July 2017  

President's Report

Many years ago when Sheraton Hotels were ranked as one of the best hotel chains in the world, they readily attributed this to their employees – their greatest assets. Each employee no matter what their position in the company carried something special with them - they all had business cards.  On one side of the card was the hotel’s mission statement and on the other side of the card was their name and their own personally written mission statement – why they were proud to serve Sheraton’s customers.  The employees took pride in the company and especially in how they could serve others.  I was very impressed by this. 

When I think about NAWBO’s mission statement, (NAWBO exists to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide) I know that our chapter is on the right track. That has never been more evident than over the last few years. Our chapter is not one that simply meets and eats - failing to respond to NAWBO’s mission.  Our members all have the desire to be of assistance and a willingness to work for the good of others and for the good of our community.  We individually say, "I’m here for you.  I’ll do whatever I can to help you succeed because when you succeed, we all succeed.”   

As we move into another year – equipped with an incredible board of leaders and an amazing membership - I can’t wait to see what we achieve this year. I know that together we will make our chapter even stronger – after all we, like the Sheraton employees, carry our business cards and are ready to serve. 


Liz Pollack, President

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NAWBO Happenings

In June officers change.  But, this June meeting was a dyanmic close out to an outstanding year.  Internationally renowned magician, Mitch Williams, entertained us . . . with his assistant (at one point in the program) Chris Heine. It was educational but also a lot of laughs!

Michelle Rouland, our now Past President, highlighted the accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year under her leadership.  Top mentions were our Dream, Girl event at Peoria Riverfront Theatre and the creation of the very popular Information and Libation meetings that are occuring monthly.  Susie Platt presented Michelle with a plaque from the chapter for her outstanding leadership.

Awards were given:

The Pioneer Award is given to a person who readily enters uncharted waters.  With her pioneering spirit, she goes where no one has gone before. She can take people where they may not want to go initially - even if its uncomfortable they will follow her. This person is a visionary. She not only sees what is possible but pursues it also. Pioneers ensure that organizations always move forward.  Congratulations, Rose Stanton!

Rookie of the Year is a new/newer member who has rolled up her sleeves and gotten involved in making the organization a success.  She is an inspiration to those around her as she readily accepts the challenges put before her and does it all with enthusiasm.   Congratulations, Jaci Peters!

The Unsung Hero Award is a person that does a great job but remains in the background and receives little or no recognition for all she does.  She usually refrains from claiming credit or asking for anything in return for her efforts, but without her, the organization would have big shoes to fill.  Congratulations, Carol Hayse!

Team Builder - This person is a cheerleader by definition.  They love to build the team and always provide a positive work of encouragement. A team builder engages the members of the organization in activities, makes sure members feel welcome and a part of the group and truly enjoys bringing people together.  Congratulations, Vickie Clark!

The Bridge Builder goes to a person who is always looking for way they can help other people flourish. They encourage others and help them move forward. A Bridge Builder likes to connect people, is a careful listener, and talks positively about other people. She also sees ways to connect the organization to outside sources that can move it forward.  Congratulations, Pat Drake!

Lifetime Achievement Award was given to DonnaJeanne Rodine, who is not only a founder of our chapter but has been involved for 38 years and served as our President from 1983 to 1984.  See the following article for DonnaJeanne's comments.


The evening ended with the installation of new officers as Michelle passed the Presidential gavel to Liz:

Liz Pollack, President

Susie Platt, President Elect

Michelle Rouland, Past President

Lisa Strickland, Secretary

Pat Drake, Treasurer

Vickie Clark, Member Services

Carol Hayse, Programs

Cindy Neal, Public Policy

Rose Stanton, Special Events

Jaci Peters, Corporate and Economic Development

Sharon Law, Public Relations





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NAWBO Recognition


Oh. My. Gosh. I am ... You are ... This is ...   I just don't have the words to tell you how much I appreciate this awesome award. I am surprised, humbled, awed, and proud. I am putting the plaque at eye level directly across from the entrance to my office so it will be immediately visible when I need a little pick me up or encouragement. Those who have known me for a while simply will not believe I am at a loss for words, but this is one of the most wonderful experiences I have had and I simply don't know how to truly express my sincere appreciation for this honor from my peers. I hope this note carries both my "wow" and "thank you" to each of you. DonnaJeanne

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Calendar of Events


JULY 19, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

We have exclusive use of the gardens and grounds.  Tour the greenhouse and all the beautiful, uniquely different outside gardens.  There will be yard and tabletop games to play.  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Wildlife Garden area of the gardens which is in a beautiful setting with very large trees which provide lots of shade. BYOB.

Come, relax, and enjoy an evening with friends. 

The zoo is open for those who would like to go prior to 5 p.m.  Just so you are aware, they stated the animals start to get put up around 4:30 p.m.

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

To register go to: 

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


August 16, 2017 from 5-8 p.m.

Presented By:

Rachel Hensold - Director of Inbound Marketing at ONEFIRE

Jason Parkinson - President & CEO of ONEFIRE

Content Marketing is a buzzword that is said nearly every day in companies around the world, but what does it mean to really be successful with this new way to market your business? How can you attract more millennial customers to your business by publishing the right information at the right time? Jason & Rachel will help your team learn all about growing your business by doing content marketing the right way… with the inbound methodology.

