April 19, 2011 - EWI San Antonio


April 19, 2011 - EWI San Antonio
April 2011
Letter from the President
HAPPY FIESTA! I hope that you have had an opportunity to celebrate
with our city during this festive time. With over 100 events I am sure you
were able to find something that you and your family could enjoy. Much
energy surrounds the month of April; with the beginning of spring, Fiesta
and Easter there is so much to refresh your soul and revitalize your spirit.
I would love to have one of your company pins and ask that you save one
for me to add to my sash!
In the spirit of this season, EWI® of San Antonio had the privilege of
sharing in some fun time with the children at the Davidson Respite House. On April 10th, we
hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for about 20 special little ones. They loved hunting for eggs and
decorating pink cupcakes! I know I speak for all those present when I say, “My heart was
rejuvenated by interacting with these children who were so full of life”!
Another great event we have this month is our Executive Recognition Luncheon on April 21 , at
the UIW Rosenberg Sky Room. We will honor one of our six nominated executives with the
“Executive Excellence Award”: Charlie Amato (SWBC), Ken Batchelor (Batchelor Cadillac),
Robert Egger (SSFCU), William Eugene (Gene) Powell (Bitterblue, Inc.), Dr. Ricardo
Romo (UTSA), and Kenneth P. Trevett (TX Biomedical Research). The nominees listed
have each been a great supporter of our organization and I hope you will encourage your
executive to attend and take part in this celebration.
We will have a Silent Auction with some great items at our April meeting and on May 14 we
will be hosting a “Rummage Sale”. Proceeds from both of these events will go towards our
B/C/DP Scholarship Program. Denise Cross, representing Arthur Pfeil Smart Flowers, Inc. and
her committee are doing a fabulous job this year with some creative fundraising. Way to go
I would like to welcome our newest representatives: Melinda Nail, representing the University of
the Incarnate Ward and Emily Kopecky, representing Omni La Mansion del Rio. We look
forward to your membership and I know you will find EWI of San Antonio to be a valuable
networking resource.
In Service,
Monica Garza
Representing the YMCA of Greater San Antonio
San Antonio Chapter Monthly Newsletter
April 2011
Executive Women International® brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the
purpose of:
Promoting Member Firms
Enhancing Personal and Professional Development
Encouraging Community Involvement
To be the leading connection for business professionals
Membership Meeting Notice
Executive Recognition Luncheon
Thursday, April 21, 2011
University of the Incarnate Word – Rosenberg Sky Room
847 E. Hildebrand Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212
Phone: 210.805.5805
April Board Meeting Notice
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
D.R. Semmes Family YMCA
3233 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212
May Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2011
May Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
D. R. Semmes Family YMCA
3233 N. St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, Texas 78212
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San Antonio Chapter Monthly Newsletter
April 2011
Monique Johnson
Security Service Federal Credit Union
By Jan Bennett Steger, Contributing Writer
Monique Johnson became a new representative in EWI representing Security Service Federal Credit Union in
February, 2011. She attended both Southern University and Park University.
Monique is the Assistant Service Center Manager at the Bandera Road location in Boerne where her duties consist
of mainly financial management. SSFCU was founded as a not-for-profit credit union to serve the needs of
members of the US Air Force, but it has grown now into serving 825,000 members.
There are currently 70 SSFCU locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. There are 11 members in the center where
Monique works for Cristi Williams, Assistant Vice President, but there are approximately 4,000 total employees in
the overall company.
Monique enjoys her job very much – she is passionate about helping people and inspiring her employees to be their
very best, and, luckily for her, SSFCU gives her that opportunity.
Monique has worked at the credit union for six years. She was born in New Orleans, but she got to Texas as quickly
as she could relocate to San Antonio in 1999. She is married with two children, and if that isn’t enough
responsibility, she enjoys speaking publically. She belongs to Sophisticated Speakers Toastmasters organization.
Monique is excited about joining EWI, and she hopes to learn new leadership practices along with sharing her line of
business by networking with other professional women she meets within EWI.
Please find Monique at our next meeting to introduce yourself to her – she’ll be watching for you.
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April 2011
Melinda Nail
Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel
By Diane Flack, Contributing Writer
Our chapter’s second representative for the University of the Incarnate Word, Melinda Nail, is the Administrative
Assistant to the Vice President for International Affairs, Marcos Fragoso. She is a UIW graduate where she earned
a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Development. Melinda also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in
Business Administration from San Antonio College, and a Dental Hygiene Certification from UT Health Science
Melinda joined UIW in December after working in the H-E-B Corporate Office for 13 years. She enjoys sharing the
history of the university, which was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. UIW is the
largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. She is very happy to be a
part of UIW and will strive to follow the Core Values of the Mission of UIW.
