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April 2021 - Virtual Meeting - Resilience Recap

Fun and Interactive lunch hour sharing stories of Resilience
April 19, 2021 | 11:30 AM CDT

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April 2021 RNPW Newsletter Print

President's Message

Be Great Today!

Theresa Kegley


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Member News and Events

Special 2021 Pro-Rated Membership Dues



Due to 2020 "unprecendented times", we are offering for a limited time a pro-rated membership renewal fee of $25, beginning immediately and good through the expiration date of June 30, 2021.  

These membership fees help RNPW to continue as an organization.

Membership fees help pay for scholarships

RNPW has regular monthly operating fees so we are able to conduct business and continue to provide valuable zoom presentations

Membership will allow you to register for upcoming special events - like Professional Development Day.

Since your membership has likely expired, your membership may need to be moved from Non-Member to Member which is a manual process and membership may need to be involved.  If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected] for help.  

International Women's Day

WOW, what an incredible experience! For International Women's Day Week, I interviewed over 50 women in small-micro-interviews about their unique stories for a 4-part series.

The women I was priviledged to speak to shared advice for a younger version of themselves, their challenges, what they overcome to get to where they are today, and how they believe women are changing the world. There were themes of resilience, perseverance, encouragement, and trust in ones-self. 

Some of the guests were local, (you will recognize a few names) and some of them were from all over the world. One of my guests joined the episodes all the way from Switzerland.

I would LOVE for you to hear their stories, and please feel free to reach out to me if you enjoyed the interviews or have any feedback.

On Apple Phones, you can access the episodes by going to the apple podcasts app or clicking here:

Or if you have Spotify you can access the episodes by clicking here:

Severson Dells Nature Center: Wildflower Walks

An Annual Favorite Hike Series Returns! Join Severson Dells and the Natural Land Institute staff and volunteers on an exploration of many of the local wildflower hotspots.  Wildflower Walks showcase what is currently in bloom at various woodland and prairie preserves around Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. All walks will begin at 6:00 p.m. No fee for the walks, but membership in Severson Dells and/or the Natural Land Institute is encouraged.

Registration for all of the walks will be required this year through EventBrite.  Each walk has two leaders, and each group will allow reservations for 10 people. 

For more information, please call 815/335-2915 (Severson Dells) or 815/964-6666 (Natural Land Institute).

815 Outside: Find Your Place to Get Outside in Winnebago County

815 Outside has a number of activities coming up in April and throughout the spring and summer:

April 11th- Hike at Lost Flora Fen Preserve

April 17th- Young Professionals Hike at Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve

April 22- Earth Day Walk at Nature at the Confluence

Head to 815 Outside for more information and registration. 

If you would like to challenge yourself while you are out exploring, check out this spring woodland wildflower scavenger hunt

Servpro of Rockford Spring Blog

Spring is here!...  Or is it?!... 

I do believe we are hosting the “50 Shades of Winter” this year!  Well, eventually, we will be looking to get outdoors and work in our yards.  It can be an exciting time, watching the flower bulbs planted last fall poke gentle shoots through the soil.  They are generally determined enough and tough enough to weather a bit of continued cold.  But what about that hose you forgot to disconnect from the outside water spigot last fall?  Or what about the lawn sprinkler system that didn’t get drained properly?  Or the outside water that didn’t get completely shut off before winter set in?

For as bitter cold as it was for a couple weeks in February, we would advise caution as you begin to use your outdoor water sources this spring.  You may discover that winter did some damage, causing cracks or breakage of water lines.  Often this means that water begins to spew into basements, sometimes at a great amount of volume and pressure.  Since some of us don’t necessarily venture into our basements on a daily basis, this could come as quite a shock – and disaster!

As you turn on water for outdoor use, might we suggest that you have someone in the basement at the same time that could quickly shut off the water source?  If there is a break, time is of the essence.  This would reduce the amount of damage to the indoor, household space – and its contents, equipment and appliances.  If you don’t have the extra set of eyes and hands, make a visit yourself shortly after turning on that water.

