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March 2010


We are always inspired by stories of perseverance and survival. Our February luncheon speaker was both awe inspiring and inspirational.

Jennifer was a young mother starting at 18 and two children by the time she was 19. She waitressed for several years but was let go due to the economy. Although depressed with two children and no income she decided she would get her GED, then signed up for the OPT program at Grossmont College.  Jennifer completed the course with a 4.0. Shortly after graduating she was hired at State Farm where she is currently working.  She is extremely grateful for the program and the positive changes in her life. 


Thank you Jennifer for trusting us with your story.  !


Our next luncheon event is March 12th at 11:30 am at the Admiral Baker Club. Our speaker will be Patricia Wenskunas who is a survivor of attempted murder and childhood abuse. She is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, Crime Survivors, Inc.  Click the link below to register to attend! 


See you there!


Cathi Marx, ALCM, COSS, CHS-V
PWI President 2010
March 12th Luncheon


Join us for lunch and networking with our speaker, Patricia Wenskunas,  who is a survivor of attempted murder and childhood abuse. She is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, Crime Survivors, Inc.

She has spent the last several years empowering victims of crime to survive and thrive while bringing awareness and prevention to our communities. 


Because her organization provides "survival kits" to victims of abuse and violence, please feel free to bring donations of any items listed below to the luncheon.


  • Mini first aid kits
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Mini Tissues
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Decks of cards
  • Crayons


Every PWI member who brings a guest to our March luncheon will qualify for a special raffle prize.

Fashion Show - April 16, 2010

We will have Wonderful Fashions, a Delicious Lunch, Merchandise Vendors and Great Networking Opportunities ...


Sponsorship's are Available:



(Includes 8 Luncheon Tickets)



(Includes 4 Luncheon Tickets)


VOGUE $300

(Includes 2 Luncheon Tickets)


The sooner you sign up as a Sponsor 


the more advertising you get.....


Proceeds benefit:

 OPT/ Invest Program at  Grossmont College

To Purchase a Lunch Ticket click here 


To sponsor the event click here or


contact  Nancy Ladd at 619-744-6495

Want to share your accomplishments? 
We would love to list member acheivements, awards, announcements, and promotions in future newsletters.  Send your info and contact information to Julie Brown, and we would be happy to let other members know what you have been up to!

Charity Updates/Needs
8 Ways that you can support OPT 
  1. Attend the Fashion Show on April 16, 2010 
  2. Bring Gently Used Professional Clothing to the Fashion Show on April 16th  
  3. Use as your search engine and when asked "Who do you search for? Put in Grossmont College. OPT gets $.01 each time. 
  4. Ralphs - Sign up on and list the non-profit organizaion (NPO) of 82387 and OPT will get credit from your purchases.
  5. Donate Auction Items - Silent and Live Auction Items needed for Mentor nights in March and October each year.  Contact Dr. Mary Leslie at 619-644-7533 to donate.
  6. Got Old Cell Phones?  Bring your donations to the OPT office Room 512B or contact their office at 619-644-7247
  7. Purchase an OPT Cookbook.  Contact Dr. Mary Leslie or buy them at the fashion show on April 16th  
  8. Recycle for OPT - deliver Rinsed cans and bottles (CA-CRV only) to the OPT office Room 512B or call to schedule a bulk pickup at your place of business.  You can also redeem your recycleables for cash and donate the proceeds to OPT.  Contact Dr. Mary Leslie 619-644-7533for drop-off or pick-up arrangements. 
2010 Membership
Membership dues for 2010 are overdue. 
Applications are now online and you can pay online by credit card or mail your check. 
Click here for an individual membership application
Click her for a Corporate Membership Application.
Thank you to our
Newsletter Sponsor
Aspen Risk Management Group
If you would like to be a Newsletter Sponsor for 2010, please contact Julie Brown, 888-528-8367 or

In This Issue
March Meeting- RSVP
Fashion Show- Need Sponsors!
Got Announcements?
Charity Updates/Needs
2010 Membership Dues
Future Events
Ask an Expert
Quick Links
March 4, 2010
Board Meeting
March 12, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
April 1, 2010
Board Meeting
April 16, 2010 (NEW DATE)
Fashion Show
July 9, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
August 5, 2010
Board Meeting
August 13, 2010
Golf Tournament
September 2, 2010
Board Meeting
September (Date TBD)
Social Event
October 7, 2010
Board Meeting
October 8, 2010
Luncheon Meeting
November 4, 2010
Board Meeting-Planning for 2011
December 3, 2010
Holiday Party
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March Birthdays!  
Jennifer Marchewka 3/13
Jody Talbot  3/13


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