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                                                       Newsletter for Texas Vineyards Express Network, American Business Women's Association

                                        Dont’ Miss the July Meeting
                                        Sc av enger Hunt!                                                                    These are just a few of the TVEN
                                        The July TVEN meeting is the last meeting                                            Networking Scavenger Hunt
  VOLUME          III   - ISSUE   III   before the new board takes over we have                                            Extravaganza items. There will be
                                        something special planned - a “Networking                                  many many more. We will be giving away
Newsletter Editor & Chief
Sheri Dietert                           Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza”.                                            prizes to winners with the most points. No                                                                                        matter what, everyone wins, because we will
817-424-2386                            What is a Networking Scavenger Hunt? This                                gain friendships and have fun during the
                                        scavenger hunt will start immediately following                          evening.
The mission of the                      the June meeting. Just to give you an idea
American Business                       about some of the items on this hunt here is a                           Don’t miss out. Make sure you visit our
                                        small list of things to gather.                                          meetup web site or our yahoo group site
Women’s Association is
                                                                                                                 for the entire list of scavenger items.
to bring together                       • Invite a first time guest to the July meeting
businesswomen of                          and you get 3 points for each person                         
diverse occupations                     • If you are a first time guest you get 5 points                         Express-Network/files/
and to provide                          • For every one-on-one that you have with                      
opportunities for them                    members of TVEN or guests that attended                                VEN/files/
                                          the June meeting you get 2 points
to help themselves and
                                        • For every meeting or network event you                                 List will be available at the June meeting and
others grow personally                    attend between the TVEN June and July                                  will be posted on our web sites after the June
and professionally                        meetings, that you announced TVEN and                                  24 meeting.
through leadership,                       extend an invitation you get 2 points
                                                                                                                 Look forward to seeing you at the meeting
education, networking                   • Bring a gift to add to the prizes for the
support, and national                     winners of the Networking Scavenger Hunt                               Thanks for your commitment to the Texas
                                          and get 3 points
recognition.                                                                                                     Vineyards Express Network and the American
                                                                                                                 Business Women’s Association G

Texas Vineyards
Express Network                         Inside this Issue
Network# 8634
Grapevine, Texas                           Kansas City Here I Come . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2         TVEN Meeting Invitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
                                           Save the Date - 2010 District II Conference . . . . .2                 Thanks to Jean Keener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
                                           Reasons for National Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . .3             Company Connection Business Directory . . . . . . . .6
Meets on the fourth Wednesday              Houseing Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3      10 Steps to Best Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

of the month from 6:00 p.m.
                                           Calender of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3    Member Spotlight - Lisa Weiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
                                           Welcome to Denise and Angela . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4              DACA & TCAF Woman of the Year Luncheon . . . . .8
to 7:30 pm. at the Grapevine               Dates to Celebrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4    Hey I Want to Meet Them Too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Convention Center, 1209 S. Main            Agknowledgements & Congratulations . . . . . . . . .4                  Each One - Reach One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Street, Grapevine, TX .
                                           Thanks to Gena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4    Member Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11
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                                            Kansas City H e r e I C o m e . . .
          Vision Statement
                                            Can't you almost here the song playing? "I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City
The Texas Vineyards Express Network of      here I come ...." "They got some crazy little women there ..."
      the American Business Women’s
         Association provides area          Oh, they will have some crazy little women there alright! September 24-26 we will
    businesswomen (and men) a unique        celebrate (60) years of ABWA at the National Women's Leadership Conference in Kansas
                                            City where it all began. If you have never attended an ABWA conference and had that
opportunity to enrich their lives through
                                            experience, I can assure you, you are missing a tremendous benefit of your ABWA
    relationship building, education, and
                                            membership. I attended my first ABWA conference less than a year after I joined ABWA.
       professional development. G
                                            That first one was in 1993 and believe it or not, I have attended (56) ABWA conferences
                                            over the last 17 years. Apparently, I am addicted to the experience and connections that
                                            only this can give me. I would encourage you whole-heartedly to make that first step to a
                                            conference. You will be glad you did.

