It was mutually agreed that a primary focus of the San Marcos chapter should be to encourage authentic member-to-member support, referrals, and opportunities for business growth through active participation in the community.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) September 08, 2011
The first meeting of the NAPW San Marcos Chapter was held at BJ’s in Escondido on August 25th at 5:30pm. Chapter President Lori Barendse kicked off the meeting with the help of Kathleen Quinn of San Marcos Yoga. Also in attendance were Laura Johnston Kohl, a published author and teacher, Dorothy Hargis, UEI College, Assistant Director of Education, Claudia Ortiz of Century 21 United Brokers, and Arlene Silva of Silva’s Dog Training.
All members present had previously attended at least one San Diego Chapter meeting and were excited to have a new chapter forming closer to their places of work and residences. Lori Barendse was the only new member in attendance.
The group shared their backgrounds and discussed why they were excited to be a part of NAPW. Members discussed the networking tools provided through NAPW and the consensus was that the opportunities provided were a most valuable feature of membership for professional women.
Two Women of the Year were present at the San Marcos meeting: Claudia Ortiz and Laura Johnston Kohl. Both Arlene, of Silva’s Dog Training, and Kathleen, of San Marcos Yoga, shared about the pending launches and expansions of their businesses. Lori of Premier Bride/Celebration Depot shared information about another networking event for wedding professionals to be held on October 18th.
“The event will include a guest speaker and prize drawing for a romantic getaway to a Bed and Breakfast above Santa Barbara,” Lori said. “The event hopes to raise money for the Red Cross using luminaries. Twenty five per cent is being allocated from the sales of the candle lights and donations collected. NAPW, San Marcos Wedding Experts and Premier Bride San Diego would receive credit for the donation and verification would be provided.”
The group also discussed the primary mission of the newly formed chapter.
“It was mutually agreed that a primary focus of the San Marcos chapter should be to encourage authentic member-to-member support, referrals, and opportunities for business growth through active participation in the community,” Lori explained. Goals, objectives and suggestions regarding the selection of a possible charity recipient or beneficiary will be discussed at an upcoming meeting.
The next chapter meeting is scheduled for September 22nd at 5:30pm at the Old Spaghetti Factory on Twin Oaks in San Marcos. The chapter will be taking nominations for vacant board positions at the next meeting. Other upcoming events include a mid-September opening of San Marcos Yoga Studio and the October 18th Networking Workshop event for small businesses.
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