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4, 4:30 pm
10 , 11:30 am
Dec Chapter Meeting
Broadmoor, Penrose Room
(see details below)
The Peggy Griffith ASIST Scholarship Fund
By Michelle A. Vandepas
We came, we rallied,
we gave, we golfed. What is it all for? The Peggy Griffith
Scholarship Fund which is presently helping two women through college.
After the great golfing success this summer we now have over $86,000
in our scholarship fund! Congratulations to all of us.
This money is currently held in two accounts; a money
market which holds enough cash for our operating expenses, and the
mutual fund account which holds the majority of our cash.
We plan on fund raising each year until we have enough cash to be
a self sustaining fund.
We have collected money
in various ways over the years, selling flowers, silent auctions
and of course our monthly drawings. The donated door prizes
raises between $50.00 - $100.00 each month which contributes to
the scholarship fund. (to donate a prize just bring it to
a meeting - this is a great way to clean out your closet of unwanted
gifts received this holidays).
Each year we give $6,000
total to pay for books and tuition for deserving women. Usually
and currently we support two scholarship recipients each receiving
$3,000 per year. We pay the school directly, in two
$1500.00 installments as requested.
fund is named in honor of Peggy Griffith, charter member and our
1987 EWI President. Peggy was active in EWI until her
move to Arkansas. She died from cancer several years ago and
the fund was named after her. ASIST is an acronym standing for
˝Adult Student in Scholarship Transition."
Springs EWI has an opening for a scholarship, the chairperson contacts
the local colleges and universities - UCCS, Pikes Peak and so on,
letting them know we have funds available. We send applications
for interested students and the schools keep our application on
file. This year I (Michelle Vandepas) am your chairperson,
and in the previous several years it has been Susan Wood-Ellis.
Thanks to Susan for computerizing all the necessary forms.
All applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for funds:
- Must be
a woman of non-traditional college age (25 years old or older).
- Need basis
only - attach a copy of your last W2. Are you a recipient
of any other scholarship money, and if so what is the amount?
of El Paso County.
for undergraduate degree - Associates or Bachelors.
an accredited traditional or non-traditional college or university.
must show clear intent to pursue and finish an undergraduate degree
at specified college or university.
- Submit two
letters of recommendation.
must submit a one page, typed essay describing goals and how these
goals will be achieved through the academic process. Include
how you got to this point in your life, your challenges and accomplishments,
and where you want to be five and ten years from now. Video
essays (5 minutes) will be accepted when applicants can document
disability that would prevent a written essay.
- For scholarship
renewal the recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
will be asked attend two EWI meetings annually, at the membership
expense, and give a brief progress report.
I have been in contact with both women. They are excited to be
part of EWI and hope to come to a meeting soon to share their success
and goals with us. Although they are invited to the Christmas
meeting each year, attending is a challenge because of final exams.
I hope they are able to come in January or February and give us
their reports first hand.
Susan did a terrific job of finding our current and well deserving
recipients. She has written about our women, and this is an
edited recap of their bios:
Rebecca E. Tonn
Rebecca attended Biola University eighteen
years ago. Studied journalism, theater, and psychology.
She is a 37 year old single mother of young teenagers and a sophomore
▄ pursuing an English degree at UCCS. She has been working
full-time in the restaurant business since her divorce nine years
Most of her goals center on furthering
her education. She intends to graduate in May or December
of 2004. After graduation, she would like to find a position
as a Copy Editor or Copy Writer and also enroll in a Master of Fine
Arts program to pursue a degree in Creative Fiction Writing. Her
long-term goal is to teach Creative Writing at CU-The Springs, to
work as a feature columnist, to write short stories and to publish
a collection of short stories and a novel.
She has waited many years for her children
to be old enough so that her education would not interfere with
her parenting time. It has been an incredible thrill for her
to be studying, reading literature, and discussing it, and to be
Her biggest obstacles include being
a single mom with no financial support, and a chronic back injury
she has been battling for three years ▄ which is aggravated by standing,
walking and lifting while at work.
Lina has completed two years at Pikes
Peak Community College. She has wanted to become a nurse since
she was a small child. In 1991, at the age of 18, she attended
Concorde Career Institute and obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant
certification. Her next goals of becoming a Licensed Practical
Nurse and finally a Registered Nurse were put aside when she became
a wife and mother. After her 8 year marriage ended, she and
her son moved to Colorado Springs in the hopes of finding a good
education for her son and an opportunity for her to go back to school.