                                            Right now, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are offering a $139.20 airfare
                                            roundtrip. The housing is $135 and for the 4 nights you would be staying (if you share a
                                            room with 3 friends) - your portion would be one night. Registration is still $479 for the
                                            early bird. Arriving on Wednesday afternoon and departing on Sunday and what a great
                                            time with your ABWA friends - to make connections and get in on some amazing personal
                                            and professional development. Check out this month's digital magazine and the print
                                            version that is coming soon to a mailbox near you. All the details are inside.

                                            I do hope to see you there. I will be presiding over this conference and am honored to be
                                            the National President and - a member of the Texas Vineyards Express Network, too. Let's
                                            be there together ......

                                            "Kansas City here I come"....... G

                                            Thanks for all you do for ABWA!

                                            In ABWA Love & Friendship,

                                            Vicki Marlett
                                            National President
                                            2009 Top Ten
                                            Business Woman

Save the Day -
2010 District II
2010 District II Conference is in
The Woodlands (near Houston).
Tentative date is March 19-20.
More details to come in the 4th
quarter of this year. G
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                                                                                                  Calender of E v e n t s
These are Just a Few Reasons ABWA Members are Excited                                             June 27
to Register for the N a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e                                           Best Practices Workshop
                                                                                                  9:30am - 2pm
                                                                                                  (See page 7 for details)
2009 will be my 17th ABWA national conference in a row. I attend national conferences for
the professional development, networking and travel opportunites they provide. What a
                                                                                                  July 22
combo! Since I began attending national conferences in 1992, I've been hooked on the
                                                                                                  TVEN meeting
package that comes with conference registration. As a thirty-year ABWA member, it amazes
                                                                                                  Grapevine Convention Center
me it took so long for me to discover the treasures ONLY national conferences can provide!
                                                                                                  Networking Scavenger Hunt

Carol King, Indianapolis Charter Chapter, Indianapolis, IN

                                                                                                  August 15
ABWA is an ever evolving organization, always rising to the changing times and the
conference is a way to keep up with what is happening, not only in ABWA but in the exciting
                                                                                                  DACA & TCAF Women of the Year
world of the woman. Even though I am now retired, I still find the seminars helpful to my         (See page 8 for details)
everyday life.
                                                                                                  August 26
Toni Earl, Washoe Zephyrs Chapter, Reno, NV                                                       TVEN meeting
                                                                                                  Grapevine Convention Center
After attending several district conferences, I am proud and excited to say the 2009 National     Member Presentation
Conference and 60th anniversary celebration will be my first national conference. I expect this
                                                                                                  Installation of new board members

conference to serve as a catalyst in achieving my business and personal goals in the years to
come, and am eager for September to arrive.
                                                                                                  September 16
                                                                                                  TVEN meeting
Heather Boustead, Greater Des Moines Noon Chapter, Des Moines, IA G                               Grapevine Convention Center
                                                                                                  Jeff Cockrell, Dale Carnegie

                                                                                                  September 24-26
                                                                                                  ABWA Nation Women’s Leadership
                     Housing I n f o r m a t i o n                                                Annual Conference
                                                                                                  Kansas City, Missouri
                     We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2009 ABWA National               October 28
                     Women’s Leadership Annual Conference Please make your reservations by
                                                                                                  TVEN meeting
                     August 23, 2009, to take advantage of the special rate!
                                                                                                  Grapevine Convention Center

                     Hyatt Regency Crown Center
                                                                                                  Networking Meeting

                     2345 McGee Street                                                            November 18
                     Kansas City, Missouri 64108, USA
                                                                                                  TVEN meeting
                     Tel: +1 816 421 1234 Fax: +1 816 435 4190
                                                                                                  Grapevine Convention Center
                     Map & Directions                                                             Holiday Vendor Showcase

                     Visit Hotel Site                                                             December 16
                     Conference Rates Available From:                                             TVEN holiday party
                     09/21/09 - 09/27/09                                                          More info to come
                     Conference Rates:
                     $135 per night, per room                                                     TVEN board meetings are open to
                                                                                                  everyone and are the Wednesday after
                     Go on-line to register or print out the form                                 the meeting G
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                                                 Dates to C e l e b r a t e !
                                                 June Anniversary:
                                                 Nancy Eytcheson - Member since June ‘04
                                                 June Birthday:
                                                 Cynthia Morrison - June 18th G

