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					   Women’s Business Forum




    FORUM EXPRESS

                                                                HAPPY EASTER
 President: Linda McAdams                                                                                        April, 2010
 Editor: Mary Qualls                                                                            www.womensbusinessforum.com



From our President Linda McAdams:                                 to the Capital in Washington, DC, seeking the vote for
                                                                  women. American women are considered progressive and
                                                                  leaders in suffrage but it is interesting to note that actually
              COMMUNICATION IS ACTION
                                                                  in 1918, two years prior to our own suffrage movement
         This month comes full circle for me as your WBF
                                                                  accomplishment, the women in Austria, Germany, Poland
President and marks my last President’s message for our
                                                                  and Russian were granted the right to vote. American
newsletter. I must admit that writing a monthly message
                                                                  women and WBF members have moved and continue to
does not come easily to me but through the process I have
                                                                  move onward and upward.
been able to share my thoughts with a special group of
professionals I truly admire that I can also proudly claim as
                                                                             Administrative Professionals Week is the last full
friends.
                                                                  week of April, with Wednesday of that week being
                                                                  designated Administrative Professionals Day. EVERY
         Professional organizations have changed so much
                                                                  ONE of our WBF members can directly relate to that
since the first one was founded on July 26, 1919 with the
                                                                  week. Please “communicate” to your staff and personal
forming of The National Federation of Business and
                                                                  assistant how much you appreciate the details and the
Professional Women’s Clubs. While this organization has
                                                                  filling in of the blanks that they accomplish on your behalf
become somewhat of a political machine, it still opened the
                                                                  every day. A word of thanks costs you nothing but adds
doors in a big way for worthwhile organizations such as
                                                                  value to how they feel about their job and self-worth. Do
ours. Millions of dollars are funded each year by
                                                                  not take it for granted that they know and do not take them
professional women’s organizations for the benefit of other
                                                                  for granted either. I could not be here today or any where
women whether it is for education, social services,
                                                                  else for that matter without an Administrative Assistant
housing, or most recently our own Women’s Business
                                                                  who I consider my assistant, partner, team member, and
Forum funding $10,000 to Dress for Success. We do not
                                                                  “not” my clerical maid.
have to be the first to be one of the best.
                                                                          In closing, the April meeting has become one of
          Aside from the most memorable April 15th date to
                                                                  my favorites since it presents an opportunity for special
file our personal income taxes we actually have some other
                                                                  acknowledgements of support for the year ending and at
dates this month that every one of us should recall with
                                                                  the same time opens the door to creating growth
never ending appreciation and gratitude.
                                                                  opportunities for service with our new board’s term
                                                                  beginning on the same day. The installation of our officers
         On April 7, 1913 some 5000 suffragists marched
is a special moment for each new President. It is an honor
to be a member of Women’s Business Forum and it was
truly an honor to have Darcy Mongoia be the one to install          Executive Board Meeting
my board and me as your President. She paved the way for
me and I want to expressly thank her now. Thank you,                 Board Members, our next meeting is
Darcy.
                                                                            Thursday, April 22nd
         It took me years to become eligible for
membership and I do not take it lightly that I am a part of
this organization. I value my membership and sincerely             At 8:30 am at Sterling Bank – Champions
appreciate the opportunity afforded me to serve as your
President and work with such a phenomenal board who               Linda McAdams, our gracious hostess, will
proved every month their ability to move as a unified                    provide the coffee and tea!
group to promote the growth and development of
Women’s Business Forum. Each of them truly understands
that “Communication is Action”.

Linda S. V. McAdams
2009-2010 WBF President


                                                                          PERSONAL NEWS
                                                              Allow us to feature your personal
                                                              accomplishments and family news!             The
INSPIRATION BY…                                               deadline for the newsletter is the first of each
This month’s inspiration will be presented by …               month.    Email your information to Mary
Pat Durham.                                                   Qualls at marysflowers1@att.net



Luncheon Date and Time
 Our next luncheon is Wednesday, April 14th
and is held at The Champions Golf Club. This
is a member’s only meeting, where we will be
               Installing offers.




Member Spotlight
There will be no Spotlight for our April
meeting but please bring a door prize to
promote your business.

