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June 2011 |

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE from Karen Anderson

A Year to Remember

This has been an extraordinary year for Rockford Network of Professional Women (RNPW) and its members! The Executive Board, Karen Karen Anderson Anderson, President, Tonya Thayer, RNPW 2010-2011 Vice President, Mary Jo Hare, President Treasurer, Barb Giolitto, Secretary with the assistance of Policy Chair, Janna Becherer, prepared, recommended and presented to the membership a bylaws amendment to file for Not-for-Profit Articles of Incorporation status for RNPW. The amendment was approved at the February 21, 2011 general meeting. In April 2011, the application was approved by the State of Illinois. RNPW's 30th Anniversary was celebrated in April 2011 at a festive evening with approximately 80 members in attendance. Kathy Velasco and Judy Emerson presented a "This is Your Life, RNPW" program. A silent auction raised $800 for our scholarship fund, and Kathy Velasco was presented the first RNPW #1 Supporting Star Award for all her contributions to the organization and its members. Membership grew to 138 members. On-line registration and payment for luncheon meetings and annual dues was established. Meeting attendance averaged from 70 to over 100 every month! Growth and changes like these certainly kept Food and Reservations Chair, Sue Boyer, Membership Co-Chairs Lisa Carter & Kristin McNames and Treasurer Mary Jo Hare very busy! Scholarship Committee Chair Jan Bowman and her committee revised the application, processing and promotion steps. Their efforts resulted in 22 quality applications being received. These 22 were reviewed, narrowed to several who were personally interviewed by the committee to select the one who will receive the RNPW scholarship at the June meeting. Mary Kay Morrison and Holly Friel, co chairs of the Program Committee, arranged for programs on topics that varied from serious social or personal issues to light and entertaining topics, including an evening Holiday Party that was held at the Briggs Mansion. The Public Relations Committee Chair, Lindsey Gregg arranged strong newsprint and television coverage before and often during the monthly meetings. Robin Mann, History Chair, designed and developed table tents monthly that corresponded with the monthly programs. She and her committee also redid existing as well as created several new displays of RNPW history ­ 30 years in the making! The Awards Committee, chaired by Shirley G. Sievers, Randa Noble and Shannon Scheffel had the task of selecting which of the many outstanding nomination worthy RNPW members would be selected as an award nominee. There has never been a shortage of qualified women in this organization! Ammie Gough chaired the Appointments Committee. This committee is in transition to become more in tune with the needs and goals of today's business women, specifically RNPW members. Publications, with Kathy Velasco and Stacy Wallace as co-chairs, continues to provide us with strong newsletters, marketing materials, scholarship forms and flyers, membership applications, website maintenance and eblasts! And, that's just a few of the tasks they do for RNPW! Yes, this has been an exciting, busy, fruitful year. Thank you to all the members, Committee Chairs and workers, and the Executive Board. A special note of thanks to retiring board members Janna Becherer, Lisa Carter, Holly Friel, Kristin McNames and Shirley G. Sievers. All your work, inspiration, dedication and attendance made this the incredible year it has been!



Chamber's Women in Business Luncheon

The Rockford Chamber's annual Women in Business Luncheon will be held on June 23 at Cliffbreaker's Riverside Resort. The expo begins at 10 am and Rockford Network will be hosting a booth in the expo, as will many of our individual members. The event will feature Amy Millman as the keynote speaker. She will speak on advancing the growth of women-owned businesses to achieve their maximum potential. Amy Millman is Co-Founder, President and Board Member of Springboard 2000 Enterprises. Venture-catalyst Springboard is a national, nonprofit organization accelerating women's access to the equity markets. Springboard produces programs that recruit, qualify, coach, showcase and support women entrepreneurs as they seek equity capital to scale their companies. The luncheon features the annual Women in Business Awards. RNPW has had many of our nominated members win these prestigious awards (14 winners in 10 years!), and we're hoping this year is no different. Woman Manager of the Year ­ Ammie Gough is the Financial center Manager of Fifth Third Bank on Riverside Blvd. In addition to holding the positions of Appointments and Nominating Chair for RNPW, Ammie is a Board Member of the Loves Park Chamber of Commerce and a committee member of Illinois Growth Enterprises. Ammie Gough

RNPW is proud to nominate the following members:

Woman Business Owner of the Year ­ Jacki Gommel is the Owner and Interior Designer of Gommel Design. Jackie has been a member of RNPW since 1988 (thanks Jackie!). She has many community involvements, most notably serving on the Rockford Art Museum Board of Trustees and the Riverfront Museum Park Board of Governors. Jacki Gommel Heather Kelley

Woman Business Leader of Tomorrow ­ Heather Kelley is the owner of Argyle Marketing. She serves as President of the Harlem School Board, as well as Chair of the district's Public Relations and Policy Committees, and on the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Marketing Committee. Heather is a recipient of Rockford Chamber's Forty Leaders Under 40 Award, 2010.