Three years later, at the age of 39,
she is pursuing her Bachelors in nursing at Beth-El while working
at a restaurant in Manitou Springs.
Her long-term goal is to become a Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner specializing in Oncology, to work with other
professionals in various settings. She wants to be able to
listen to the little patient's questions and hope to calm his or
her fears. She says she may not be able to change the world,
but she knows that she can make a difference in the lives and families
of the sick. This is her lifelong dream and she will do what
it takes to accomplish it.
Each year we give gifts at Christmas.
This year we are taking money from our fund and giving baskets
made by Beth @ Cachet Baskets - who is giving us a great deal on
´girly' baskets, along with gift certificates to King Soopers and
Thanks to everyone for helping to grow our fund and give hope and
financial support to our women. It is my honor to be chairperson
this year of the Scholarship Committee. If you have questions,
please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
or see me at the next meeting.
All About You!
By Marti Hartman
November's meeting at Jake and Telly's was a HOOT!
Thanks again to Kaye Caster and Jeannie Sharon for putting it all
together. And congratulations to Kathy Kelly for answering
all the questions correctly in the "name your 2003-2004 EWI
officers" game and winning an overnight stay at Kaye Caster's
Old Town Guest House Bed and Breakfast.
The program included a presentation by Telly about the Greek fare
we enjoyed, but more important, I believe, was the "out-of-the-box-networking".
We have such a wealth of diverse businesses and unique women in
our organization it would be a loss if we didn't take the opportunity
to get to know more about at least one other woman
in EWI with whom we had not yet connected.
IT REALLY IS "ALL ABOUT YOU"
Whether your focus is on new business relationships, personal relationships,
EWI is that opportunity for you - take it!
Enjoy the EWI Journey - and take every opportunity to add as many
supporters to your Journey as possible.
send submissions for the Chapter Pulse to:
Dec 11 - Nancy Taylor, Life member
Dec 12 - Kelly Wood, Stading & Wood Chiropractic
Dec 15 - Cindy Lindhorn, Life member
Dec 20 - Mary Collins, City of Colorado Springs
Dec 21 - Wanda Reaves, Sustaining member
Dec 22 - Michelle Vandepas, Conscious Destiny
Dec 29 - Nicola Myers, The Connaisseur
Greek Wine Tasting and Greek
Food With Jake & Telly
If you missed the November meeting, you missed a fabulous evening!
We visited 3 Old Colorado City shops: Old Town Gallery, Celtic Mercantile,
and the Music Box Store, to play our "Name the EWI Board"
game. The winner of the game was Kathy Kelly, who will be
spending a very romantic night at Old Town Guest House bed and Breakfast.
Dinner was at Jake and Telly's restaurant. Telly introduced
us to 3 Greek wines that accompanied our Greek dinner. The
wines were: 1) Biblia Chora (sauvignon vlanc/assyrtico) 2002, served
with the Greek salad; 2) Mercouri Antares 1999 (red), served with
the Greek sampler platter; and 3) Kovrtaki Muscat of Samos (dessert
wine), served with Baklava. YUMMY! These Greek wines
will be available at the Powers Liquor Mart, distributed by Synergy
Door prizes were donated by: Westside Boot & Shoe, Photo Lab,
Red Mountain Sports, Barista Coffee, Cachet Baskets, Celtic Mercantile,
Music Box Shop, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Purple Mountain Coffee, and
by Wanda Reaves
This young woman has accomplished a lot in her young life.
She is new to EWI and knows what it takes to get the most from
her EWI membership by getting involved in a committee, big time!
She was born in Colorado Springs and graduated from Palmer High
School. While a student at Palmer she was in a number of organizations,
including the National Honor Society. She was chosen to attend
the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D. C where
she met with members of the United States Congress and gained a
better understanding of congressional procedures as well as the
Her degree is in Journalism and Advertising which she obtained
from the University of Colorado in Boulder. While there the Jon
Benet Ramsey murder occurred and she remembers the impact that awful
incident had on the campus.
She entered the Disney Internship competition and was one of five
people chosen out of 400 entrants! The internship involved
living in Orlando for six months and working at The Magic Kingdom
in Disney World. This was an exciting time for her and she learned
a lot about working with people.
After graduating from the University she moved to Florida and worked
there for an advertising agency called Cramer-Krasselt for two years.
She loved Florida but Colorado is her home so she returned to work
with an administrative staffing agency. Someday she would like to
have a home in both Colorado Springs and Orlando.
