West Valley Women celebrates 13th anniversary

By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Editor

Photos by Carolyn Dryer
Arizona Broadway Theatre dancer/singer Addison Bowman sings “One Moment in Time,” a popular song by the late Whitney Houston, July 10 during the West Valley Women 13th anniversary luncheon.

West Valley Women President Lisa Platt displays the spa bag presented to her by Director Linda Tingstrom during the luncheon.

West Valley Women was founded by Linda M. Herold in 2005. It started out small, but has grown quickly in the past few years. The organization celebrated its 13th anniversary July 10 with a luncheon at Arizona Broadway Theatre, which is one of its rotating sponsors.

WVW 2018 President Lisa Platt received a spa bag from WVW Director Linda Tingstrom at event’s end, but not before she thanked all of the sponsors who have either donated space or food and beverages at the organization’s events held at various venues in the West Valley.

Members represent all parts of the West Valley, including Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Goodyear, Sun City, Buckeye, Surprise, Laveen, Litchfield Park and El Mirage. At the July 10 luncheon, members and non-members alike passed their business cards around the table, and many rose from their seats when they spotted someone they knew and had not seen in a while, then walked over to greet them.

Arizona Broadway Theatre singer and dancer Addison Bowman entertained the luncheon crowd with “Live Out Loud” from “A Little Princess, the Musical” and Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time.”

Before closing remarks, flutes of champagne were placed at each setting, and as everyone clinked glasses for a toast, Platt said she had been reflecting on how much WVW has grown and how, as an organization, it had completed the circle of life.

She said she has often been asked, “What is West Valley Women; what do you do?”

Her response, she said, is, “We are a group of grateful, smart women. We are West Valley Women and we rock.”

Then, raising her arm, she said, “Cheers to the next 13.”

On its website, WVW cites the following as a mission statement:

Women join West Valley Women for career and personal development. Women who live, work and conduct business in the West Valley are members and attend monthly meetings. They desire to be inspired, achieve professionalism, and experience quality networking with other empowered women. The organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members share information, ideas and contacts. Networking at meetings engages members who establish friendships, promote advocacy and share information and opportunities.

Membership dues are $90 a year for individual; $216 a year for a business or organization with three or more designated members; and $60 per year for nonprofits.

Monthly meetings are held and a monthly newsletter is posted on the WVW website.

Aug. 7 is the Fabulous Footwear Contest and Lunch sponsored by Ascent Audiology and Redfin. WVW is collecting new or gently used career-type shoes that will be donated to Dress for Success Phoenix.

Aug. 22 is the Southwest Valley Breakfast sponsored by and held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Goodyear. Darcy Davis-Beghein of Heart Stream Life Coaching presents “3 C’s to Turn Purpose into Profit.”

To learn more, contact Platt at lisap@westvalleywomen.org.

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