Here we are with 2023 already upon us! Happy New Year Oceanside Charter Chapter! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.  It surprises me every year how fast time flies.  So fast, that our Board Member, Kayla Bigerton, Chapter Secretary gave birth to her beautiful baby girl. Join me in welcoming Delilah Rain Bigerton!  Congratulations to Kayla and her family!  Chapter members, please also  join me in welcoming our newest members, Pamela Adomo, Maria Cirilli, Kim Coluccio and Melissa McGuire.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and meetings.

We are so pleased to offer again this year a Professional Head Shot session scheduled prior to the March meeting.  We would like to give our sincerest “thank you” to Lauren Linahon, photographer; Patricia Worrow, Chapter Vice President and organizer; Cindy Grossman  and Kristen Heath for providing makeovers; and Laura Chiesman for her donation.  We are extremely grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to our members again this year. I hope you love and enjoy your headshots as much as I have.

We enjoyed our November Ladies’ Night Out event hosted by Christine Burnette and Donna Wagner.  Please give another very big “thank you” to Andrea McCarthy as Chair for the Ladies’ Night Out events for the past year.  We are delighted to announce that Cindy Grossman and Kristen Heath will be taking over this role.  We are so excited for them to join the Membership Committee and Chair these popular events for our membership.  Thinking of hosting a Ladies’ Night Out at your place of business? Please email Cindy at cindyeve5@aol.com  or Kristen at kristen.heath24@gmail.com.  It looks like we may have some openings in May, June and July, so make sure to secure your date now!

Would you like more time than what we can give during introductions to tell us about your business?  Please make sure to reach out to Patricia Worrow at paworrow@bellsouth.net to book your sponsorship time at the podium.  Not a member? Well, that is perfectly fine, because we have opened up meeting sponsorship opportunities to non-members as well!  Be sure to secure your spot soon as we can only accommodate two sponsorships per monthly membership meeting.

It was absolutely wonderful to see and hear from Mary Stephenson, our 2021-2022 National Vice President. Her presentation topic, “Generational Diversity in the Workplace” was dynamic and appropriate to our times.  We have an outstanding lineup of upcoming speakers.  At our February meeting we will hear insights from Catherine Wright on how to “Increase Your Marketing Impact,” and at our March meeting we look forward to the presentation by Dr. Stephanie Lopez, an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist.

Our Chapter has experienced so much success and professional growth for our members.  We want to hear your success stories.  We want to continue to post and talk about you in our social media. Tell us how AWBA and Oceanside Charter Chapter membership has helped in your professional endeavors.  You can send your stories and photos to Patricia Worrow at paworrow@bellsouth.net.

Have a great start to 2023, Oceanside Charter Chapter!  I look forward to seeing you at our February meeting!

~Tenille Perry