                                                                           WBF DUES
                                                               For the First Quarter of the 2010 –
                                                                            2011 Year

                                                                                 Are due

                                                                               APRIL 1st

                                                                             NO FOOLING!
 You may bring your check to the                    Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
                                                      The grass is always greener in someone else's
       March meeting or                                                   basket.
                                                    To show your true colors, you have to come out of
        Mail to your treasurer                                           the shell.
                                                     The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

              Pamela Bunch

  13103 FM 1960 West, Suite 212

          Houston, TX 77065




             All I need to know

      I learned from the Easter Bunny!
                                                                   Jelly Beans!


                                                             Hoppy Easter!




   Don't put all     your eggs in one basket.          PLEASE HELP OUR AREA SCHOOL
     Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.                   CHILDREN!
    There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.    The current majority of Women’s Business
      A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.      Forum members have grown children and as a
     Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.        result to do not have the usual Back to School
  Let happy thoughts multiply like                  supplies list to fill. Be sensitive to the needs of
                                                    the many 100’s of families who could use your
              rabbits.                              assistance in providing school supplies. Please
       Some body parts should be floppy.            exercise your opportunity to fund some of the
Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.   basic school supply needs as made available
through various local charities or in your school     Houston’s Uptown Classic Theatre Presents a
district.                                                     Classic Romantic Comedy

                                                    The Texas Repertory Theatre Co., NW Houston’s
                                                    critically-acclaimed professional theatre, continues its
                                                    spring season with a romantic comic classic, Neil
                                                    Simon’s charming Barefoot in the Park. Starting
                                                    March 24th and running through April 11th, Barefoot
            Klein Financial News
                                                    in the Park is the charming story of two newlyweds
                                                    who couldn’t be more different, and who learn that in
                                                    life as well as love, “variety is the spice of life”!
Tuesday Tips with Lori… Klein Financial             Barefoot in the Park is one of the most remembered
Services                                            and cherished romantic comedies ever penned, and
                                                    Simon’s delightful play has been freshly re-invented
April 27th – 11:30 – 1pm                            by the talented artists and designers at “Houston’s
                                                    Uptown Classic Theatre”.
Lunch provided with RSVP
                                                    The quintessential romantic comedy, Barefoot in the
Guest Speaker Sandra Steele                         Park follows the lives of newlyweds Corie and Paul
                                                    Bratter as they adjust to life in a tiny Greenwich
                                                    Village apartment. Paul is a lawyer whose wound up
“You Can Keep Your House and Still Send Your        a little too tight, while Corie is a free spirit bubbling
Kids To College”                                    over with romantic notions. But six exhausting
                                                    flights of stairs, strange neighbors, and a giant hole in
Come enjoy great information, no sales pitch and    the skylight don’t bode well for a smooth start to their
lunch with us!                                      married life. When Corie meet Victor Velasco, an
                                                    aging but charming womanizer, and decides to
                                                    introduce him to her shy, staid mother, the stage is set
                                                    for an evening of love and laughter. Featuring the
                                                    mother / son duo of Helen and Stephen Myers (both
                                                    familiar to Texas Repertory audiences), Barefoot in
                                                    the Park is a must-see event!

                                                    The Texas Repertory Theatre Co., NW Houston’s
                                                    critically-acclaimed professional theatre, is in its 5th
                                                    Anniversary season and continues to produce year-
                                                    round theatrical entertainments featuring the finest in
                                                    talent from Houston and around the country.
                                                    Barefoot in the Park will preview March 24th,
                                                    celebrate its Gala Opening on March 25th, and run 4
                                                    performances a week through April 11th. For tickets
                                                    or more information, call our friendly box office at
                                                    281-583-7573 or log onto www.texreptheatre.org.
Sterling Bank Women's Business
Initiative Luncheon - Houston
                                                Unfortunately, too many of us have a loved one
Monday, April 12, 2010    11:00 AM - 1:00       affected by heart disease or stroke. My family
PM                                              has certainly been touched by heart disease and
                                                to help fight the death and disability we have
"Tweet, Link and Friend Like a Pro"             experienced, I will be walking in this year's
                                                Start! Heart Walk benefiting the American Heart
Social media is a hot topic. Whether you’re     Association on October 30th at TowneLake in
a long-time power user, moderately              Cypress. I have set a personal goal of $2,500 to
connected or just thinking about trying         raise funds that are needed for critical heart
social media, our expert panel will help you    disease and stroke research and education.
learn to "Link, Tweet, and Friend Like a
Pro."

