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2007 Women’s Conference

Small Business Center Announces 2007 Classes
Three Corners Project Update

Jean Busch Honored

and more

Winter 2007	                                                         A	Quarterly	Newsletter	for	the	Partners	and	Friends	of	One	Dozen	Who	Care,	Inc.	

2007 Multi-Cultural Women’s
Development Conference
Spring Break for Women is April 20-21, 2007
For seven years One Dozen                            Conference (MWDC)                             minded individuals. All                                Mealtime at the Hinton
Who Care, Inc. (ODWC)                                at the Hinton Rural Life                      women are welcome at the                               Rural Life Center is a
has hosted a Multi-cultural                          Center overlooking Lake                       Multi-cultural Women’s                                 highlight of the day! The
Women’s Development                                  Chatuge in Hayesville. The                    Development Conference.                                ladies in the kitchen are
                                                     eighth conference in 2007                     By special permission,                                 right on time and seem to
                                                     is shaping up to be a most                    women under 18 will be                                 know just what the group
                                                       exciting one! Women                         permitted to attend with                               wants.
                                                        who have attended the                      a parent or guardian.
                                                                                                                                                          To view some of the topics
                                                        former conferences                         Childcare will not be
                                                                                                                                                          and speakers for 2007, visit
                                                       testify to the fact that they               provided.
                                                                                                                                                 and go to
                                                      were energized, motivated,
                                                                                                   Concurrent sessions                                    the link for Events. Ladies,
                                                     enlightened and renewed
                                                                                                   on numerous topics are                                 you will want to hear the
                                                     in mind, body and spirit.
                                                                                                   planned for all day Friday                             Keynote Speaker, Tawana
                                                     The MWDC is open to                           and Saturday, April 20 and                             Williams, author of the book
                                                     all adult women. The                          21. There will be sessions                             Unarmed	But	Dangerous.	
                                                      purpose is to provide                        on health issues, financial                            For more information about
                                                          an environment in                        matters, self-awareness,                               Ms. Williams or her book,
                                                          which the women are                      life-skills, identity theft, and                       visit www.tawanawilliams.
                                                           informed of resources                   the use of Native American                             com.	
                                                           that can be used                        plants, along with time
                                                          for advancement in                       for laughter, fun and
                                                        health, education and                      games.
                                                       economic development
                                                       or entrepreneurship.
                                                      The conference is an
                                                      equal opportunity
                                                         project of ODWC
                                                         with a partnership
                                                              of community-

Candace Cook-Johnson joins in a drumming jam session at the end of the first day of the Women’s   Judith Alvarado’s hands skillfully hammer out a soulful beat
Conference in 2006
                                                                  Letter from the Director
 One Dozen Who Care,                 Growing Leaders Through
          Leadership                      Program Expansion
     through Partnerships
                                  Welcome to the world of           I would like to mention a
       Executive Director
                               community economic and             few of the programs that we
   Ann Miller Woodford         social development. One            are currently working on.
     ann             Dozen Who Care, Inc. has           The Multi-cultural Women’s
    Administrative Assistant   grown because of your care         Development Conference
                               and generosity. We are very        that will be held April 20
      Alice Blanton            grateful!                          -21, 2007. The Small Busi-               The growth of our pro-          ness Center will introduce
                               grams has been enthusiasti-        an exciting roster of course     All God’s Children Get
                               cally supported, competently       offerings in its new training    Together.
           President                                                                                 Thanks to our two new
                               advised and generously as-         facility, as well as continue
        Jean Busch             sisted by our Board of Direc-      to offer consulting services     2007 funders, the NC Rural
           Secretary           tors and advisors.                 to potential and established     Center and Z Smith Reyn-
                                  I wish to acknowledge my        small businesses. The 10-10-     olds Foundation.
     Mary Sue Casey                                                                                  We are deeply grateful to
                               appreciation for the work of       10 Youth Mentoring project
        Finance Officers                                                                           everyone who has so gra-
                               our Administrative Assis-          will begin a new year with
      Wanda Moore              tant, Alice Blanton and the        encouraging youth to save        ciously supported our work
     Monica Sudderth           designer of our last newslet-      and understand money and         and given us an opportunity
                               ter, Ebony Waller. It is my        to excel in their personal,      to give back to our commu-
      Assistant Secretary
                               pleasure to show gratitude         school and family lives by       nities. Without your kind
        Patricia Hall          to Ronda Birtha, the new           providing them with a great-     support, we could not have
       Board of Directors      newsletter designer, and Ya-       er range of opportunities        developed our community
 Candace Cook-Johnson          kini Cooley, our new youth         and challenges. Our racial-      development projects and
                               programs coordinator, for          bridge building work will        programs.
 Kassandra Hall-Greene
                               their decision to join our staff   continue through the Three         We welcome your thoughts
      Helen Lewis                                                                                  and comments on the
                               at the end of 2006. I would        Corners’Project, The Elder
     Michelle Lloyd                                                                                projects and programs of
                               also like to acknowledge the       Dinner, Latino Outreach and
      Stella Moore             former board members who           the African American Book        ODWC. Please, let us hear
  Patricia Washington          were instrumental in the           Collection. By Fall, we plan     from you by e-mail info@
  Ann Miller Woodford          growth and development of          to present a film that focuses; by phone (828)
            Advisor            ODWC.                              on the historical presence       321-2273; fax (828) 321-
                                  We close 2006 and open          of African Americans in          2277; or write to us at POB
    Rebecca Anderson                                                                               1090, Andrews, NC 28901.
                               2007 in the midst of an excit-     far western North Carolina
                               ing period of transition and       through the project, When          Happy New Year and
                               growth.                                                             thank you, with love.

