October 2018  

President's Report

Beautiful Fall Greetings to All, 

It is such a pleasure to be able to sit a minute with my coffee and my little view of Fulton County, and put a few thoughts down for our NAWBO members and friends! I am pleased that we have so many things coming up and going on, that we felt a true need to get a newsletter out to everyone. So, most importantly, flag this, grab your cup of coffee and your calendars, and get these dates down on everything that follows. You will not want to miss the activities we have coming up. 

As I sit for a minute to gather my thoughts, I am overwhelmed by my blessings. And I guess, going into fall, and Thanksgiving coming before we know it, this is a great time to count them.

My little view (that I snapped a picture of this morning) is one of my favorites. I could never imagine that I would get the opportunity to enjoy it quite as much as I have. Since September 3, to be exact, but who is counting?! LOL

I have had this time to stay with my dad and be his caregiver. This is a view I know well, since I was 10 years old to be exact.  Staying with him has been an eye opening experience. Most of you know I am in the caregiver business, so, you may be thinking, this is right up my alley.  Yes, it is, BUT . . .  God really has a sense of humor and teaches us valuable lessons. I "thought" I knew ALL about caregiving, after all, I have ran a home health for twenty five years. But, I do not. Being a caregiver is a completely different thing. Juggling work, husbands, kids, commitments to organizations and caregiving is a totally different animal. One I am finding where there is not a lot of support. I am not referring to friends, but more formalized "support", Websites, publications, Facebook pages, when I wonder at times or in the middle of the night, if I am doing the right thing. Friends have been my biggest blessing and I don't know what I would do without their emotional support. 

So, I don't know what this means, or why God has put other caregivers in my path to meet, with the same stressors, frustrations and insecurities as myself, but I will be patient and see.  Hmmmm, patience is no fun. "Immense patience" part of the message from a phenomenal event I was lucky enough to be invited to attend with NAWBO friends last night, LOVE Peoria.  If you haven't heard of that, you will . . . 

My take away from all of these messages and thoughts is, I think it is ok to not have an exact plan. I think it's ok to reflect, be thankful for all these blessings and friends that are helping me. "Immense patience", is what I am working on. So, I am so happy to have my NAWBO friends and to spend time with them at not only our monthly meetings, 3rd Wednesday of the month at Mt Hawley, but ALL of these fun events we have coming up. I am also grateful for this time with my dad, in the place I grew up.  Hope to see all of you soon!


Susie Platt

Spoon River Home Health


Central Illinois NAWBO


Back to top

Information and Libations

Join us on November 1 at 4 p.m. at the Hearth in Peoria Heights for Information and Libations when our topic will be Ideas and Strategies to Help Protect Your Financial Assets! Two of our NAWBO sisters, Vickie Clark from Waddell & Reed and Jessica Ford from Wells Fargo will provide information and answer your questions; This event is open to both men and women and includes the opportunity for networking!

Back to top

The Big Flip

What happens when mom has the big job and dad stays home with the kids?

You have The Big Flip.

Over 18 months and 5 cities—Portland, D.C., Nashville, Seattle and L.A.—this timely documentary follows four American families as they navigate the trials and triumphs of at-home fatherhood and mothers as main breadwinners. We journey with each family as they tackle major life changes—a birth, a lay-off, a cross-country move, and a mid-life crisis.

In a world where the majority of Americans still believe kids are better off when mom stays home, and that a good father should work hard to provide for his family, how will these families fare? Will resentments and doubt fester? Will love endure?

November 6, 2018 doors open 5 p.m.

Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602

Tickets - $15/Individual and $25/couple 

For a preview, click the link below: 

Click here to register:
Back to top

Calendar of Events

November's meeting has been moved to the second week so we do not conflict with Thanksgiving.  



November 14, 2018 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. 

In today’s workplaces our primary focus needs to be on creating a work environment where employees feel engaged and passionate.  This would also mean that leaders must identify negative forces that zap employee motivation and leave employees feeling burnout, angry and disconnected.  In this presentation we will look at:

How to nix negativity from the top down
How to stop negativity between co-workers
How to draw more positivity into your workplace

SPEAKER:Liz Pollack


Liz Pollack is a Masters Prepared Psychologist, and an Advanced Certified Executive and Personal Life Coach.   She is also a Certified Pet Loss Grief Specialist and a Certified Grief Counselor.  Last year she added Certified Positive Psychology Coach to her list of credentials.

For the last 30 years Liz has been providing services to organizations and individuals in a variety of areas such as;

Employee development, motivation and productivity
Leadership development
Organizational Consulting for Integrative Improvement
Career Pathing & Succession Planning and Implementation
Executive and Life Coaching

Liz is a member of:

The International Coaching Federation
An Associate Member of the American Psychological Association
The American Counseling Association
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
LOCATION: Mt Hawley Country Club
7724 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614-2026

MEETINGS: Our meetings are open to members and guests. Social/networking time begins at 5:30 pm and dinner begins at 6:00 pm with the program following. The Central IL Chapter of NAWBO® meets the 3rd Wednesday each month.

COST: $30 for members and $35 for non-members. 


  • You may pay at the time of registration or at the door.
  • Registration fee must be paid by the meeting date or a $5 monthly administration fee will be assessed.

For more information, please contact  or call 309.692-2225 and leave a message.


December Means Christmas Fun!

On December 19, Central Illinois NAWBO is having their own Roaring 20s Party. Come ready to have fun dressed in the clothing of the era or simply come . . . we are going to learn how to Charleston, embibe in some specialty drinks, eat, play and enjoy a fun, relaxing time before Christmas.  

Make your calendars NOW . . . details will follow.


Back to top

Special Events

Back to top

Welcome New Members

We are very pleased to welcome the following new members:

Paola Hinton, 5 Senses Spa, Salon and Barbershop

Larrice Dukes, Dukes Business Consulting

Cheryl Schlumpf, N2 Publishing

Sheila Fain, LaMarsh Global


Back to top

Classified Ads

Back to top