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Dear Members:

It is difficult to believe we are well into August, and the summer will soon come to an end. I do hope your spring and summer have allowed you to enjoy safe and happy moments with family and friends….and with your fellow IWF members! Once again, there is so much to report to you about IWF Georgia’s recent and upcoming programs: IWF Global’s recent and upcoming conferences; the work being done by your Board of Directors and their Committees; and the many, many recognitions and accomplishments of our own members. As I have said before, I am forever in awe of how accomplished and celebrated our own IWF Members are.
Programs

In the Garden
On May 24,  Mary Pat Matheson,  President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, hosted our members for a fabulous lunch at the new Linton’s at the Garden; shared comments with us about the business of running the Garden; and provided hostesses for us to have tours of the incredible Chihuly Exhibit.  And we were so fortunate to have had spectacular weather for this special opportunity. Click here for photos from this and other recent events. 

(Pictured here - Mary Pat Matheson,  President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens speaks to IWF members)

Summer Cocktail Gatherings
In past summers, we have organized one informal summer cocktail gathering.  This year, the Program Committee, chaired by Pat Upshaw-Monteith, organized three informal gatherings:  Dolce in the Shops of Buckhead on June 27;  the Mandarin Oriental on July 20; and MOCA-GA to see the fabulous Herb Creecy exhibit on August 2.   A huge thanks to Aida Flamm for organizing the Dolce and Mandarin Oriental evenings; and to Annette Cone-Skelton and Claudia Patton for the MOCA-GA evening.

We have had such a positive response to the summer cocktail gatherings that we are adding a fourth!  So mark your calendar to join us on Tuesday, August 30th at the home of Amanda Brown-Olmsted.   An invitation has been sent! 
Upcoming Programs

Dine Arounds on Sept 13 and 20
We are offering our members an option of attending the September Dine Arounds on either date, hoping that this will enable more of you to attend this very special and intimate evening in one of our member’s homes.  And we are still asking for volunteers to host a Dine Around for either date, so please let either Jennifer Langley at jenniferlangley@iwfgeorgia.org know if you are available to host. (We do all of the work for you.)   

October 11, November 9 and December 4

Please be sure you are marking your calendar for our remaining programs in 2016.   October 11 is our Annual Meeting and once again, will be hosted by Leslie Sibert at Georgia Power’s offices.   November 9 is a very exciting program with Bud Peterson, President of Georgia Tech and we will be touring the Tech Innovation Center after Bud speaks to us.   And our Holiday Party is being hosted by Carol Tome at her home on December 4.   Watch for the invites for each of these events.
IWF Global Membership Survey - Deadline September 9

I hope you received the Member’s Survey from IWF Global. IWF is in an important juncture in the growth of the organization and needs a deeper understanding of what you value most about your IWF Membership, as well as improvements or changes you would like to see. Please take this opportunity to provide candid input. IWF is your organization and your feedback is critical to the success of the organization. Your answers and comments are confidential—at no time will your input be linked to you individually. To access the questionaire and provide your feedback, please click here
IWF Global Conferences

Tel Aviv:  Seek, Solve, Soar  (May 17-19)

IWF Conferences are always magical experiences and the conference in Tel Aviv did not disappoint.   We had seven of our IWF Georgia members in attendance.   IWF Israel was simply outstanding in hosting and handling large and small details directed toward an exceptional conference experience.  From beginning to end, it was content rich and well executed.   Remarks from Shimon Peres, Ninth President of the State of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke to us at the Opening Ceremony.    There were so many highlights of the program,  it is a challenge to single out any one speaker or panel, but all did love hearing from American Astronaut Cady Coleman.  And to quote our IWF Georgia and Global Board member, Marsha Sampson Johnson, “The mind and range of emotions get good workouts at IWF conferences.   Well worth the investment!”   

(L to R: Renee Werbin, Kathy Bremer, Ceree Eberly, Lynn Borsuk, Chris St.Clare, IWF Canadian Member, Claudia Patton, Liane Levetan)

Chicago:  Crossroads of Change  (September 28-30)

In Chicago, women leaders from over 40 nations will connect, converse and collaborate with experts and global leaders on the changes underway and what lies ahead in the new wave of commerce, transportation, media,  the threats of terrorism, and new ideas remaking the world.    We know that many of you have already registered, and as the conference is now sold out,  if you would like to put your name on the wait list, click here to log in with your membership credentials.    If you do plan to attend, please let me know.

Membership Committee

A big thanks to those of you that submitted nominations for membership.   The Membership Committee, Chaired by Pat Robinson, has worked diligently to review the many nominees and will be presenting a proposed list at the September 8 Board of Directors Meeting.  You will hear shortly afterwards as to the decision on your nominee.   It was a very impressive list and I think you will be pleased when you learn about the impressive women being asked to join our IWF Forum.
(L to R: Pat Robinson & Liz Blake)
Opportunities for our Members

Our member, Lisa Gordon, is the CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.  In recent years, Habitat has organized an “Atlanta Women’s Build” and given recent success, has a goal of building two homes from September 24-November 7.   And “Executive Women’s Build Day" is Wednesday, October 19.  Please contact Lisa at lisa.gordon@atlantahabitat.org if you are interested in participating or if you want to organize a group of your IWF friends!
(L to R: Lisa Gordon & Claudia Patton)
Recognitions

There continue to be so many exciting announcements regarding our members, and it is difficult to include all of them, and I worry about the many that won’t be included here.   I do want to mention and congratulate Linda Klein, who on Monday, August 8, was named as President of the American Bar Association, the world’s largest legal organization with over 400,000 members.  Congratulations Linda!    And a mention and word of appreciation to Elisabeth Marchant, who announced the decision to close Womenetics.  Certainly every one of us have enjoyed one of her many programs, particularly the POW!Awards program where so many of our own members have been recognized.   We thank you Elisabeth for your undaunted efforts to promote and advance women leaders!   And last, not least,  on August 20th,  Kathy Bremer, our Vice President, will be honored at the CHRIStal Ball, benefitting CHRISKids.   Please contact Candy Berman at cberman@candyberman.com if you would like to attend or organize a group of IWF members at a table.

(L to R: Laura Hardman, Andrea Young, Teya Ryan, Amb. Mary Ann Peters, Ann Cramer, Chris St.Clare)
In Summary

We are enjoying an unprecedented year in terms of programs and member engagement.  We are excited about the remaining calendar of events for 2016 and hope to see you at one or all of the upcoming events.  As I have said before, the more you participate in IWF, the greater the value for your membership dues!   IWF participation results in building new and lasting relationships with women of great achievements!!

My best, 

Christine St.Clare
President, IWF Georgia
ctstclare@gmail.com
678.296.3561 (mobile)
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