ODWC Welcomes New Employees
Ronda Birtha has joined                                           Yakini Cooley came to
ODWC, Inc as the Small                                            ODWC in November as the
Business Coordinator.                                             Youth Project Organizer.
She will be responsible for                                       As the YPO, Yakini will be
developing, coordinating                                          responsible for developing
and promoting training                                            relationships with youth
programs offered at the                                           and adult leaders in
Small Business Center                                             Western North Carolina,
located at 65 Wilson St.,                                         East Tennessee and North
Suite 5, in Andrews, NC.                                          Georgia as part of a project
                                                                  called Three Corners
Prior to moving to Andrews,    addition, she is the President                                      gives her the skills needed
                                                                  that is focused toward
NC, Ronda was employed         of Idiosynergy, an event and                                        to successfully navigate this
                                                                  encouraging youth to get
by Canon USA as a Senior       commercial photography                                              innovative program.
                                                                  involved in their respective
Curriculum Development         and videography firm. She
                                                                  communities.                     Yakini can be reached at
Specialist and Certified       can be reached at rbirtha@
                                                                                          or by
Technical Trainer. In or by calling 828-       Yakini has 15 years
                                                                                                   calling 828-321-2273.
                               321-2273.                          professional experience that
Highlights from Culture Fest 2006 and Chautauqua, AVE!
Culture Fest, sponsored by                             ODWC office in Andrews.                                 impromptu singers enjoyed                         while dancing with the Ecos
One Dozen Who Care, Inc.,                              Culture Fest was an event                               a beautiful day of music,                         de Panama Dance Team.
(ODWC) was held Saturday,                              of Chautauqua AVE!                                      dancing and food. The
October 14, in front of the                            Storytellers, dancers and                               audience got into the act

                                                                                                                                                                                           from left is 10 tti
                                                                                                                                                                             ncers. Second                 Ga
                                                                                                                                                     School Ap palachian Da -10-10 member, Monica
                                                                                                                                        Campbell Folk tti; third from left is 10
                                                                                                                                                     n Ga
                                                                                                                                        member, Bria

(Left picture) Nereida Valdes, on the left, told about the significance of the beautiful and elaborate costumes of the Ecos de Panama
Dance Team. (Right picture) The younger set Ecos de Panama Dancers

                                        Real and fictional stories of life in the
                                        mountains were told by four members of The
                                        Blue Ridge Mountain Storytellers from Ellijay,                                                                                                       turday were th
                                                                                                                                                                               performed Sa a, Campbell
                                        GA. Live storytelling used to be widespread
                                                                                                                                                     Other danc  e teams who        nto Purepech nce
                                        in the mountains. ODWC promotes keeping                                                                                      ers, Renacimie               Da
                                                                                                                                                     Mexican danc ers, and Ashley Boykin of
                                        the art of storytelling alive.                                                                                     School Danc
                                                                                                                                                      Classics in Mur

