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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
March 2018 Issue
  • President's Letter
  • Current Month's Meeting
  • AWC National News
  • AWC Chapter News


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Program: 12:00 p.m.

425 Downtown,
425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

Join us at 11:30 a.m. for networking

Program begins at noon

$16 for members and guests
$10 for AWC students/student members

This meeting will NOT offer free lunches to guests.

RSVP Online(by 3/2/2018)

Please note: No-shows and late cancellations (cancellations received later than noon the day prior to the meeting) will be billed. If you have special dietary requests please specify in your RSVP.

*Guests may attend up to two meetings without being an AWC member.

Upcoming Meetings:

All meetings at 425 Downtown, 425 West Walnut Street

Are you a feminist? Empowering Women Panel

How are women and girls empowered in Springfield and beyond? What can we all do to promote the empowerment of women and girls from all backgrounds?

Join AWC Springfield for lunch on Tuesday, March 6 as we welcome a diverse group of women leaders in the Springfield community for this enlightening, motivating and provocative discussion.

Programs are selected based on responses to the annual program survey distributed in August. If you have suggestions for future programs or speakers, please contactLaDonna.G@21Reasons.Life.


Paige Oxendine, Program Coordinator at The eFactory
In addition to her work at The eFactory, Paige co-founded Rosie, a local organization that aims to support, assist and serve as an advocate network for current and prospective female founders, business owners and leaders in the Springfield region Rosie was launched in November 2016 and now includes more than 900 members.


Ellen Schaeffer, Founder of Persistent Sisters

An artist with a background in theater design and community arts development, Ellen launched Persistent Sisters, which produces women's history trading cards, in 2017.With a broad library of accomplished women spanning the fields of science, exploration, writing, mathematics, art and more, Schaeffer hopes that Persistent Sisters trading cards will inspire all girls to find their passion and make it a reality. They CAN be what they CAN see!”

Alyea Alldredge, Certified Health and Wellness Coach

An entrepreneur and wellness expert, Alyea wears many hats. She helps clients and groups to set a Wellness Vision Statement for their lives, and teaches a group fitness class called BYOBaby at BigTime Results, a gym she co-owns with her husband. Alyea serves as Board President of Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri, is Leadership Springfield alumna, and participates in Rosie and Tiger Club of Springfield.

Lorraine Sandstrom, Co President, League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

Prior to joining the League of Women Voters, Lorraine retired from the Springfield-Greene County Library District in 2013 as Branch Manager for the Library Center, headquarters of the Library District. Lorraine also volunteers for OPT, KSMU and the Library.

Ponderings from the President

Jacqueline Post, President


Is it ok to take a break from being productive?

Anyone else feel guilty for taking time for themselves? I know my hand is raised high. After a week of prioritizing work, family activities & more, there’s something inside
you that just wants to do…nothing. We all spend our time recharging differently. Of course, there is physical activity. Spending time on your physical health has bonus mental health effects. There’s other productive downtime activities, like journaling, reading, watching a documentary, etc.

But, what about doing nothing, no activities that would be considered productive in any way? I’m talking laying in bed for longer than you’d like to admit or binge watching Netflix and then trying to find a way to erase it from your watch history before your significant other sees it. What’s the benefit of having a lazy day or morning? Is there one?

As it turns out, vegging out (or completely mindless activities) are absolutely good for you. Some weeks, you’ve put a lot of pressure on your brain and it needs a break. Not thinking about anything can be rejuvenating for your mind. What’s the catch? Not feeling guilty about it. We all can agree that’s the toughest part. Next time you get caught up in a new series or stuck under the covers, file it under the self-love category, rather than being lazy or procrastination. Give that brain of yours a much needed break.

AWC National News

Ready, Set, Grow with AWC Spring Membership Drive

The Spring AWC Membership Recruitment Campaign runs from March 1 through April 30. With your help, we can keep AWC Springfield growing as we welcome even more outstanding women to our ranks.

All new members who register during the campaign will waive the $50 application fee. Individual members and chapters also have the opportunity to earn prizes, such as a $100 Amazon gift card, for referring and registering new members.

To ensure you receive credit, be sure your new member fills in the “Referred by” section of the membership application.

Visit the AWC national website atwww.womcom.orgfor helpful recruitment tools including an AWC fact sheet with member benefits, letter for employers requesting dues payment, recruitment contest and more!


Register for 2018 Clarion Awards and Put Your Best Work Forward!

And you can register in as little as 15 minutes!

Simply login to theClarion Awards site, complete the online entry forms, upload any supporting materials, review your entry and submit. It has never been so easy to gain recognition as one of today’s top communications professionals.

Award opportunities lie in more than100 Categoriesincluding advertising, education, fundraising, graphic design, internal communications, magazines, marketing, feature writing, online journalism, public relations, radio, television and special events. Peer judges review the work based on budget size, so all entries are considered fairly.

To qualify, more than half of an entry must have been published, broadcast or implemented between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.Early Bird savings are available until March 2, 2018.All entries must be submitted by the final deadline of April 9, 2018. For further details and online registration, please visit theClarion website.


AWC Chapter News

Let Those Creative Juices Flow at AWC Springfield Paint Night

Paint and spend time with fellow AWC members.

You will be led through a step-by-step painting.

This event will be led by our very own Hannah Bunch and held March 7th at the North side Macadoodles (3080 North Kentwood Avenue) from 6-8 p.m. From 6-6:30 come to hang out, eat snacks, and chat before the class starts.

The cost is $35/ per person. For details visit:


Get Organized with AWC Springfield

Keeping your office space organized can boost your productivity and your mood while you’re working!

Betsy Miller of 2B Organized will share some hints on staying organized. Join AWC Springfield for this helpful presentation on April 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This event takes place at 4145 S. McCann Court, Suite B.


Member Anniversaries

Michele Kauffman -- 19 years

Sarah Smith -- 3 years

Stefanie Cassidy -- 2 years

Amber Throckmorton - 1 year