Core Values of the Mission of UIW:
o Faith
Commitment to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God
o Service
Emphasis on social justice and community service
o Innovation Effective service to the spiritual and material needs of people
o Truth
Support of one another in the search for and the communication of truth
o Education Desire to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens
Originally from Brownsville, Melinda has lived in San Antonio for the past 20 years and is a “huge fan of South Padre
Island.” She is a single mom of 13-year-old Jason and also has an older sister and brother living in San Antonio.
Her hobbies include visiting the beach at the aforementioned South Padre; swimming; bike-riding and movie-going
with Jason. She loves to dance and also sings with her guitar-playing sister at weddings, retreats and family
events. She has previously participated in the Women’s ACTS Retreat Team as a member of the music ministry.
Melinda is thrilled to be joining EWI, and anticipates becoming more involved in the community and developing great
relationships with her EWI sisters. She looks forward to using her many gifts and talents for the benefit of EWI and
the San Antonio community. With mentors like Damita Pape, UIW and Gloria Eastwood, H-E-B, she undoubtedly
will accomplish her goals.
We all welcome Melinda to EWI San Antonio!
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April 2011
Emily Kopecky
Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel
By Margaret Woods, Contributing Writer
Emily Judith Kopecky was born in Rochester, Minnesota. She moved to San Antonio to attend Trinity University and
has lived here for six years.
Emily is presently Business Travel Sales Manager for Omni La Mansion del Rio and the Mokara Hotel & Spa. She
enjoys the challenge of finding new accounts and establishing long lasting relationships with her clients. In addition
she works on special projects for Omni. The Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel opened its doors in 1968 and was
purchased by Omni in 2006. Omni Hotels currently has about 45 properties in its growing portfolio.
Emily says although she is not married, she has a wonderful family and a great boyfriend. She has a younger
brother who is in college at Depauw in Indiana and a sister in grad school at Drexel in Philadelphia. Her parents still
live in Rochester, where her dad is a cardiologist and her mother a nurse.
In her spare time Emily enjoys practicing yoga, Bikram Yoga is her favorite. (Way too hot for me!!) She enjoys
cooking and experimenting with new recipes. Emily loves to travel and her most memorable trip to date was on a
safari in Africa. She is currently planning a vacation to Europe this summer, where she will travel to Belgium,
London and Paris.
Emily looks forward to meeting and working with everyone in EWI and becoming more involved in the community.
Please join me in welcoming Emily Kopecky to our EWI family.
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April 2011
Susie Salazar (St. Mary’s University) has
received her Masters of Public
Administration from St. Mary’s University
On behalf of EWI San Antonio Chapter, we
congratulate Susie and wish her all the best
in her future career and life endeavors!
Barbara Johnson – Sustaining Member (1st)
Bobbye Scott – HOLT CAT (5th)
Mitzi Pearson – Morton’s The Steakhouse (16th)
Debbie Saldaña – H-E-B (25th)
Carolyn Wallace – Spurs Sports & Entertainment (25th)
The nominating committee needs your help! It’s time
to start the process of “slating” next year’s officers to
serve on the Board with our President Elect, Debbie
Please return your straw ballot and questionnaire to
Nominating Committee Chair Vicki Chapman as soon
as possible, but not later than Friday, May 6, 2011.
Completed forms may be returned by e-mail to:
[email protected] or faxed to: 210-321-7543.
Ways & Means
Needs your help for the Upcoming fundraiser for EWISP &
ASIST Scholarships: May 14 – EWI Rummage Sale
Marmon Mok Architecture
University of the Incarnate Word
VIA Metropolitan Transit
Whataburger Restaurants, LP
You Name It Specialties
(15 years)
(11 years)
(4 years)
(1 year)
(1 year)
(1 year)
Don't delay . . . start your spring cleaning today, in
support of the EWI Rummage Sale the 14th of May.
