The Port St. Lucie Business Women have ended their 36th year with a Winter Wonderland-themed holiday party and installation of new Board members. The Installation took place at their holiday gathering that was held on December 1 at the PGA Golf Club in St. Lucie West. Founding member Karen Miret presented beautiful potted plants to newly elected President Michelle MacNichol, Vice President Tammy Crandell, Secretary Angela Hale and Treasurer Susan Fines, in a candle lighting ceremony.
Outgoing president Cooie Newman used the quote by Flavia Weedn to express how she felt out the Business Women, stating that this group has so moved her and left footprints on her heart. There is a long standing tradition that outgoing president’s place something significant into the group’s President’s Box, an actual box that is kept and brought out at each Installation. Newman said that the most significant event of her term was the dedication of the bronze plaque that commemorated that tree planted at City Hall in 2015 in commemoration of the Business Women’s 35th anniversary. She placed a rubbing of the plaque into the Box, as well as a copy of Mayor Greg Oravec’s Facebook posting of the dedication.
Member Ellen Falk offered an Appreciation of Outgoing Officers with quotes from well-known women, including Dolly Parton who said, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
Charter member Karen Miret led the Installation of Incoming Officers. “We take great pride in the accomplishments of our organization and all of our members,” said Miret. “The Port St. Lucie Business women members have faith and confidence in your ability to lead them onward.” Miret lit a red candle held by outgoing president Cooie Newman. Miret continued, “The red candle of the outgoing president symbolizes courage, long life, and good health. It is the strongest color of all hues – a quality needed for an unwavering determination to succeed.” The red candle was placed in the center of a candelabra.
As she called the name of each new Board member, Miret recited their responsibilities. Each one pledged to faithfully perform all the duties belonging their elected office. Then each lit her white candle from the flame of the red candle and placed in in the candleabra.
At the end of the ceremony Miret addressed the membership and asked them to give the new board their whole-hearted support, encouragement and cooperation in the coming year. Board members removed their candles from the candelabra and circulated among the tables to start a candle lighting circle, lighting attendees candles to “be the light and to spread the light.”
Incoming president Michelle MacNichol stated that the Port St. Lucie Business Women is comprised of strong professional women. “We are a powerful group that supports each other, as well as women and children in the community. The emphasis this year will be to expand our power,” said MacNichol.
Dee Jay Vince Pulcini of The Pulse played a variety of Christmas and holiday music.
A gift exchange facilitated by Santa himself ended the evening. Members also brought beautiful bags overflowing with toiletries and other items to be donated to SafeSpace, and toys for WPSL Christmas Kids, another holiday tradition that members participate in every year.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of business women and serving our community in an effective way. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. “Like” us on Facebook for updates about our events, programs and community involvement.