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Celebrate National Women’s History Month

March 1st, 2011 by Terry Thompson


Women have played a major role throughout history and do so even more today. Whether you are a man or woman, we can all name at least one woman that has influenced our lives.  She was probably your Mom, Grandmother, wife, teacher, or mentor.  I personally can think of many:  Debbie, my sister; Mrs. Humphrey, my high school teacher; Drs. Contois and Riipi, my college professors; Edi & Debbie, my mentors at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

One of the most important women in my life was my Grandma. She was a dynamo right up to her passing last year at the age of 102 years old. Whether it was the church, American Legion, Eastern Star, Ruth Circle, playing cards, bowling, or some other activities, you could never find her at home. How many 101 year old ladies can beat their 70-80 year old male teammates in bowling?! She was full of energy, kindness, respect, and love.

My Mom was and even in passing still is the most important woman in my life. She is the one that brought me into this world, taught me, protected me, and cared for me. Her and my Father instilled values in each of us:  Courtesy, Honesty, Trust, Responsibility, Respect, Hard Work, and Unconditional Love.  She had her opinions and advice, but loved us regardless of our decisions, mistakes, or life we lived. These are values that have helped me in my education, careers, business and life in general.

These and many other women have touched my life over the years. I thank them all for making me into the person that I am today. So join me in thanking the women of your life during National Women’s History Month.

Also join the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee as they celebrate this special month and throughout the year. Everyone thinks of women as the solid foundation of the family. Well for whatever reason in life sometimes that foundation weakens. Women’s Resource Center is there to strengthen the foundation with their counseling and programs. Support them today so they are there to support you when life is not so kind.

Women’s Resource Center of Manatee – National Women’s History Month Activities

Essay Contest:
“A Florida Woman Who Made a Difference” an essay contest for students at PACE Center for Girls in grades 6 – 12, 1200 to 1500 words. Monetary Prizes are: 1st place: $250; second, $125; third, $75; fifth, $50. The winner will be announced at the Downtown Diva Derby.

“Look Beyond the Scale”
Karen R. Koenig, Psychology of eating expert .
March 17th  5-7 PM at the WRC
$20 fee which includes a copy of the book, Nice Girls Finish Fat.

“Creativity in Women”
Roxanne Dinkin,  local Psychologist
March 24th 5-7 PM at the WRC
$5 donation


Downtown Diva Derby
Saturday March 26th  3-6 PM on Old Main Street
“Well Behaved Seldom Make History” ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Make Your Own History at the Downtown Diva Derby. A brand new event featuring 20 teams of four women each who will compete in a fun non athletic event for women. Activities for the men in your life, so make sure you bring them.

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