Dear EWI Friends,

What a year 2016 is shaping up to be! With all the exciting things in store, let’s take some time to refocus and familiarize ourselves again with our mission statement and what we at EWI stand for! Our mission: EWI Brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of; promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.

As you know, we offer a scholarship program ASIST to help qualified applicants achieve their academic goals. These scholarships are not only important to the EWI organization, but also to those women who are striving to better their lives and achieve their academic goals. There are so many other things we do for the community along with the scholarship, and though the appreciation and thanks we get from the people we assist are wonderful, the greatest gift we receive is the friendships we gain through EWI.

February is Heart Health Awareness month! Go Red for Women! is an organization that focuses on heart health for women. Did you know that heart decease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? That’s around 1 woman every minute! Go to http://www.goredforwomen.org to see some tips on how to prevent heart decease.

For 2016 let’s make it our goal to motivate and inspire others, along with growing our organization. My challenge to you is this: each of you will bring one potential member with you to the event at the end of each month. Let’s grow our chapter! And remember to RSVP for the February EWI Dinner Event no later than February 18th!

I’ll leave you with this quote from Margaret Sanger: “Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”

Here’s to an amazing year, Char.