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Mr. Friday…Time Already?

Cup A Joe!

Cup A Joe!

Hello Friday…now let me ask you something Mr. Friday…weren’t you JUST HERE??? Like a week ago?  Seriously…has this week flown by or what?  Just can’t believe it, November, one of my most fave months, has just zipped right by, in the blink of an eye!  So let’s do a Friday Wrap-up, shall we?  So yesterday morning I had a nice cup of coffee at a cool place in Raleigh, it is called A Cup of Joe.  I had a meeting with Dan Rothra and Robert Courts.  I’m in ShopLocalRaleigh with Robert and he is good friends with Dan.  We spent some time talking and tossed some fun ideas about marketing together and some ways to really tag-team on growing this whole “shop local” theme.  I’m really into this.  Thanks Dan and Robert!  Looking forward to what is to come next!

Becca, Dr. Mann and Shirin

Becca, Dr. Mann and Shirin

We had a really awesome Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting last night, lots of energy and some of our guests came back for a second visit from our Open House meeting last week. YEA!  Growing our Rotary Club one new member at a time!  We heard from Dr. Ashley Mann, DDS, a dentist here in Cary.  Dr. Mann shared about a project called Wake Smiles.  Wake Smiles helps to provide dental care to those in our community who can’t afford the cleanings and dental work needed.  Some of his stories were just heart wrenching and moving at the same time.  Wake Smiles has paired with The Salvation Army to provide the FIRST free dental client for adults in downtown Raleighfirst one of its kind with the Salvation Army in the COUNTRY!  We are talking about making history here!  Thank you to Shirin Mashoon, a proud member of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club for bringing Dr. Mann as a speaker to our club. 

Blanket Bundles with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Blanket Bundles with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

After the meeting, we spent time packing and wrapping 10 Blanket Bundles.  The Blanket Bundles are a NEW project for our club this year and is our Thanksgiving 2013 project.  A local radio station supports Blanket Bundles and encourages volunteers in the community to use a new blanket and wrap (bundle) it around 20 canned goods/non-perishable items.  Last week we signed-up to bring the various blankets and goods and made a quick assembly line to put the Blanket Bundles together.  Great work Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!   I’ll be meeting with Susan Pruskin, also a proud member of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club to deliver the Blanket Bundles on Saturday morning.  They will be used for those in need at the Raleigh Rescue Mission.  Sometimes, the simplest gestures can make the BIGGEST impact in someone’s life.

"Chef" Amy!

“Chef” Amy!

Thank you to our dear friend from PrimePay, Amy Gretenstein for coming by this afternoon with a delicious loaf of homemade pumpkin bread!  This girl is a FANTASTIC cook and is always spoiling us with little goodies during the year!  We shared some good laughs together this afternoon and talked about Thanksgiving travel plans for next week.  Thanks so much Amy!  See you soon!

Naptime Raleigh

Naptime Raleigh

And check this out…my new friend, Heather Petrovich is really freakin’ cool.  She’s known as the Raleigh Realty Mom and is a single mother of twin girls, an avid runner and the host of a parenting podcast called Naptime Radio (seriously, she has listeners ALL over the world…in like 80 different countries!!!!! )  She’s also a blogger too (love a fellow blogger) and she blogs about cool stuff like, real estate, parents and life.  We met a few months ago at the Carolina Parent Expo and then again at a Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast.  We had lunch at one of my fave places in Cary, Serendipity Café (also a client of Smith & Smith, CPA) and the friendship has been fast and fun!  She totally made me feel awesome by posting Beccasblog in her blog!  OMG…a BLOG TAG!  YEA!  Thanks Heather!  Check it out HERE 

Okay Mr. Friday…you won.  Weekend is HERE!!!!!!!!!!!  ENJOY!

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Koko FitClub Ribbon Cutting

 The Cary Chamber really gets going strong with events in the Fall and they ended September with their Eye Opener Breakfast, hosting candidates for the NC House and NC Senate.  It was a nice opportunity to get to see many of the candidates face to face and to hear their position on different issues.  A few hours after the breakfast, I attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Cary Chamber Member, Koko FitClubChuck and Anne Cook are the franchise owners and are very excited about Koko FitClub and what it has to offer to the community.  A large group of Ambassadors turned out for the ribbon cutting and we were able to tour the club and enjoyed yogurt cups and fresh coffee. 

