June 2016 rockfordnetwork.orgKim Millhorn2015-2016RNPW President“What we call thebeginning is often theend. And to makean end is to make abeginning.The end iswhere we start from.”–T.S. Eliot,The Little GiddingI joined Rockford Network in 2010 notreally thinking about becoming seriouslyinvolved in the organization. I thought I wouldattend a few meetings and hoped to make somenew business contacts. I did not realize howimportant Rockford Network would becometo me.A year later, in 2011, after twenty-eightyears of marriage, I became a single womanand a new world of possibilities opened upfor me. Suddenly I could make new friends,have a social life and rediscover who I was,and Rockford Network became part of thatawakening. I became active with the ProgramsCommittee and found myself really involvedin Rockford Network. I was also beginningto understand that Rockford Network wasunique for the variety of member and I beganto appreciate that.In 2011, I moved to Rockford from DeKalband lived downtown in a rental property, butafter two years, I tired of the urban setting andcraved living in a house, in a neighborhood witha yard. I thought I needed to make a drasticchange and seriously considered moving toanother part of the U.S. However, after severalmonths of soul searching I realized that I likedRockford and I didn’t want to leave my job, mynew found friends nor my social life.Rockford Network had become an anchorfor me and a few close friends convinced methat I should stay. I bought a house and beganto explore more of the community. RockfordNetwork meetings became essential and Ibecame a regular attendee.I was honored when Jan Bowman asked meto be Vice-President for the 2014-2015 year. Ihad little understanding of the responsibilitiesthat I would assume when I became president soI met with Jan on several occasions and learnedwhat I could. But as the saying goes, “there isno better experience than life experience.” AsPresident these past months I’ve learned a lotabout ‘the team,’ communicating with the teamand steering the team in a positive direction.Overall, I believe it’s been a good year.I feel confident that Rockford Network willcontinue to grow and improve. I am gratefulfor the committed and hard working group ofpeople that volunteered. Each one has made acontribution that will help us move forward.That being said, we are losing severalimportant members that are relocating andstepping down for changes in their personallives or careers. Those people will be greatlymissed and we have a new team stepping inthat will shape the future of Rockford Network.I plan on remaining active and assistingwith committees and attending meetings.I’m looking forward to having more time atmeetings to meet people and discover what wehave in common and what makes us unique.Rockford Network is truly a ‘network’ ofvariety and the variety of our membershipoffers anyone who cares to take the time a greatmix of women of various ages, backgroundsand experiences.I hope you will attend the final RockfordNetwork meeting on June 20th as we celebrateRenaissance Across the Generations withJessica Steinberg, Sr. Manager of Operationsfor the Rockford Park District. We invite youto bring a friend, relative, colleague or mentor.Also, at this meeting we will be electing newofficers of the board. There will be a changingof the guard and some new names and faceswill be introduced for the coming 2016-2017year.I thank you all for the opportunity to serveas president.
2rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.orgJoin us at the Chamber’s Women inBusiness LuncheonThe Annual Rockford Chamber of Commerce “Women inBusiness Expo and Luncheon” will be held Thursday, June 23from 10 am – 1:15 pm at Giovanni’s. This year’s luncheon featuresa panel of local women who are business owners leading diversebusiness segments. This interactive session will feature note-worthydialogue, accounts of growing pains and other stories along theirown pathway to success. The panel includes Jennifer Anderson,President of Anderson Environmental and Engineering Co.,Stephanie Koch, Owner of Mary’s Market, and RNPW MemberKathy Velasco, President of V2 Marketing Communications.The event features the popular expo showcasing many womanowned businesses. The expo starts at 10 am and runs up to lunchat noon. RNPW will be staffing a booth for the organization, sostop by and say hello!The luncheon will conclude with the announcement of the2016 award winners. This year, Rockford Network is pleased tonominate Jody Booher, Partner-Attorney with Barrick, Switzer,Long, Balsey & Van Evera LLP for the Woman Business Leaderof Tomorrow. In addition to her membership in the WinnebagoCounty Bar Association, she is a committee member of HealingPathways’ Bow Tie March 5k and a member of the WinnebagoBoone Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee.Please plan to join us at this luncheon to support our nominee.If you would like to sit at the Rockford Network table, pleasereserve your seat at rockfordchamber.com and indicate in thenotes section that you would like to sit with RNPW. Cost is 45/person, pre-registered.Elections in JuneRockford Network of Professional Women will be