Gather up your "trash to treasures" and mark your best
offer; for a 50/50 split to help you and the EWI scholarship
If you have items to donate to the Silent Auction please
contact Denise Cross at [email protected] and start
saving your items to donate to the EWI garage sale
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April 2011
King Antonio LXXXIX, William F. Mitchell,
Delia A. Guajardo (U.S. Military Veterans Parade Association) and Rey Feo LXIII, Bill Drain
“AUEDA PINATAS IN THE BARRIO 2011 Poster Unveiling at the Guadalupe Theater”
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April 2011
-- The World’s Greatest Female Basketball Players to Showcase
Talent for Fans --
NEW YORK and SAN ANTONIO, March 3, 2011 – The San Antonio Silver Stars will host the 2011 WNBA All-Star
Game in San Antonio for the first time in franchise history, the league announced today during a special press
conference held at AT&T Center. WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown, Spurs
Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Frank Miceli, Silver Stars Director of Business
Operations Russell Warren, Silver Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes, and Bexar County Judge
Nelson Wolff were among those who participated in the announcement.
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally televised on ABC on Saturday, July 23, at 3:30pm ET (2:30pm CT).
“As we celebrate the league’s 15th season, we’re thrilled to bring the WNBA All-Star Game to San Antonio for the first
time and have the Silver Stars and AT&T Center serve as our hosts,” said Brown. “We look forward to showcasing
the extraordinary talent of our world-class players, and providing the community with an incredible fan and family
friendly event.”
“We are thrilled that San Antonio was selected as the host city for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. It is truly an honor
for Spurs Sports & Entertainment and the AT&T Center to welcome the world's greatest female basketball players to
our city this July,” said Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations Rick Pych. “This will be
a great opportunity for San Antonio's passionate sports fans to witness and enjoy first hand the WNBA All-Star
experience, Texas style! We welcome the opportunity to showcase this premier sporting event here in San Antonio
as well as to those that will be watching across the country and around the world."
Individual tickets will be available to the general public at all San Antonio Ticketmaster locations, including by phone
at (210) 225-TEAM, or online at ticketmaster.com or sasilverstars.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the AT&T
Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekend event days starting at 10
a.m. or by calling 210-444-5090.
Last year, the WNBA hosted a special midseason showcase, “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun,” in
Uncasville, Conn. Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky was named MVP after scoring a game-high 23 points on 9 for
11 shooting from the field and grabbing eight rebounds as the U.S. National Team beat the WNBA All-Stars 99-72.
The game was part of a four-day training camp for the U.S. squad, comprised almost entirely of WNBA players,
which was preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic.
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July 14, 1999
July 17, 2000
July 16, 2001
July 15, 2002
July 12, 2003
July 9, 2005
July 12, 2006
July 15, 2007
July 25, 2009
Madison Square Garden (New York)
America West Arena (Phoenix)
TD Waterhouse Centre (Orlando)
MCI Center (Washington)
Madison Square Garden (New York)
Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)
Madison Square Garden (New York)
Verizon Center (Washington)
Mohegan Sun Arena (Connecticut)
* No All-Star game was held in 2004 and 2008 due to the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and Beijing, China, respectively.
Similarly, no All-Star game was played in 2010, due to the FIBA World Championships in Czech Republic. An exhibition game
was conducted at Radio City Music Hall in the summer of 2004, and in 2010, an exhibition game was held at Mohegan Sun in
Uncasville, Conn. with a USA vs. WNBA format in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun.”
About the WNBA
The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the
world – is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its
status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Following a 2010 season that included a fourth
consecutive year of attendance growth, surging WNBA Finals ratings, and strong increases in traffic to WNBA.com
and WNBA Mobile sites, the league will tip off its historic 15th season on June 3.
Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all
people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase
breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more
information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.
Ron Howard, WNBA Communications, (212) 407-8641, [email protected]
Bryan Lam, WNBA Communications, (212) 407-8679, [email protected]
Stacey Mitch, San Antonio Silver Stars, (210) 444-5604, [email protected]
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April 2011
San Antonio, Texas (April 4, 2011) – The Nix Health Foundation will host “Take Control of Your Diabetes,” a free
diabetes self-management workshop, every Thursday from May 12 to June 2, 2011 at 12 noon in the Nix Medical
Center at 414 Navarro.
Make the most of your diabetes care and learn from local medical experts on how you can prevent diabetes related
complications. Topics include diabetes and the eye, diabetic foot issues, the long term effects of diabetes and
diabetic meal planning.
Discounted valet parking is provided at the Nix Medical Center garage and free parking is provided at the Houston
Street Garage, located at the corner of College Street and Navarro. An optional box lunch can be pre-ordered for $6
and beverages will be provided. The series is free and open to the public.
For more information or to RSVP, please call (210) 579-3157.
About Nix Health Foundation
The Nix Health Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization whose mission is to provide programs and services
that promote health and wellness through education, awareness, and prevention. For more information, visit nixfoundation.org.
