Women’s Business Forum
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
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
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
Allow us to feature your personal
accomplishments and family news! The
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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
There will be no Spotlight for our April
meeting but please bring a door prize to
promote your business.
For the First Quarter of the 2010 –
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.
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All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!
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
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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
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.
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!
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
The young ladies are given instruction in
ascending and descending
stairs, getting in and out of cars and chairs
being seated by a gentlemen at the dinner
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
Pat Durham, Image Coach
summer of 12830-C Willow Centre Dr.
Houston, Texas 77066
Member of Women’s Business Forum,
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.
Own age group and with adults
Pat Durham, Image Coach
Introductions 12830-C Willow Centre Dr.
Houston, Texas 77066
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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-
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.