holdingofficer elections for the 2016-2017 year at the June 20th meeting.The Nominating Committee is pleased to propose the followingslate for consideration:President – Karen KellerNational Accounts,Professional Graphics, Inc.Vice President – Tiffany StamanExecutive Director,Pregnancy Care CenterSecretary – Jocelyn HareOffice Manager,ServPro of RockfordTreasurer – Vicki ToepferBusiness Management Consultant,Above and Beyond Associates!Rockford Network of Professional Women Board of Directors 2015-2016PresidentKim Millhorn - email@example.comCommunicationsKathy Velasco - firstname.lastname@example.orgVice PresidentKaren Keller - email@example.comHistoryRobin Mann - firstname.lastname@example.orgSecretaryTiffany Staman - email@example.comEventsGreta Spencer - firstname.lastname@example.orgTreasurerJocelyn Hare - email@example.comMembership Co-ChairsDolores Ford - firstname.lastname@example.orgHolly Friel - email@example.comAppointmentsKay King - firstname.lastname@example.orgAwards Co-ChairsTonya Thayer - email@example.comJanet Nordquist - firstname.lastname@example.orgPolicyBarb Giolitto - email@example.comProgram Co-ChairsDiane James - firstname.lastname@example.orgDeanna Watts - email@example.comPublic RelationsLindsey Gregg - firstname.lastname@example.orgReservations Co-ChairsCheryl Schmidt email@example.comMariah Anast - ole Potter - firstname.lastname@example.orgPast PresidentJan Bowman - email@example.com
rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.org3The 2016-2017 Board of Directors has also been recruited and arestarting to work on the new year. They are:AppointmentsPublic RelationsMichelle BowmanFinancial Advisor,Edward JonesLindsey GreggOwner,Peak Medical Home CareAwardsReservationsJen ReisingerFinancial Advisor,Edward JonesJanice BartikSpecial Events Coordinator,Coronado & BMO HarrisBank CenterandCheryl SchmidtPresident,Healthcare Revenue SolutionsCommunicationsSue SnyderSales,Rockford Map PublishersandNewsletter Graphics,Jennifer EganCreative Director,Jen Egan DesignHistoryRobin MannIndependent Consultant,Pampered ChefMembershipDiane JamesDirector of Development,Members Alliance Credit UnionandDeanna WattsCorporate Travel Manager,Camelot World TravelPolicyBarb GiolittoBrand Partner,Nerium Skin CareProgramsMaureen SolversonPromotional Sales Marketing,American Solutions for BusinessandKarla LombardoSales/Marketing,Colorwave GraphicsScholarshipDorothy ReddicEducational Consultant,Zion Michael EnterpriseSpecial EventsJan BowmanCo-Owner,TLC ConstructionandKay KingMarketing Representative,ServPro of RockfordPast PresidentKim MillhornSenior Account ExecutiveWIFR-TV/CBSLoosen up!If you’ve tried traditional physical therapy or massagetherapy, medications or even surgery to address recurringpain without relief–it’s time to look pain in the fascia!Effective for: Fibromyalgia Chronic & AcutePain Back & NeckPain TMJ Headaches Scoliosis Carpal Tunnel Disc Problems Arthritis Women’s HealthIssues Incontinence Whiplash Sports InjuriesMarla MongeLMT, NCTMBGosia ZasadnyPTMost Insurance and Medicare AcceptedBrynwood Myofascial Therapy, LLC6072 Brynwood Dr., Suite 102815 904-6163www.brynwoodmyofascial.com
Renaissance Acrossthe GenerationsMonday June 20, 2016 11:30 amForest Hills Country Club5135 Forest Hills Rd. Rockford, ILCost is 18/person, 20 for walk-ins.Cash or check only, please.To make your reservations:Call 977-7477or go torockfordnetwork.organd click on “Make Reservation” buttonon the homepage.Reservation deadline: 5:00 pm,Thursday, June 16Please note: No-shows will be billed.4rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.orgMark Your Calendars Now!June 20th Luncheon MeetingRenaissance Across the GenerationsJoin us for a special presentation by Jessica Steinberg, SeniorManager of Operations for the Rockford Park District. Find yourfun whether 2 or 102. Helping people enjoy life with a plethora ofactivities and attractions in our community is something everyoneshould be able to do. There is always something to do with yourdaughter, mother, grandmother or any special woman in your life inthe Rockford region. Please bring your mentor or mentoree to lunch!Welcome New Members!Lea Evers, Financial AdvisorEdward JonesP: (815) 623-8966E: firstname.lastname@example.orgLori Rigotti, Personal Sales RepresentativeLiberty Mutual InsuranceP: (779) 772-2793E: Lori.Rigotti@libertymutual.comA safe refuge forRockford’s youth.1325 7th Street, Rockford, IL 61104815-962-5067 Fax 815-962-5651www.rockhousekids.orgimagine.what we can do together. advertising mixed media marketing campaigns traditional print interactive audio visual production campaign/client supportV2 Marketing Communications220 East State Street, Suite G Rockford, Illinois 61104p: 815.397.6052 f: 815.397.6799 marketingV2.comHost an International Exchange StudentInternational Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) has promoted amore peaceful world by advancing international awareness andcultural understanding to thousands of exchange studentsfrom all over the world.Have you ever thought of being a Host Family? It’s a veryrewarding experience for everyone in the home/family.Call Karla Hardman at 815-980-0891 to learn more.
rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.org5Member NewsRockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc. (RSAC) will behosting its 8th Annual Golf on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 atAldeen Golf Club. Registration Includes: Continental Breakfast,Welcome-Goodie Bag, Range Practice prior to the event, 18Holes of Golf including Cart, Lunch provided by GraystoneGrill featuring a Taco Bar and much, much more! Also featuredfor additional purchase: Morning Bloody Mary Bar, On coursebeverages and snack service, Mulligans, Numerous raffle prizeswith all proceeds going to RSAC including a 4 pack of 1 day parkhopper passes to Disney World, and 50-50 Raffle. Melissa Jones,melissajonesRSAC@gmail.com.Rock House Kids invites you to a Ribbon Cutting/Open Houseon June 20 from 11:30 a – 1:00 p to celebrate the opening of theirnew playground area. Join us afterwards for refreshments and toursof our facility at 1325 Seventh Street. RSVP to Barb Seaworth,815-962-5067 or email email@example.com.Plan to attend “Loving Miss Lily” a dynamic, educationalopportunity for families, community members and professionalsto receive answers on dementia-related issues. Two sessions willbe held on Wed. June 15 from 1:00-3:00p and from 5:00-7:00pat the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main Street.Presented by Marilyn Woelke, MAG, LMSW and Linda Gilman,MS, LPC of Geri-Ed Services. Registration is required. Call 847462-0885 or email Events@Elderwerks.comIt’s not too late to join us THIS Sat., June 4 for 100 Men WhoCook & Brew, Rockford’s ultimate food fest Beginning at 6:00 p,the doors open to the Craft Brew Tasting Lounge. Enjoy samplesof favorites and new craft brews and visit with those who know allabout brewing! Doors open for the Chef ’s Tasting Extravaganzaand other activities at 6:30 p.m. 100 Men Who Cook & Brewis a community-wide event. Local chefs include talented kitchenfoodies, backyard grillers and professional chefs who share the loveof cooking and have the talent to prove it! They all have anotherthing in common as they come together to benefit the ongoingwork of The Literacy Council, a local nonprofit organization.Call (815) 963-7323 x12 to purchase tickets or go to -Who-Cook.MEDICAL HOMECAREPeak Medical Home Care IncorporatedProviding compassionate one-on-one health care inthe comfort of your home.Lindsey Gregg, Owner435 N. Mulford Road, Suite 7 Rockford, IL 61107(815) 398-1333 www.peakmedicalhomecare.com
6rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.orgRNPW Educational ScholarshipAwardedThe Scholarship Committee ofRockford Network of ProfessionalWomen is pleased to announce ourrecipient for the 2016 Scholarship,Robbin Snodgrass. From thecommittee:“Not only were we impressedwith her application on paper, but shewalked into the room for our faceto-face interviews with a tenaciousenergy and was so enthusiastic tomeet everyone – it put a smile onour faces. She may have been busyworking at Rock Valley College, andScholarship Recipientleading a ladies group at church, andRobbin Snodgrassworking as a Trustee for the Villageof Machesney Park, and being a part of the Leadership RockfordProgram, and a Rockford Chamber Ambassador, and being a wife,a mother, and a mentor to her granddaughter, BUT that wasn’tenough! She decided that after 50 years of life, 33 years of marriage,and with the support of her husband and family she was going togo back to school for a Bachelors of Applied Psychology at JudsonUniversity. With her degree she hopes to focus on helping women,specifically young widows or working with a Pregnancy Center. Weare pleased to honor the 2016 Rockford Network of ProfessionalWomen Scholarship Recipient, Robbin Snodgrass.Many thanks to all our members and friends who donated,attended, and helped plan the Professional Development Day.The money raised from this event helps to keep this ScholarshipFund alive. Thanks especially to the Scholarship Committee fortheir dedication to the selection process: Chair Nicole Potter andmembers Sandra Chu, Dianna Cole, Courtney Geiger, AudraMoncur, Lisa Radant, Dorothy Reddic, Pamela Timmons, LoriWallace, and Marla Wilson.
7rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.orgFrom our May MeetingDenise Purvis, Mona AmesDiane James, Sandy Dingus, Maureen SolversonLisa Loudin, Judith Loudin, Kelly Epperson SimmonsRobin MannNicole Potter, Scholarship Recipient Robbin Snodgrass, Kim MilhornSue Snyder, Robin HolzwarthRisba SmithNadya Opri, Mary Anna JohnsonToni Stickles, Melissa JonesBeth Mead, Greta Spencer
8rockfordnetworknews rockfordnetwork.orgNew “Name Badge” PolicyJust a quick update on a change of policy regarding the officialRNPW Member name badges. The past two years, we have hadthe name badges available for you to pick up at the luncheonsand then drop off before you leave. However, the sheer numberof badges is making that difficult. So, starting in September eachmember will be responsible for keeping and bringing their ownbadge. The initial badge was purchased by the organization aspart of your membership, but if you should lose your badge andrequest a second, the cost will be your responsibility.At the June meeting, we are asking each member to takehome their own badge and start bringing it with them comeSeptember.Network News is written and designed by V2 Marketing Communications and printed by Midwest Mailworks.5411 E. State St. PMB #306Rockford, IL 61108rockfordnetwork of professional women
Kim Millhorn 2015-2016. RNPW President. I joined Rockford Network in 2010 not . really thinking about becoming seriously involved in the organization. I thought I would attend a few meetings and hoped to make some new business contacts. I did not realize how important Rockford Network woul