Executive Director Valerie Goddard and guests recently joined Stuart and Stephanie on WSRQ Radio. In addition to having the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County on the show, Salt and Light Productions has chosen WRCSC as the ‘Charity in the Spotlight’ featured during the month of April on Salt & Light Radio.
You can listen to the podcasts here and here.
The February 3 luncheon - Let Freedom Ring - with Kitty Kelley will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Sarasota Yacht Club. During the fundraiser, Kitty will discuss her new book, “Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington,” which was published in August 2013. She will also be signing books after the book discussion.
A $75 ticket includes lunch, entertainment from the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and more! All proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County’s many programs and services.
Please call 941-366-1700 or visit www.TheWomensResourceCenter.org for more information. Tickets can be purchased at www.LetFreedomRing.CharityHappenings.org.
The Light Within Enrichment Program is the next step for anyone who is ready to enrich and ignite their life. This inspirational inner awareness journey brings more light into your life.
Beginning November 2013 (Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13 from 9:30 am to 3 pm), classes are being offered five days, any combination of five days or even just one day - depending on your time and interests. Michele Frith Szabo, Challenge Coordinator, and guest presenters Dr. Christina Captain and Joy Yackley will be facilitating. Each day will cover a different life-enhancing experience and topic. Come enrich your life and share the gift of light with a friend.
We’re a little over a month away from our South County fundraiser - the Fall Gathering luncheon!
Known for its upscale drawing prizes and extensive silent auction, this annual luncheon is one of the largest in South County. With over 20 years experience as a professional actress in film, television and on stage, author and comedian Linda Larsen is this year’s featured guest. Attendees will also hear a medley of songs by “The Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra from John Rinell.
The funds raised at this event help support the many programs and services provided by the WRCSC, including Challenge, employment guidance, peer resource advisors and more.
Guests are asked to donate a new or barely worn item that made them feel absolutely “chair-ismatic” to Encore & more, the WRCSC’s consignment boutique. Prizes will be awarded for the best donation.
WHEN: Friday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Plantation Golf & Country Club at 500 Rockley Blvd. ǀ Venice
CHAIR: Sandy McGowan, owner of Sandy’s Designer Clothing
RSVP: Call 941.485.9724 or visit 2013FallGathering.CharityHappenings.org
Please help us spread the word!
The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County has rental space available within its large building. The location is perfect for board retreats, receptions, concerts, classes, art showcases and more. Choose from two rooms with capacity varying from 20 to 85. See our ad here.
Property also features:
o A full kitchen ($75 fee)
o Large parking lot
o Table and chairs
o Piano ($75 tune-up fee)
Pricing ranges for $250 for half a day (five hour max) and $500 for a full day. Call 941-366-1700 to schedule your event.
Florida Governor Rick Scott recently vetoed funds for the Displaced Homemakers Program, resulting in a loss of $82,000 for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County (WRCSC). We have received this grant since 1979 with the goal of helping women attain independence, economic security and self-sufficiency by addressing their educational and job training needs.
Despite this hurdle, the WRCSC will overcome and persevere - just as the women who walk through our doors do every day.
Articles have been written by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Venice Gondolier Sun on this issue, and we appreciate the support!
Below is a passionate testimonial from Cheryl Wiedwald, a recipient of the resources found at the WRCSC.
Dear Governor & State lawmakers,
I am sorry that it took so long for me to write about the amazing experience I had & continue to have at The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. I would like to be writing this knowing that their funds were still in place as they should be. It would be nice to have had the opportunity to recommend that you suggest on a Federal level how amazing this program works in your state & encourage other states to have the same program.
This center & its employees are vital to giving direction to women who are struggling to find a start to get back on their feet and become productive, confident members of society. By giving them the tools & resources that were afforded to me & many other amazing, intelligent, caring, energetic women aged from their 20s to 80s, you will have unemployment drop, entrepreneurs emerging and the mindset that volunteering, educating & reinventing yourself until you find a suitable paying job is a way to give back & pass the torch to others. The Center drives optimism, out- of-the box thinking & positive energy flowing to anyone who comes in contact with the day-to-day workers as well as the professional women who volunteer their time to get us going again in a positive direction.
Words cannot describe the hard work & dedication that makes up this Center that flows from the few paid professionals that make their living there through to the very last volunteer that keeps this place running better than any other company or government office. It is because of the spirit & perseverance of these gifted & caring women carrying forth because they themselves have experience mind blowing difficulties in their life. They got themselves up & drove themselves forward & are sharing & giving so much more to each and every one of those of us that found our way thankfully to the front door of this Center.
This grant should not just be called “Displaced Homemaker.” This is so much more; a working mother, an abused wife or a women caring for an ill loved one. Perhaps this is a way to get this funding back as it is so much more than Displaced Homeworker. I don’t think any of the women in my class were there just for that. All of the women were facing much more serious problems & perhaps that is why this money was taken away. CHANGE THE NAME AND GIVE IT BACK!!
Thank you for your firm consideration on this issue,
Janice Zarro, the executive director for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, recently attended a leadership seminar presented by Ambassador James A. Joseph at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. During the session titled “Leadership as a Way of Being: Lessons Learned,” Mr. Joseph shared the following helpful lessons:
1. It is possible for a leader to be humble without being docile, strong without being arrogant and still exert great influence.
2. The leader must be capable of learning from those he/she leads and must be capable of doing so without losing respect or influence.
3. Despite the continuing dominance of hard power - economic muscle and military power - in exerting influence and pressing one’s will on others, I have found that soft power - acts of generosity, diplomacy, moral messages and respect for other cultures - is likely to develop goodwill and establish relationships that are far more enduring.
4. Leaders who seek power to disperse it rather than simply concentrate it have a very special attraction and appeal.
5. In times of rapid change, zealots emerge claiming one truth and one theology. The challenge for the leader is not to use his/her values to proclaim absolutes but to help others cope with ambiguities.
6. The value-driven leader who needs consensus in order to act is likely to be most effective if he/she is willing to help shape that consensus rather than simply respond to it where it can be found.
7. Leadership is likely to be far more effective when it appeals to people’s better nature.
8. While we seek to change the practices of the adversary, it is important that we maintain respect for his/her humanity.
9. The leadership style that works best for me is leadership that seeks to evaluate and empower others. It seeks to engage the whole person in ways that satisfy higher and nobler needs.
10. An organization is what it rewards. It is not so much what is says in its mission statement or even its code of conduct, as it is what it rewards its people for being.
11. There are no hard and fixed absolutes about either managing or leading. To be rigid and play only by the rules on your organization chart or the theories of some guru is to miss the opportunity to meet people where they are. People-centered leadership recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and seeks to unleash the magic within.
12. Every leader does not have to be a superstar. Many apparently ordinary people are quiet leaders who make extraordinary contributions. They may not be seen as giants in the grand scheme of things, but the superstar could not accomplish anything without them.
The Faces of the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
Recently, Barbara Banks took some beautiful photos that captured the essence of some of the women we have been fortunate enough to help at the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. She also posted a lovely tribute on her blog.
This is only one of nine portrait sessions she did for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. Click here to see all of the photographs and read the stories of these extraordinary women. They are truly inspiring!