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September 2018 RNPW Newsletter Print

President's Message

It's official: September is here.  My morning routine is once again filled with lunch boxes and school uniforms, back packs, and gym shoes.  It's hard to believe that summer is almost over.   Many of us are wives and mothers, employees and bosses.  We are caring for ageing relatives and young children at the same time.  It is all too easy to get swept away in the whirlwind and urgency of responsibilities.  How do we make space and time for the things that are truly important?


This year, the Rockford Network of Professional Women is focusing on transformational change.  We are seeking out ways to be intentional about who we are, what we do, and how we can impact our communities.  If we step back from our busy lives and really think about what we want our selves, our businesses, and our communities to look like, what could we achieve?  What's possible?


Our first gathering this year is the September Kickoff on September 17th in the banquet space of Sam's Ristorante on Riverside.  I encourage you to register early, and come for a delicious dinner and an evening of networking with amazing women.  The program committee will reveal the lineup of presenters for the year, and we've been known to have a bit of fun too!


I can't wait to see how we grow this year.  Is there something you've always wanted to do but never had the courage?  Is there a habit that you need to leave behind but keep procrastinating on?  My hope is that this year is the year we all develop the courage to make those kinds of changes.  Will you join me on this journey?




Michelle Bowman, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

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Member News

RNPW New Meeting Location (beginning in October 2018)

RNPW will be meeting in a new location beginning with the October meeting!  Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club at 5151 Guilford Road.  


Advertising Opportunity - Showcase your business to RNPW members and prospective members!  Choose from a monthly option in the RNPW newsletter and 24/7 on the for $12 or  $100 per year.  For more information, email Sue at 


A reminder to previous advertisers - to renew for the new RNPW year, you will need to log in as a member and enter payment information.


Rock House Kids Streets and Sweets Fundraiser - We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 4th at Radisson Hotel and Conference Center from 6-9 pm for a great fundraising event! Super hors d'oeuvres and desserts, along with a great silent auction, music and raffle will be made available. Performances by our very own Mime, Dance, and Puppet teams will be very entertaining! Tickets are only $35 each. Sponsorships and tables are still available but we close all ticket sales by September 25th. For more information please contact our office at 815-962-5067 or email us at 

We look forward to seeing YOU there!     

The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford will hold its annual Hike For Life on Saturday, September 15 at 9:30 am at Midway Village Walking Path. This family-friendly event will have an easy one-mile hike, live music by Olivia Dvorak, bounce house, children’s games, local mascots, and amazing food from local businesses. All are welcome, and registration is $25 for individuals or $50 for a family! Register online at


UIU-Rockford Center to host 10th Anniversary Open House October 4

For 10 years, Upper Iowa University (UIU) - Rockford Center has been providing its students an Education Built for Life. In honor of the Center’s 10th anniversary, UIU will host an open house on Thursday, October 4. The public event will be held from 5-7 p.m. In addition to Center tours, those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments will be served following a short 5:30 p.m. program.

For additional information UIU-Rockford Center Anniversary Open House, call 815-332-1414. The UIU-Rockford Center is located at 1161 Tebala Blvd. in Rockford, Illinois.


The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor  announces that the AATH Midwest Chapter meeting will be on Sept 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  This meeting is co-sponsored by the Rockford YMCA  LIVESTRONG program and will be held at the YMCA Northeast Branch at 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park IL 61111-7800.  Jennifer Keith, AATH 2018 conference chair will share information on our upcoming AATH conference in Chicago on April 3-7, 2019.  Our speaker will be Susan Young who will share SHIFT, SHED, & SHINE . . . Your Go-To Guide for Resilience in Times of Change.  Join Rockford Network members, Kelly Epperson, Kathy Velasco, Stacy Wallace, Kate Stewart and Mary Kay Morrison for this inspiring and free event. RSVP to the AATH office (815) 708-6587 or contact Mary Kay Morrison 


Michelle Bowman of Edward Jones Receives
Accredited Asset Management Specialist® Designation

Michelle Bowman of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Rockford has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist®.

Bowman successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist, or AAMS®, Professional Education Program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam, and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the AAMS® designation.


Retreat:  Intentionally manifest your dreams and discover how to live your dream life every single day. Learn how to release what is holding you back from fully going for what you want personally and professionally. Join KELLY EPPERSON SIMMONS for a full-day immersion on September 22, the Fall Equinox, the day of "perfect balance," Imagine a life that feels balanced, peaceful, and joyful. Learn the tools to activate your dreams into fruition.

This one day experiential retreat will ignite your belief in your dreams again. We will discover, release, and embrace. Full day, ALL-INCLUSIVE: You get all workshop materials, lunch and dinner, PLUS a Fire Ceremony to anchor the day and amplify our intentions.

