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- Greater Lafayette, Indiana -

May Newsletter

May 02, 2016 7:30 AM | Anonymous
Next meeting topic for Tuesday, May 10, 2015

What's Your Legacy?

Have you ever considered what your legacy will be? The simple truth is we are all going to leave one, be it good or bad.  But have you given deliberate thought to what you want your legacy to be?  Are you actively creating a legacy of love and respect, a legacy of inspiration, a legacy of giving?

Join us on May 10th, 2016 to hear the inspiring story of Ellie and Bob Haan as Ellie shares the story of the Haan Museum http://haanmuseum.org.  The unique historic 15,000 square foot mansion is the backdrop for three museums in one; an Indiana Artist oil painting collection, an American furniture collection and Indiana ceramics collection.

This incredible legacy the Haans are leaving to Lafayette and all of Indiana is made possible by virtue of running a successful business.  Ellie will share some key strategies that she and Bob utilized at Haan Crafts to become the industry leader in their market segment of sewing kits to Home Economics classes.

Come be inspired, it's a great story you don't want to miss.  Call a friend, bring a friend,  See you at AWBO!

3 Minute Speakers

Kerri Wagner Bark Avenue Day Spa 
Linda Berryman BBCS Payroll
A Note from Your President...

I Saw It In His Eyes

History tells us that the events of WWII, saw women taking to the factories to build airplanes etc. to support the war. This began the push for women starting to work outside the home. Women today can have it all. We can choose to be a stay at home mom, a career woman or a combination of both. We get to get up every a.m. and decide who we want to call on today, who we will choose to do business with, which bank to borrow money from and which employees to hire to produce our products.

I was lucky enough to be able to take my dad on a recent Lafayette Honor Flight. I was reminded all day long that “Freedom Is NOT Free”. It comes with a price. The price they paid is what gives you and me the ability to live our lives as normal and “choose” what happens in our businesses. The price they paid is the difference between us slaving for meager wages and being able to choose which “next big thing” is on our business agenda.

The day before the flight West Lafayette Mayor Dennis talked about the stark contrast his family saw between his WWII father’s return with honor, versus the lowly, hollow return the Vietnam vets received. His older brother’s explanation to him was laced with the character of a soldier: We fight so that people can have the freedom to voice their own opinion”. That means men and women have put their life on the line just so I can lobby, or vote or have a voice when I think my corporate taxes are too high. Lafayette Mayor Roswarski commented on how it takes a whole team to win a war, from the cooks, to the janitors to the generals. Everyone has a part to play. Just like your business team.

Honestly, until this moment I have never thought about the freedom I take for granted in my business. What would I be doing if I lived in a war-torn region? How about you? Does your business have a location to fly our country’s flag? During the month of May please make it a point to thank any service men/women you know, that the Association of Women Business Owners appreciates their service. I know they appreciate it. I saw it yesterday in the Desert Storm’s soldiers eyes, as I stood shaking his hand.

Best regards,
Susan Benedict
AWBO President
Empowering Women

News and Events
Board Member Spotlight
When Shirley Pence became a Stanley Steemer franchise owner 39 years ago, almost all home floors were carpeted.  Flooring and upholstery options have certainly changed over the years.  Being willing to embrace new technology, equipment systems, and customer busy lifestyles while developing honest, hard-working, customer service-oriented employees is the key to the business' success. 

Quality people, quality equipment and quality service has long been the Stanley Steemer mantra.  Shirley also enjoys being involved in her church, business groups, and community volunteer opportunities, especially those related to education which include Read to Succeed, Junior Achievement, and the Golden Apple process with the Chamber Education Committee.

Her hobbies include decorating, entertaining, and landscaping.  Her adult children and their spouses are the joy of her life along with her 3 grandsons.  Another grandchild is coming this fall too!
Thank You!
Thank you to Sharon Shug with Shug Awards for providing a gift for May's speaker.
Wishing You The Best
We want to wish Janice Houston all the best with her new position with Centre bank in Hillsboro.  Unfortunately for us she needs to move away from the board.  With these changes, we have a Hospitality Chair position open on the board.  You would be working alongside Anna Kennedy in this position.  See a board member at next week's meeting if your interested or know someone!
Summer Social Announcement
Don't forget to add Tuesday, June 14th to your calendar. Remember, this is our only evening meeting. Come engage in good food, good conversation and an exceptionally fun activity!

Time: 5:30pm
Location: Mama Ines Bakery
More details coming soon!

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) to kimberlyringler@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. 

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 
Melony Ramsey
Shirley Pence
Vice-President Communications 
Amanda Snider
Yvone Renz
Linda Berryman
Janice Houston
Anna Kennedy
Special Events
Holiday Auction
Melony Ramey
Summer Social
Melony Ramey
Melony Ramsey
Deb Plue

Contact Us: 
Share Program Ideas
3-Minute Spotlights 
Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 
Deb Plue.  
Limit 2 per meeting
------------------- Membership and Renewal

Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Amanda Snider.

The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.

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