challenge. If you know of a High School, Middle School or College interested in having a tournament just contact me. The guidelines are in place and ready to share!

    Marla cell: 954-536-3130 or office: 954-346-8558.

    We HOP in the HOPE one day a CURE will be found for Multiple Sclerosis.

    With gratitude and heartfelt thanx,


Pam Dearden Invites You to the Art of Jazz Pub Crawl- North Beach Arts District

  • Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: 3313 NE 33rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL.


    Enjoy a great evening of fun, food and jazz! Join us for…

    • 1 person attended

Fun Event Night: DIVORCE PARTY!

  • Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 7pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Parker Playhouse

    ATTENDEES: Members and Guests
    Contact Laurina Anderson immediately if you wish to go to…

    • 7 people attended

Birthday Fun with Judy Coughlin & Her Daughter

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Monday, November 5th, 2012 @ 8:12pm

  • Dr. Judy Coughlin on her birthday this past October 1st, with her best friend & daughter Katie.

VP of Events Trina London Shares her Paints and Cocktails Event Success.

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Monday, November 5th, 2012 @ 8:00pm

  • I want to personally thank all of you who attended our Paints and Cocktails. It was a really fun event and we all had such a wonderful time.

    I am proud to announce that the event was a great success and you raised $350 for PAC!

    Thanks so much for helping me with this event and for all of your support.

WEC FOOD DRIVE: Benefiting The Pantry

  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at TBD
    Location: At WEC Luncheon


    As we enter into the holiday season, we have…

November Cannon Circle

  • Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 6pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301

    Celebrate Gratefulness and Abundance with
    Deb McLaughlin & Donna Goldstein

    • 26 people attended

Judy Coughlin Shares Her MA. Rest and Rejuvenation

Posted by Susan Kingsley, Monday, October 29th, 2012 @ 10:48pm

  • Hi,

    I’m Dr. Judy Coughlin, the WEC’s newest member. In October I took a huge step for my personal well-being and took a week off from my stressful life as a Professor and caregiver for my daughter. I booked a one week stay at the Kripaulu center in Lenox MA. It was entitled, “Rest and Rejuvenation for people over 40.” There were 19 women and one brave man. Everyone came for different reasons, but most were tired from work and relationships etc., etc., Over the course of the week, we took many workshops on self-care, setting healthy boundaries, getting joy out of life, etc., etc., We ate 100% organic food daily in a communal dining hall. Breakfast was silent, it was nice to sit in silence and contemplate everything, yet be surrounded by people. The leader of the group told us we all need at least one good friend who will always be there for us, through thick and thin. Not 2 or 20, just one and that the people who are there for you are your Choir, and you can be a member of your own choir. I thought about joining the WEC, and realized I’ll have many new members in my choir as well as be in yours. The camaraderie with strong professional women is unparralled from any group I have been in before and I’m really looking forward to meeting more of you. At any rate, it was a phenomenal experience and one I highly recommend anyone take, wherever you go. I simply left my life for a week. It was hard, I had to find 24/7 care for my daughter and put everything in order at work, and I thought I was indispensable to all of them, but somehow that week went on without me and I truly did rest and rejuvenate. I’m looking forward to hosting the book club on Nov. 12 at my home in Davie and look forward to making more new wonderful women friends.

    Judy Coughlin Ph.D.


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