Jason & Rachel will talk about best practices around:

- Reusing the content you create across multiple delivery channels

- Attracting more visitors to your website

- Easily converting your website visitors into qualified leads

- Nurturing your leads into becoming paying customers

- Delighting your customers so they become promoters of your brand


 Thurday, September 21, 2017

 Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria, IL


This conference will give you the courage to lead in all aspects of your life. It is filled with courageous and inspiring women from diverse backgrounds.

"If there is one conference to attend this year, it is Pathways to Success," says business owner Pat Drake. "The caliber of speakers, networking opportunities and inspriation women is something you won't find anywhere else!" 


Iron Jen, aka Jen McDonough

Author, Motivational Storyteller, Olympian, Firefighter, Ironman Triathlete and more!

Courageous women leaders are in high demand and short supply. As history has shwon, women who have the guts to step forward, take some risks, and lead with courage during times of turmoil and times of prosperity will be winners. 

While this sounds great on paper, in all reality, how does this work in our busy world today?

Join us in this engaging, motivating and empowering keynote where we will look at the three tips to becoming courageous women leaders both at work and at home.

Iron Jen is the perfect pick for our 2017 Pathways Conference. In her roles as a motivation storyteller, engaging Amazon Top 100 author and founder of GRIT (Growing Resilient Individuals and Teams), Jen will inspire you. She is an 8-time national weightlifter, Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee, two-time Olympic Festival medal winner, Ironman triathlete AND volunteer firefighter! 


  • What's Your Leadership Style - Presented by Chris Laible, On Track with Chris
  • Transformation Leadership - Presented by Dr. Leslie McKnight, McKnight and Associates
  • The Courage to Crash Through Your Control Issues - Presented by Liz Pollack, Leg Up Services


Individual conference tickets include Keynote Speaker, Breakout Learning Sessions, Exhibits/Vendors plus Social/Networking Opportunities. Cost - $65 for NAWBO and WIL members/$75 for non-members and guests.  Please follow this link to register: 

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Information and Libations

JULY 6, 2017

July's Topic is: Home Care and Nursing Homes.  Come with your questions and add your perspective.

Presented by Susie Platt, Owner and Director of Professional Services at Spoon River. 

As an R.N., B.S.N. she oversees all nursing and therapy - internally and externally. She communicates and educates on a daily basis.

Susan’s background is in critical care nursing. She always formed strong relationships with her patients and their families, and wondered what happened to them when they left ICU. It was for this reason, when the opportunity arose, she went into home health care and chose to open a home health agency with the help of her mentor and the best nurse she knows, her mother! 

A friend, on a stressful day in health care, asked her what her ideal job was. After a lot of thought, she has to admit she’s doing her “ideal” job. She gets to meet some of the nicest, funniest, sweetest, strangest people in the world. She loves to hear their stories. She loves to be able to make a difference in their life. Sometimes in home health we have the same client for years and sometimes only days but it is such a privilege to be invited into someone’s home and life and be able to make a difference.

Information and Libations is an informal way to network, obtain information and hear a presentation from a woman business owner. 

Time: 4 -6 p.m.


Meetings are free to attend but please notify if you are attending as we need a count for the restaurant space.  Your only cost is your food and drink.


AUGUST 3, 2017

August's topic is:  Brain Development

Presented by: Michelle Rouland, A+ Children's Academy

Michelle Rouland is Past President of Central Illinois NAWBO and the owner of A+ children's Academy. A+ Children’s Academy is the only facility in Central Illinois that centers their teaching around the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes visual learning to help brain development in early childhood.  Michelle has been educating children and teachers for over 20 years.

Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bradley University with an undergraduate in Early Childhood with a focus on Special Education Endorsement, and a Masters in Curriculum Instruction.  The staff and teachers at A+ Children’s Academy promote creativity through visual arts, literacy skills, sciences, and more.

Information and Libations is an informal way to network, obtain information and hear a presentation from a woman business owner. 

Time 4 - 6 p.m.

Location: To be Announced

Meetings are free to attend but please notify if you are attending as we need a count for the restaurant space.  Your only cost is your food and drink.

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Member News

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and shoesChairman for Sea Cadet John Alger presents the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Officer of the Year Award to LCDR Lisa Strickland of the Pimiteoui Division from Central Illinois. 

We are so proud of our NAWBO sister Lisa Strickland. What an amazing achievement and honor she received. Well deserved. Congratulations Lisa!!!

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Public Policy Topics


1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!


Cindy Neal, CSP

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Affiliate Updates

Let's organize a group to go to the Wild West!  Contact Pat Drake at if you would like to go.

The Pregnancy Resource Center has re-joined us for the coming year.  Sharon Law is the representative to our chapter.  She is also our Public Relations director. 

Living Alternative Pregnancy Resource Center

1618 Valle Vista Blvd

Pekin, IL

The Pregnancy Resource Center is a faith based nonprofit that offers an alternative to abortions. They treat the young women who come to the center with love and compassion. Their services are free. They offer pregnancy and STI testing, ultrasounds, counseling and parenting classes. They provide clothes and diapers for babies up to the age of 2. They also offer partner classes so that the fathers can be involved too.


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