Category Archives: Newsletter

June 20 Meeting: Joel Derse Dauer, Animal Advocate / Transitional Organization Specialist

Joel Derse Dauer is our speaker. Joel has had a lifelong passion for animals and  has worked as a Transitional Organization Specialist for more than 25 years.  “Saving Sadie, How a Dog that No One Wanted Inspired the World” is Joal Derse Dauer’s first book for adults. Together she and her special-needs dog Sadie travel the country spreading their important messages about disability acceptance, anti-bullying, and strengthening the laws and punishments regarding animal cruelty and abuse.

Join us at SEEK Careers/Staffing, 1160 Opportunity Dr, Grafton, WI 53024.

Check in at 7:15 am for the meetings starting at 7:30 am.  Coffee and light breakfast refreshments.

Reservations and payments can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Click here to make your Meeting Reservation today!

May 16 Meeting: Meet Local Metalsmith Sara Dahmen

Sara Dahmen is our speaker. She is a metalsmith of vintage and modern cookware and manufactures pure metal kitchenware in tin, copper, and iron. Her debut novel, Widow 1881, inspired House Copper & Cookware. The cookware is manufactured entirely in America, with most of the copperware made by Sara in her garage in Port Washington.

Join us at SEEK Careers/Staffing, 1160 Opportunity Dr, Grafton, WI 53024

Check in at 7:15 am for the meetings starting at 7:30 am.  Coffee and light breakfast refreshments.

Reservations and payments can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Click here to make your Meeting Reservation today!

April 18 Meeting: Go Away, Find Your SELF – Personal Transformation Through Travel with Jennifer Buchholz

Join #1 bestselling author Jennifer Buchholz as she shares how travel can be used for a journey of self-discovery. It’s time to rediscover yourself!

Jennifer Buchholz is the owner of Transform via Travel, where she coaches women to go on journeys of self-discovery using solo travel as a means to get out of their comfort zone. This business evolved organically as a combination of her professional and academic background as well as her personal travels and growth.

Jennifer holds a BA in Communication and an MA in Human Resource Development. Professionally, she’s worked in financial services and leadership training and development for the majority of her career. She also has been an adjunct faculty member for over 15 years at various universities teaching leadership courses as well as a variety of other topics.

While she’s been a solo traveler for years, she took her first solo trip abroad at age 40 to New Zealand and spent time intentionally working through some things she’d been dealing with after an especially rough year.

Now, her career involves being an entrepreneur, coach, networker and innovator. She will be launching a grand new initiative for solo travelers in 2016 and will continue to encourage women to Go Solo!

Join us at SEEK Careers/Staffing, 1160 Opportunity Dr, Grafton, WI 53024

Check in at 7:15 am for the meetings starting at 7:30 am.  Coffee and light breakfast refreshments.

Reservations and payments can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Click here to make your Meeting Reservation today!

March 21 Breakfast Meeting with Caitlin Cullen

The Tandem: Dream that turned into bridge between two communities. Meet Caitlin Cullen.

Caitlin Cullen is the head chef and owner of The Tandem, a made from scratch southern-style restaurant located in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood. Caitlin chose this location hoping that her restaurant could be a “bridge” between northern neighborhoods and downtown Milwaukee. She hires her staff almost exclusively from Lindsay Heights area to help create economic opportunities in community that has a 40% poverty rate. Hear Caitlin share the story of how her business idea turned into a celebrated neighborhood gathering place.

Join us at SEEK Careers/Staffing, 1160 Opportunity Dr, Grafton, WI 53024

Check in at 7:15 am for the meetings starting at 7:30 am.  Coffee and light breakfast refreshments.

Reservations and payments can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Click here to make your Meeting Reservation today!

March 29: Evening Social at Member Business Leap of Faith

Plan to join us for our next Social Event at the Leap of Faith at W64N707 Washington Ave., right across from the Cedar Creek Settlement.  After enjoying the fun shopping party at this member business, we will adjourn to the Chiselled Grape Winery next door at W64N713 Washington Ave.  for a wine tasting.

Leap of Faith:  “Meaningful” describes the many items that abound. Pleasant music invites you to relax while making that unique purchase for yourself or someone special. Select from carefully chosen artistic creations, jewelry, thoughtful gifts, books, CD’s and photography including Cedarburg photos and photo cards.

Leap of Faith, began about 20 years ago at the Cedar Creek Settlement in Cedarburg as an art studio by Patricia Lietzke, a Focus member. Within a few years the studio evolved into a gift shop with the focus on meaningful gifts for all occasions, and her daughter Amy O’Shea joined her.

Patricia “retired” about 4 years ago and Amy moved to a larger location across the street from the Settlement on the Northwest corner of Bridge and Washington, and Patricia and Amy now work together, maintaining the same focus and able to increase their offerings.

We look forward to having you join us in the shop for a private “After Hours” social event on Thursday March 29, followed by a wine tasting next door at Chiselled Grape Wine Shop.

 

February 21 Breakfast Meeting with Cat Dols

Cat Dols is a coach, speaker and author of Get Your Goddess On: Own Your Power, Love Your Life!  She has lived in the trenches of life and now has written down the map she used to get out – to also help other women feel their best in life.  She loves to assist others on their journey to learn how to love themselves again and give them opportunities for self forgiveness, healing and growth. Adversity will always be a part of life and hopefully a little easier to get through with some of the tips and suggestions in her book.  Cat is a mother of four grown children, a business owner and lives in Cedarburg with her two furry boys.

Join us at SEEK Careers/Staffing, 1160 Opportunity Dr, Grafton, WI 53024.

Check in at 7:15 am for the meetings starting at 7:30 am.  Coffee and light breakfast refreshments.

Reservations and payments can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Click here to make your Meeting Reservation today!

Happy New Year Everyone!

It’s the New Year and with that comes some exciting new plans for Focus members.  Big changes this year!

• NEW! We have switched to monthly Breakfast Meetings. Check in by 7:15 am for networking before the meetings start at 7:30 am.

Join us on January 17 at SEEK for the first meeting in the new format.  Meg Daly will help us Feel Better  Work Better in the New Year!

Thank you for your responses to the short surveys on the reservations form last year.

• NEW! We are meeting at SEEK in Grafton! The address is 1160 Opportunity Dr, Grafton, WI 53024

• Watch the website, Facebook, and the newsletter for information on upcoming evening social events. Plan to join us at these special events at member businesses or local entertainment.

• Annual Dues are due now and can be paid securely through PayPal. Go to the Renewal page at http://www.womensfocus.org/annual-dues/  If you would prefer to use a check for your dues, please make the check payable to Women’s Focus and mail it to P.O.Box 611, Cedarburg, WI  53012.

Have a wonderful 2018!

January 17 Breakfast Meeting with Meg Daly

Start the New Year at our Breakfast meeting at SEEK Consulting in Grafton.

Meg Daly with help us start the year right.  Feel Better. Work Better.  Meg is a Personal/Career Development Coach, M Magazine Blogger, and corporate facilitator. She works with individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are ready to take their lives and careers to the next level. She has a natural ability to hone in on the unique gifts of her clients and support them in using these gifts to start living more effective lives. You can learn more about Meg by visiting her website at www.coachmegdaly.com

Reservations and payment for the meeting can be made securely on our website using PayPal. Payments may be made securely by credit or debit card — No PayPal account is required.

Click here to make your Meeting Reservation today!

Focus Scholarships & Speaker Donations 2017

It hardly seems possible!  Soon we will have another year in the record books!  As we look back over 2017 we want to say Thank You to our monthly Speakers and also take a moment to remember the wonderful young women we have been able to help in their careers with our scholarships.  We look forward to helping more in 2018!

Each year Women’s Focus awards up to $2,000 for scholarships thru the Milwaukee Area Technical College.   A $1,000.00 scholarship per semester is awarded to an outstanding, female student seeking a degree at MATC.  We love to meet each of them and hear their about their plans for the future.

We are honored to have been able to help so many of our Speakers favorite causes.  In appreciation of our meeting speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of her choice.  Here are just a few of the organizations that we have been able to help.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee
  • Camp Hometown Heroes
  • Exploit No More
  • Friends of St. Catherine’s Residence
  • Grafton Lion’s Club
  • Kathy’s House
  • MACC Fund
  • Metro Milwauke Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Ozaukee Humane Society
  • Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
  • Pewaukee School Scholarship Fund
  • Tailwaggers911 Dog Rescue
  • ULC 100 Anniversary Legacy Project, Emergency Housing for Refugees Fund
  • United Way of Northern Ozaukee
  • Wisconsin Humane Society
  • Women’s Club of Wisconsin Foundation

November 8th: An Evening with Lynne Oehlke, Fine Jeweler

Meet Lynne Oehlke, owner of LJO Creations, and learn about  her business up-front and personal on Wednesday, November 8 from  5:30 pm  to 7:30 pm. Join Lynne and other Focus members—bring a friend—at her home/bench at 400 W. Revere Rd., Mequon. Their  driveway is in the bend in the road between other driveways so look closely.

We will have fun learning about creating a patina, casting a botanical, taking care of silver. Bring your fine jewelry to the gathering if you are curious about alternative designs or if you wish to get a quote on selling some gold jewelry.

This is not Lynne’s first career. For much of her professional life she worked in the fields of child welfare,  as a grants coordinator/writer for Milwaukee County and UW Milwaukee and as CEO of St Catherine Residence, a two hundred unit housing facility with supportive services for women. Leaving gave her freedom of her calendar and an opportunity to grow a part-time jewelry business into a personalized service offering custom designs.

She sees her new venture as a means to develop the  her creative side, meet fun, interesting people and  to support the work of nonprofit agencies, especially those servicing women at a higher level than she might other wise be able to.

As owner of LJO Creations, Lynne Oehlke defines her mission as a fine jeweler who provides customized personal service and the highest quality jewelry at prices her customers feel comfortable affording.

While specializing in fine jewelry through her buying power with internationally known wholesalers she enjoys creating jewelry using multiple metals. She has developed skill at integrating natural stones, pearls and  “botanicals”  (dried plant material that has been cast in silver) into her creations. As a metal smith she can repair broken jewelry and finds fun in recreating or “repurposing” fine jewelry that has lost its allure, functionality and/or a mate.

Lynne’s inventory and catalogs will be available for shopping  while enjoying great company, partaking in a glass of wine or other beverage and tantalizing munchies.

For details and directions, click here for the Calendar entry!