10-10-10 Youth visit ODWC office

                                                                                                                              The 10-10-10 Youth Mentoring Project met at
                                                                                                                              the One Dozen Who Care, Inc. office for their
                                                                                                                              December meeting.
                                                                                                                              Pictured back row from left, standing: Jean
                                                                                                                              Busch, Monica Sudderth, Alice Blanton, and
                                                                                                                              Trey Oliver. Seated above: Jocquise Lloyd,
                                                                                                                              Juan Rodriquez, and Mentor Brenda Biddix.
                                                                                                                              From left, seated: Monica Gatti, Brian Gatti,
                                                                                                                              Ashley Boykin, D.J. Boykin, Endicia Lloyd,
                                                                                                                              Breanna Rodriguez, and Timeashea Herron.
President of One Dozen Who Care, Inc. Wins Entrepreneuer
of the Year Award
Jean Busch, owner and                     Business Owners. The                                                                      contributions to women
operator of the beauty salon,             MED Week Committee is                                                                     and girls in western
Turning Heads by Jean                     composed of representatives                                                               North Carolina.
in Murphy, NC, received                   of the following agencies:
                                                                                                                                    ODWC is fortunate to
the Phyllis J. Sherrill                   Cherokee/Asheville
                                                                                                                                    have the leadership of
Entrepreneur of the Year                  Business Development
                                                                                                                                    this strong, community-
Award during a banquet at                 Centers, City of Asheville
                                                                                                                                    minded, business
the Renaissance Asheville                 Minority Business
Hotel on September 21,                    Program, Asheville Area
2006. This is the top                     Chamber of Commerce,
award of the year from                    Eagle/Market Streets
the Minority Enterprise                   Development Corporation,                                                                           Jean Busch
Development (MED) Week                    Mountain Microenterprise
Committee.                                Fund, SBTDC, A-B Tech                                                                              at-a-glance
                                          Community College Small         Jean Busch proudly displays her Entrepreneur
                                          Business Center and Self-       of the Year award.                                       Owner of Turning
                                          Help Credit Union.             of the 10-10-10 youth group,                              Heads Salon (first
                                          President Busch has been       and is now a Psychology                                  female, minority owned
                                          coordinator of the ODWC        Major at Western Carolina                                business in Cherokee
                                          Multi-cultural Woman’s         University in Cullowhee.                                 County
                                          Conference for the past        In 2005, Jean was also                               Coordinator of the
                                          six years. She is a founding   honored by the Western                                annual Multi-Cultural
                                          member and strong              Carolina Women’s                                      Woman’s Development
                                          supporter of ODWC, and         Coalition, Inc. Women
Jean with her grandson, Tra Vell Brown.                                                                                        Conference
                                          a mentor of the ODWC           To Match Our Mountains
                                          10-10-10 Youth Mentoring       Award for her outstanding                            Accomplished basket
                                          project. She and her           example of grace and                                   weaver, beadweaver,
MED Week is observed                      husband, Sandy, live in        dignity in business and                                gourd carver and
annually to recognize the                 Hayesville. Their grandson,    community service. The                                 decorator
achievements of Minority                  Tra Vell, is a former member   award also highlighted her

