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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
August 2018 Issue
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • President's Letter
  • AWC Chapter News
  • Member Spotlight

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Program: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

425 Downtown,
425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

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

$16 for members

$10 for first time guests

$25 for guest’s second meeting

$10 for AWC students/student members

RSVP by 9/1/2018

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

President's Letter
Jacqueline Post, President

………………Read if You’re Busy

We’re all busy and hopefully we’re all taking the time to read this. Women are known not to be as protective of their time and the first to volunteer for extra tasks and assignments. How can we be more protective of our time without putting ourselves at a disadvantage? As it turns out, co-workers respect those who put up boundaries when it comes to interfering with personal time. Here’s how to encourage yourself to do so.

Lead by example.Do you encourage your staff to take vacations, leave the office by a certain hour and occasionally leave early on a Friday afternoon? Then, why don’t you pay yourself those same courtesy? Lead your staff by example and take that vacation you’ve been sitting on. Burn out is a real thing, making limiting hours and taking time off necessary for success.

Cut the Complaining.Believe it or not,a recent studyshows that employees average 10 hours a month of complaining or listening to complain about upper management. That doesn’t even include complaining about peers or other staff members! That equates to 15 days of complaining a year. That’s a two-week vacation! Stay positive and constructive with your criticism and enjoy 15 more days of productivity that hopefully leads to shorter work weeks and time off.

Admit that you’ll never be “caught up”.Sometimes tasks linger unfinished. It’s a part of life. Priorities shift and things truly do happen. It’s just that feeling of guilt associated with not checking tasks or projects off your list. Feeling guilty outside of work about work that needs to get done truly ruins what is supposed to be fun times outside of work (likethe weekend,for example). Start being more compassionate towards yourself and focus on what you are or have accomplished. You shouldn’t punish yourself by staying late or skipping a trip.

If it’s after 5pm and you’re still at your desk, pack it up and head home. Cutting yourself little breaks here and there should become part of your self-care routine. Do you have any tips for making yourself cut back on hours?

AWC National News


AWC Chapter News

The Program Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, August 14th at 8:00 a.m. at Panera Bread located at 4100 S Campbell. We would love to extend the invitation for anyone to join us that has an interest in what programs will be offered at the monthly meetings. If there are questions about the committee and what we do, please contact Melissa Evans, Co-chair by either her cell at 417-872-8551 or by emailmevans@springfieldmo.org.
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AWC Splashed into Summer at the Summer Social

A big thank you to Michele Kauffman for hosting our summer social! Those who attended enjoyedyummy food, drinks and had a great time getting to know each other plus everyone walked out with a little gift too.





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Join us this month for the Next Coffee Talk!

Come meet your fellow members at August's Coffee Talk on August 17th. Drop in between 7:45a.m.-9:00 a.m. to visit with members over a cup of coffee and some breakfast. Check out the detailshere



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Save the Date for AWC’s Next Social.

Save the Date for our next social - Women's Self Defense class on September 15th! The class is only $15 and will be a ton of fun! Watch your e-mail for more details and a link to register soon.





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Membership Anniversaries:

August Anniversaries

Lauren Holder 3 years

Kristy Nelson 13 years





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Member Spotlight
Jami Moore
Paralegal Assistant, Spencer Fane

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

A:I work for Spencer Fane as a paralegal assistant for a real estate attorney who deals specifically in tax credits. We typically work with Historic, New Market, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits on the state and federal level.

Q: What attracted you to AWC?

A:One of my good friends Paige Viehmann invited me to a meeting about a year ago, and it was fantastic! The speaker was great, and I met a ton of fantastic women there. I wasn’t quite ready to join then, but I am about to finish my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication & Development this summer, and thought that AWC might be a great way for me to decide if I’m ready to make a career change.

Q: What is your business goal this year?

A:As I’m finishing my degree, my goal this year is to start pursing a position that allows me to better utilize my education. I don’t really get to use much of what I’ve learned in my organizational communication courses, and would really like to explore the possibility of finding a position in human resources or that could lead to an organizational management position.

Q: What word best describes you?

A:Assertive

Q: What is your motto in life?

A:Everything happens for a reason, the challenge is finding that reason.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A:My ability to stay positive in the face of adversity. I have been faced with some really big challenges in my life, and I’ve learned that attitude is EVERYTHING. It’s not always easy to stay positive when faced with challenges, but I’m really proud of the way I’ve learned to cope with adversity and face the challenges I’m faced with by always looking for a silver lining!

Q: What are your hobbies?

A:I spend most of my free time volunteering with Isabel’s House or The Junior League, but when I do finally find some down time I love crafting. I love repurposing and reusing things to make something new and beautiful!

Q: What was the last book you read?

A:The last book I read for fun was “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown, but the actual last book I read was “Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership” by Craig Johnson for one of my Organizational Communication courses.

 

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