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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
February 2018 Issue
  • President's Letter
  • Current Month's Meeting
  • AWC National News
  • AWC Chapter News


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
Program: 12:25 p.m.

425 Downtown,
425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

Join us at 11:30 a.m. for networking

Program begins at 12:25 p.m.
$16 for members (new pricing)
Free for first time guests
$25 for guest’s second meeting
$14 for AWC students/student members

RSVP Online(by 2/2/2018)

Please note: No-shows and late cancellations (cancellations received later than noon the day prior to the meeting) will be billed. If you have special dietary requests please specify in your RSVP.

*Guests may attend up to two meetings without being an AWC member.

Upcoming Meetings:

All meetings at 425 Downtown, 425 West Walnut Street

Let Your Creative Spirit Come Out to Play!

Gayle Harper has long been fascinated with creativity. Clearly, it comes to us and moves through us. It is universal and yet manifests uniquely in each of us. She will tell us how to open ourselves to it and why it matters.

Join AWC Springfield for lunch on February 6 and get your creative juices flowing during this engaging presentation.


Gayle Harper
Author and Photographer

Gayle Harper says she is thankful every day to be able to do what she loves. Her 26-year career as a travel photographer and writer has been filled with adventures and travel to fascinating places. She has met people from the famous to the isolated, who have enriched her life in every way. It has been her great joy to tell their stories in words and images.

Her clients have included publications such as Midwest Living, AAA Traveler, DeSoto Magazine, Destinations, Redbook, John Muir Publications and travel and tour companies like Abercrombie and Kent and Classic Journeys. She has traveled as Guest Artist on board the American Queen Steamboat and recently completed an assignment for National Geographic.

She is the author of the award-winning book,Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River. The book chronicles, in prose and in more than 200 photographs, her 90-day road trip following the entire 2,400-mile course of the Mississippi River. Bob Krist, renowned National Geographic photographer, describes the book as “…a beautiful, warm and intimate portrait, as stunning to look at as it is to read…”

Throughout her own endeavors and through observing others, Gayle has been fascinated with the essential nature of creativity. She has come to understand the value of opening ourselves to the creative spirit that is innate in each of us – a message she shares with AWC Springfield at our next luncheon!

Programs are selected based on responses to the annual program survey distributed in August. If you have suggestions for future programs or speakers, please contact LaDonna.G@21Reasons.Life.

Ponderings from the President

Jacqueline Post, President

My #MeToo Moment


1950: My grandmother proudly serves our country as a Marine during the Korean War. She is raped by a male soldier and had no recourse. It was her fault.

1986: My mom gets her first job as a pharmacist in Oklahoma City. She is the first female pharmacist to work there. She is constantly harassed by male co-workers and smacked on the behind. She had no recourse. It was her fault.

2001: I turn 15 and get my first job as a hostess. I am fondled in the walk-in cooler by a male co-worker. I receive flowers at school from a male co-worker who is 25 years old. I’m asked out by disgustingly older restaurant patrons. At the time, I took the attention as a compliment. It was my fault. I never said a word.

2005: I move to Springfield to start school at Missouri State. I drink too much and have regrets for my actions the next morning. I hookup with a guy and don’t even remember it. He does. It was my fault. Shouldn’t have had all that to drink.

2010: I get a job as a bartender. Our schedules are made on priority based on which women the managers deem most attractive. We’re harassed non-stop by the owner. Comments are constantly made about our appearances, our backsides are whipped with bar towels. Patrons constantly make inappropriate comments. We’re forced to tolerate it, those tips pay our bills. It was my fault. My shirt was too low cut that day and my shifts are cut down because I wear my hair in a ponytail one day.

2018: I never knew it was wrong. I never knew it wasn’t my fault. I finally have recourse. For the first time in my family, a woman is getting recourse. Thank you to the silence breakers who started the #MeToo Movement. It has allowed me to let go of so much emotional baggage that I’ve carried for the past decades.

What has your reaction been to women stepping forward and making sure all of us are accountable for our actions? Has it made you view past experiences in your life through a different lens? I hope each of you has the opportunity to let go of any guilt or shame you’re holding on to. It is a heavy burden to bear

AWC National News

Clarion Awards-- Call for Entries

Highly sought after by both women and men, the Clarions—named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity—symbolize excellence in clear, concise communications. Clarion recipients represent media companies large and small, leading corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit associations and institutions.

The Clarions honor excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines, including:

  • Advertising & marketing
  • Audiovisual productions
  • Books & CDs
  • Brochures, custom & special publications
  • Education
  • Fund development
  • Magazines
  • Major news events
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Online media
  • Photography
  • Graphics & design communications
  • Public relations
  • Radio
  • Television

All Clarion entries must be submitted online. Please review the updated categories and entry requirements as there may have been changes.

Click any link below for further information.

Clarion Questions?

Clarion FAQs


Phone: 417-886-8606


Early bird entry deadline is March 2, 2018.


AWC Chapter News

Connect with AWC Springfield at Classic Rock Coffee


Join AWC Springfield for a hot cup of joe and some good conversation on the way to work!

Our next Coffee Connection is Friday, February 9 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Classic Rock Coffee.

Hot or cold coffee and tea, along with a selection of delicious breakfast items, are available for you to munch while you mingle with us.

We’ll be in the Roasting Room, so turn left after you enter, and we’ll see you there!


AWC Springfield’s Mitzie Zerr Celebrates Retirement after 35-Year Career with City Utilities

Former AWC National Chair Mitzie Zerr invites everyone to a celebration to mark her retirement as Administrator for Business Retention & Expansion for City Utilities.

The reception takes place Thursday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CU’s Techouse, located at2655 South Blackman Rd.

  • To get there, take Sunshine Street east of Highway 65.
  • Turn right on Blackman Road.
  • Turn right into the Blackman Water Treatment entrance.
  • Follow the winding road to the left to the Techouse.

Join us in congratulating Mitzie on a successful career and wishing her well in retirement!



Member Anniversaries

Melissa Adler - 9 years

Jessie Hughey - 2 years

Mary Madeline Guccione - 1 year

Caitlin West - 1 year


New Member Spotlight

Trisha Littell

Training and Recruiting Specialist
Mutual of Omaha

Q: Where do you work and what is your role there?

A: Mutual of Omaha, Training and Recruiting Specialist

Q: What attracted you to AWC?

A: The opportunity to network with other female professionals in the community

Q: What is your business goal this year?

A: My 2018 business goal is to hire 18 professional, talented and driven Financial Advisors to

join our Mutual family in the Springfield office.

Q: What word best describes you?

A: Energetic

Q: What is your motto in life?

A: If it was easy then everyone would do it.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Graduating college Cum Laude

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Outdoor activities with my family, movies, friends, music, reading and travel

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: I have a two and a half year old so…Mary Howitt’s “The Spider and the Fly”. My last adult book was Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”.