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Springtime in Tennessee

Springtime in Tennessee, my favorite time of year. And, the earlier the better, right?

For those of you who were able to join us February 21, you know we had a wonderful time being entertained and informed by Claudia and Pete Weber. They were such a delight to have with us for our February meeting. And, we even had a drawing for a pair of tickets to the next Predators game. Our new website was unveiled by our new Communications and Marketing Board Chair, Barbara Esteves-Moore. Plans for the Business Expo were shared by Dee Stoffer and Therese Anderson. This event will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in lieu of our regular monthly meeting. Contact Dee to reserve a booth to promote your business.

Our first quarter board meeting was held on March 1. We are blessed with such a committed group of ladies working to enhance our regular meetings and grow our membership. Since then, I hosted two Luncheon/Auction/Fashion Show leadership planning meetings which were also very productive. We focused on confirming our specific assignments, as well as further discussing the pros and cons of an online silent auction.

I’m excited to share that Karen McCoy offered to serve as our overall auction chair. Karen is a newer member, has an accounting background and most recently retired from Caterpillar Financial as a Project Manager. Donna Adams first brought Karen and her sister, Kathy Pagel, as her guests to the 2017 luncheon and then later to some regular meetings. We are thankful to have them both getting more involved this year. Thank you again to Donna Adams for helping us to better understand and breakdown the auction management into pieces. Thank you to Sandra Szejner, former auction chair as well for assisting in this process. We have been blessed with amazing leadership in the auction. We all know that it takes a fully committed team to make this fundraising event a success. I am truly thankful for all those who have committed to taking on a leadership role in one capacity or another.

2018 Pearls of Wisdom Event Chairs:

1. Paula Harris - Richland CC contact, menu, centerpieces, seating chart and day-of set-up oversight

2. Karen McCoy - Overall Auction Chair (supported by a solicitation team, Dee managing the Live Auction and three more ladies managing key job responsibilities as outlined by Donna Adams.)

3. Barbara Esteves-Moore - Invitations, program, printed signage and publicity for the event

4. Cora Newcomb - Fashion show contact person with the retailer, recruiting models

5. Debbie Lassiter - Update printed solicitation materials, recruit sponsors, patrons and table hosts

6. Deb Fay/Kim Hoover - Checkout management

We will be confirming an updated timeline. The first full group organizational meeting will be scheduled for early May, (before our Open House.) Stay tuned for more details soon.

Thank you all for your past leadership, agreeing to serve again, and to our newest team members! We are blessed indeed to have such a committed and creative team of women.

Hope to see you at our regular March 21 meeting, the St. Philip Women of Faith Conference on Saturday, March 24, and the April 18 Business Expo being held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Please see details on all of these exciting events in the March


Lenten Blessings, Debbie

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