NAPW Delaware County, PA Local Chapter Held Official September Launch Event that was Well-Attended by Members & Guests

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National Association of Professional Women Delaware County, PA Chapter launch was preceded by the Chapter’s first meet & greet in August.

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Members and guests of the NAPW Delaware County, PA Local Chapter helped to make the Chapter’s official launch on September 20th a success as they gathered for a professional networking event at Olive Garden in Springfield. Prior to the launch, members and guests, and members from the NAPW Philadelphia, PA Local Chapter, got together for a friendly meet & greet on August 23rd at the Middletown Free Library.

Delaware County, PA Local Chapter President DeAnne Lonnquist was on hand to kick off both meetings. At the August event, she welcomed all members and guests and encouraged the women to introduce themselves and take full advantage of the networking opportunities NAPW membership offers.

“The NAPW Delaware County Chapter presents a venue where women can connect, grow, and learn,” said DeAnne. “This is an opportunity to build support systems and foster relationships for us and in the community. This is one of our pillars to success.”

After introductions, DeAnne led the group in a discussion about what they may expect at future Chapter meetings such as electing Board members, selecting a Chapter Mission, and choosing the charities the Chapter would like to work with in an effort to connect with and give back to the community.

DeAnne opened the official launch meeting with a warm welcome to all attendees as brief introductions were made and members and guests sampled the fabulous food from Olive Garden.

“In the NAPW Delaware County Local Chapter, we are presented with opportunities to meet outstanding women who have persevered and learned from their endeavors,” she said. “A part of our foundation is the capability to give back to the community, in time, spirit, and energy.”

The President spoke how the NAPW Philadelphia Local Chapter is ready and willing to support the newer Chapter and she talked about a useful suggestion made by the President of the established Chapter.

“Chapter member Yolanda Ward brought up an amazing idea of doing an NAPW directory and PowerPoint presentation of active members. We would use this when we partner with Naketa Thigpen and the Philadelphia Chapter for a Business Expo and to encourage new members to join,” said DeAnne. “We are very excited to collaborate with such an energetic and wonderful Chapter. We know we can accomplish great things with them.”

As a show of support, the Philadelphia Local Chapter President and other members were present at the Delaware County meet & greet event in August.

“We talked about collaborating with Naketa Thigpen and the Philadelphia Local Chapter at our first meeting in August,” said DeAnne. “They have many wonderful things and opportunities to share.”

At both networking events, the Chapter President spoke about a unique idea suggested by Boston Chapter President Lily Robles as a way for members to share knowledge, wisdom, and experiences.

“It’s called the ‘Professional Nugget’ event and I thank Lily Robles for such an inspiring idea. These ‘nuggets’ will be presented at future meetings,” said DeAnne. “If members aren’t able to attend they can still contribute their ‘nugget.’ Nuggets would be made into a book that could then be used for a fundraiser for a charity of the Chapter’s choosing.”

At the meet & greet and the launch meetings, the group discussed creating a Chapter Mission statement and selecting Board members, and having guest speakers at upcoming networking meetings. Speaking topics explored included Couponing in Today’s World, Professional Growth, Stress Management, and Expanding Businesses. Charities and volunteer opportunities were discussed, as well, and it was decided at the launch meeting that the Chapter would support different charities each quarter, including organizations such as the Domestic Abuse Center of Delaware County and Nana’s Attic in Broomail.

Delaware County Local Chapter member Veronica Pszoniak, echoed most members’ thoughts when she stated, “I would like to give back to the next generation of young women.”
Members and guests agreed and ideas of holding presentations/workshops in local schools as a way of reaching out to young women in the School District of Philadelphia were discussed.

To close the meet & greet meeting, a gift basket filled with lotions, bamboo bowls, and a crocheted bag donated by DeAnne was raffled off with proceeds going to a charity of the Chapter’s choosing. The Chapter President thanked everyone for attending the Chapter’s first meet & greet, especially the Philadelphia, PA members.