RNPW will be reserving a table at the luncheon for our members. Cost is $35/person. Contact Mary Jo Hare at 815-964-0599 or email her at [email protected] to make your reservation. Make sure you let her know if you want a vegetarian meal. We need to hear from you by June 3rd.

rockford network of professional women board of directors 2010-11

president Karen Anderson [email protected] vice president Tonya Thayer [email protected] secretary Barb Giolitto [email protected] treasurer Mary Jo Hare [email protected] appointments Ammie Gough [email protected] awards Shirley G. Sievers [email protected] history Robin Mann [email protected] membership Lisa Carter [email protected] Kristan McNames [email protected] policy anna Becherer [email protected] program Holly Friel [email protected] Mary Kay Morrison [email protected] public relations Lindsey Gregg [email protected] publications & communications Kathy Velasco [email protected] Stacy Wallace [email protected] reservations Sue Boyer [email protected] scholarship Jan Bowman [email protected]



RNPW Scholarship to be Awarded at June Meeting

The Scholarship Committee is very happy to report RNPW had 22 applications for our scholarship this year! Each member of the committee reviewed all the applications with the use of a scoring guide. The committee then met to discuss all the applicants and selected four finalists. It was our pleasure to meet these four women for interviews. After much discussion, our RNPW 2011 Scholarship Winner was selected. A huge thanks to everyone who helped get the word out. We were very happy with the large group of well qualified applicants though it made our selection difficult! I hope to see you at the June 20th RNPW meeting where we look forward to introducing our scholarship winner.


Book a trip, or join my team. Barb Giolitto Referring Travel Agent 815-222-0201 [email protected]

Elections in June

Rockford Network of Professional Women will be holding officer elections for the 2011-2010 year at the June 20th meeting. The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of officers at the May luncheon meeting for our members' consideration: President Vice President

Tonya Thayer, Executive Director, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity Secretary

Stacy Wallace, Marketing Manager LDR Cleaning & Restoration Treasurer

Barb Giolitto, Sales & Marketing, YTB Travel, Univera

Mary Jo Hare, Owner & Manager, ServPro of Rockford

Each position will be presented in June for approval individually, and nominations will be accepted from the floor.



New Member Spotlight

Let's get to know a few of our newest RNPW members-- up close and personal! Here is:

Mila Carlson

Position: President of Mila Carlson & Associates; a certified legal nurse consultant Your Career Path: Over 40 years in healthcare. I chose nursing because I wanted to help people. Over the years, I've expanded into healthcare related roles such as computer technology, legal nurse consulting and nurse life care planning. Personal Stats: I'm married with two adult children. My husband Rick works at Kohls Store on East State. Daughter Dawn and husband are both teachers in California and have a 15-monthold son, Patrick. Daughter Marcia and husband live in Boston and work in risk management and finance. Professional Affiliations: Outside of nursing, I serve on the Board of Directors of Vibrant Living Communities and Service, and I belong to the Rockford Alpine Kiwanis Club.

Humor Quest

Mary Kay Morrison 322 Canary Drive Caledonia, IL 61011 815-885-2373 [email protected]


Enjoy most in your career? The flexibility to develop and grow the business into what I want it to be. I'm always looking for new and better ways to operate, market and grow my business. It's an ongoing process.



or Quest

Spending your free time: Reading crocheting, traveling, cruising. I serve as Adjunct Professor for the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, IL.



Member News

Kelly Vinje at The Gordon Flesch Company is hosting a "Lunch N Learn" on June 9th from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. GFC will provide lunch and a presentation on managing your business documents electronically! For more info or to RSVP, please email [email protected] or 815-316-7698! Stacy Wallace says Save the Date! Rosie's Birthday Club will be hosting its annual "Have Your Cake & Eat It 2" fundraiser on Sept. 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Cliffbreakers. Come see local celebrities paired up with amazing local bakers as they decorate cakes right before your eyes! Stay tuned! Donna Bileto at the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging is offering FREE "Take Charge of your Health" workshops. The workshop is an evidence-based health program beginning June 23 for older adults and their caregivers and is intended for anyone who wants to learn how to thrive despite having a chronic condition. For information on how to become a host site, refer clients or register for a workshop, contact Donna Bileto at 815-226-4901. Cindy Schulz has joined the staff at Siepert & Co, LLP in Roscoe as of May 31. Lynne Koenigsberger reports that KMK Media Group, Inc. ha developed of an advertising campaign for Riverside Community Bank, promoting the bank's relationship with Road Ranger. The campaign utilizes traditional means of advertising, as well as a presence on Facebook. Starting Friday, June 3 enjoy the Rockford City Market on Water and Market Street downtown from 3-7 p.m. Looking for an opportunity for your non-profit organization to get the word out? Contact Aimee Kuelling at the market: [email protected] com and find out how your non-profit team can serve as greeters at the market and promote the organization. Kathy Cox says: Take your relationship to the next level! A Couples Weekend is reserved for July 8-10, 2011. The goal for the weekend is to help you reach deeper levels of love, intimacy, acceptance and trust in your relationship. For more information, check out www. Kathy Cox-Connections Therapy Center is sponsoring this event. 815-494-0035. Marla Monge at Brynwood Myofascial Therapy invites you to "Loosen Up" by signing up for the Myofascial Stretching Classes being offered starting June 27 for 6 weeks. Learn how to enjoy the benefits of myofascial release daily at home and at work. Ideal for self-care, pain and stress relief, myofascial stretching classes are targeted to release tension and tightness in the body. Classes for this 6-weeks session are offered on Tues, at 6:30 pm, Wed at 1:30 pm, and Thurs at 9:00 am. To register or for more info, call 815-9046163, e-mail [email protected] or check our website at Continued on page 8

