Note in the Pocket & TLPL

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Networking and Helping Others

Shopping & Networking at TLPL

Shopping & Networking at TLPL

Last week was the May meeting for the Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  The ‘Hostess of Ceremonies”, Carrie Peele, was off visiting her new grandbaby in California, so I was asked to fill in for her (but one can never really do as great of a job as Carrie does!)  The speaker was Christine Hilt, President of CLH Design.  She shared with the group of ladies her experience in working in a male dominated field and what it has taken her to overcome some obstacles along the way.

Terry and Renee

Terry and Renee

She gave some staggering statistics about women in landscaping design (there aren’t very many of them) and what different universities are doing to encourage more women to enter the field.  I enjoyed hearing Christine speak and love the fact that she is also a fellow Rotarian.  She has earned numerous certificates and awards for her work and leadership in the sustainability and LEED rating systems.  Thanks for coming to share with us Christine!  I was pleased to have my guests: Heidi Harris, Eleni Steadman and Frida Darmawan.

Susan and Myra

Susan and Myra

I was sitting with the Blue Diamond Limo table (in representation of Carrie) so my table guests included: Christine Hilt, Carrie Burr, Linda Craft, Kim Crump, Judy Fourie, and Dallas Bonavita.  The Breast Cancer ‘SHE-RO’ for Pretty In Pink this month was Terry Buchanan.   She was recommended by my good friend (and a good friend to many), Renee Groom.  Terry was picked up for the luncheon in the Blue Diamond Pink Limo and was joined at lunch by her husband, two of her three sons, and several other guests.  Terry came to the podium to share her breast cancer story and gave thanks to all of those who have supported her along the way.

Ms. Linda and Becca

Ms. Linda and Becca

It was great to see so many friends and to also make some new friends!  I met Susan Crews, a Body Transformation Coach for her company called “Sparkle & Shine”.  Her business card is really neat and was designed by TLPL Sponsor, Myra Ray, owner of MyrayGraphix.comSmith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor of the TLPL for several years and enjoys the relationship very much!  Thanks to Carrie, Linda Sellers, Linda Brown, Becky, and the other Blue Diamond Limo staff that help make this a successful event each month!  TLPL also did a purse & shoe collection this month for the group, Dress for Success Triangle ChapterCarrie Burr, TLPl sponsor, headed up this project.  Thanks to all who brought items in!  Thanks also to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for the lovely summer black dress I wore to the luncheon.

Dallas, Susan & Becca at Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting

Dallas, Susan & Becca at Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting

I’d also like to give a shout-out to Dallas Bonavita, Executive Director of a non-profit group called, Note in the Pocket.  Susan Pruskin and I met Dallas a few months ago when she was brand new to the TLPL.  Susan immediately booked her for a presentation at our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and set-up a clothing drive for our club members.  Our mission was to collect gently used children’s clothing and money for the purchase of new underwear (it’s staggering and saddening to know how many kids in Wake County don’t have underwear for school).

 

Our Club collection for Note In the Pocket

Our Club collection for Note In the Pocket

Dallas presented to our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club at our meeting last week and took with her all of our donations!  What we collected will help so many at-risk and needy families/kids in our community.  Note in the Pocket is holding a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, June 1st from 10am-1pm and is also hosting a Student Volunteer Leadership Program this summer.  You can find out more on their website.  What a great group for young adults to be part of and get some volunteer hours!  Thanks Dallas and thank Susan for such a great program!

 

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