Business of Women with an ECU Christmas


The Cary Chamber hosted their final Business of Women meeting for the 2011-year this past week.  Delancy Carroll, Vice President of the Cary Chamber, was excited to tell us that the Business of Women was going into their 10th year of luncheons!  So exciting! 

Dorcas Shop in Cary

And following the traditions of years past, the speaker for December was from a local charitable organization (in the spirit of giving!).  Dorcas Ministries was the presenter and the topic was “Honoring Our Past, and Building Our Future”.  The ladies from Dorcas, Deirdre Jersey, Capital Campaign Fundraising Chair and Jill Wissing, Crisis Ministry Manager, gave a very informative but moving talk about Dorcas Ministries.  Jill shared some really special stories during the lunch about individuals and families who have been helped by Dorcas.  Dorcas Shop recently moved to a much larger space in Cary and had their Grand Opening on October 1st
Volunteers working the Dorcas Shop Donation dock

I stopped by Dorcas Shop after the luncheon and delivered a large box of toys & other items at their donation center.  The two volunteers that helped unload my car were so friendly.  This is a wonderful place to volunteer if you are looking for an opportunity to serve our community.  Deirdre mentioned the quote during the presentation “Think GLOBALLY, but act LOCALY” and volunteering with Doras is a prime example of making that into a reality!  I was pleased to have my friend, Beth Dehghan, Owner of Village Cleaners, attend the luncheon with me. Some of the other fabulous ladies that we met at the luncheon included: Pat Richardson, Director of Community Relations for Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, NC, Tracey Gritz, Owner of The Efficient Office, Christy Carver, Owner of Bella Bridesmaids, and the mother/daughter team of Print 2 Promote Sara Adcox and Brittany Brinkley

 I am so pleased to share this ECU Christmas card that was put together by my lovely mother, Marsha Fleenor and her co-worker, Millicent Thomas.  Marsha and Millicent are part of the staff for the Office of Continuing Studies at East Carolina University.   They sent this card/picture via email to over 200 of their co-workers/friends.  I LOVE it!  Marsha and Millicent are big supporters of my blog, so this is a fun opportunity for me to give a shout-out back to them!  Don’t you just love the big wreath they are holding up!?!  So festive!  And I love my mom so much, she’s my best friend!!  If you are thinking about returning to school to complete an undergraduate degree or if you would like to earn a graduate degree online, the contact email address is  Degree programs online that are offered through ECU make it possible for working adults to complete their degrees without returning to the classroom.  What are you waiting for….GO FOR IT!   

 It’s FRIDAY!!!!  Happy weekend!!!!!!!

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