Lunch & Learn to be Held Thursday September 22, 2016
Herbal accents for Life
Would you like to learn more about herbs? Do you desire to learn how to grow and use them in your cooking? Or maybe simply how to use them for better health? Have you grown herbs in the past but had no idea what to do with them?
If you answer YES to any of these questions, you will want to attend Pearl’s upcoming Lunch & Learn on Thursday September 22 from 11:30 – 1:00 at Davie County Public Library Auditorium. Laura Mathis, owner of Herbal Accents will start the program at 11:45 and show us helpful hints for growing and using herbs.
Laura says “Herbs make wonderful planting companions in the garden and along our landscaped yards. Many of them are perennial plants or reseed. God has blessed us with these amazing plants and I encourage you to make them a part of your life each day.”
We invite you to experience these incredible plants that provide us with a variety of flavors, bringing our food to life. Each herb is packed with nutritional benefits that enhance our overall health.
As a special treat, we will enjoy an herb packed lunch, featuring scones, fruit, finger sandwiches and tea. Cost of lunch is $12 per person and reservations must be made by calling Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover & Dine to be Held October 8, 2015
The Pearls of Empowerment, Davie Community Foundation’s women’s giving circle, will host “Radiant for Life”, as part of their new Discover & Dine Series. “Radiant for Life” will be an educational fun evening with Susan Locke, owner Bella Mia Spa & Skin Care Center.
The event will be hosted on Thursday, October 8th, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Ladies of all ages in the community are invited and encouraged to attend. Reservations are required.
Susan’s business has been located in Advance/ Bermuda Run for 14 years and she absolutely loves Davie County! Prior to opening Bella Mia, Susan owned three I Natural Cosmetics stores in Hanes Mall, Salisbury Mall and Secaucus Mall, NJ. She has 35 years of experience as a licensed esthetician and was trained at Atelier Esthetique in NYC and Sothys Institute de Beaute’ in Paris. For many years Susan was the health and beauty commentator for WFMY-TV’s The Good Morning Show. She is proud to be one of the very few non-medical spas authorized to carry IS CLINICAL SKINCARE and NEOVA product lines.
Susan’s presentation will highlight the ingredients that help fight signs of aging without invasive medical procedures. She will demonstrate some makeup tricks she learned from Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist that “take years off the face”. She also will focus on keeping younger faces looking young. Susan has dedicated her professional career to helping people look and feel great naturally.
Meals for Discover & Dine must be pre-ordered for $8.00 each. Choices include: Cream of Broccoli Soup and Assorted Sandwiches or Cream of Broccoli Soup and Garden Salad. Beverages and dessert will also be provided. Questions and reservations should be directed to the Davie Community Foundation Office (336-753-6903) or email@example.com by Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Spring Lunch and Learn: Aging Gracefully with our Joints
Pearls of Empowerment held their tenth Lunch and Learn March 19, 2015, in the multipurpose room at the Davie County Public Library. Forty-seven ladies enjoyed a delicious box lunch as they learned how staying active is the best approach to “Aging Gracefully with our Joints.” Kevin Cleary, physical therapist and co-owner of Aware Physical Therapy, spoke on dealing with osteoarthritis and the importance of balance.
Cleary stated that with aging, humans do lose strength, muscle tone, flexibility, and endurance, but exercising is the best way to slow the degenerative process. To help improve flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance, people need to focus their exercise and continually challenge themselves to improve. Examples of endurance exercises were shared. Walking, biking, working on the elliptical machine, and swimming are good exercises. Circuit training at the gym, exercises with body weight resistance like push-ups and lunges, and light free-weight exercises are good for strength training. To help with the issue of flexibility, he recommended stretching the hamstrings, calf muscles, lower back, neck, and shoulders on a daily basis. Some ways to challenge your balance are making your stance narrower or moving specific body parts while standing. When working on balance, always consider your safety and get supervision for difficult tasks.
Pearls of Empowerment Celebrate Women’s Roles
A celebration of the many hats women wear was the focus of the Pearls of Empowerment Membership Social Thursday, February 19 at the Granary at WinMock. Sixty-six Pearls and guests enjoyed the time to socialize and meet new friends. It was also a chance to recognize women in our community for all their accomplishments and community involvement. Guests and Pearls were treated to door prizes provided by several local businesses, as well as delicious refreshments.
Speaker for the evening, Beth Weatherman, Central Davie Academy Principal and Director of Student Services for Davie County Schools spoke on women’s ability to wear many hats and participate in philanthropy as well. She highlighted the extensive leadership of women within a majority of non-profit organizations in Davie County and pointed out that they were Pearls, participating in a wide variety of philanthropic efforts.