She loves to play tennis, watch movies and travel. Her favorite
movie star is Julia Roberts and Morgan Freeman.
Philanthropy is an essential part of her life. She has been
involved in our community since childhood and is an active volunteer
for the American Cancer Society.
She has worked for a well known, highly respected and community
oriented company for two years where she recruits administrative
staffing for their business clients. The company has been in business
for nineteen years and has eighteen employees. She says, "At
the end of the day it is important to me that I can make a difference
in someone's life. That is the reason I love my job."
She also loves her boss who is someone we all know.
If you haven't guessed yet it may help you to know that she is
on the hospitality committee and greets us with a beautiful smile
on her face at our meetings. She wants to stay on hospitality for
a while longer because she gets to meet a lot of members.
She likes EWI and thinks it is great to be among so many dynamic
I hope she will be with us a long time. She obviously has leadership
skills. She is one of our youngest and is certainly one of our prettiest
members. ... Click Here to find
RSVP Guests & Regrets
"SOUNDS OF THE SEASON"
DATE: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
LOCATION: Broadmoor Hotel
1 Lake Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - Networking/Sign In
12:00 p.m. - Lunch Served
PROGRAM: Becky Andler, Pianist
Presentation of Giving for Scholarship & Silver
(If you chose an ornament
from the Giving Tree, please return the ornament securely fastened
onto the package).
Caesar Salad with Herbed
Croutons and Parmesan Cheese
Petite Filet of Beef with Sauce Perigourdine
Potato Roulade Robert and Seasoned Vegetables
Luncheon Rolls and Butter
Seasonal Berries in Almond Tuille with Vanilla Sauce
Coffee or Selection of Tea
If you have special dietary needs, please advise in the comment
area of your RSVP.
Karen Gonzalez - KILO
Karen Nauer-Marsh - Insurance
Lynn Pelz - Transisitional
Additional reps - 16
Sustaining - 6
Life - 9
Honorary - 0
Transitional - 1
Leave of Absence - 0
WallaceVISION Open House
Kathy Wallace invites you to her annual Holiday Open House this
weekend, where you will find wonderful "art presents"
for others or for yourself! Kathy's pottery and monotypes
are fun and fabulous. Come by for refreshments, conversation,
and shopping Fri. Nov. 21, 5-8pm, or Sat Nov 22 or Sun. Nov. 23,
both from 10am-5pm. 1030 Dark Horse Drive West. 548-0582
Hope to see you there!
Executive Women International
Record of Board of Directors Meeting
November 5, 2003
Members present: Kathleen O'Leary, Vanessa Moorman, Karen Schwartz,
Jerry Jo Shires, Lorrie Todd, Kathryn Flobeck, Bea Steahlin, Jean
Roblewsky, Joan Saucerman, Verna Severson, Linda Williamson, Susan
Wood-Ellis, Kelly Wood, Sally Seidlitz, Marti Hartman, Kim
Roseland, Kathy Wallace
Meeting called to order at 5:00 PM by president Marti Hartman
Secretary Report: minutes from the last board meeting were
Sergeant-at-Arms: Discussed at length the problem we have
with RSVPs for the monthly meetings. We have several no-shows at
each meeting and we are charged for their dinners. This will be
brought up to the chapter at the next meeting, what our policy is
for RSVPs and that we charge for no-shows.
Membership Report: Motion made to increase dues by $15 per
year - approved. To be brought before the chapter at November meeting.
Lynn Pelz (Colo. Spgs. Chamber) will be going to transitional. Vanessa
is working with the Chamber on a replacement rep.
Treasurer Report: Motion made to move $120 from operating
fund into scholarship fund - approved. Treasurer asked that only
she be making deposits to our accounts to help clear up confusion.
As of 10/31/03 here are the balances:
Operating account balance: $43,068.84
Scholarship account balance: $36,326.10
Scholarship Fund: $54,020.00
Ways & Means Report: No report.
Directory: Not present at meeting
Programs: Publicity asked that the program chairperson send
a note about the upcoming meetings to them to put into the newsletter.
Monthly meeting charges will now be $30 for each one.
Publications: Motion made that our chapter e-mail provider
(PageCafe Internet Consulting, Inc) not send out any mass e-mails
to membership that are not directly EWI chapter operations related.
Scholarship: Christmas gifts for our scholarship recipients
will be purchased out of our scholarship fund.
Next board meeting with be Thursday, December 4th at
4:30PM at Accent Photo.
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