President's Message

November 2021

My Dear Friends,

 

I am beyond amazed at how quickly this year has flown by. We are already at our last meeting of the year which is our Installation Luncheon. We are honored to have Moorpark Major Janice Parvin officiate our 2021 WINS Board members and welcome our 2022 WINS Board. We are dark in December and will resume back together January 26th, 2022.

 

I wanted to wish you all a very special Thanksgiving and a prayer for you all.

 

God, thank you for bringing our friends and family together this Thanksgiving. While it's sometimes hard to make time to be together, we pray you will help us to enjoy this time together. We are reminded that Thanksgiving is about relationships, not just a meal, but the people you have brought together. Help us to enjoy the laughter, conversations, and the memories we make on this day.

 

For the loved ones that can not be with us we lift them up to you. Thank you also for the hands that have prepared the meal, and we pray the energy we receive from it will empower us to do what is pleasing to you and speak your love, grace, and mercy to others. Amen.

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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October 2021

My Dear Friends,

 

What an exciting month we have in October. This month is our Birthday Bash! I can not believe how quickly this year has flown by.

 

Please see the newsletter with all the details, you definitely won't want to miss this event. If you were unable to attend our last months meeting we were honored to have Dee Dee Cavanaugh Major Pro Tem of Simi Valley. Dee Dee gave us so much insightful information about what is happening in our great city.

 

Next month is our November Installation. Speaking of our Installation, do you have a desire to join our WINS Board? We have a few open positions on the Board and we would love to have you join us to make 2022 an incredible year. If you are interested please reach out to myself or Jan Sandstrom.

 

 

As women we are always striving to do better and accomplish more. I thought I would share this beautiful story with you.

 

In this story, God is creating the Universe. And on the sixth day, God decides to work extra late in order to create the first woman.

What happens next is not only extremely touching, but it reminds us just how important it is to love and appreciate each and every woman in our lives including ourselves!!

The story goes:

“When God created Woman, he was working late on the sixth day.

An Angel came by and asked, ‘Why spend so much time on her?’

The Lord answered, ‘Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?'”

“‘She must function on all kinds of situations.

She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart.

She must do all this with only two hands.

She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.'”

“The Angel was impressed. ‘Just two hands? Impossible! And this is the standard model?’

The Angel came closer and touched the woman. ‘But you have made her so soft, Lord.’

‘She is soft,’ said the Lord, ‘but I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.'”

“‘Can she think?’ the Angel asked.

The Lord answered, ‘Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.’

The Angel touched her cheeks. ‘Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.’

‘She is not leaking. It is a tear,’ the Lord corrected the Angel.

‘What’s it for?’ asked the Angel.

The Lord said, ‘Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.'”

“This made a big impression on the Angel. ‘Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvelous.’

The Lord said, ‘Indeed she is. She has strength that amazes a man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love and opinions.

‘She smiles when she feels like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid. She fights for what she believes in.

‘Her love is unconditional. Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life.'”

“The Angel asked, ‘So she is a perfect being?’

The Lord replied, ‘No. She has just one drawback.’

‘She often forgets what she is worth.'”—Author unknown

 

We all look forward to seeing you on the 27th! Don't forget to RSVP by clicking HERE prior to October 20th.

 

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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September 2021

My Dear Friends,

 

I would like to start with my heartfelt condolences and prayers to our United States Military, our United States Citizens and the Afghanistan Civilians that have lost their lives or have been injured in the devastating bombing that occurred last week in Afghanistan. I can not imagine what their families are dealing with at this time. Our prayers and support are much needed for all of them.

 

For those that missed last month's meeting, Steve from RevLocal gave us some very useful tips to generate more business with our Google business listing. I know I learned quite a bit of information and have already put it into place.

 

This month is our last formal meeting of the year besides our Birthday Bash in October and our Installation in November. Speaking of our Installation, do you have a desire to join our WINS Board? We have a few open positions on the Board and we would love to have you join us to make 2022 an incredible year. If you are interested please reach out to myself or Jan Sandstrom.

 

You definitely don't want to miss this meeting as we will have a member from our City Council speak to us about what has been and will be happening in our beautiful city of Simi Valley.

 

Not able to attend the meeting in person? You can now Zoom in to our meeting. Yes, that's right you can join us and participate.

 

Lastly, as I mentioned last month, we do need to have all final RSVP’s in no later than the Monday before our monthly meeting so that Wood Ranch Country Club can have the correct count of food for us. Unfortunately, we are unable to take any RSVP’s later than Monday September 20th. I really appreciate your cooperation and understanding with regards to this matter.

 

Also, remember that each time you bring a guest to a meeting you will receive a puzzle piece. The member that collects the most pieces this year will be awarded a free membership for 2022! Inviting guests is the best way to share all of the wonderful benefits of becoming an active member of WINS.

 

We all look forward to seeing you on the 25th! Don't forget to RSVP and confirm your lunch selection by clicking HERE prior to August 23rd.

