Voces de LAWA
A bimonthly e-newsletter of LAWA
P.O. Box 471854 
Charlotte, N.C. 28247
Latin American Women's Association                                                               July/August 2009
           Cristina and the Scholarship Ceremony
2009 LAWA Scholarship Recipients                                                                           Photo: M. Roncagliolo   
Mission Statement
To support the educational development of Hispanic/Latino youth and women, and to enhance the quality of life in our community.
In this issue
LAWA Scholarships Ceremony
Women Series
"Madres y Madrinas"
Membership News
Annoucements & Opportunities

Upcoming Events 

No meeting in July
Monday, August 31
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mint Museum
Madres y Madrinas Video Presentation
"Living in Two Cultures" 
Guest Speaker
Rebeca Fernandez
CPCC Adult ESL Instructor and Fast Trac Program Coordinator

Board Of Directors
Violeta Moser

Victoria Sprow
Vice President

Anneliese Horst

Claudia Pureco

Cristina Moncayo
Scholarships Director

Stella Hastie
Program Director

Noemi Santana
Membership Director

Our Supporters
Bank of America
GMAC Financial Services
Mi Gente
Latina 102.3 FM
Duke Energy
Food Lion
Piedmont Natural Gas
Hearst Corporation
Special Partners
Latin American Coaltion
Mint Museum of Art
Foundation for the Carolinas
Front Porch

Contact Us
P.O. Box 471854
Charlotte, NC 28247
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The Latin American Women's Association is pleased to present its bimonthly electronic publication "Voces de LAWA" in this new format. Our goal is to keep you updated on current issues and activities, and to encourage you to get involved. We hope you enjoy reading it. 


 Women and Youth Scholarships
On June 9, LAWA presented its 2009 Scholarship Awards at the Mint Museum. This year, the Scholarship Evaluation Committee, headed by Cristina Moncayo, selected 31 students to receive financial awards totalling $30,000. The pool of applicants was academically outstanding with an array of carrer goals.
On the night of the event, the auditorium was filled with proud families, LAWA members, special guests, and young future scholarship recipients who served as volunteers ushering the guests to their seats. President Violeta Moser welcomed over 100 guests who attended the event. The crowd enjoyed a taste of LAWA's mentor/tutor "Madres y Madrinas" program as six children from Albemarle Elementary School entertained the crowd with a Salsa dance. It was a night of celebration!Cristina and the Scholarship Ceremony
Special thanks were given to the volunteers and supporters who made the event possible. There was a special recognition of Cheryl Palmer, Education Director of the Mint Museum, who was declared LAWA's Official "Tia" for her many years of support to our community.  
There were words of gratitude from two scholarship recipients that emphasized to the audience the importance of their support for education and LAWA's work in the community. Together, we are truly doing something good! Muchas gracias to Victoria Principe and Brendan Riley for their warm words!

We also heard from Kevin McCarthy, CPCC, Institutional Advancement AVP and LAWA Scholarship Committee Member, who gave us his perspective on the similarities between his work at CPCC and the mission of LAWA to further education. HCristina and the Scholarship Ceremonyis words were inspiring.              

Finally, the most important part of the program arrived. Director Cristina Moncayo, who conducted this year's Youth and Women's scholarship program, called the names of the 31 scholarship recipients. One by one, each honoree proudly approached center stage to receive her/his scholarship award. It was a great night of accomplishments and a lot of smiling faces for a job well done!

The night ended with a reception to honor our stars and their families. Frank N' Fruit created a delicious buffet that included a beautiful display of fruits donated by LAWA member Yvonne Farfan. Thank you!
For information about Women or Youth Scholarships, contact Cristina Moncayo: youthscholarship@lawanc.org

 LAWA Women's Series
The Women's Series is a program geared to support the personal and professional development of women. These are sessions featuring a variety of topics presented by expert guest speakers, expositions, and social networking.
Join us in August for "Living in Two Cultures", an informative and interactive session to help us understand the challenges we face living the American culture as we learn and speak English.
Speaker:      Rebeca Fenandez - CPCC
                   Adult ESL Instructor and Fast Trac Program Coordinator
When:          Monday, August 31
Time:           7:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Where:         Mint Museum of Art
                    2730 Randolph Rd.
                    Charlotte, NC 28201
                  Must RSVP for material planning.
                  Please email: lawa@lawanc.org by 8/25/09
For information, or if you know of a qualified speaker on topics related to LAWA's mission. please contact Victoria Sprow: vsprow@lawanc.org

Madres y Madrinas
Madres y Madrinas, a program developed by LAWA to support the academic and social development of elementary school students, had a terrific first year under the direction of Stella Hastie. From October 08 to May 09, volunteer tutors, community partners, parents, teachers and administrators, came together showing their love and care for the young members of our community. There were many hours of book reading, math learning, social integration and fun sharing of cultures. This project became a reality with a Front Porch grant, the first grant ever received by LAWA!

Gracias to all who helped make "Madres y Madrinas" a success this year. Welcome to LUCES of Duke Energy for your future commitment. Volunteers are needed. This is your chance to give a piece of your heart to those who need our support. Please join us.

Want to learn more? Come to our August 31st meeting. There will be a video presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Stella Hastie at shastie@lawanc.org

Membership News
We are delighted to have new members joining LAWA. Together we are part of a community dedicated to advancing education, sharing culture and creating friendships. Noemi Santana, new Membership Director, is making plans for fun events this year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th., for a fun Social Holiday. Stay tuned!

We welcome Aida Bertsch and Larissa Lopez-Ibaņez as our new members and thank them for their support.

Have you renwed your membership? If you are not sure, just contact us. We will be glad to bring you up to date.

Contact: Noemi Santana at nsantana@lawanc.org or call 704.552.1003. Send payments to: LAWA, P.O. Box 471854, Charlotte, NC, 28247

               Annoucements & Opportunities
Looking for a job? Check our website for current postings from partner organizations. See announcements of events and other scholarship opportunities. www.lawanc.org
Have a safe summer!