Please make plans to join us on April 12 at     You can help me raise funds and protect those
Junior League Houston at 1811 Briar             you love by making a donation online. Click on
Oaks Lane, to learn from our highly qualified   the link below to visit my personal donation page
panelists:                                      where you can make a secure online credit card
                                                donation. The American Heart Association's
Denise Patrick – Vice President – Pierpont      online fundraising website has a minimum
Communications                                  donation amount of $25.00. If you prefer a
Steve Latham – Founding CEO – Spur              smaller amount, you can do so by sending a
Interactive                                     check directly to me. Call me on my cell at
Christine Pacheco – New Media Editor            713.859.0030 for my home address.
Sterling Bank
                                                Your donation will make a difference in the fight
Check-in and networking begin at 11:00.         against our nation's Number 1 and Number 3
Lunch will be served at 11:30 and we’ll         killers - heart disease and stroke, respectively.
conclude at 1:00. Attendance is always
free for Sterling Bank customers and first-     If you prefer to walk with me or form your own
time attendees. The fee for others is $35.      team, give me a call on my cell at 713.859.0030
                                                and I will help you get started.
Kindly register www.banksterlingwbi.com
by April 9 to be included in this special       YOU can make a difference in this fight!
event. Click under Events, move to April,
and select the WBI event for Houston on         Thanks for helping!
April 12th.

I am hosting a table and if you would like to
join me on the front row, please let me know    Follow This Link to visit my personal web page
once you have registered and a spot will be     and help me in my efforts to support American
reserved especially for you.                    Heart Association - Northwest Houston, TX

Linda S. V. McAdams                             Darcy Mingoia
Vice President
Sterling Bank
                                             The young ladies are given instruction in
                                             ascending and descending
                                             stairs, getting in and out of cars and chairs

Etiquette                                    gracefully,
                                             being seated by a gentlemen at the dinner
                                             table, how
                                             to be escorted by a gentlemen, makeup, hair


Classes for                                  and grooming.
                                             The young gentlemen are instructed in their
                                             role as pertaining
                                             to the young ladies. The young ladies and


The                                          gentlemen are
                                             in separate classes until their junior year in
                                             High School.
                                             Pat Durham, Image Coach


summer of                                    12830-C Willow Centre Dr.
                                             Houston, Texas 77066
                                             www.diversity-unlimited.com
                                             713-443-5710
                                             Member of Women’s Business Forum,


2010
The following is a partial list of what is
                                             Northwest Houston Business and Professional Women
                                             & Federation of Houston Professional Women
                                             Classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday and
                                             Thursday beginning the week of June 8 and
                                             Ending the week of July 29. Hours are 10:00-
covered:                                     11:30 and 2:00-3:30. Formal dinners are on
                                             Friday evenings beginning at 6:30 and ending
Social Events                                at 8:30.
Formal dining                                The fee is $137.50 per student payable
Movies                                       in full at beginning of classes and is based on
Theatre                                      4-6 participants. Fee covers 3 one and one
Restaurants                                  Half hour classes.
Gracious guest/host                          A five course formal dinner is available at

Age appropriate gender                       An additional charge of $50 per person.

etiquette
Own age group and with adults
                                             Pat Durham, Image Coach
Introductions                                12830-C Willow Centre Dr.
                                             Houston, Texas 77066
Telephone                                    www.diversity-unlimited.com
                                             713-443-5710
Written                                      Member of Women’s Business Forum,
                                             Northwest Houston Business and Professional Women

Communications                               & Federation of Houston Professional Women
Including Electronic mail
                                             On March 12, I was interview by Nashville Recording
Finishing                                    Artist and Conference Speaker, Shannon Perry for
                                             Blogtalkradio. If you would like to hear the interview,
One day is dedicated to polishing their      please go to www.blogtalkradio.com, type in Shannon
physical appearance                          Perry, Grace in High Heels; click on advanced, click
on Shows, click on Grace in High Heels, and scroll         Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount,
down to Christian Image Coach, Pat Durham. Please          when Christ said, "Consider the lilies of the field, how
feel free to comment.                                      they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet
                                                           Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of
Thanks,                                                    these."

