In October, NAPW’s Waldorf Local Chapter Expressed Excitement About Future, Goals, and Commitment to Build Sisterhood

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The Waldorf Chapter of NAPW hosted their second dynamic meeting on October 18, 2011 at the Old Country Buffet in Waldorf, Maryland.

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Through collaboration we can accomplish so many things, including mentorship, networking, supporting our community, cross marketing, and positive relationships.

The National Association of Professional Women’s Waldorf Chapter opened with introductions, networking and then discussed old business.

Tammy L.S. Wright, President, opened the meetings by thanking everyone for their attendance and the vision of the National Association of Professional Women’s Waldorf Chapter. “Through collaboration we can accomplish so many things, including mentorship, networking, supporting our community, cross marketing, and positive relationships,” she said.

Thereafter, she provided an overview about mission of The National Association of Professional Women and encouraged visitors to join this wonderful network that is exclusive to professional women. She also introduced herself and provided a brief overview about her business.

Tammy L.S. Wright is the President of the Waldorf Chapter of NAPW. She is also co-founder and co-owner of Anointed Body of Christ (ABC) Wellness & Fitness Center located on Crain Highway in Waldorf, Maryland. They offer personal training, boot camps, group exercise classes, and are big advocates for supporting their community. She provided an example of how ABC Wellness & Fitness Center provides non-perishable food to an all men’s shelter in Waldorf, Maryland. This is something they’ve done for the past two years.

Dominique Thomas was in attendance. She is the Realtor for Keller Williams Preferred Properties in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC. Her company's principal products and services include Real Estate Services. Her expertise is First Time Home Buyers who have made a decision to purchase a piece of the American Dream but love all home buyers, sellers and investors!

Monique Gaskins attended as a guest. She applied for membership in NAPW and patiently waiting to receive her telephone interview so she’ll be able to join. She is an Insurance Agent with Massmutual, specializing in working with individuals and business owners/companies in MD, DC and VA. The product/services that she provides are: Salary Continuation Plans, Retirement Plans, Life Insurance Analysis, Business Overhead Expense Coverage, Disability Income Insurance, Key Man Insurance, Group Insurance/Employee Benefits, Estate Analysis, Personal Financial Needs Analysis, and College Planning. Monique believes financial literacy is very important and she enjoys speaking to groups, association, churches, etc. on insurance and financial service topics.

Sandra Young attended as a guest on her 2nd visit. She applied for membership in NAPW and patiently waiting to receive her telephone interview so she’ll be able to join. She just started a cleaning business with her husband and is looking forward to networking and mentorship. Also, she is a Major servicing in the D.C. Army National Guard.

The meeting got off to a strong start. Tammy encouraged everyone to assist in creating the chapter’s mission statement. She stated that she wanted everyone to be involved in building the foundation of the NAPW Waldorf Chapter.

Everyone loved the idea about attending the Annual NAPW’s Annual Conference in April 2012. Tammy agreed to find out additional information so the group can plan to attend together. She expressed how much she wanted to attend the conference in April 2011, but was concerned about attending it alone without knowing anyone.

Sandra went on to discuss the group’s efforts to seek guest speakers, and indicated that Dominique had an interesting topic. Dominique introduced a plan entitled “Your 411”, an assistance program for small businesses to create Annual Business Plans and Road Maps towards goal accomplishment. Dominique agreed to provide a more thorough presentation for the chapter’s November meeting.

Monique volunteered to create a Facebook and Twitter page for NAPW’s Waldorf Chapter.

The members decided to keep the meeting location at Old Country Buffet as the chapter’s foundation is built. The environment is friendly and everyone knows where it is. It was suggested that the group commit to projected attendance to support Old Country Buffet.

Tammy opened the floor for the following positions: Vice President, Treasurer, Fundraiser Coordinator, and Media Coordinator. All of the positions were filled except for the Fundraise Coordinator. The NAPW’s Waldorf Chapter is aware that the positions will be filled based on annual voting starting in December 2012. Currently, they the positions are being filled by volunteers.

The group brainstormed about the Walrdof Chapter Mission Statement and completion is anticipated by November 2011.     The group also developed a policy regarding meeting visitors and determined that they want to build their chapter with as many active members as possible. Members were encouraged to tell other NAPW members in the area about the Waldorf Chapter and invite them to meetings. It was recommended that all participants invite/bring at least one visitor per month. It was also suggested that the group have a quarterly new member goal.

Congratulations were extended to Dominique Thomas as Vice President and Monique Gaskins (Pending Membership to NAPW) as Media Coordinator and Treasurer. The chapter decided that no Marketing Officer will be needed since a Media Coordinator was appointed. The position of Fundraiser Coordinator is still available.

The chapter's next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30pm at Old Country Buffet. Tammy ended the meeting by thanking all for their attendance.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Waldorf Local Chapter and/or NAPW please visit http://www.napw.com.

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