Garden City, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
Members and guests of the NAPW Lubbock, TX Local Chapter gathered on September 27th for a professional networking meeting at the American Cancer Society’s Lubbock Hope Lodge. Director Robin Gardner spoke about the building, gave members and guests a tour, and shared with them how they could help the organization continue the important work it does in the community of Lubbock.
Lubbock, TX Chapter President Karen Scott welcomed all to the meeting and reassured members the Chapter is here to support them. Before introducing the guest speaker, Karen briefly spoke about the Chapter’s future plans and guest speakers for upcoming meetings.
“Next month we are planning to hear from the Red Cross on the card drive for the nation’s veterans and first responders,” she said. “For our meeting in November, we are planning to hear from a local police officer on the subject of parking lot safety, just in time for the busy holiday shopping season!”
Karen then turned the meeting over to Robin Gardner. Robin told the group that there are only 31 Hope Lodges throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. According to the American Cancer Society’s website, ‘each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.’
Robin explained that the land in Lubbock was donated by Texas Tech University. The Lubbock Hope Lodge’s grand opening was June 29, 2010 and it opened for patients July 12th. Lubbock’s Hope Lodge is only a 32-room facility and Robin said they have to turn many people away, even if there are people checking in and out each day.
“We found out that there are plans to build a Hope Lodge in Houston, TX and Hawaii,” said the Chapter President. “Robin gave us a wish list for the Lubbock Hope Lodge that includes kitchen supplies, laundry supplies, office supplies, and general cleaning supplies. We hope to collect these items and donate them to the facility.”
Robin gave members and guests a tour of the Lubbock Hope Lodge. The first floor has a dining room, kitchen, first floor TV room, as well as a prayer room, library, and a room for crafts and painting. On the second floor there is another TV area or it can just be a quiet area where a guest can read or visit with another guest. The bedrooms have two beds, two small tables, and most importantly, the doors are wide for wheelchair access.
Attending the meeting were members Karen Scott and Katie Salter, and guest Andrea Rushing, who plans on inviting co-workers to the next NAPW Luddock, TX Local Chapter meeting.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.