The NAPW Waldorf Local Chapter Held a Professional Networking Meeting for Women with Two Speakers and Plans for Fundraising Efforts in 2012

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The National Association of Professional Women held a monthly networking meeting this November and welcomed Speaker Dominique Thomas on time management, and Jennifer Abell from March of Dimes.

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I don’t believe that we can use the word “excited” too often...because we were excited to welcome our first guest speakers since the implementation of the NAPW – Waldorf Chapter

The National Association of Professional Women - Waldorf Chapter opened their November professional networking meeting with introductions, conversation, and the sharing of good information. The Chapter continued to focus their attention on building a strong foundation.

“I don’t believe that we can use the word “excited” too often...because we were excited to welcome our first guest speakers since the implementation of the NAPW – Waldorf Chapter,” said Tammy Wright, Chapter President.

Tammy L.S. Wright, President, opened the meetings by thanking everyone for their attendance and shared the purpose of the National Association of Professional Women - Waldorf Chapter. She discussed The National Association of Professional Women’s mission statement and its’ benefits through membership. Additionally, she alluded to the available online tools and the “take aways” through interaction with local chapters.

She encouraged meeting visitors to apply for NAPW membership. Tammy L.S. Wright, Carol Davis, and Dominique Thomas were in attendance. New attendees included Tonja Brooks, Chika Ojukwa, and Sekema Rhodes.

Tonja Brooks is the President/Owner of Spot-On Management Services, LLC. She is has a new HOA community management company located in Waldorf, MD and she is committed to setting the standard for providing courteous, responsive, efficient and professional services by understanding the needs of the community, keeping an open dialog and timely communication with the Board members and Homeowners, and by managing within the association's budget.

Dr. Chika Ojukwa is an optometrist originally from Nigeria. She is the CEO of Chika Eye Care located at 122 High Street in the Smallwood Village Center in Waldorf, Maryland. Her practice focuses on providing quality eye and vision care to patients in a friendly atmosphere.

Sekema Rhodes skills and areas of expertise include Project Management, and Human Resource Management. Her professional title is Project Management Assistant at a private government contracting company which specializes in Government Contracting. She received her Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management from Columbia University.

The chapter also welcomed three visitors: Sudesta Bush, Charnita Dixon, and Jennifer Abell.

The meeting got off to a great start. Tammy presented the proposed mission statement for NAPW – Waldorf Chapter. All of the NAPW active members voted and concurred with the NAPW – Waldorf Chapter’s new mission statement.

Tammy stated, “I don’t believe that we can use the word “excited” too often...because we were excited to welcome our first guest speakers since the implementation of the NAPW – Waldorf Chapter.”

The chapter’s first guest speaker was Dominique Thomas. She provided several tools that members can use to manage their time, families, and careers. She discussed how challenging it could be to manage a family and to manage add a career to that mix is difficult. The handouts she provided were very helpful and everyone was able to complete it at their leisure.

The second guest speaker was Jennifer Abell. She is the Suburban Maryland Community Director for the March of Dimes. The NAPW – Waldorf Chapter selected the March of Dimes as their nonprofit organization to support in 2012. The mission of the March of Dimes is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

She informed us that November 17th was World Prematurity Day and it honors the million babies worldwide who die each year because they’re born too soon, and the 12 million more who struggle to survive. World Prematurity Day focuses everyone’s attention on the serious problem of premature birth.

Tammy opened the floor for the position of Fundraiser Coordinator. Carol Davis volunteered for this position since she has worked with Jennifer Abell. Dominique and Tammy agreed that this position may change annually depending on the selected nonprofit or charity selected by the chapter.

The next scheduled meeting is on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30pm at Ledo’s Pizza located in Waldorf, MD. This will be an evening of fun, games, and prizes. The guest speaker will be Tammy L.S. Wright presenting on “Getting to the Root of the Rot”.

The NAPW – Waldorf Chapter meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Old Country Buffet located in Waldorf, Maryland. The location is subject to change based upon planned activities and presentations.

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