                                                 Acknowledgments & C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !
                                                 Way to go ladies!
                                                 Jillian Verdun -
                                                 I graduate from the University of Phoenix on July 19th at the American Airline Center with
                                                 my masters degree in Accounting.
             Procacc                             Sheri Dietert -
                                                 My painting group, Wine Women in Oil, have been chosen as the 23rd Annual Grapefest
                                                 feature artists. Our painting will be used for all advertising and promotion for the event this
                                                 year. The unveiling of the original painting will be at the Grapevine Convention Center on
                                 Angela Gunter   July 28th. G

    Welcome to D e n i s e
    and Angela                                   Thanks to G e n a
                                                 I met Gena Oehlert when she was still in the Grapevine ISD
    Welcome to our latest TVEN

                                                 as a student. I was the Administrative Assistant for her Mom

    We are so happy to have Denise               at Verizon (then known as GTE). Through the years I stayed in
    Procaccino and Angela Gunter joining         contact with Gena, even after I no longer had the pleasure of
    us. Both ladies moved their ABWA             working for her Mom, Karen. After more than a decade, Gena and I
    memberships to TVEN as primary               crossed paths again through a product called Advocare and a new relationship began on
    members.                                     the adult level. I can honestly say that I watched Gena grow into a beautiful woman who
                                                 brings many gifts to the table.
    Denise works at
    You can send her a note via email at         Since she joined ABWA during the start up of Texas Vineyards Express Network, Gena and I and           have had the opportunity to work closer together and during the last few years, I have truly
    make her feel welcome.                       appreciated the gift that she has given to our Network. Growing a new group in today's
                                                 economy and busy paced environment is not an easy one, but we have managed to stay
    Angela works at HomeCare                     constant and add some great members to our group. She has served us all tirelessly and
    Assistance as a Care Manager/Nurse           with a high energy and enthusiasm. In addition, Gena has embraced the ABWA mission
    Liaison. Send her a note via email at        and focused as much on this as the networking component that members sometimes wish               was at the top of the priority list. She knows the importance of the ABWA connection and
    and make her feel welcome as well.           truly gets it - and I love that about her!

    Welcome ladies! G                            Gena, you have been a great leader and role model for TVEN and I know I speak for
                                                 everyone when I say "Thank You from the bottom of our hearts" for a great job. We are
                                                 looking forward to your continued role in TVEN and all that you bring to the group!

                                                 Thanks Much!

                                                 Vic Marlett
                                                 2008-2009 National President, 2009 Top Ten, TVEN Formation Chair G
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                                  Texas Vineyards Express Network

                                  •     One-stop shop networking group
                                  •     Committed to the growth of our members and their businesses
                                  •     Committed to providing educational opportunities
                                  •     We value your time (once a month for 90 minutes)
                                  •     Open to membership in Grapevine and surrounding areas
                                  •     We’re part of the 4th largest women’s networking group and the 2nd
                                        largest women’s organization in the US

                                                          July 22 - 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
                                                               Come early to network
                                                  Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 Main Street, Grapevine, TX
                                                                   $25.00 (includes dinner)

                                                                   RSVP by Sunday July 19, 2009 to
                                          Lisa Weiler, by email at or by phone 817-905-2169
                                       Credit cards, checks and/or cash are accepted. Reservations that are not cancelled 36
                                      hours before the meeting will be billed. Guest reservations and reservations made after

                                                           Networking Scavenger Hunt
                                                        the deadline must be guaranteed with a credit card.

                                         Texas Vineyard’s Express Network meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from
                                                     6:00 pm-7:30 pm - with exceptions of September 16th,
                                                               November 18th, and December 16th

                                  Local Contact:
                                  President: Gena Oehlert, email:

                                           The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together
                                           businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help
                                           themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education,
                                           networking support, and national recognition.
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                                             Company Connection B u s i n e s s D i r e c t o r y
                                             mar·ket·place (mär k t-pl s ) n.

                                             1. An open area or square in a town where a public market or sale is set up.
                                             2. The world of business and commerce.
                                             3. A situation or place in which values, opinions, and ideas are put forward for debate or
    Jean Keener, Keener Financial Planning

                                             Welcome to ABWA’s online marketplace – your opportunity to connect with the association.
    Thanks for speaking at our June
                                             Check out the information on the ABWA web site!

