Judy Crockett

Judy Crockett
Judy Crockett

Monday, October 31, 2005

Laughing Matters

With the holiday season in front of us...Laughing Matters...so the speaker for the Thursday, November 17 Women's netWork luncheon is...Gail Robinson.

Gail Robinson spent twenty years as an elementary school teacher. She is the founder of the Montessori Elementary School in Suttons Bay, Michigan. Gail is a registered yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. She established the first Laughter Club in Northern Michigan modeled after the Laughter Movement of Madan Kataria, MD. As a certified Laughter Yoga Trainer, Gail offers informational presentations.

Get to lunch early if you can - Gail said it is not pretty to eat while participating in this program! Check out her web site at laughingmatters.us

The luncheon will be held at Topo's, Nov. 17 from 11:45-1:30pm. Cost is $10.

If anyone can share information about Gail and the laughing movement - blog it here.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Women's Empowerment Giving Circle

The Women’s netWork, formed in May 2005, announced today at their regular monthly luncheon the formation of the Manistee County Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle. By the end of the luncheon, after an impressive report, 30% of the start up goal had been reached.
“Giving Circles are a grass roots phenomenon that began in early 2000,” said Judy Ouvry, one of the co-founders of the Women’s netWork. “These groups pool donations in order to make a greater impact on the causes they fund. This giving circle will fund women and girls’ issues in the areas of professional development and leadership.”
Karen Bruchan, executive director of the Manistee County Community Foundation presented the Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle at the luncheon attended by over 50 women.
“This will be a fund at the Manistee County Community Foundation. The mission of this Giving Circle is to encourage and promote the economic self-sufficiency and well-being of women and girls,” said Bruchan. “Grant-making will focus on key areas of growth including education, leadership, political readiness, business incubation, and professional development.”
The Manistee County Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle will have an element not common to giving circles. Women and girls who are awarded grants will also be assigned a mentor to support and guide her along her path of growth and development.
Bruchan noted numerous statistics about the status of women in Michigan, and specifically in Manistee County. According to the Status of Women in Michigan Report done by the Nokomis Foundation, one in ten Michigan women live below the poverty line. Michigan Women had a composite score of C-, earning two thirds of what Michigan men earn for full-time employment.
Locally statistic show that in 2000, over half of all female householder families with children 0-5 were considered to be in poverty. Manistee County women’s median income in 2000 was $3,521 less that the 10-county region.
“We were overwhelmed by the immediate financial support for this endeavor that came forward to start this fund,” said Vanessa Buhs, co-founder of the Women’s netWork. “But we were not surprised. Women give generously when they know there is a need and a solution. This giving circle will be part of the solution.”
For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Giving Circle or to join the Women’s netWork, send an email to manisteewomen@yahoo.com or contact the Manistee County Community Foundation at 231-723-7269.

Wealth for Women Seminar

Join Camille Koscic for the Wealth for Women program November 3-6 at the Portage Point Inn in Onekama.

Six months from now, a small group of committed women who invested their daily coffee money in themselves rather than mochas will be well on their way to having their dreams come true.

If you're not in that group, where will you be in six months? Will it be any closer to anything you want, or will it be the same old stuff?

Right now, call 231-383-0141 to register or to get more detailed information. It
will cost you only $3.99 a day to find out how to get anything you want.

To your success,
Camille Kocsis

P.S. If your life has been so contaminated by the whiners that you're not even sure what your dream is, we'll help you uncover it. You're here for a reason and this is how you can
find out what it is. Call now 231-383-0141.

P.P.S. A recent registrant said when deciding whether or not to spend the money to attend she asked herself this question, “"How valuable would it be to me to really let go of inaccurate and limited ideas about money and wealth and replace them with accurate and expanded ideas?". She decided it was well worth it.

P.P.P.S. How much progress did you make in the last six months toward your dream? Do you think that speeding it up in a big way might be good? Aren't you tired of waiting? Is
your dream worth $3.99 a day? Are you? CALL NOW 231-383-0141

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Newsweek's When Women Lead

Please read the articles in the Oct 24, 2005 Newsweek -
the entire issue is on line at


When Women Lead
As a growing number of female executives rise to the top,
how will they change the culture of the workplace?

There is a lot to learn in this issue.
We'd love to read your comments....

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Celebrating Women Festival Coordinator Needed

Good Monday to you all! We are again planning the Celebrating Women Festival
and are in need of a Festival Coordinator – we are currently accepting resumes
for this position so please spread the word and get back to me with any ideas you
may have. We also will be having a meeting for all those interested in participating
again this year. If you know of anyone who should receive emails about the festival
please forward their email address to me. And please feel free to forward this
message to anyone who may need it. I will get back to you with a meeting date,
time and place. Sure hope your summer went well.

Best Regards,

Evelyn J

Manistee County CVB

Becoming a Great Conversationalist

Three Skills To Improve Conversation
By: Brian Tracy

One key to becoming a great conversationalist is to pause before replying. A short pause, of three to five seconds, is a very classy thing to do in a conversation. When you pause, you accomplish three goals simultaneously.

