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- Greater Lafayette, Indiana -

December Newsletter

December 01, 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous
Next meeting topic for Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Annual HolidaAuction Is Here!


A Note from Your President...

I was in downtown Indianapolis at 9:30 pm last week and decided to swing in to Wendy’s on Meridian to grab some dinner.   As I pulled toward the lane I surmised that there was a man begging for food at the car in front of me.   Turns out my suspicions were correct and I had already determined if he asked me, I would pay for a meal and give him the food. Turns out that’s exactly what the car in front of me did.  The drive-thru worker was screaming at him to leave before she called the police!  My heart was racing through this whole incident, but it got me to wondering what means would I go through if I was starving and needed food?  I got to wondering where was the compassion from the drive-thru worker?  I then realized this sort of thing probably happens quite often.  

Fast forward to this weekend of Thanksgiving.   I am overwhelmed by the generous donations that you our members and the business leaders of this community have already donated to the AWBO Silent Auction and Raffle onDecember 8th.   You and I can mean the difference between young girls knowing someone cares about them vs. possibly a miserable Christmas because of a less than ideal home situation which they can do little to change.  Can you imagine a world in which truancy is a more desirable action than staying in one’s home life?  Of course this isn’t always the case, but many of the girls I have talked to there really just want to be loved.

If it is money, gifts or clothing you can provide-please review the list included in this newsletter and bring them to the auction. If you’re a good networker, please work hard to bring friends to the auction and explain to them what goes on during the event.  If you feel you have no cash flow, and all you can donate is time-what the girls really need are mentors.  You just might be inspiring the next entrepreneurial business leader!   We all crave the need to know our life means something. Will you help us with your time, talents, or gifts to brighten the lives of those who pass through the halls of Cary Home?

Blessing for a wonderful Christmas season,
Susan Benedict
2015-16 AWBO President
Empowering Women


News and Events


Thank You For Being Our Guest!

We would like to extend a "Thank You" to our guests who attended our AWBO Meeting in October...

-Nancy Branyan           Tastefully Simple
-Heather Foster           Old National Bank
-Amber Holle                Old National Bank
-Kier Crites                   Food Finders
Donation Items List for Cary Home
Clothes (need various sizes from child L to adult XL)

  • Sports bras
  • Socks (lots of socks – we go through them fast!)
  • Slippers
  • Sweatpants
  • Tank tops
  • Tennis shoes/ sneakers (sizes 5-11)
  • Khaki and black pants (need these more so in smaller sizes for Tecumseh students to wear with school uniform)

Arts/ Crafts

  • Yarn – all colors
  • Rubber bands for Wonder Loom (used to make bracelets)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Puffy paints
  • Glitter glue
  • Hemp cord
  • Embroidery floss (used to make bracelets)
  • Tie-dye kits
  • Silk flowers
  • Melty beads
  • Construction paper
  • Washable markers
  • Fabric markers
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Floral tape
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrushes (all sizes)
  • Modge Podge
  • Coloring books (ones made for adults, but they also like the cartoon ones)


  • Bicycle playing cards
  • Mario Kart for Wii
  • Wii Guitars (we have the game but need guitars)
  • AA batteries
  • White noise sound machines
  • Night lights (without removable cover/bulb)
  • Crossword puzzle books
  • Word search books
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • I-spy books
  • Perplexus puzzles
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Large bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Travel size shampoo/conditioner
  • Umbrellas
  • Dishwasher-safe plastic cups
  • Barnes and Noble gift cards
  • Women’s basketballs

 There are also many book and movie titles listed on our Jessie’s Kids Amazon wishlist:  http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/MIX0J7FA0OO7/ref=cm_wl_search_1
AWBO December Auction Donation Items

**Is this something you would like to leave in?**

If you would like to donate an auction item to our benefactor: Cary Home for Girls, please send an email to Susan Benedict atSusan@MyDesignAlternatives.com or you can call 765.477.1251

Please identify whether it is an auction item or a raffle item.

Please be thinking of businesses you know who may want to get involved and donate an item. We would like to have all the auction/raffle items collected by Thanksgiving weekend or Nov. 29th.
What's Happening In Your Business?

AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) tokimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

Greater Lafayette Commerce in December
Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar 

  • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
  • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday December 3, 2015 at 5pm – HuHot Mongolian Grill
  • Christmas Capitol of the Midwest – December 5 & 6, 2015
    -Dickens of a Christmas: Saturday December 5th 10am to 6pmDowntown Lafayette.
    -Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday December 5th on the Courthouse Square at 6pm
    -Christmas Parade: Sunday December 6th at 2pm Downtown Lafayette
  • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday December 8th at 7:30am at Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette: Dan Hasler, President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer for the Purdue Research Foundation.
  • Business After Hours – Wednesday December at 5pm – Green Goose Homes – West Lafayette

A Message from Greater Lafayette Commerce:
As we head into this holiday season, we wanted to take a moment and thank you, for everything you do to make Greater Lafayette a great place.  In 2015, we have, as a community, seen significant opportunities and challenges, and it has been a pleasure to see how you all rise to overcome the challenges and take the opportunities.  The culmination of this year's successful United Way campaign is a great example of that.  Greater Lafayette Commerce members played a significant role in that success.

Steven J. Stowell once said that, "Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential."  I think that same idea applies to your role in Greater Lafayette Commerce.  Great community leaders connect with the people in their community and thereby help the community achieve its potential. 

We are thankful to be part of the Greater Lafayette community and proudly serve our members who represent over 50,000 families in the region.

From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Scott Walker and the Team at Greater Lafayette Commerce

Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
Join Us:                  

AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

& Bakery in

West Lafayette. 

(Excluding June)

Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

AWBO Board

Susan Benedict
President Elect 
Open Seat
Shirley Pence
Vice-President Communications 
Amanda Snider
Yvone Renz
Linda Berryman
Amanda Snider
Janice Houston
Anna Kennedy
Special Events
Holiday Auction
Susan Benedict
Summer Social
Susan Benedict


Melony Ramsey
Deb Plue

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