About Nix Health
Nix Health offers San Antonio and the surrounding communities a vast array of medical services ranging from primary care and
surgical services to behavioral and rehabilitation services. Accessible and comprehensive services are available at five
locations, Nix Medical Center, Nix Alamo Heights, Nix Specialty Health Center, Nix Primary Care Center and Nix North
Orthopedic Center. For more information on Nix Health call 210.271.1800 or visit www.nixhealth.com.
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Easter Egg Hunt
At Respite Care Center
Thank you all for your help in making this a fun Easter egg hunt for the children at the
Respite Care Center. Even though it was really hot and humid outside, we were so busy
watching the children and as you can see the children were busy enjoying their baskets.
Thanks to all of you for making this a special day for them. We had candy and baskets left
over which the facility will use on Easter day. We also were able to provide them with a
contribution of $45.00 in the form of an HEB gift card and $30.00 cash. They will use this
money to give the children a special treat as they see fit.
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Message from Denise Cross, Ways & Means Director....
The Ways and Means Committee wants to thank all the Companies and Members that contributed to the
March "EWI'rish Pot'o'luck Dinner" fundraiser.
In addition to having a really great time, we were able to raise almost $1500 for our scholarship funds. We wish to
send a special thanks to the following individuals and firms:
Port San Antonio - Donating the fabulous location for our meeting, Stephanie Ramsey, Vice President, Marketing for
the excellent and informative meeting and to Diane Skillrud for making it all happen.
Fresh Horizons Catering - Caryn Hasslocher (Owner) and Stacy Yent (Event Coordinator) for their expertise, hard
work, set-up, and contributions that made this meeting come together, and for the wonderful delicious bar-b-que
YMCA – Generous donation of the tablecloths.
Anonymous Donor - A Special Thank you to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous that contributed $300 to
underwrite costs to put on this event.
Arthur Pfeil Florist - Beautiful centerpieces that were used as recipe contest prizes and door prizes.
Stacy Yent, Kris Bondesen, Jimmie Joffee, and Nix Health - Additional donations for the door prizes.
The Ways & Means Committee would also like to CONGRATULATE the following members who brought the
delicious recipes that won the recipe contests:
Patty Wilkins (SSFCU) - Best Salad Winner for her Greek Salad
CeCe Abel (KCI) - Best Side Dish Winner for her Mac-n-Cheese
Kathy Bishop (Zachry) - Best Dessert Winner for her Sopapilla Cheesecake
Vicki Chapman (SWBC) - Best EWI Cookbook Recipe for her Strawberry Salad
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Julie Lyssy, and
Heather Guzman (guest)
Frances Booker, and
Melinda Nail
Kathy Bishop, Teri Grubb (guest of Graves Interests,
Ltd.), and Bobbi Lutz
Patty Wilkins – Winner “Best Greek
Teri Perez (guest of SWBC), Vicki Chapman
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Melissa Piña, Monica Garza
Leona Pappas, Denise Cross
, Vicki Chapman
, Vicki Chapman
Jennifer McMaster Steger (guest of membership),
and Patti Timblin
Jackie Contreras, Jenny Bingham (guest of membership)
Jimmie Joffe, Carol Crawford
Karen Carawan, Cece Abel
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2010-2011 Calendar: YEAR AT A GLANCE
General Membership Meeting
Board Meeting
D. R. Semmes Family
YMCA 3233 N. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, Tx78212 –
5:45 pm
Topics/Conferences/Special Events
Thursday, October 21
Thursday, October 28
Orientation/Committee Planning Session
Thursday, November 18
Tuesday, November 23
Dress for Success-Pamela Taylor
SECOND Thursday, December 9
Thursday, December 16
Holiday Celebration &Trade Show
Thursday, January 20
Wednesday, January 26
Freedom of Choice-You Are Your Words David Flack
Thursday, February 17
Wednesday, February 23
Thursday, March 17
Wednesday, March 23
Kenneth P. Trevett, J.D.-SFBR
EWI’rish Potoluck Dinner – Guest Speaker,
Stephanie Ramsey, VP Marketing Port San
Thursday, April 21
Wednesday, April 27
Executive Recognition and Award
Thursday, May 19
Wednesday, May 25
EWISP & ASIST Scholarship Banquet
Thursday, June 16
Wednesday, June 22
Thursday, July 21
Wednesday, July 27
Non-Meeting Fundraiser
Thursday, August 18
Wednesday, August 24
TEXOMA Board Forum-August 5-6, 2011
San Antonio, Texas
Thursday, September 15
Chapter Board Installation
Reading Rally- September 9, 2011
LCAM- September 22-24, 2011
Minneapolis, MN
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