The Benefits of Pausing
First, you avoid running the risk of interrupting if the other person is just catching his or her breath before continuing. Second, you show the other person that you are giving careful consideration to his or her words by not jumping in with your own comments at the earliest opportunity. The third benefit of pausing is that you will actually hear the other person better. His or her words will soak into a deeper level of your mind and you will understand what he or she is saying with greater clarity. By pausing, you mark yourself as a brilliant conversationalist.

Friday, October 14, 2005

10/14/2005 - Ford Names Female V.P

10/14/2005 - Ford Names Female V.P.

DETROIT (AP) - Ford has named its first female executive vice president in 102 years.
56-year-old Anne Stevens will serve as executive vice president and chief operating
officer for the Americas. It's a new position that makes her one of the highest ranking
women in the auto industry. Stevens has previously served as Ford's group
vice president of Canada, Mexico and South America. She joined the company in 1990.
Stevens will be in charge of product development, manufacturing and purchasing
in the Americas. (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I Can't Believe She Did That!

Meet Nan Mooney, author of I Can't Believe She Did That! Why Women Betray Other Women at Work (St. Martin's Press, ($16.29). http://www.nanmooney.com

Nan addresses a topic that is not an easy one for women to talk about or admit is happening. Please check out her web site and also take the time to take her quiz. What follows was taken from her web site:

I Can’t Believe She Did That! offers a new and compelling perspective on conflict and competition among women in the workplace. Based on real stories from real women, the book provides a provocative social and cultural exploration of the often troubled and painful dynamics that unfold among women on the job.

I wrote I Can’t Believe She Did That! because I wanted to provoke discussion among all women about the conflicts and competition we encounter with one another in our professional relationships. My hope is that working women everywhere — in reading groups, in offices, in networking groups and professional organizations, or just gathering over lunch or drinks — will begin seriously discussing the issues raised in this book. Open communication is a critical first step towards resolving our conflicts and getting on with our professional lives.

Get more information from Nan's web site.


Let's hear your comments, too.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Baker College to offer Forums in Manistee County

Baker College of Cadillac is looking into the viability of
offering a Business Resource Center for area businesses in
Manistee County. We would like to begin by offering a "FREE
Forum" for business owners and managers.

The purpose of the forum is to have an open discussion with
business owners/managers about unique challenges, business-
development needs, common concerns and issues facing
businesses today.

Forums will be held at:
Brethren High School Wednesday October 12 from 7-9 pm

Manistee Benzie Mental Health on Gloseski Drive
Wednesday October 19 from 7-9 pm

Please pass this information on to others who would benefit from
a Business Resource Center - plan to attend the free forum.

Mary Jo

Mary Jo Binkley
Director of Business & Corporate Services
Baker College of Cadillac
Telephone: (231) 876-3128
Fax: (231) 775-8505

Wireless - DO NOT CALL List Information

JUST A REMINDER...In a few weeks, ALL wireless phone numbers are being
released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
(888)382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL LIST... It will only take
a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

Joni Purgiel sent this to me. I am passing it on to you. We all need to remember to do business with other women...

Why should your women-owned business be in the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce - Guide to Women Contractors?

Visibility - Opportunity - Reach - Affordability!

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce - Guide to Women Contractors provides one convenient, authenticated source for women-owned firms giving buyers "no excuses" to not do business with women business owners.

>>>Details here - http://www.sblink.us/html/uswcc-gov-con-launch.aspx

The Guide to Women Contractors will be printed and distributed to 25,000 buyers and key influencers across the U.S. And, the guide will also be provided online so that all buyers may quickly and easily find your women-owned business by NAICS code, key words, industry, location, etc.

And, by placing your business in the Guide to Women Contractors, you will also be part of the Women in Contracting Opportunity Center where qualified buyers will post opportunities online for women-owned firms who are listed in the Guide to Women Contractors. You will be able to register key industry identifications and keywords so that you receive notification of these opportunities automatically via email.

There are two ways to be in the Guide to Women Contractors and the Opportunity Center:

Option One: Become a "Contracting Member " of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce and receive full USWCC supporting membership benefits, a directory listing in the Guide to Women Contractors (print and online), and use of the Women in Contracting Opportunity Center. This Contracting Membership is only $395.

>>>To read more about the USWCC Contracting Membership, go here: http://www.sblink.us/html/uswcc-gov-con-launch.aspx#details

Option Two: Purchase a Directory or Display Ad

Directory ads are just $250 and include a text listing in the print and online directory as well as participation in the Women in Contracting Opportunity Center. To purchase a directory ad, go here:

>>>Details here - http://www.sblink.us/html/uswcc-gov-con-launch.aspx


About the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce - http://www.uswomenschamber.com

The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce(TM) is the pre-eminent national women's chamber of commerce network whose mission is to develop leaders, accelerate economic growth and provide a community voice for women. The over 300,000 members of the USWCC, a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 2001, include supporting members, councils, association members and strategic alliances across the U.S. Creating and representing the next generation of leadership for women, the USWCC is women's connection to influence, education, opportunity and advancement. Its headquarters offices are located in Washington, D.C.


U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004

Copyright 2005 U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce