Nearly 100 women of all ages gathered on April 29, 2017, at the Upper Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College to be inspired, learn something new, and have fun at Best Foot Forward, our annual major fundraising event. In addition to breakout sessions, vendors, and raffles, attendees were inspired by the life stories of keynote speaker, Jeane Coyle, president, and CEO of Penn Community Bank and Elina Fuhrman, chef and founder of Soupelina. The evening culminated in a fashion show presented by Frox, with many members of the community -- we recognized many friendly faces -- walking the runway as models.
The evening was a success based on the smiles on your faces alone, but there’s even more to celebrate as the proceeds from the event totaled $3,467.00. These funds will allow Launch Pad: Prepare for Success, a program presented by Sisters U in conjunction with Bucks County Community College’s Upper Bucks Campus to continue to be presented free of charge to all attendees. It is a six-module certificate program where local business experts lead sessions to provide students of all ages with skills to enhance their job searches and increase their potential for success in their professional endeavors.
For all of this, we thank YOU!
Our March 2017 meeting was exceptional since it featured the talent and strength that lies within our members. We heard from Kimberly Rabago, MSW, who has worked in grief counseling and Heidi Garis, an International Success Coach, Psychotherapist, and Intuitive Energy Healer lead a panel on working through grief and making a way to healing.
Our very special - and surprise, well, to her - Sister of the Month was Stef McKeever. We honored her for her years of service to Sisters U - from Day 1! She's still our Sister but has handed over the Administration reins to Kimberly Rabago.
UPDATE: Kids on Campus 2017 has been cancelled.
We're excited to once again be working with our friends at Bucks County Community College - Upper Bucks Campus to present KIDS ON CAMPUS, a series of summer camps designed to foster creativity and a love of science in children ages 8-16.
SCIENCE SURVIVOR CAMP
June 26-30, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
RCHYC 6050 C70
Give your child the experience of opening their eyes to the magic in the world around them. The Science Survivor Camp will teach your child to discover the science present in the world around them. Children will work in groups to collaboratively and creatively make observations, conduct hands-on experiments, and solve problems.
Instructor TBA | $269
KIDS IN FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP I
July 10-14, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RCHYC 6052 C70
Kids in Focus Photography Camp I offers children a fun and interactive camp to learn to use a camera and manual settings, to use light to create images and to learn to use rules of composition. The children will create images and begin to define their own specific photographic style. Digital SLR cameras are strongly recommended, but not required.
Instructor: Robyn Graham, Robyn Graham Photography Studio | $269
KIDS IN FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY CAMP II
July 17-21, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RCHYC 6104 C70
Kids in Focus Photography Camp II takes children with a previous knowledge of
photography to a new level. Children will experience a fun and interactive camp to
learn to effectively use manual settings, to use light to create powerful images, to
learn rules of composition in greater detail as well as learn when and how to effectively
break those rules, in addition to learning posing and communication techniques for working with people. They will create powerful images and define their own specific photographic style. Digital SLR cameras are required.
Instructor: Robyn Graham, Robyn Graham Photography Studio | $269
CREATIVE CONCEPTS ART CAMP
July 24-28, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RCHYC 6053 C70
The creative concepts program offers children a chance to explore art and the power of creativity. Each day, students will experiment with different mediums and create images
by learning a new skill to help them make art. We will focus on shape, texture, light and shadow. Students will learn to "see" the world around them through an artists' eye and develop
the confidence to create!
Instructor: Tyree Dworak, Bucks County Artist & Teacher | $269
Thank you to everyone who attended our 6th Anniversary Celebration! Held during our February 2017 monthly meeting, we toasted six years of connecting and empowering individual women to be their authentic selves and reach their full potential.
We enjoyed a wine tasting presented by Elayne Brick, proprietor of The Washington House Restaurant and Hotel and Sellersville Theater. We learned how to enjoy the fullness of flavor in each wine and decide what we liked best. Thank you, Elayne!
We are proud to continue our partnership with Bucks County Community College to provide you with the tools to launch your professional career. Launch Pad to Success is a six module certificate program where local business experts lead sessions to provide you with skills to enhance your job search and increase your potential for success in your professional endeavors.
RSVP for each session to Rodney Altemose via email or call 215-258-7750.
Launch Pad is FREE to participants, thanks in part to our spring 2017 Launch Pad sponsor, Penn Community Bank.
We're thrilled to announce the Spring 2017 session of Launch Pad: Prepare for Success! Course descriptions will be coming soon but we wanted to provide the schedule now so you can save the dates!
Many thanks to Kevin Murray, a Perkins Goals Coach at Bucks County Community College, who presented today's Launch Pad session on crafting the ideal resume.
Students learned what elements go into creating a winning resume as well as job search tips and confidence-boosting interviewing techniques
Launch Pad to Success is a six module certificate program co-presented by Sisters U and Bucks County Community College. We believe success is achieved through education. Whether your career goals include being selected for a job or a promotion the Launch Pad certificate program is designed to teach you the skills to achieve your goals and maximize your earning potential.
