International Women's Day was observed through Beebe Healthcare Women's Health Services with a celebration March 8 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth. Five individuals and four organizations were honored for making a difference in the local community.
Honorees were Michelle Johnson, First State Community Action; Patricia Rivera, Hook PR & Marketing; Peggy Geisler, PMG Consulting; Natalie Moss, CAMP Rehoboth; Maggie Bare, Maggie’s Coat Drive; Fund for Women; Rosa Health Center; Zwaanendael Women’s Club; and Substance Exposed Infants and Medically Fragile Children Committee.
First State Community Action’s Johnson said it’s all about the joy of giving and servant leadership. Hook’s Rivera believes strong women are compassionate and resilient visionaries. Geisler, with PMG Consulting, strongly believes it's important to be reliable. CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors member Natalie Moss feels volunteering helps the community prosper. Bare is proud to be able to help other people. She started a coat drive and provided 355 people with warm jackets.
The Fund for Women is a group of visionary philanthropists who support women and children in poverty. Rosa Health Center helps those in the community who are uninsured or underinsured get healthcare. Substance Exposed Infants and Medically Fragile Children Committee works to make sure that what happened to Aiden Hundley never happens again. Zwaanendael Women’s Club helps the local community through friendship and service, and their favorite quote is, “Fix another queen’s crown without letting the world know it was crooked.”
Keynote speaker Carrie Lingo took the stage and told the group to look around and experience the amazing women in the room. Attempting mindfulness is always on Lingo’s never-ending list. “I’m a bit of an overachiever,” she said. Throughout her experience in sports and motherhood, she has been constantly learning how to incorporate things like mindfulness into her busy life. She offered a bullet list of potential ways to improve: Hone in on your weakness, incorporate it into your daily life until it becomes second nature. Allow yourself to sit. To absorb a recent treatment, practice being mindful, or meditate. Whatever it is for you, she said, “Go after each day to prove yourself to you.”