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April 2010


Do you smell it? Come on take a deep breath. Do you smell it? After such a wonderfully rainy winter the flowers are in bloom, trees have new growth, bushes are so colorful. With respect to our friends and colleagues with hay fever (I am so sorry!) that is the smell we have all been waiting for!
That also means that spring is here! This is a time for renewal, for starting fresh. After hibernating during winter and after months of Netflicks, pay-per-view movies and pots of homemade soup we now can emerge renewed and with increased vigor.  Dust off those walking shoes, grab a friend or two and start your own "walkie - talkie" group. Exercise is always more fun with friends, and the time goes by so much faster.
And what a better way to begin spring than our annual fashion show! On April 16th at the Handlery Hotel we will have our very own PWI members and OPT students modeling clothing. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, enjoy a great lunch and see various vendors with merchandise that may inspire a mother's day gift or two or maybe something special just for you!
Please check out our website under "calendar of events". There is still time to register! For more information or to register for the event please click here  or contact Nancy Ladd our Fashion Show Chairperson at 619-744-6495.
For those of you who had a chance to attend our March lunch meetingPatricia Wenskunas Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, Crime Survivors, Inc. gave us a riveting account of her own personal experiences and how she triumphantly overcame being a victim to being a survivor. If you are currently in a situation that is fearful or you know someone who has been or is being victimized; her group is there to take your call
(949) 872-7895.
Don't forget, our next Board meeting is April 8th at 11:30 at San Diego Insurance Staffing, 3636 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92108-1722. All members are always welcome to attend but please register so that we have an accurate head count for lunch. 
Warm regards,
Cathi Marx, ALCM, COSS, CHS-V  
PWI President 2010
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

Member Update
Helen Nelson, one of our founding members, will be retiring in May 2010 after 30 years at State Compensation Insurance Fund.  She has been a field rep servicing direct accounts the entire time she has been at State Fund. 
Kimbra Pedersen recently got engaged and will be tying the knot in Fall 2010. 
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 to complete your application for an individual or corporate membership online.  
Happy Easter
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
Fashion Show- Need Sponsors!
Member Update
Got Announcements?
Charity Updates/Needs
2010 Membership Dues
Future Events
Ask an Expert
Quick Links
April 8, 2010 (NEW DATE)
Board Meeting
April 16, 2010
Fashion Show
June 3, 2010
Board Meeting
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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April Birthdays!  
Joyce Lieggi 4/18
Kathy Vanderslice 4/28


 "Is so small a thing to have enjoy'd the sun, To have lived light in the spring,
 To have loved, to have thought,
to have done"
Matthew Arnold

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If you would like to place an ad, please contact Sharlene Theakston and indicate you would like to post a job in the PWI Newsletter.  OR  888-528-8367
JOBS Available:
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 Nurse Case Manager for Workers Comp Company, San Diego. Direct Hire. 
 C/L & P/L CSR's / Account Manager's needed for temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. San Diego.
 Commercial Underwriters needed for San Diego. Temp-to-Hire and Direct Hire.

 Employee Benefits positions available (Account Manager and Analyst). Temp-to -hire and direct hire.

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To inquire about any of the jobs above, or if you have any questions, please contact Sharlene Theakston at OR 888-528-8367

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