Join us for the sixth and final session of Fall 2016 Launch Pad on Thursday, December 1, when Dr. Rodney Altemose will lead a session on volunteerism.
This program is FREE of charge. We only ask that you RSVP for each session to Dr. Rodney Altemose (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many thanks to CURO Wealth Management for their sponsorship of the Fall 2016 Launch Pad program.
We are thrilled to once again partner with Bucks County Community College for Launch Pad: Prepare for Success, a six module certificate program led by local business experts. With each session you'll gain the information and techniques you need to succeed.
We believe success is achieved through education. Whether your career goals include being selected for a job or a promotion the Launch Pad certificate program is designed to teach you the skills to achieve your goals and maximize your earning potential.
Many thanks to Curo Wealth Management for their sponsorship of the Fall 2016 Launch Pad program.
Each session is held at the Upper Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College on select Thursdays from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm. This year's line-up:
This program is FREE of charge. We only ask that you RSVP for each session to Dr. Rodney Altemose.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our August Girls' Night Out for some Country Line Dancing!
Whether it was your first time boot-scootin' or line dancing is one of your passions, thanks for joining us!
Stay tuned, information on our first regular meeting after our summer break will be posted soon. Save the date - Thursday, September 15th!
The Kids on Campus Science Survivor Summer Camp met July 5-8 at the Upper Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College. During their time together, the campers worked in groups to collaboratively and creatively make observations, conduct hands-on experiments and solve problems, leading them to discover the world of science present in the world around them.
And some days, that meant making homemade "slime" by mixing water, food coloring, borax and glue.
The students also learned about hydro power and the many ways to use water. It was a great week!
Kids in Focus Photography Camp took place July 18-22 at the BCCC Upper Bucks Campus. Led by Robyn Graham of Robyn Graham Photography, the class learned the basics of photography. One of their projects included playing with aperture. You can see that each student had a unique eye for their chosen subject.
Stay tuned for more updates from our Kids on Campus summer camps!
Women have been told, "You can have it all!" And we can. Except now we're discovering that having it all doesn't mean having it all at once. Life is a series of chapters. What does it mean to "have it all" within each stage of life?
Join us Thursday, June 16, 7-9pm, when we'll examine this with Pamela Varkony, an internationally known writer, speaker and women's advocate. Pamela has devoted her adult life to women's rights and empowerment around the world, including two fact-finding missions to Afghanistan. Born and raised in Haycock Township, Bucks County, she is currently working on a women's leadership book, "Ten Rules for Ladies."
Our May meeting was all about using your voice. It started with the circuitous journey of our Sister of the Month, singer-turned-yoga studio owner, Jessica D'Angelo and continued with a terrific talk from Colleen Lutz Clemens, PhD on how as women, we often censor ourselves and silence our voices. She shared how we can be aware of this as it happens and make sure we are heard. Colleen is the Assistant Professor of Non-Western Literature at Kutztown University and beginning in the Fall 2016 will serve as their Director of Women's and Gender Studies.
Can you remember a time you wanted to be heard and weren't?
What do you do if you feel like you aren't being heard?
Why does what you have to say matter?
What you have to say does matter. As women, we often have the dual task of communicating and maneuvering our messaging to ensure we are heard. Sometimes, the process is so exhausting it's tempting to give up. Join us for our May meeting when Colleen Lutz Clemens -- mother, partner, scholar, teacher, writer, and advocate -- will lead us in a discussion on being heard and having our words valued. Colleen is the Assistant Professor of Non-Western Literature at Kutztown University and beginning in the Fall 2016 will serve as their Director of Women's and Gender Studies.
Jessica D'Angelo, our Sister of the Month, will also share her story. Treat yourself to an evening of time just for you.
Our April meeting featured Sister of the Month Emily Smith and speaker Jill Strickland of FROX showing us how to have showing us how to have perfect style with just a few quality pieces.
Join us for our May meeting Thursday, May 19th when Sister of the Month, Jessica D'Angelo, will share her story and Dr. Colleen Lutz Clemens will speak on the power of women's voices.
We are still on a high of our first major fundraiser, Best Foot Forward: Empowering Women of All Ages. Approximately 100 women gathered at Bucks County Community College's Upper Bucks Campus for a fun evening on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Designed as an evening for all women to create their own experience, the event included breakout sessions, "try-its," an inspiring keynote from Lu Ann Cahn and a joyous spring fashion show by FROX.
We are grateful to Perkasie Borough for co-presenting this event with us and look forward to sharing news of the proceeds very soon. The proceeds will be used to further the mission of Sisters U to empower, educate and encourage ALL women.
Many thanks to Amy McDermott of Heart and Soul Portraits for donating her talents so we have these fabulous memories from the evening.