Three Corners Project Resource Guide and Youth Summit
The Three Corners Project                 an event where individuals
was created to encourage                  who have been nominated
concerned youth to take                   by youth leaders will gather
active roles in creating                  to brainstorm, present
positive change within their              their ideas and learn
communities.                              how to develop plans for
                                          accomplishing their goals.
Two immediate goals for the
Three Corners Project are to              According to Yakini
prepare and publish a Youth               Cooley, Youth Project
Organization Resource                     Organizer, “Young people
Guide for organizations                   who still care about their
that feature programs and                 communities and have ideas
activities for youth in the               for improvements should
Three Corners Region; and,                be applauded. This Youth
                                                                         Youth Project Organizer, Yakini Cooley discusses features of the Youth Summit.
to host an annual Youth                   Summit will allow them to
Summit.                                   not only be heard, but to                                                  or contact
                                          receive guidance on how        completion.”
The Youth Summit will be                  to see a plan through to       For more information visit
One Dozen Who Care, Inc. honors two Murphy women at
annual Elder Dinner
                                                                                                                              Joe El
On September 15, 2006                                                                                                         Khouri,
ODWC honored Katherine                                                                                                        Paula Keller,
Sudderth and Jean Bennett,                                                                                                    Helen
two outstanding women                                                                                                         Lewis,
of Murphy. They were the                                                                                                      Sister Terri
recipients of the Emma                                                                                                        Martin,
Cline Moore Award for                                                                                                         Margaret
Community Service at the                                                                                                      Miller,
third annual Elder Dinner                                                                                                     Jay Dee Shepherd, Wilma
that was held at Elsie’s Steak                                                                                                Simpson, Syrilda Smith,
and Seafood Restaurant in                                                                                                     and Eva
Andrews.                                                                                                                      Wood.
The Elder Dinner is just one                                                                                                  Members
                                 Jean Bennett was one of the founding members, and first President of ODWC.
of the successful events that                                                                                                 of the
exemplifies the mission of                                                                                                    ODWC
ODWC. Eighty people from                                                                                                      10-10-10
Andrews, Murphy, Sylva,                                                                                                       Youth
Franklin, Waynesville, and                                                                                                    Mentoring Project greeted
even from Georgia enjoyed                                                                                                     and escorted guests and
a wonderful meal, music                                                                                                       helped serve dessert. They
and fellowship.                                                                                                               were D. J. Boykin, Caleb
                                                                                                                              Edwards, Endicia Lloyd,
Others who received
recognition at the Elder
Dinner for service to the
community were Josephine
Burgess, Bessie Carter, Jean
                                                                                                                              and Juan
Christy, Mildred DeJarnette,
                                 Katherine Sudderth, a former teacher in the Cherokee County Schools.                         Rodriguez.

Ashley Boykin, Star Ballet
Dancer, continues to excel
                                 you should meet Ashley                                                                       borrow a positive picture of
ODWC is proud to follow                                                                                                       herself until he can create
the success of any and all       Boykin. The daughter of
                                 Kim and Daryl Boykin of                                                                      her own.”
youth, but it is especially
gratifying to watch one of       Marble, 16-year-old Ashley                                                                   When asked how she came
our own 10-10-10 Youth           is interested in everything.                                                                 to be so inwardly motivated,
Project participants excel.      Ashley and her brother DJ                                                                    Ashley named the One
                                 are both members of the                                                                      Dozen Who Care, Inc 10-
In the local newspaper, The                                                                                                   10-10 Youth Mentoring
                                 10-10-10 Youth Mentoring                            Ashley Boykin’s star continues to rise
Cherokee Sentinel reporter,                                                                                                   Project.
Amanda Hyatt wrote, “If          Project. They are involved                         requires that the mentor
you are interested in high       in after school activities                         exhibits comfortable and                  “I’ve always been interested
school sports, you will          affiliated with the public                         confident behavior in front               in a variety of things, and
hear of Ashley Boykin. If        school system and active at                        of them. It helps when                    the challenge of learning
you are interested in music      the Mt. Zion Baptist Church                        the mentor’s hard-earned                  something new is fun for
or dance, you will hear          of Andrews.                                        emotional competence and                  me and something that I’m
of Ashley Boykin. And            Ann Woodford, executive                            focus are made accessible                 comfortable with,” Ashley
finally, if you are concerned    director of ODWC says,                             to the younger person.                    said. “Whatever I am doing
with the availability of a       “Helping younger people                            Confidence comes with                     I compare myself only to
competitive, local, primary      feel comfortable and                               success so that the younger               me. I know when I’ve done
and secondary education,         confident with themselves                          person may is able to                     my best.”
Small Business Center Poised for Great Things in 2007
It is no secret that parts of far western North Carolina are                            workforce, or adjust an              SBC is providing space to
experiencing challenging economic times. However, the                                   outdated business plan.              Idiosynergy New Media
Small Business Center (SBC) is determined to reveal the                                 Tom Fleckenstein and                 Design & Production,
abundant yet untapped potential for growth. The Small                                   Wendy Cagle are available            a small photography,
Business Center was created to kindle this area’s most                                  by appointment at the Small          videography and graphic
valuable assets – namely, the people – and provide them                                 Business Center by calling           design company. According
with the resources necessary to add value to their lives,                               828-321-2273.                        to Ann Woodford, ODWC
and add life to the community, both economically, and                                                                        Director, “Idiosynergy
                                                                                        SBC Training Center
artistically.                                                                                                                provides the type of
                                                                                         The SBC will be featuring           professional service that
                                                                                         comprehensive training              people travel many miles to
                                                                                         programs beginning the              get. We are happy to support
                                                                                         first quarter of 2007. A            them and to help our local
                                                                                         tentative roster of classes is      economy at the same time.”
                                                                                         listed in the box below.
                                                                                         According to SBC
                                                                                         Director, Ronda Birtha,
                                                                                         “Our goal is to develop
                                                                                         courses that are of
                                                                                         practical benefit. Whether
                                                                                         you’re struggling to format
                                                                                         a Word document, or
                                                                                         trying to send an email
Lobby of the Small Business Center and Entrepreneurial Incubator                         with a picture attachment,
                                                                                        we have a class with your            Zack Creasman, of Creasman Consulting, and
Three plans that have                                   SBC Training Facility           name on it.”                         an instructor for Introduction to Computers,
already been set into motion                                                                                                 finishes installation of a new computer in the
                                                     3.Entrepreneurial Incubator                                             SBC Training Center.
to achieve these goals                                                                  Entrepreneurial Incubator
include the following:                               Free Business Consultation                                              For more information about
                                                     Services                           The Entrepreneurial
1.Free Business                                                                         Incubator was designed               the services offered by the
  Consultation                                         In the interest of bolstering    to provide start-up local            SBC contact Ronda Birtha
2.Training Programs at the                             the economic viability of        business owners with                 at Also,
                                                       the community, the SBC,          low-rent office space and   for the latest
                                                               in conjunction with      shared administrative                information about training
                                                               Western Carolina         services. At present, the            programs.
                                                               University’s Small
                                                               Business Technology                   COUrSE SlATED TO BEgIn In 2007
                                                               Center, offers free                              Profit from Ebay
                                                               consultation to
                                                                                              How to Create and Format Office Documents
                                                               small and medium-
                                                               sized businesses.            Designing Professional Newsletters & Brochures
                                                               These private and
                                                               confidential sessions           Get the Red Out: How to Color Correct Your
                                                               are ideal for those                          Digital Photos
                                                               who are interested                  Introduction to Digital Photography
                                                               in starting a business
                                                               or for those who are                    English as a Second Language
                                                               already established,
                                                               but are seeking                             Introduction to Spanish
                                                               ways to increase                                 and many more
Idiosynergy’s modest store-front advertising, with the Wedding manage a growing                      Check for the latest information
Series featured in the background.
Monica Gatti shines at
Homecoming                                                                                Art Friday Series
                                                                                              for 2007

