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February 2010


I am honored to be the PWI President for 2010. It is a responsibility I don't take lightly. I want to thank Terri Carver again for the amazing job she did in 2009 as our President. Under her leadership we updated our website, raised the most money for charity in one year in our history, while re-establishing an environment of collaborative communication and friendship.
In 2010 it is my goal to continue to grow PWI. I'd like to see our current membership / attendance double by inspiring those who have been in our group for years to re-kindle their spark and dedication and by engaging new members.
At the January 2010 installation lunch I shared a personal story in which upon going to the emergency room recently after cutting my hand preparing dinner, I was asked by the attending nurse, "do you feel safe at home". It struck me that domestic violence is so prevalent now, that every time a woman goes to the emergency room this question is asked. It made me realize the value of the work PWI does to support women's shelters where women can flee domestic abuse.
At our Holiday luncheon we also learned from the representatives from Rancho Coastal Humane Society Pet Safehouse program, that 50% of women do not leave violent homes because abusive individuals sometimes threaten, injure or even kill family pets to control, punish or silence their partners. Thus to continue to support women and children fleeing abusive relationships in 2009 we began to promote the Rancho Coastal Human Society Safehouse Program as a charity in which our members can choose to support through their own donations and charitable contributions.

Your participation in PWI can and does provide a positive change in the community in which we live. Your continued dedication in 2010 will: 
Raise money for homeless women in need of job training and provide gently used professional clothing for job interviews
Raise funds for domestic violence shelters for women and their children fleeing abusive and dangerous situations      
I truly hope that you will join us this year in some capacity. 2010 shows great promise through the dedication of our board and chairpersons. We will have many opportunities to learn new ideas, support our charities and of course to lean on, nurture and care for each other as friends and colleagues as we navigate together the year to come.

Warm Regards,
Cathi Marx, ALCM, COSS, CHS-V
PWI President 2010
2010 Membership
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Update on Melody Hubbard
Melody is the wife of Ron Hubbard and the daughter-in-law of Rickie McCardell.  She is a long standing member of San Diego Insurance Women and a past president that has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is undergoing Chemotherapy Treatments to fight the disease.  The next step for her is a Bone Marrow Transplant surgery and due to no matches in her immediate family, they are searching the National Donor list to find a match. If anyone is interested, they can register to be a donor and who knows, one of us could actually be a match for Melody. 
Arrowhead is holding a bone marrow drive at their office in Mission Valley on Thursday, January 28th from 10 am - 2 pm.  Their address is 2365 Northside Drive, 4th Floor Conference room, San Diego CA  92108.  You can donate there or contact the blood bank in your area.  It is simple and quick and Click here for the information about the drive 
Update on Pat McQuade
She completed her 2nd Ironman in November and beat her Wisconsin time by 21 minutes despite having a worse swim and a flat tire during the bike portion. Here are the details of that event.
Ironman Arizona 11/22/09 in Tempe,  AZ
2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake (62 degree water)
112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run
Total time:  16 hours 37 minutes 9 seconds
Next Ironman race is 11/28/10 in Cozumel, Mexico!
Update on Tram Phan
 My very ambitious New Year's resolution for 2010 is to defeat a Half Marathon. I am in no way, shape, or form an avid runner, nor do I enjoy running. Within the past six months, I've concentrated on healthy living, which includes better eating habits and exercising more. I've come from only being able to run 1 mile straight to about 3-4 consistently. My first race, the Stay Classy Fire Run from La Jolla to Pacific Beach spanning a total of 4 miles, gave me a total adrenalin rush and left me wanting more.  With the New Year at hand, and my distance increasing, I've set out to accomplish my first long distance run, the Half Marathon- in April or May 2010.
We wish you luck Tram! 
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February 12th Luncheon


Join us for lunch and networking as we hear "Jennifer's Story".  Listen to Jennifer tell us about her amazing personal journey using skills learned from the OPT program at Grossmont College. 

OPT at Grossmont College
is one of the charities that PWI supports and a Project InVEST program.  The program is an intense 17 week training to gain new and/or updated skills that enable graduates to change their lives and tranisition to a life of self-sufficiency.
February 4, 2010
Board Meeting 
February 12, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
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March 12, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
April 1, 2010
Board Meeting
April 9, 2010
Fashion Show
July 9, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
August 5, 2010
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August 13, 2010
Golf Tournament
September 2, 2010
Board Meeting
September (Date TBD)
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October 7, 2010
Board Meeting
October 8, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
November 4, 2010
Board Meeting-Planning for 2011
December 3, 2010
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