                                             The best way to add visibility to your company and the best way to give patronage to your
                                             fellow ABWA members, the Company Connection Business Directory hosts a wide variety of
    10 tools to                              ABWA member goods and services. Get your company listed here today! G

    Buildin g an                                      “This is my second year to place an ad in the ABWA Company Connection

    Emergency F und                                   Business Directory for as little as $50 a year. It allows me to share my
                                                      home base business with all ABWA members nationwide. For a veteran
    • Set a goal                                      entrepreneur or a just getting started entrepreneur this is an unbeatable
    • Set a timetable                                 price for the opportunity.”
    • Pick 3 things on this list you                            Tina Barbosa, TVEN President Elect 08-09
    can do today.
    1. set up an automatic transfer
    from checking to savings on

                                             Benefits of B e i n g a V I P
    2. Take a one-month spending
    3. Have a garage sale                    Do you want to save money each month, basically saving the cost of your local dues? We’d
    4. Use 3 paycheck or 5 paycheck          like to recommend that you sign up for the VIP program. As a VIP you pay only $23 a
    months to add to the fund                month rather than $25. This saving is equivalent to your local annual dues. You have a
    5. Use bonus, overtime or extra          standing reservation for each meeting.
    commission to add to the fund
                                             You don’t have to RSVP Your reservation is guaranteed by a credit card. All you have to do
    6. If you get a raise, increase the
                                             is let us know if you CANNOT attend no later than the 48 hours before the meeting. If you
    transfer to savings
                                             do not cancel by the deadline, your credit card will be billed.
    7. Get a part time job, or start a
    small business                                              ,
                                             To sign up as a VIP please send a note to Lisa Weiler, or call
    8. write down monthly expenses,          Lisa at 817-905-2169 and provide a credit card number. You can also mail a check to
    eliminate or redue at least 2                      Lisa Weiler, 700 Mountain Laurel Ln., Bedford TX 76021-2247
    9. if you max out your social            or email this form back to her.
    security, put the extra money in         _____ My annual local dues of $24 are attached
    the bank                                 _____ Bill my credit card $24 for my annual local dues.
    10. If the above aren’t enough,          _____ Yes, Sign me up as a VIP  .
    consider changes lie a less
    expensive car or place to live
                                             Credit Card # _____________________________________________
                                             Expiration Date: _______________ Billing Zip Code _____________ G
    817-993-0401 G
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Ten Steps to B e s t                                can also be a national) conference in the
                                                    current award year. Note: ABWA strongly
                                                                                                     Best Practices
                                                    recommends that newly elected/incoming
                                                    officers attend the ABWA tracks at district
                                                                                                     Workshop -
Level One Best Practice - In order to be
                                                    9. Have complied with the requirements as
                                                                                                     Saturday June 27th
considered a Level One Best Practices group,
                                                    stated by the IRS.
your ABWA group must be able to
                                                    10. Have mailed the group’s completed            What:
demonstrate that they have fulfilled the
                                                    submission forms, materials and tabs provided    A FREE Workshop to Get Your Chapter
following criteria during the current award
                                                    in the “What We Are, What We Do and What         or Network on the Road to Best
                                                    We Continually Strive to Do” binder to ABWA      Practices – ABWA’s Highest Group
1. Be a local league in good standing. The          National on or before July 31, 2009.
group must have:                                                                                     Lead by National President
                                                    Level Two Best Practices - )Same as Level One,
     •     Elected new officers in May 2009                                                          Vicki Marlett
                                                    EXCEPT with changes in #7 and #8 – as
     •     Submitted the new slate of officers to
ABWA National on or before June 30, 2009
     •     Officers elected must be in good         7. Have a minimum of (40) primary
                                                                                                     Leaders and members of ABWA
standing with both national and local dues.         members in good standing on the group’s
     •     Group must have submitted an
                                                                                                     groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth
                                                    roster July 31, 2009
administrative fee payment to cover expenses                                                         Metroplex who want to take their
                                                    8. Have sponsored the attendance (meaning
related to insurance.                                                                                group to the next Level.
                                                    paid complete registration) for at least (4)
2. Surveyed group members to identify the           primary members (in good standing) to an
knowledge, skills and experience they need to       ABWA district (or it can also be a national)     When:
perform their job more effectively and/or           conference in the current award year. Note:      Saturday, June 27, 2009
achieve their career goals using the Member         ABWA strongly recommends that newly              9:30am – 2:00pm.
Interest Survey. Then compile the survey            elected/incoming officers attend the ABWA        Additional time will be available for
results.                                            tracks at district conferences.                  those who need it.
3. Create a business plan and budget.
4. Have scheduled and delivered a minimum           Level Three Best Practices - Same as Level
of (9) professional development programs that       One and Two, EXCEPT with changes in #7 and
                                                                                                     The Road Adventure
are (45) minutes in length and have                 #8 – as follows:
                                                                                                     254 E Arapaho Rd #110
documented the following information for
                                                    7. Have a minimum of (30) primary                Richardson, TX
each program at the time the program was
delivered. Including: the program title, name
                                                    members in good standing on the group’s          East on Arapaho Road off Central
                                                    roster July 31, 2009                             Expressway (US 75) just past
of the presenter, brief description of the
                                                    8. Have sponsored the attendance (meaning        Greenville
program, date delivered, number of members
                                                    paid complete registration) for at least (3)
in attendance, area of business focus
                                                    primary members (in good standing) to an
5. Have adopted ABWA’s Proud Code of                                                                 What to Bring:
                                                    ABWA district (or it can also be a national)
Conduct and added a Chapter/Network                                                                  • Each Chapter should bring a copy
                                                    conference in the current award year. Note:
Standing Rule that the Proud Code of Conduct                                                         of the latest member roster mailed in
                                                    ABWA strongly recommends that newly
will be printed in each issue of the group                                                           April to the Chapter President.
                                                    elected/incoming officers attend the ABWA
newsletter.                                                                                          • Any materials your chapter has
                                                    tracks at district conferences.
6. Have published and distributed a                                                                  created for best practices and your
minimum of (6) newsletters that appropriately
                                                    Recognition for Level One Best Practices         best practices binder if you have one.
display the official ABWA trademarks and
                                                    • Linked to ABWA National’s Website              • Bring your own drinks, snacks and
Proud Code of Conduct. A copy of each must
                                                    • Official ABWA Seal of Approval for display     lunch.
be sent to ABWA National.
                                                    in newsletter, on marketing materials & on
7. Have a minimum of (50) primary
                                                    group website for new award year                 Contact:
members in good standing on the group’s
                                                    • Be recognized as a Best Practices group at     Reserve your seat with Vicki Marlett at
roster July 31, 2009
                                                    the National Women’s Leadership Conference G
8. Have sponsored the attendance (meaning
                                                    and in “Women IN Business” Magazine G
paid complete registration or the dollar
equivalent) for at least (6) primary members
(in good standing) to an ABWA district (or it
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                                                  4 Ways to T a k e t h a t E x t r a S t e p
                                                  At the end of the each monthly meeting we will pull four business cards from a basket and
                                                  award mini-spotlights. The drawings are for two one-minute and one three-minute spotlight
                                                  at the next meeting and the last is for a member spotlight in the guest column of The Vine.
                                                  Use these opportunities to highlight your business or service or simply tell us about who you
                                                  are and what you do.

