February 2021 President's Message

Happy New Year Oceanside Charter Chapter! Here we are almost a year into the pandemic, and our Chapter continues to thrive due to our wonderful membership! We have been fortunate that we have been able to resume our monthly meetings “in person” and that we continue to attract several guests and new members at each meeting.
At our January meeting we had an overwhelming response from our members to support the Chapter as a Meeting Sponsor at monthly meetings. We even had guests eager for the chance to be able to promote their business in this unique way. Meeting sponsorship is a wonderful opportunity for members to showcase their business and inform the membership of the goods/services they provide. For only $75 a Meeting Sponsor receives: dinner; an opportunity to speak to attendeesfrom the podium for five minutes; have their business listed on our website and in our email announcements for the month of sponsorship; and receive recognition in our quarterly, award-winning newsletter!  Higher sponsorship levels and benefits are also available.  Please contact our Executive Board at abwaoceanside@gmail.com to reserve your meeting sponsorship date.
Also at the January meeting, we presented a brief tutorial on how to access the Apex Online Campus, which is another great benefit of ABWA membership. During this training session, many members offered testimonials to the quality of courses available on the Apex campus and how these courses can fulfill professional education requirements.
An additional focus of our Chapter is to organize member socials outside of our monthly meetings. We would like to support our members by hosting a social at their place of business. We held our first quarterly social last November at Staci Sullivan’s Jewelry & Design Studio in downtown Melbourne, and we will host our next one this month at Fresh Scratch Bistro in Indian Harbour Beach to dine and listen to the musical talents of new member, Char Good. Please feel free to contact a board member if you are interested in having a social at your place of business.
Lastly, we are excited to offer a $2000 Impact Scholarship to a qualified candidate. Please feel free to share this opportunity with family and friends. Additional information is available on page 4 of the newsletter and on our website.
Let’s keep moving forward and focus on the wonderful opportunities we have in 2021!

 ~ Maria Sulick


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