Complete Service & Support for all your Office Equipment Hardware & Software needs!

Copiers, Printers, Scanners, Faxes Electronic Document Management & Cloud Support Full Color Digital Press Active Print Management Cloud Printing Rules Based Routing PDF Workflow Solutions

Kelly Vinje : [email protected] 815-316-7698



Get More for Your Membership

So you joined this great networking organization. Yet ... you have found that you don't seem to be meeting new people. Same old ­ same old. How can you increase the value of your membership? How can you meet different people who may be a future customer or provide ideas for new resources? Join a committee!!! You don't have to dedicate lots of time to it. It's up to you. Some committees look for your opinion at a meeting for just an hour a month. Others might only need you twice a year to write a nomination form. Others could be of great interest to you and provide you with greater opportunities to help. YOU can determine how much of a commitment you want to make. The result ... you increase your network of local professional women and you are assisting in the advancement of this organization. It's a win-win!! How do you learn more? Read through this newsletter for a list of committees and their contacts. Send them an email expressing your interest. They will pass your name to the 20112012 committee chair. Voila! Easy stuff. Together, we will go places!

luncheon program

Monday | June 20 | 11:30 am Forest Hills Country Club 5135 Forest Hills Rd. | Rockford, IL

Officer Elections & Networking!

Cost is $15/person, $18 for walk-ins. Cash or check only, please. Lunch will be served promptly at 12 Noon--please plan your arrival accordingly. A Buffet-style luncheon will be served. Entrés and soup and salad are included.

To make your reservations: Call 977-7477 or go to Leave the name of each person in your party and your phone number. Reservation deadline: 5:00 pm, Thursday, June 16

Please note: No-shows will be billed. If you have a last-minute change of plans, why not send someone in your place as reservations cannot be cancelled After the deadline.



from the May meeting

Cheryl Parker, Lindsey Gregg, Mila Carlson

Margo Anders, Amy Semenchuk, Jan Bowman

Nancy Gall, Peg Wilkerson

Sue Lewandowski, Anna Toltzman

Vinni Farrell, Pam Elliot

Virginia Gully, Doris Weir

Phyllis Moore, Cindy Puckett

Speaker Julie Ostrow, Mary Kay Morrison

Holly Friel

Shannon Scheffel

Mary Kampmeier

Kim Milhorn


Member news Continued from page 5 Terry Dade reports that the PC Doctor has moved to 212 E State St. in Cherry Valley, IL, between the Post Office and the Cherry Valley Café. There will be a grand opening on Wednesday, June 1st at 10 am. Please join us for a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and to see the new site! Kathy Velasco is excited to announce that this year's Dancing with the Rockford Stars event has an RNPW connection. The event will be held on Sat, Sept 17 and feature celebrity dancing couples this year ­ including our own Janna and Jack Becherer. Mark your calendar now and plan to come and cheer Janna on! Gale Ketteler invites you to attend a special ribbon cutting and building dedication on June 9 for the new Anjali Pavilion on the Womanspace campus at 3333 Maria Linden Dr. The structure was donated by First Rockford Group, Inc. President Sunil Puri and named for his daughter Anjali who is nine years old. The ceremony begins at 10:15am with Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, Sunil Puri, Rockford Chamber President Einar Forsman and additional special guests. More information is available at 815877-0118, [email protected], and


We've Heard From... ...Charter member Alice Heath sent the following note: "Dear members of Rockford Network, What a treat it was for me last month to see so many upcoming young women in this wonderful group! You have truly upheld the vision my 4 friends had and the Charter members embraced wholeheartedly! Thank you all for the lovely corsage, your kind words and truly unique and entertaining version of our 30 years together. Please continue your most important and needed mission. Warmly, Alice Heath"

Welcome New Members!

Rhonda Schmitt, Administrative Professional Brynwood Myofascial Therapy 815-904-6163 [email protected] Mercedes Tapia, Management UPS 815-969-1073 [email protected]

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