                                                  So read the following article and remember to get into the drawing at the next meeting. G

                                                  Member Spotlight - L i s a W e i l e r

                                                  Hello, my name is Lisa Weiler and I make        myself and two very close friends (and yes,
                                                  Blankets That Travel. I am the current VP of    Sheri got one of those blankets). Then it
                                                  Finance for Texas Vineyards Express             blossomed to blankets for family and
                                                  Network (TVEN). I have been a member of         friends. I decided to start making them for
Lisa Weiler                                       ABWA and TVEN since October 2007.               a business since so many people wanted
Bedford, TX                                                                                       gifts that meant something and had
817-428-2169                                      I have been traveling all my life, whether in   thought behind them. I try to figure out                              a car or an airplane. It was on one of          what the interest of the person that is                       those airplane trips 7 years ago that the       receiving them and the colors that they like
                                                  epiphany hit. I was talking to a flight         are. I work mainly with flannel, cotton
Employment:                                       attendant that was off duty and she had         fabric and batting to make my blankets. G
Brinks Home Security                              reminded me that the blankets are only
Entrepreneur                                      fresh for the first flight of the day. Ewww
Blankets that Travel                              came to mind. The only good thing that
                                                  day was A. I was not using a blanket and B.
You can give - leads/contacts/networking          I was on the first flight. On my most recent
For her Blankets that Travel business:            trip this June, the flight attendant made a
• People that travel alot                         comment that they may not even be
• Custom gifts for family and friends             cleaned over night. That definitely made
* Unique lap blankets for home                    me think that my blankets are on the mark.
                                                  The first three blankets I made were for