Pearls of Empowerment is a group of women with a BIG vision for Davie County. As a component fund of Davie Community Foundation, women of all ages and backgrounds, pool their contributions, making grants annually to programs that benefit women and children in the community. Over the first 5 years Pearls has made grants totaling $132,962.74 to local organizations.
Pearls Award Grants at Annual Meeting
Pearls of Empowerment shattered their annual meeting attendance record Thursday, November 13th, as they celebrated The Magic of Giving at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Jane Simpson, President of the Davie Community Foundation, welcomed the ladies and recognized the four women from the Foundation Board whose dedication and vision were key in organizing Pearls of Empowerment. A round of applause broke out for Marlene Carter, Gladys Scott, Marlene Shamel, and Elizabeth Sparks. Following a delicious lunch, ladies were entertained with the magic and comedy of Glenn Strange. The highlight of the celebration was $32,168 in grant awards presented to local Non-Profits to have an impact on the lives of women and children in Davie County. Awards were presented to the following
Davie Domestic Violence Services was awarded $5,000 for Legal Representation for Victims of Domestic during the 50b process.
Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center received $3,000 to fund a Psycho-educational Teen Survivors Support Group.
Advocacy Center received $5,000 to financially assist the Invisible Generation of women.
Mocksville Woman’s Club received $3,750 funding for Art Education Enhancement for Central Davie Academy.
Keys of Faith Outreach Ministry was awarded $5,000 for Back 2 School Empowerment Day.
Davie Family YMCA was awarded $1,045 for their Bright Beginnings Project.
Hillsdale United Methodist Church received $5,000 for Heavenly Bags.
Smart Start of Davie County received $4,373.38 funding for Parents as Teachers Teen Parenting Program.
Pearls are a group of women with a BIG vision for Davie County operating under the direction of the Davie Community Foundation. These women pool their annual contributions to make grants to non-profit programs that benefit women and children in the community. In its first 5 years Pearls has made 35 grants totaling $132,962.74.
Jane Simpson commented “as women we give of our time, talent, and treasure differently, and in diverse ways… making each of us a unique “Pearl”. We want to give back to our community… we want to continue learning and growing so that our lives reflect a true “luster” as part of a lovely strand of pearls.”
All women in the community are invited and encouraged to join Pearls. Each lady contributes $1 per day; just $365 annually. The $365 gets divided into three parts: $300 goes directly toward grant making, $35 is contributed to the Pearls endowment and $30 goes to the operating expense fund. To become a Pearl, send a check made payable to Davie Community Foundation (with “Pearls” in the memo) to PO Box 546, Mocksville, NC 27028 or go to www.daviefoundation.org, click on Donate Today and select Pearls Annual Dues dropdown.
September 2014 Event
Fall Lunch and Learn “Aging Gracefully with Our Minds”
Pearls of Empowerment hosted a Lunch & Learn Thursday September 18 with 44 participants. Debbie Barr, certified health education specialist (CHES) working in geriatric research at the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, presented an excellent program. As the Outreach Liaison for the Aging Center, she
provided information about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, the research being done on Alzheimer’s at the Sticht center, and most importantly, the lifestyle choices we all can make to protect and preserve memory as we age.
Click here for the Aging Brochure, presented at the Lunch and Learn.
March 2014 Event
Spring Lunch and Learn “Aging Gracefully with Exercise”
Wearing their comfortable clothes, the Pearls of Empowerment members and friends came to eat lunch and to learn new ways to exercise on March 19th. After a boxed lunch catered by Savory Spoon, participants listened to Kim Crawford, a yoga instructor at Davie Senior Service Center in Mocksville and at Sunrise Yoga in Clemmons, explain how back pain led her to begin yoga. Soon she was taking classes to become a yoga instructor. Participants were then given the opportunity to do chair exercises with Kim instructing
Next, Elizabeth Norman, the Outreach Coordinator at Davie Senior Service Center, talked briefly about the classes that she teaches, including line dancing, Silver Health, and morning wake-up. Elizabeth brought several of her students to demonstrate line dancing. At the end of the presentation, Elizabeth gave participants a chance to sign-up for Davie Senior Service Center.
Whether improving Davie County or their own bodies, Pearls are always on the move.
February 2014 Newsletter & Event
Read the newsletter here.
Pearls Girls and their guests had a great time at the Chocolate and Chat event in February! More than one hundred ladies enjoyed catching up, meeting new people, tasting Kilwins chocolates, and learning more about heart disease in women. Special guest Susan Butler, RN, MSN, Women’s Heart Health Coordinator, was an informative and entertaining speaker. Congratulations to Shirley Cagle and the Membership and Marketing Committees for putting together a terrific evening! Now it’s time to follow-up and invite more Pearls to join us!