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  • October 09, 2009 11:00 PM | Deleted user

    AWBO October 2011 Newsletter

    Join Us: Tuesday, October 11 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria
    in West Lafayette. Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.



     3-Minute Spotlights:
    Melissa Barrett – LegalShield   |   Julie Rubsam – Lafayette PC

    ******* Guest Speaker: Laura Carson, United Way  *******

    Live United. Laura Carson, Finance & Community Impact Director for United Way will be joining us for a deeper look at the needs and issues in our community and how volunteers and financial support are making a big difference when and where they are needed.


    Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
    Share it with Susan Benedict, susan@mydesignalternatives.com,
    Monica Doerr, monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Isch, jisch@farmersagent.com

    Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
    Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
    Limit 3 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.


    Welcome to our New 2011-12 Board!

    President – Julie Rubsam of Lafayette PC; President Elect – Tammy Foley of Foley Homes, Inc. and Coldwell Banker Shook; Treasurer – Shirley Pence of Stanley Steemer; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt of Geb*Art Strategic Communications; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer of Creative Memories and Kristie Newbold of Newlar Cleaning; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer of Red Fox Flowers and Melissa Barrett of Legal Shield; Hospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls of Mary Kay and Shelia Larson of Newlar Cleaning; Program Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict of Design Alternatives, Monica Doerr of the Law Office of Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch of Isch Insurance Services.

    ...and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who served on the 2009-10. You inspire us!


    A Word from our New President...

    As I enter my third year of serving on the Association of Women Business Owners board, I reflect on the journey that has brought me here.  Four years ago, I would not have conceived that I would be stepping into the roll as the President of AWBO. Though I am still at the beginning of my journey as a business owner, I feel privileged to have met, learned, and continue to learn from so many who have taken this journey before me. Joining the AWBO board in 2009, although I did not know it at the time, was a decision that has greatly shaped the business owner I have become.

    I still remember my first AWBO meeting. At the time, several of you had already met and gotten to know my husband. In fact, it was through his contact with Bev Larson and Linda Irwin that I decided to attend the Association of Women Business Owners. The moment I walked into the room, Bev Larson sought me out and made me feel so welcomed, and for that I thank you!  While there were many other women that day that I met and spoke to, it is the kindness and excitement that Bev showed me that really made me want to be a member of this organization. It is my hope that each and every one of our members experiences the same kindness and excitement that Bev showed me that first day.

    I feel honored to be able to follow in the footsteps of so many amazing women. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve all of you as the President of the Association of Women Business Owners. Another year in my journey has begun and I look forward to the lessons it will teach and the people it will bring into my life.

    Yours truly, Julie Rubsam



    ** Don't miss a beat: Member Renewal Forms and Dues need to be turned in this month. **


     Tis the Season for the AWBO Holiday Auction

    Our Holiday Auction will be taking place on Tuesday, December 13th
    Start thinking about your donation and guest list!

    Are you outgoing? Do you want to meet our members one on one? Would you like a chance to speak to business owners within our community? Are you great at organizing? Is Christmas your favorite holiday? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Tammy Foley could use your help!  Tammy is currently looking for volunteers to form an auction committee.  The auction committee will be responsible for contacting members and businesses for donations, planning the event, and setup/tear down the day of the event. Contact Tammy at tfoley@shook.com.

    Last year’s auction was a HUGE success!  With your help,
    we can make it even more successful this year.


    Olivia Sarault – “O” Goes Blue:
    “It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that O-LIV Design will be closing. My decision was prompted by a great job offer from Blue Marketing in Crawfordsville, IN, where I have accepted the lead designer position. This position allows me to again focus on design within a collaborative environment, while also giving me flexibility to meet my family’s needs. I want to thank you for your business over the years. If not for your loyalty, O-LIV Design would not have experienced the success it has enjoyed.” - Olivia Sarault, Art Director, Blue Marketing -


     Emails, Newsletters and Auto-Responders Workshop

    Learn how to write, build, and profit from emails, newsletters and auto-responders. Discover the secrets to go from “In-Box Pest to Welcome Guest” during this NO-FLUFF 3-hour workshop. You’ll learn how to build a list of interested readers (legally), get your emails sent, opened, read and acted on. Have a little fun, learn a lot and leave with a plan. Thursday, Oct. 6 from 10 to 1 pm. $24, lunch included. Visit www.NicoleGebhardt.com/NoPests to register.