If you have any questions or concerns, please remember that we are here to help, to make your disaster “like it never even happened.”







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April is Financial Literacy Month

It is my passion to educate individuals on all aspects of their financial life. So financial literacy month is the perfect time for me! Throughout the month I will have several free zoom educational forums on various different topics from budgeting to retirement planning to paying for an education.

Visit my webpage or my social media to find an educational event that interests you!

Visit my website here



The Pregnancy Care Center's VIRTUAL Banquet

The Pregnancy Care Center's Virtual Celebrate Life Banquet will premiere on Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm on YouTube and Facebook. We would love for you to tune and learn about the amazing work of The PCC as well as hear from speaker Ryan Dobson. Ryan is the son of Dr. James Dobson from Focus on the Family. You won't want to miss his powerful message. Registration is completely free, we would just love to know your are planning to watch. Every registered person is entered to win a raffle basket!  Register and find more info here:

2021: A Year for Change

Big changes were in the air with the turning of the calendar from 2020 to 2021 for all of us at Estate Law Partners, LLC. You may have noticed we’ve dropped the “Krause Donovan” from our firm name. With our rebranding, we’re happy to announce that joining Managing Partner, Nelson Donovan are Partner Attorneys Danielle Burza-Smith and Matthew Suing. Danielle is in charge of our operations in Rockford and Matthew is headquartered at our office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Along with the rebranding and her role as Partner, we are also happy to announce that Danielle was recently accepted into the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is now licensed to practice in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Interested in having a Zoom conversation with Danielle? You can call (815) 335-9950 to schedule an appointment or visit to view her calendar and schedule at your convenience.

From Carol Anderson at Anderson Weatlh Advisors: 

I look forward to speaking with you in June and engaging in a conversation about being resilient. We will look at what you can and cannot control and how you can be prepared for the challenges we all face.

Here are the highlights of what I plan to discuss:

What is it to be resilient?

The demographics of being a woman.

What are the major risks you face and can you control them?

What was the story or conversation about money in your home when you were little? How did it affect how you manage or don’t manage money now?

The 5 steps to take to be resilient.

What if you only had one great life? How would you live it?

Talk to you at the June meeting!



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Calendar of Events

Meeting/Event Information

The RNPW program year is September through June of each year. Our meetings are typically the 3rd Monday of each month. However, in September we kickoff the program year with an evening reception that is a bit more relaxed so that members can renew contacts, meet new friends, and learn what the upcoming year will have for informational and inspirational speakers.

2020 - 2021 Theme: Resilient

Definition:  The power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched, elasticity. Ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.

The programs will have 6 Pillars to becoming resilient.


Self-care-mind, body


Meaningful Relationships



Each year our Program Committee works diligently to invite exceptionally dynamic women from the region to speak on their achievements—both the successes and challenges in reaching their goals. Read the "More Info" on each month's topics and register before the cutoff date to void a late fee.  

Non-Members/Guests are welcome to attend at any time up to 2 meetings before membership is required -- member referral is not a requirement to attend or join.

Click here for our cancellation/refund policy.


Future Meetings

June 2021 RNPW Meeting - Virtual Meeting on Financial Decisions

June 21, 2021
11:30 AM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT
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Welcome New Members

NEW MEMBERS in March 2021

Penelope "Ann" Bruce - Winnebago County CASA

Traci Honings - St. Croix Hospice

Melissa McCormick - MX3 Business Solutions

L. Reyna - Arco Machine

Denise Nichols - Motivate Health

Alexis Ricco - LEXX Wellness

Denise Schott - Prism Healthcare Services

If you are receiving this newsletter and have not joined, please go to our website and do so.

There are a lot of benefits to being a member as stated above and membership is half price right now!

Also be sure to check out our Youtube channel and follow us on Facebook!





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Thank you for reading!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome!


Jeaneil Lanza

[email protected]

Communications Chair, Rockford Network of Professional Women

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