What do you desire? Love? Money? Career Satisfaction? Healing? It's time to CREATE YOUR LIFE.

Saturday, Sept 22

10 am - 7pm

Private Residence (5 min from I-90/Riverside Exit) Address given upon completed registration. $97. 
Space is limited. Sign up now and tell a friend!



Understanding Healthcare Rules and Regulations for SeniorsMedicare 411 cordially invites you to be our guest at a presentation by Jean Llamas explaining why families need professional assistance to make informed decisions regarding healthcare rules and regulations concerning aging adults. Jean will explain the functions of a care manager and a healthcare advocate.

Jean Llamas is president and owner of Care Navigators, Inc. She has 21 years of experience as an RN in a hospital setting. Jean founded Care Navigators after seeing, from all angles, a disturbing gap in healthcare. The System is so complex that navigating it requires expert help.

Please RSVP with the number of persons who will attend.
By phone: 815-329-6937
By email:


Mystery in the 815 a dinner theater event benefiting Agrace Hospice Care

Dont miss this amazing evening on Oct. 6th at Giovanni's from 6-10 pm.  This Mystery Theater, written about Rockford in the 1920's will have guest appearences by Mayor McNamara aka Dillinger and Chairman Haney aka Capone!  A full Dinner, butlered appitizers, silent auction, mystery, mayhem and intrigue are all part of this event.  Please dress in 1920's garb!  It is going to be a fun filled evening for a great cause.

To register call 815-394-2544 or cost is 75.00 per person or 600.00 for a table of 8 or 750.00 for a VIP table of 10.  Sign up today , space is limitted!


Did you know?



RNPW Mission Statement

Rockford Network of Professional Women exists to encourage professional and personal growth for all women through education, mentorship, and networking in order to serve one another and our community.

Core Values
1. Hospitality
2. Inclusivity
3. Relational
4. Respectful
5. Inspirational
6. Positivty
7. Empowering
8. Growth



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Website Tips and Tricks

What has gone on this summer in your life? career?  Share any updates in your member profile so that members are able to view your most updated information in the member directory (member-only benefit).  ADD or UPDATE YOUR PICTURE, update your bio information with accomplishments, passions, inspirations, and anything else that you want the members to know about you and your business -- you are in control of your profile information.

Go to the Member Area tab on the left side of the website menu bars; LogIn (click forgot password and a new one will be sent to your primary email that is in your profile); click "Member Information Editor"; Update; Upload; Upsell as needed.

If any further help is needed or suggestions to be offered, please email for assistance.



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Calendar of Events

September Kick-Off Reception

September 17, 2018
5:30 PM CDT - 7:30 PM CDT


Sam's Ristorante
6075 East Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61114


To Register:  Register Here

We will be adding a "Linen Closet" drive to the September Kickoff.  The organization that the items are going to is One Body Collaboratives.  The soft household goods are given to families who have experienced a displacement.  The items that we are asking people to bring are new or gently used: Sheet sets (all sizes), Blankets and Comforters, and Bath Towels.  This is a great way to look at our own linen closets and decide what we don't need that someone else can put to use!


If you go to and then click on the Day of Compassion 2018 you can see the full list via pdf. 


Your donations will be greatly appreciated!

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Welcome New Members

As we look forward to our 37th year in 2018-2019, we are appreciative for the 145 members that ended our fiscal year June 2018!  

Thank you to our membership that have been members for years and continually help in recruiting and encouraging other women to become part of this wonderful organziation!  Thank you also to many newer members that also felt so strongly about the impact of our organization that they too encouraged others to join!  That is a testament to the mission and vision of RNPW.

While we have been on "summer break"  and preparing for the new program season, 49 members have renewed during July and August!  For those that have not renewed, please do so NOW so that you can continue to enjoy the programming and member benefits of RNPW.  If you have not received your renewal email, you may contact with help of renewing.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS in June - August 2018

Rena Chairez, Account Manager
Brian Pinkstaff Insurance and Financial

Nicole Didier, Campus Life Director
Stateline Youth for Christ

Honorable Donna Honzel, Judge
17th Judicial Circuit Court of IL

Lanza Jeaneil, Director of Human Resources
MembersAlliance Credit Union

Nancy Jenkins, Director of Major Gifts
United Way of Rock River Valley

Mary Maxted, Broker
Keller Willams Realty Signature

Angela Schmidt, Board Certified Coach

Lisa Schickert Smith, Owner/Designer
Lisa Schickert Smith Designs

Holly Squicciarini, Financial Advisor
Raymond James & Associates

Dr. Meghan Teske, Chiropractor
Monson Chiropractic Clinic

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Thank you for reading!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome!


Sue Snyder

Communications Chair, Rockford Network of Professional Women

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