                                                                                 January 26, 2007                     May 25, 2007
                                                                                 Jane Birchfield                      Darlene Heaton
                                                                                 Watercolors                          Watercolors		

                                                                                 February 23, 2007                    June 22, 2007
                                                                                 Kandy Barnard                        Dooner Driver
                                                                                 Oil	painting                         Oils/acrylic

                                                                                 March 23, 2007                       July 20, 2007
                                                                                 James Dennard                        Ann Woodford
                                                                                 Oil/acrylic	paintings                Oil	paintings

Monica strikes an elegant pose at the 2006 Nantahala
                                                                                          Check for the latest information
Homecoming. She is a member of the 10-10-10 Youth
Mentoring Project

Cooking with Christian White
On August 13, 2006                     10-10 youth. Christian             Christian emphasized                     urged them to diligently
Christian White, a former              is in Culinary School at           to the youth group how                   participate in all the projects
member of the ODWC                     North Georgia Tech and             encouraging Ann Woodford                 offered by ODWC.
10-10-10 Youth Mentoring               working as a chef at a local       and the 10-10-10 mentoring
Project, held a cooking                restaurant.                        project was for him. He
class with the current 10-

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      and Entrepreneurial               q   Multicultural Women’s                                               q	Latino Outreach
                                                                          q	 God’s Children Video
      Incubator                             Development Conference
                                        q   CultureFest
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OuR MISSION                                                                                       ™

To strengthen local leadership
and create community bonds
through common cultural


A unified community of
empowered, confident, and
knowledgeable youth, elders,                                                            	
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                                                                           Winter 2007

To carry out our mission by:

•   Building bridges between
    cultures and races in
    Western North Carolina

•   Developing and                                                                 In this issue ...
    strengthening leadership
                                                                        2007 Women’s Conference
    among local women and
    youth including teaching                         Small Business Center Announces 2007 Classes
    economic development
    strategies                                                       Three Corners Project Update

•   Preserving African                                                       Jean Busch Honored
    American culture and
                                                                                        and more
    heritage in our region

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