                             DACA and TCAF - W o m a n o f t h e Y e a r L u n c h e o n
                                             Saturday August 15, 2009
                                  Location: Rolling Hills Country Club, 401 East Lamar Blvd, Arlington TX 76011
                                      Time: 10am registration (Event starts at 10:30am – Lunch aprox 11:30)
                                                                    Cost: $25
                                                   Please register no later than August 7, 2009
                           Mail checks made payable to DACA to: Sharon Kraus, 2243 Homeway Circle, Dallas TX 75228
                                              Or e-mail your reservation to
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Hey I Want to M e e t T h e m T o o !
                                                                                               ABWA 2008-2009
                                                                                               Nation al Offic ers
by Jeff Klein
                                                                                               National President
When we're networking, we often hear somebody in the room get up and make a request            Vicki Marlett - Irving, TX
for somebody that we would like to meet – THAT is a good person for you to meet with; and
what's fun is somebody will make a request for a prospect that we haven't thought of, that     National Vice President
we'd like to meet. And for me, that's when it's really fun – when you think "Wow, that's an    Casey Coven - Annapolis, MD
interesting request – that would probably be somebody that would be good for me to meet,
                                                                                               National Secretary/Treasurer
too." And then you go to that person and you have a one-on-one!
                                                                                               Deb Horrocks - Piedmont, OK

This is what we call a STRATEGIC PARTNER. It's someone who wants to meet the same              District I Vice President
people we do, regardless of what business the partner is in. Usually, they want to meet the    Lynn Drowne - Sarasota, FL
same prospects as you for entirely different reasons then you do. This is one of the truly
beautiful things about business networking. You should be asking for Strategic Partner         District II Vice President
introductions in some of your 30 second commercials.                                           Cecelia Owen - San Antonio, TX

                                                                                               District III Vice President
An introduction to a Strategic Partner is the referral that keeps on giving.                   Vanessa Claborn-Welch -
Here's a useful exercise. Make a list of who you are currently targeting. Who are your
prospects this month?
                                                                                               Kansas City, MO

                                                                                               District IV Vice President
Now, look at that list and brainstorm who else wants to meet those prospects. Think            Pam Carvell - Leola, PA
creatively. Remember, they probably want to meet those prospects for completely different
reasons then you do.                                                                           District V Vice President
                                                                                               Barbara Young - Auburn, KY
Now, create some 30 second commercials asking to meet                                          District VI Vice President
these Strategic Partners.                                                                      Michelle Egbert -
Get out there and grow your business through networking!                                       Colorado Springs, CO G

Read my daily networking tips at:

Visit Jeff's web site at
Jeff can be contacted at G                                               Promote Your Business
                                                                                               at TVEN
                                                                                               Gifts from the Vine are a fun and

                                  Each One - R e a c h O n e                                   simple way to promote your
                                                                                               business. Simply attach a business
                           National President, Vicki Marlett (also a TVEN member and           card or brochure to a token gift like
                           Formation Chair) has issued a great challenge to every ABWA         a product sample, coupon or just
                           group. If every member sponsored one new member this year, the      something cute and give it to one of
                           size of ABWA would double instantly, or almost instantly. As TVEN   the officers at the beginning of the
                           Formation Chair, Vicki follows her own challenges through to        monthly meeting. You will definitely
    completion. She has sponsored over 110 members in her 17 years in ABWA and plans           be on some lucky ladies mind that
    to do her fair share this year as well. Take the “Each One, Reach One” Challenge and       evening as she enjoys your door
    make it a point of bringing a guest to each meeting. The energy is contagious and          prize! G
    TVEN will grow by leaps and bounds in 2009. G
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                                              Corporate Sponsorship A v a i l a b l e
                                              Please show your company’s support of Texas Vineyards Express Network’s mission by
                                              joining the sponsorship program. You will receive recognition in our newsletter.