     FREE presentations from Lafayette PC.

    Every 4th Wednesday of the month, Lafayette PC gives a free instructional seminar at Buy the Book Coffeehouse. Join us October 26th from 5:30 – 7:00pm for a presentation on Facebook for Business. Reservations are required and space is limited: Julie@LafayettePC.com or 765-807-6334.


     Yoga Retreat in Belize, April 28 - May 5th 2012,

    Need some rejuvenating? Jacqueline Allen is offering a Harmonious Warrior Yoga Retreat. Discover a deeper sense of self as you laugh, practice, challenge yourself, find healing within your spirit and mind, and develop a deep strength that surpasses the physical. $2595 includes room and board, meals, airfare, daily yoga, 2 snorkeling trips, and eco tours. FREE Info Sessions and Yoga Classes to demonstrate yoga that will be done on retreat will be held locally:
    -Sunday October 9th at Community Yoga in West Lafayette, 12:00 pm
    -Monday October 10th at International Sports Clubs in Lafayette, 6:45 pm
    www.harmoniouswarrior.weebly.com and www.belizeyoga.com


    Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority Auction

    Available for a fun and festive lunch? The Tri Kappa Annual Auction is coming up Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. This annual fundraising event has become a holiday shopping tradition for many women in our community. Where else can you conquer your gift-giving list and select unique items for yourself – all while knowing that 100% of your shopping dollars will go right into supporting charity, education, and arts in our community?

    For more details, visit: www.TriKappaLafayette.org Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Julie Rubsam and Nicole Gebhardt or inquire online.

    Donate an item or service voucher and enjoy a great opportunity to create awareness for your business. Please contact Crystal Still, Auction Chair, trikappacstill@gmail.com


     Cary Home Wish List

    The girls at Cary Home are always needing help with supplies. Check your closets or throw an extra item in your cart and join AWBO in supporting Cary Home for Girls. You may bring items to our monthly meeting and we will get them to the home. Questions? Contact Julie Rubsam.

    -Ankle socks - 3 packs or 18 pairs in women's sizes
    -Bras - 2 each of the following sizes: 34B, 34C, 34D, 36 B, C, D
    -Face towels - 12 pink and 12 brown
    -Pajama sets - 5 each of small, medium and large
    - Color markers - 5 packs
    -Poster boards - three packs
    -Gym shoes - size 8, 9, or 10 (1 pair of each)
    -T-shirts - any color - 5 each small, medium and large



    Let's give a WOOT WOOT for the following awesome AWBO women who received an award at the Greater Lafayette Commerce Annual Banquet. We’re JAZZED to have you representing the power of Women Business Owners on stage!

    Jan Nielsen, Neilsen Agency for Allstate - Ambassador of the Year Award
    Diane Damico,
    Clearly Organized - Clear Blue Green Sustainability Award
    Jenna Isch,
    Isch Insurance Services/ Farmers Insurance – Top 10 Under 40


     Boiler Up! with Susan Benedict, Design Alternatives, for her winning kitchen design contribution to the Purdue Solar Decathlon home now showing in Washington D.C. At the time of this publication, the home was in leading place!



    Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Please contact Angela Tamer, angela@redfox-flowers.com or Melissa Barrett, pmbarrett@pmbarrett.com . A printable membership form is available at www.AWBO.org


     Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size. Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Chris Meyer at andresjmeyer@juno.com

    The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.

    All submissions are due to nicole@theremarkableway by the 25th of each month.

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