Kok FitClub Workout!

 

Check out this picture of Autumn LaBarca of Capital Financial Advisory Group and Meg Moraites of the Cary Chamber giving one of the elliptical machines a whirl!  Even in heels!   I had a nice time seeing my Ambassador friends and I’m really trying hard to make it to as many ribbon cuttings for new members as I can.  It’s important to me as Vice Chair for Member Services that all Chamber members feel value and worth in their membership to the Cary Chamber.   And I love my awesome Eva Franco blue & black fitted shift dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet of Cary!  My necklace is from there too…Lois & her girls really knows how to dress women, for any type of occasion or event.  Hope you are shopping there! I know I am!

 

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Michelle Muir, Running for Mayor of Cary 

Michelle Muir
Carrie, Michelle Muir and Sheila

I honestly believe that being a good community citizen includes being familiar with your local government elected officials.  This happens to be an election year for the Town of Cary and voting day is approaching quickly on Tuesday, October 11th 2011 (10-11-11 for those of you who like crazy-date-numbers).  Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several of the candidates and finding out more about their platforms and areas of concern/focus for our community.  I’ve attended several panel discussions in which the candidates have voiced their opinions and ideas.  For the first time ever, I really feel like I’ve educated myself for this election decision.  Earlier this week, Blake and I attended a nice event for Michelle Muir, candidate for Mayor of the Town of Cary.  I met Michelle Muir earlier this year and we’ve had a fast-track-friendship develop, but she really feels more like a friend that I’ve known for years!  The event was held at the Guess-White-Ogle House (a historic landmark in Cary) and was co-hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo and Sheila Ogle of The Matthew’s House in Cary and two other successful businesses

Becca & Blake

We really enjoyed the evening as we mixed with other local citizens and had the opportunity to meet some of the very nice representatives of the PBA (Police Benevolent Association), who have endorsed Michelle Muir as their candidate of choice.  I’d like to thank Carrie and Sheila again for coordinating such a nice event.  I also wanted to mention that Blake is wearing a shirt & tie that we purchased from The Men’s Kloset in Cary…a local consignment store for MEN’S clothing!  Stop by and see them! 

Pat and Becca

I was very happy to see my friend, Patricia Gregory of the NCCC (National Cervical Cancer Coalition) at the Michelle Muir event too.  Pat and I met earlier this year and she is a wonderful woman!  Pat always has something exciting going on and I really love catching up with her.  Pat joined the Cary Chamber earlier this year and is using it as a way to reach out to other members and get them involved with her non-profit organization.  Pat and I are brainstorming some ideas for an event/fundraiser that she is planning for next year.  It already sounds great to me!

 

Michelle Muir

Eye Opener Breakfast

The Cary Chamber hosted their monthly Eye Opener Breakfast this week (always held the last Wednesday of the month) and this month it took place at the stylish Umstead Hotel.  The breakfast included a panel of several candidates that are up for election in our area.  Here they are below:

Mayor:  Harold Weinbrecht and Michelle Muir

Town Council At-Large:  Zeke Bridges and Lori Bush

District B:  Jeff Foxx and Don Frantz

District D:  Gale Adcock and Don Hyatt

The panel was hosted by Steve Zaytoun and each candidate answered a series of questions that ranged from topics of downtown Cary development to their top three priorities for the Town of Cary.  Each candidate stressed the importance of their platform and encouraged the audience to show up to vote on Election Day, October 11th.   Typically the voter-turnout-rate is 10% for Cary, which is so sad to me. 

 So where will YOU be on Tuesday October 11th?  Hopefully you know, or at least realize the importance of voting (even in local elections) and you’ll either vote EARLY or you’ll show up at your designated voting station on October 11th to cast your vote.   Take a few minutes before you cast your vote and conduct your own candidate research…vote for a candidate that you feel like will serve our town well. Click HERE for the 2011 Cary Voter Guide.   Michelle Muir is a candidate that is certainly making sure her message is getting out to the voters! 

 

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