“We look forward to growing and inspiring one another on this journey,” DeAnne told the crowd.

At the end of the September launch, the Chapter President announced that the upcoming October meeting would focus on developing a Chapter Mission, creating and electing a Chapter Committee, and designating charities the Chapter could support.

“Thank you to all who attended our ‘official launch,’ said DeAnne in closing. “It was an amazing and fun time. I look forward to all of the wonderful things that I know this Chapter is capable of accomplishing.”

Members and guests at the September launch meeting were:

DeAnne Lonnquist, Delaware County, PA Chapter President and SMG Coordinator for the

Philadelphia, PA Chapter, is a Recovery Counselor at CATCH Inc. She is an Art Therapist and Artist. She loves to coupon. Visit her website at muralsandmirrors.com/ or contact her at detig2@yahoo.com.

Katrina Brittingham is a Senior Claims Analyst for the School District of Philadelphia. Contact her at kbrittingham@philasd.org.

Naketa R. Thigpen is the NAPW Philadelphia, PA Chapter President and President and Co-owner of Thigpen’s Professionals, LLC, which provides personal and professional development services through employee and executive focused in-service training, interactive workshops for trainers, empowerment seminars, and coaching services for entrepreneurs. Visit her website at thigpro.com, ‘Like’ her at faceboook.com/thigpensprofessionals, or follow her at Twitter.com/Thigpro.

Kelli Wallace is Owner/Chief Executive Style Consultant of GEM Styles by K&M. She can be contacted at kelli@shopgemstyles.com. Check out her website at shopgemstyles.com.

Dina Esfahani works at Catch Inc. and is a Professional Violinist who specializes in top 40 hits. She can be reached at desfahani@catchinc.com.

Yolonda Ward is the Owner of CASY'S Gift Shoppe. Check out her website at casysgiftshoppe.com. She can be contacted at ywemail@aol.com.

Debbie Sullivan is the Owner of Rainbow International restoration and Cleaning. Check out her website at rainbowintl.com/. She can be reached at debbiesull@rcn.com.

Melinda Fern is the Owner of Frisky Worldwide Solutions LLC. Part of her work is to promote
Organo Gold coffee and tea. Contact her at ogwithme@gmail.com.

Members and guests at the August meet & greet were:

DeAnne Lonnquist, Delaware County, PA Chapter President and SMG Coordinator for the Philadelphia, PA Chapter, is a Recovery Counselor at CATCH Inc. She is an Art Therapist and Artist. She loves to coupon. Visit her website at muralsandmirrors.com/ or contact her at detig2@yahoo.com.

Katrina Brittingham is a Senior Claims Analyst for the School District of Philadelphia. Contact her at kbrittingham@philasd.org.

Naketa R. Thigpen is the NAPW Philadelphia, PA Chapter President and President and Co-owner of Thigpen’s Professionals, LLC, which provides personal and professional development services through employee and executive focused in-service training, interactive workshops for trainers, empowerment seminars, and coaching services for entrepreneurs. Visit her website at thigpro.com, ‘Like’ her at faceboook.com/thigpensprofessionals, or follow her at Twitter.com/Thigpro.

Evelyn Ferrara is Vice President of Relocation/Certified Relocation Professional/Certified Trainer for Dale Carnegie. She is a Mentor and has many years of experience. Contact her at eferrara@c21relo.com.

Rocquel Y. Neale is an Independent Contractor/Community Habilitation Specialist at Diversified Supportive Services, LLC. Contact her at rocquelneale@yahoo.com.

Veronica Pszoniak is Owner and Operator of Pszones Auto Repair. She is also a Project Manager at Christiana Care. Contact her at veronica@pszonesautorepair.com.

Guests were Cecillia Harris who is an Independence Blue Cross Appeals Specialist and Dr. Jill Pagliei, Chiropractor at the State Line Chiropractic center. Visit the company website at statelinechiropracticcenter.com.

Minutes Recorded by DeAnne Lonnquist, Delaware County Chapter President.

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.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Delaware County, PA Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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