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May 2020 RNPW Newsletter Print

President's Message

Stephen Covey said, “if there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.” As we continue to push through the health pandemic, businesses are having to continuously adjust and respond. There is a shift to digital and online marketing, remote work environments (and school environments), and meetings are now via video conferencing. Living and dining rooms have become co-working spaces, more interior and exterior home projects are being completed, and people are reconnecting with loved ones and friends virtually. As we take the road to recovery, and “normal-life” returns, Rockford Network looks forward to continuing to support its members and their businesses.

“When there’s change, there’s opportunity” - Jack Welch

The board of directors will continue to adjust our programming for the safety of our guests and members. Instead of our normal luncheon, we will continue our “Power of a Tribe” series on May 18th as a free webinar/video conference. Debbie Holcomb will share insights to Knowing Your Worth in the Tribe. Plus, we will be introducing the deserving woman of this year’s scholarship! Registration is available through our website.




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Member News and Events

Altruize and March of Dimes Partner

to Help Students

Altruize, an app that enables volunteers to control and verify their volunteer data without paperwork, is honored to collaborate with the March of Dimes to relieve some of the anxiety and burden affecting students who need verified volunteer time.  Many students had internships and volunteer opportunities in place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The goal for these students was to help their communities while also being able to advance their skill-set, checkout career options, and increase their chances for college admission and scholarship funds.  The vast majority of these opportunities have been canceled or severely delayed which has led to increased anxiety among students. 

"When Nicole (Altruize’s Founder) reached out to let me know that students are facing struggles fulfilling their service hours and are having trouble finding opportunities, we recognized that the March of Dimes could meet this need by asking students to help make cloth mask coverings.  We could meet the students’ needs and the students could help us meet a community need through this initiative. The use of the Altruize app will help us track and verify those efforts, so the students can prove their impact." states Patricia Gentry, March of Dimes Director - Volunteer Engagement and Mobilization.

March of Dimes is excited to lead the way to verify the efforts made by students who make cloth mask coverings and send the masks to their holding facility.   “This is a great opportunity for students who are still in need of volunteer and community service hours whether for graduation requirements or for scholarship applications and college admissions.”  Says, Nicole Sdao, Founder/CEO of Altruize.  “To have an organization like the March of Dimes verify the students’ volunteer time is very impressive to college admission officials and scholarship boards.  The hours will be logged and verified, all through the Altruize App so no matter where you live you can have a huge impact on the health and safety of those affected by COVID-19.”

For more information on how you can help visit

March of Dimes is a 501-C3 not-for-profit organization.  With prematurity has the #1 killer of babies in the United States, it is the March of Dimes’ mission to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to prematurity, the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them.

LetsTHRIVE360’s Purpose Statement

We help people be better, intentionally. Our mission is simple. Create a better world through technology that empowers people to be intentional about helping each other. Tell a better story. Live a better life. 

Here to Help:  COVID-19


Are you concerned about the environmental health of your business or workplace during this COVID-19 crisis?  SERVPRO of Rockford is Here to Help!  We have the processes, procedures, products and equipment to assure our customers of the highest standards of cleaning to meet their needs.  Our staff is fully trained and certified for cleaning in any biological conditions, including COVID-19. 

Our products meet the EPA approval for this virus. 

Please feel free to call us with your questions or concerns.

Here to Help!


Some Feel Good Stories that have come out of the Corona Virus Pandemic.

1.  A guy in Detroit stood outside a gas station and paid for $900 in gas for nurses.  Then a random woman who heard about it showed up and pitched in another $200.

2.  The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame is selling a DR. FAUCI bobblehead to raise money for more personal protective gear for hospitals.

3.  The Prime Minister of Ireland was a doctor before he got into politics.  Now he's practicing medicine again, one day a week just to help out.

4.  A brewery in Brooklyn is selling a new IPA called "All Together" beer to raise money for employees.  They shared the recipe and label art online, so other breweries could use it.  Now hundreds of breweries all over the world are using it to do the same thing.

5.  Around 100 people in Alabama organized a drive-by birthday party for a woman who was turning 100 years old.  It was so big, the fire department offered to block off roads.

6.  A guy in Illinois helped create a new "isolation unit" that lets patients breathe without spreading the virus.  He also happens to be a groundwater expert who helped save the kids who got stuck in a cave in Thailand two years ago. 





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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.

2019 - 2020 Theme: The Power of a Tribe

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.


May's meeting is a FREE virtual meeting - May 18, 2020 - Know your Worth in the Tribe

May 18, 2020
11:30 AM CDT - 1:00 PM CDT
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May's meeting is a FREE virtual event featuring Debbie Holcomb  - Certified Shadow Work® Coach and facilitator living in Rockford, Illinois.

Debbie works at Gracing Experience, which she co-founded in 2005, where she specialises in emotional and spiritual growth facilitation. She is also co-founder of the Woman Revealed weekend for Christian women, in operation since 2006.

Topic: Rockford Network - May Luncheon
Time: May 18, 2020 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Thank you for reading!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome!


Jeaneil Lanza

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Communications Chair, Rockford Network of Professional Women

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