                                              By contributing you will help TVEN follow through on the ABWA mission, assisting our
                                              members as they go to conferences, continuing education, and building their business skills.

                                              For information on the benefits of being a corporate sponsor, contact president, Gena
                                              Oehlert, at G

                                                             Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsors -
                                                      Tina Barbosa, Barbara Doyle & Vicki Marlett
Classifieds A d s                              Thank you for your sponsorship of TVEN. You can contact Tina at or
                                               call her at 817-329-2140. You can contact Barbara at or call her at
 Job Opportunities or Job wanted?
                                               972-570-5645. You can contact Vicki at or call her at 972-570-5645.
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                                        Advertise your business here!
Member Advertising Section

                                                                                  PHONE: 866-268-1919
                                                                                      FAX: 1-888-366-0064
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                                             TVEN members can advertise their businesses in the network newsletter. Business card ad
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                                                                            Sheri Dietert                                    4333 Hazy Meadow Lane
                                                                            Graphic Designer                                 Grapevine, Texas 76051
                                                                            Fine Artist -Painting/Photography                Metro 817-424-2386
                                                                            Faux Finishing                         

                                                                                                           Attention            Ladies   p                  appetite?
                                                                                           Do you have trouble waking up? Do you need help controlling your app
                                                                                           Do you want to look more tone? Do you want long term weight management?
                                                                                                the    Skinny Jeans Club!
                                                                                                                Women needed to participate in aspecial
                                                                                                            8-week nutrition and fitness testimonial program.
                                                                                                             For further information, contact Tina Barbosa

          Roberta Freeze
                                                                                                                  or email

          Independent Consultant
                                           Authentic Scentsy Products
          318 Marshall Creek Road
                                                Wickless Candle Bars
          Roanoke, Texas 76262
                                                         Room Sprays
                                                          Car Candles

                                           Exclusive Scentsy Warmers

             Scentsy Products Make Great Last Minute Gifts!
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     TVEN Board Members                       ABWA’s Proud C o d e o f C o n d u c t
                                              1.   All members will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the American Business Women’s
              Gena Oehlert
               2.   Members will not allow their personal beliefs and convictions to interfere with the
                                                   representation of ABWA’s mission.
                Tina Barbosa
                                              3.   Members will always treat their member colleagues, guests, vendors and sponsors with
               President - Elect
                                                   honesty, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, kindness, and in good faith.

                                              4.   Members will maintain compliance with ABWA National, Chapter and Express Network
            Rose-Marie Stevens                     Bylaws.
           V.P of Communications              5.   Members will not use their personal power to advance their personal interests.

                                              6.   Members will strive for excellence in their professions by maintaining and enhancing
                                                   their own business knowledge and skills and by encouraging the professional
                Lisa Weiler
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              V.P of Finance

              Tammy Musack                    TVEN Local D u e s D u e i n A u g u s t
             V.P of Programing
                                              Texas Vineyards Express Network has local dues, over and above your national dues.
                                              Having local dues ensures we have sufficient general expense operating funds throughout
                                              the year. Traditional chapters have many fund-raising events, but Express Networks do not.
                Ginny Nixon
                                              Our monthly meeting fees cover the cost of dinner, speaker, and audio-visual equipment. It
              V.P of Marketing
                                              is basically a break-even amount.

                                              Local dues are $24.00 a year and are due no later than August 31, 2008. Failure to pay
                 Sheri Dietert
                                              your local dues could result in your ABWA membership status changing to “Inactive” at the
            V.P of On-Line Media
                                              national and local level.

                                              Please send a note to Lisa Weiler, or call Lisa at 817-905-2169
               Vicki Marlett                  and provide a credit card number. You can also mail a check to:
             2008-2009 ABWA                            Lisa Weiler, 700 Mountain Laurel Ln., Bedford TX 76021-2247 G
             National President

                                                                      Add to the W O Y B a s k e t
                                                   Remember to bring your donations to our July 22nd meeting for the WOY basket
                                                   TVEN will be putting together for the DACA & TCAF Woman of the Year Luncheon
                                                                                  on August 15th. G

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