Wow, September, you went fast! You were enjoyable but stressful at the same time as many of us attempted some normalcy with school, participating in fall activities. and for our Board and some members, the chance to finally meet and see each other in person!  
 
We’ll continue to meet when we can – especially when the weather is good – so we can stay connected. Plus, be on the lookout for special opportunities to let other members know you’re thinking about them! And I’m really excited about our plans for this year’s Annual Charity Fashion Show (more details are below).
 
I presented our strategic plan, based on our recent online survey, at our Board meeting last month. I’ll continue to use my letter as a way to update you all on our plans and efforts, and how you can all help. Our goals for the remainder of this year and next include: Growing our membership, especially around welcoming new members and past members back; this also includes looking at current activities/groups and making adjustments and/or introducing new opportunities, communicating frequently to you all, and our NA community, about all of our charitable contributions and volunteering activities (and that we’re not just a social organization)Focusing a majority of our charitable contributions and volunteering activities to help our community (keeping more funds and focus in New Albany, especially in 2021)Growing and showing membership and activity diversity within our organization; starting with refreshing our communications including our logo and website 
As a start to our first goal, we’re introducing a yearly interest form that we would love for all members to fill out this month; feel free to share as much information as you want about your interests, hobbies, family, hometown, profession, etc. We’ll use this information to form new groups and make key connections. 
 
I’m proud to be part of NAWN and our wonderful Board of dedicated women – all determined to make a difference in the community we all love! As always, feel free to reach out to me with any ideas – I love hearing from you all!

Best,
Terri Erlenbach
NAWN President
president@NAWN.org
terrierlenbach@hotmail.com
614-915-5778 (call or text)



Book Clubs
All Member Book Discussion
Thursday, October 8, 7-8 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 988 7064 7849
Passcode: 343636


NAWN Book Club is excited to open this event to all members! There is still time to pick up a copy of A Man Called Ove, or read/listen to it free from OverDrive

As with many great books, the story of Ove has been turned into a feature film! If you have run out of time to read; pop the popcorn, grab a blanket and settle in for a movie night. This will be a great way to catch up and add a different point of view for our readers! Find out more about our Book Clubs HERE. To become a member, please email bookclubs@NAWN.

SWANs
Thursday, October 13
Visit to Gigi’s Shelter

The SWANs will visit Gigi’s Shelter on Thursday, October 13, and enjoy lunch at BrewDog Brewery.

We look forward to taking a walking tour of the Inniswood Metro Park in early October, date to be determined.

Thank you to our members of SWANs who continue to make blankets for foster children and are collecting personal care items for the New Albany Food Pantry.

If you are interested in any of these activities and need more details, please contact Betsy Steer at bbsteer@gmail.com.

Professionals
Body Talk With Physical Therapy
Thursday, October 15, 7-9 p.m.
Keller Williams Greater Columbus 
1 Easton Oval, Suite 100

NAWN Professionals Networking: Body Talk with Physical Therapy.

Life is unbalanced. Working from home, homeschooling, and trying to stay fit through Covid lifestyle changes can wreak havoc on our bodies.

Join us as Leslie Wilson from Sports and Spine Physical Therapy and Results Physiotherapy demonstrates and discusses ways to bring balance back to our bodies through physical therapy and stretching techniques. 

This is a demo class, wear comfortable clothing.  The space is big enough for everyone to spread out.  We will attempt to live stream for those who prefer not to meet in person.

Space is limited, please RSVP to shezronne@gmail.com.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: This group is not limited to corporate professionals, it is open to all.  We focus on how we can support each other’s ventures while uplifting each other as we grow and evolve in our lives.

Please make sure to join our Facebook page, that is our main source of communication, all events and updates are posted there. @NAWNProfessionals

If you are a stay at home parent and want to develop your hobby into a stream of income or getting back into the working world, if you want to get more involved in philanthropic activities, switching careers or job focus, network and gain insights to grow your business, seeking support on how to balance all the demands or simply want to be around empowering energy, then come join us!

Annual Charity Fashion Show
Thursday, November 19
Facebook Watch Party
 Save the Date for the 2020 Annual Charity Fashion Show! Each year the Annual Charity Fashion Show brings together friends, community, and a worthy charity for an unforgettable event. This year will be no exception! In the coming weeks, we will be answering all of your questions and unveiling the details of this unprecedented show!

We continue to be inspired by the women of Freedom a la Cart and look forward to sharing their stories with you. Established in 2008, Freedom a la Cart helps survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation build new lives of freedom and self-sufficiency. Through offering supportive services, practical life skills, paid workforce training, and a continuum of long-term support, Freedom a la Cart is a place where survivors can heal, learn and grow as they prepare to live personally and economically independently in our Central Ohio community’

This year the show will be virtual and free to attend. We will be offering a variety of fashion events, including tips and trends from local boutiques. The main fundraiser for the show will be our silent auction. If you are interested in donating to the silent auction, you may contact Kristen Hamrick at kdrhamrick@yahoo.com.