Pat                                                        Through the ages, allegorical tales have linked lilies
                                                           to the sacrament of motherhood. Ancient fables tell
                                                           us the lily sprang from the milk of Hera, the
                                                           mythological Queen of Heaven. Roman mythology
                                                           credits lilies to Juno, the queen of the gods. The story
                                                           goes that while Juno was nursing her son Hercules,
                                                           excess milk fell from the sky. Although part of it
                                                           remained above the earth (thus creating the Milky
                                                           Way), the remainder fell to the earth, creating lilies.

                                                           Often called the "white-robed apostles of hope," lilies
                                                           are said to have been found growing in the Garden of
                                                           Gethsemane after Christ's agony. Tradition has it that
                                                           the beautiful white blooms sprung up where drops of
                                                           Christ's sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of
                                                           sorrow and deep distress. At Easter time, Churches
                                                           bank their altars and surround their crosses with
                                                           masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the
                                                           resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life
                                                           everlasting.

                                                           The pure white lily has long been associated with the
                                                           Virgin Mary, too. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel
                                                           is pictured extending a branch of pure white lilies to
                                                           the Virgin Mary, announcing that she is to be the
                                                           mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints
                                                           are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary
                                                           and the infant Jesus.

               The Flower Corner                           In yet another expression of womanhood, tradition
                By: Mary Qualls                            has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she
                                                           shed real tears of repentance, and from those
                                                           remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual
Easter Lilies --                                           principle held here is that true repentance is the
An Ageless Holiday Tradition                               beginning of beauty.


Every holiday has its own cherished traditions that        A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the
are lovingly passed down from generation to                regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater
generation. At Easter, these joyous traditions often       meaning of Easter. Gracing millions of homes and
include egg decorating, gift baskets, chocolate            churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life.
bunnies, local church services, family gatherings,         Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home,
parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, its    the Easter lily serves as a beautiful reminder that
beautiful trumpet-shaped blossoms symbolize purity,        Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating.
hope, and life -- the spiritual essence of Easter -- and
all the promises of Spring.                                 One of America's Favorite Blooming
                                                                         Plants
       The Meaning of Easter Lilies
                                                           We can thank Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier,
History, mythology, and art are filled with stories and    for the popularity of the Bermuda lily --better known
images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the         as the Easter lily -- in this country. In 1919 he brought
elegant white flowers. One of the most famous              a suitcase full of hybrid lily bulbs to the southern
coast of Oregon and gave them to family and friends
to plant.

The climate there was ideal for growing this lily, a
native of the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, and by 1945,
over one thousand west coast growers were
producing bulbs for the commercial market. Despite a
sales window of only approximately two weeks each
year, Easter Lilies are the fourth largest potted plant
crop in the U.S., ranking among poinsettias, mums,
and azaleas as America's favorite blooming plants.

Shop for Easter Flowers online.

     Selecting the Perfect Easter lily
Whether you plan to give plants as gifts or use them
to decorate your own home, the following tips will
help make your Easter Lilies keep on giving.

Two of the greatest charms of the Easter Lily are
form and fragrance, so look for high quality plants
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that are aesthetically pleasing from all angles. Select       of the month and we
medium to compact plants that are well balanced and
proportional in size (not too tall or short).             welcome your articles, funny
For the longest possible period of enjoyment in your
                                                          stories or information about
home, look for plants with flowers in various stages of
bloom. For example, the best selection would be a
                                                                  your business.
plant with just one or two open or partly open blooms,    Hope you enjoy this edition.
and three or more unopened buds of different sizes.
The ripe puffy buds will open up within a few days,
while the tighter ones will bloom over the next several
days.

As the flowers mature, remove the yellow anthers
before the pollen starts to shed. This gives longer
flower life and prevents the pollen from staining the
white flowers. When a mature flower starts to wither
after its prime, cut it off to make the plant more
attractive while you still enjoy the fresher, newly-
opened blooms.

When selecting plants, be sure to also cheek the
foliage. An abundance of dark, rich green leaves are
not only attractive, but a vital sign of good plant
health. The foliage should appear dense and
plentiful, all the way down to the soil line, a good
indicator of an active, healthy root system.

				
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