The luncheon started with time to mingle and network with members and potential members on the patio, while enjoying wine and sparkling water.
Guild member, Lauree Personette, welcomed everyone and spoke about the Neighborhood Health Clinic and what role the Clinic has to improve the quality of life and health in our community. Lauree introduced the Neighborhood Health Clinic CEO, Leslie Lascheid, who then gave an overview of the mission of the organization and a heartfelt thank you to the Guild for their continued support.
Elizabeth Lyon, Joy Dillon and Chris Brick presented Leslie with a check for the past year’s fund raising in the amount of $19,000 to be used for items on the Clinic’s Wish List. These funds were raised throughout the year from luncheons, a fashion show, individual donations, gift baskets auctioned at the Block Party and more.
Founding Guild member, Susan Jones, introduced another Guild Founding Member, Penny Lauer, who was the guest speaker. Penny shared a scenario from her book, Skipping Stones, which enabled the audience to learn more about the signs and prevention of domestic abuse. Ellen Harris, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, joined Penny in the discussion and helped answer questions about the signs of abuse and how to help.