We would like to invite all members to be part of video production for the upcoming Virtual Fashion Event! If you are interested in being a participant in a fun and uplifting video reel, please contact Nichol Butsky at nicholbutsky@hotmail.com

We are also looking for event sponsors. Sponsorship levels range from $100-$500. If you own, work, or know of a business that would be interested in learning more about the perks of sponsoring, please contact Mandy at sponsorship@NAWN.org. 

With your support, we will help Freedom a la Cart expand their Butterfly Continuum of Care Program so they can start offering empowering self-defense training to increase their survivors’ chance of safety, overall sense of control, and well-being. When you empower one woman, you inspire a generation!

New NAWN Knitting Group

As cooler weather approaches and we start spending more time inside, there’s no better time to take up knitting with the ladies of NAWN!  Whether you’re a yarn pro or never picked up a pair of needles, we invite you to come join the virtual fun as we knit together.

Based on interest, we will plan a time to meet monthly via Zoom. Projects to be selected based on suggestions once the group is formed. If interested, please contact Ashley Behler at ashleybehler@gmail.com.

Social 

It was refreshing to hold our first NAWN social since the start of the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who came out in support. 

Keep an eye out this month for an invitation to a special event that can include the whole family. The NAWN Family Activity was missed this summer and we are looking to recapture some of that with our October social. This will include a virtual drawing of names and give each family the opportunity to put together a Halloween-theme Boo for another NAWN member.

We will continue to look for ways to stay connected and social throughout the coming months and to honor some of NAWN’s best fall traditions.

Chandra Verbic
social@NAWN.org

NAWN Playgroups

Watch the NAWN Playgroups Facebook page for activities coming this October!

We are excited to get the little ones engaged. Registration is now open for fall ballet camps at New Albany Ballet Company. We are also excited for Healthy New Albany’s World of Wonder: Nature Classes for Preschool with Molly Scott.

If you are not currently a member of our private Facebook page, please contact playgroups@NAWN.org to join!

Membership

Our NAWN Membership Committee hosted the New Member Meet and Greet this past week and it was a great success. Thank you to the new members who joined the call! This was a nice opportunity to see new faces and to share more about NAWN and our current goals.

Each new member shapes the future of NAWN and our leadership, bringing fresh ideas and a different perspective. We would love to see our current membership continue to grow. If you have friends or neighbors who are missing out on the fun, invite them to join!

For new or current members who are still curious about new opportunities with NAWN, you can fill out the Interest Form form HERE.

Neighborhood Outreach

What We Do – NAWN’s Neighborhood Outreach program was created to help individuals and families in our community as they cope with life’s uncertainties. This includes helping with essential items such as food and clothing, as well as unexpected life transformations such as illness and loss.

Who We Serve – Our goal is to not only support our membership but to extend compassionate services to friends and neighbors. 

How We Operate – We rely on NAWN members to be our advocate in the community and bring our attention to where it is most needed.

To get involved, please contact us at outreach@NAWN.org.

Volunteering/Charitable Giving

Adopt a Family Holiday Gift Drive
This year our Christmas drive is going to support families from Directions for Youth and Family Services (DYFS). DYFS serves over 6,000 youth and families annually, providing mental and behavioral health services to those in Central Ohio. We are proud to be collaborating with them again this year, as the need is even greater with the impacts of COVID.

We will be looking at kicking off the drive mid to late November, additional details and gift lists will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please reach out to volunteering@NAWN.org.

In and Around New Albany

October is already giving us fall vibes and we know there are still a lot of beautiful days ahead!

Hello Pumpkin –  We have been busy decorating for fall and plotting our favorite family costumes.  If you are planning an outing to a corn maze or photos at the pumpkin patch, you can find great options HERE and HERE.  

Some Good News – Nothing has been more heartwarming than to witness the kindest of humanity where it is needed most. To brighten your day, we thought we would share a bit of Good News!

New Albany Community Foundation – From good news to a subject that could use some. Social injustice is an important issue right now. While it is great to start the conversation, it is essential for us to listen and take an active role in change. We are proud of the New Albany Community Foundation for featuring this subject in their current lecture series. You may register for that free event HERE.

October Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 7-8 p.m.


All members are invited to attend NAWN’s monthly board meetings. Due to current social distancing guidelines, we are mindful of the number of people who attend in person.

If you would like to join the board meeting this month, please reach out to Terri at president@NAWN.org.

Welcome our new members
Kajal Gopal
Susan Rodgers
Jennifer Macre