Archives for September 2013

ABWA on TV – Kristy Woelfel

Our very own Kristy Woelfel was interviewed for Every Way Woman TV Show. Check out her interview here!

Kristy Woelfel on Starting A Cupcake Business

Member Highlights – Jamie Barton, Soroptimist International of the Verdugos (SITV) Board Member

Congratulations to our very own Jamie Barton for being installed as a board member of the Soroptimist International of the Verdugos (SITV) during their “3 in 1 Event”: Induction of new members, installation of new officers, and Breast Cancer Grant recipient awards.


Soroptimist is “An international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.”

Visit for more information about the organization at its efforts to support women.


Jamie Barton with Pres. GEM Edith Fuentes, Glendale, CA.

Jamie Barton - Soroptimist Board Member

September Vocational Speaker Spotlight

Each month, an ABWA Verdugo-Glen member presents a glimpse of what their profession, business, industry, and passion is all about during a short vocational presentation. These vocational speakers give other members the opportunity to learn about industries and professions they might not be aware of and members are eager to learn more about different professions that they might be interested in. Vocational Speakers sometimes turn into ‘Motivational Speakers’, as they tell members of how they came to their present success through hard work, tough times, and sometimes just being in the right place at the right time. Attending meetings will give members and guests an idea of the depth and breadth of our membership’s diversity. View our August Newsletter to learn about last month’s speaker.

September’s Vocational Speaker is Rondi Springer, a Glendale native born at Glendale Adventist who currently resides in Glendale. Rondi has three children she is very proud of. Her oldest is Joe the doctor, in the middle is Mark the lawyer, and Cami is the youngest at 14. Rondi is also a proud grandmother to her son Joe’s and Marina’s daughter, Sasha. Rondi recently graduated from UCLA with her accounting certificate. She has a Master’s degree in Accountancy and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Rondi has sit for and passed the CPA exam and is now prepping for the IRS Enrolled Agent exam. She is the Treasurer for the Women’s City Club of Pasadena and works as a freelance accountant and bookkeeper.

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– Catherine Praeger, Newsletter Editor

Spread ABWA and Grow as you do!

Being a part of the American Business Women’s Association not only gives us the opportunity to learn and grow within our chapters, but within our communities. Being involved with community organizations outside ABWA is a great way to spread the ABWA way as well as improve interpersonal skills such as networking, public speaking, and general knowledge of businesses throughout the community.

Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Did you know that ABWA Verdugo-Glen sponsors two members each month who wish to participate in the City of Glendale Chamber of Commerce Mixers? These mixers are a great place to spread the ABWA way and promote the Verdugo-Glen Chapter and the ABWA organization to local business people. These events are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 through 7:30 p.m.

Lynn White-Shelby has created a sign up form for the next few mixer dates. If you are interested, please fill your name in the slot you’d like and turn it into Lynn at or at our Next Chapter Meeting on September 25, 2013 where we’ll be discussing the Affordable Care Act implementation with Adam J. Carter, District Representative.

If you aren’t an ABWA member yet, why wait? Click here for information about joining our organization!

As always, for more information visit our Website and Facebook!

– Catherine Praeger, Newsletter Editor

Successful Events! – The ABWA Council of Southern California’s ‘Hats Off to Togetherness’ Luncheon

The September 7th event went off without a hitch! The event celebrated ABW Day, Honored District VI VP Bryna Dambrowski , and a National Office Candidate Forum was held. Read what attendees had to say about the event!

Congratulations to The ABWA Council of Southern California! The “Hats Off To Togetherness” Luncheon on Saturday, September 7th was an outstanding event! The success of this Luncheon was a direct result of the great planning and hard work by Cecile Harris Walters, Dr. Kella Price and all the chairs of the Council! Record attendance and so many current and past national officers gave everyone present an opportunity to see ABWA at its BEST!

Marjorie Davis, 1965-1966 ABWA National President

I want to thank ABWA Council of Southern California for a fantastic luncheon “Hats Off Luncheon”. It was nice hearing and seeing the candidates running for National office along with those that already hold a position in National office. The testimonials were touching as much as they were inspiring. Thank you Diamonds of Southbay for giving me the opportunity to experience this event. Looking forward to a productive and exciting year.

Fatisha Griggs

Congratulations to the ABWA Council of Southern California for a very successful and well attended Hat’ Off to Togetherness Event celebrating ABW Day, Candidates Forum and Honoring our District VI VP Bryna Dambrowski. Also, congratulations to our Woman of the Year – Susan Villiotti, very deserving. Planning began just a short six months ago, through the “collective works” of the entire Council working diligently with the Committee members whose passion and commitment to ABWA and the Council surely shined last Saturday. For some the journey began from other states/districts of ABWA to honor us with their presence and others from throughout the State of California. VIP shuttle services from airports began early on Friday, early risers on Saturday to ensure that the logistics for the day were in order and the welcome team was in place, to the last toast to the day’s success, and back again with the VIP shuttle to thank and wishing those safe travel. ABWA members go beyond the expectation and continue to inspire me and others to greatness. Thank you to all of our dynamic members of the American Business Women’s Association.

Cecile Walters

WIN users can read more about the Hats Off event here.

A benefit of ABWA membership is access to WIN, the ABWA portal. On WIN members can communicate with their chapter and district as well as have access to documents, training, and even deals and job boards.

If you aren’t an ABWA member yet, why wait? Click here for information about joining our organization!

As always, for more information visit our Website and Facebook!

– Catherine Praeger, Newsletter Editor