 

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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August 2021
 

Hello beautiful ladies,

 

I can not believe how quickly time has flown by since our last newsletter. As most of you who attended our last meeting in July know, my beautiful daughter, Kyndal, was recently married on August 6th. My family is now blessed with a new son, Adam, whom we adore. After almost a year of planning the wedding, our special day arrived. I want to thank everyone for all of the advice to just step back and look around that day and take everything in. I did just that, and it completely filled my heart. I could not have asked for a better, more gorgeous day. With all of this being said, thank you for your patience this past month while I was finalizing the wedding plans. It sure did take on a life of it’s own. 

 

Speaking of stepping back and taking a look around, have any of us really done this with our own lives? We are so busy working, planning and caring for others that I have come to realize how important it is to just step back and appreciate where we are and exactly what life offers us all. Time really moves quickly so let's all make our best effort to value every minute of it.

 

Lastly, as I mentioned last month, we do need to have all final RSVP’s in no later than the Monday before our monthly meeting so that Wood Ranch Country Club can have the correct count of food for us. Unfortunately, we are unable to take any RSVP’s later than Monday August 23rd. I really appreciate your cooperation and understanding with regards to this matter. Also, remember that each time you bring a guest to a meeting you will receive a puzzle piece. The member that collects the most pieces this year will be awarded a free membership for 2022! Inviting guests is the best way to share all of the wonderful benefits of becoming an active member of WINS.

 

We all look forward to seeing you on the 25th! Don't forget to RSVP and confirm your lunch selection by clicking HERE prior to August 23rd.

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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July 2021
 

Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? Crazy isn’t it? I am not sure where the time has gone, as it almost seems like a blur. This last year and a half have had so many changes and as we are finally opening our counties, going out again, gathering with friends and yes, of course, working at full speed.

 

I know we all get so busy in our lives with work, family and events that we are running or assisting in we sometimes forget about ourselves. As for myself, this is something that I really need to work on. If we do not take care of our own needs, then how can we take care of others that depend on us. I would love for us to share advice with other members at our next meeting on July 28th. When you do your 30 second commercial, I'd like for you to share something that you do to take time out for yourself. We can all learn from each other and are here to not only share our businesses with each other but to support each other. So, if you are comfortable sharing, please use your 30 second commercial to let other ladies know what you do to take time for yourself.

 

For those of you that missed our last meeting, it was fantastic. We really got to know quite a bit about our members and their businesses. It is so exciting to see so many of you back at our in-person meetings. At our next meeting we will be handing out puzzle pieces to those that have invited a guest this year so far. Each time you invite a guest you will receive a puzzle piece, since this is the theme this year. The member that receives the most puzzle pieces at the end of the year will receive a paid WINS membership for 2022! 

I am looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting and get ready to learn how to organize your life!

 

Quote for the day: “When I’m tired, I rest. I say, ‘I can’t be superwoman today.’”- Jada Pinkett Smith

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th! Don't forget to RSVP and confirm your lunch selections by clicking HERE prior to July 23rd.
 

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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June 2021

I sure hope you all have had an amazing weekend. Can you believe Summer is already upon us? I'm not sure where the time has gone. 

 

What a fantastic meeting we had last month. It has been so long since we have been able to see each other in person. We had many laughs. For those of you that could not attend, we sure hope to see you at our next meeting on Wednesday, June 23rd at 11:30. We are back in person at the beautiful Wood Ranch Country Club.

 

You will not want to miss this month’s networking meeting as you will be able to promote your business and not with just a thirty second commercial. We are having a Networking event where each member will be able to share information on their respective business, hand out business cards, promotional items, catalogs and whatever you have that you would like to give to others. Each member will get 3 minutes to share anything and everything about themselves and their business. More details to follow soon.

 

RSVP to attend the networking meeting on June 23rd by CLICKING HERE. We can't wait to hear what you've got to say!

 

I am so thankful for each and every one of you, as many of our members have endured so much this last year. We are here to build each other up and form lasting relationships with one another. I have been blessed with referrals from many of you and have given many referrals out too. As women we have that special touch with clients, and you can count on our wonderful members to help your friends, family, and clients when you refer them to our members.

 

I am still looking for many of you to send me your photo and a short description on your business for the new directory I am making for us. If you could please get that to me as soon as you can, that would be greatly appreciated.

 

One last note, please RSVP for the June meeting by June 18th as we need to give a lunch count to the Country Club on that date. We will also be having the business card drawing where you can bring a door prize to give away to promote your business even more. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 23rd .

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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May 2021

Great News! We are meeting in person for our May 26th WINS Meeting at 11:30AM to 1PM at Wood Ranch Country Club. It will be truly wonderful to see all your beautiful faces in person. Please note we will have Zoom available for those that are not comfortable joining us in person.

 

We will need you to RSVP and pay for your lunch which is $25.00 per person to our web site, just click on the link below. Once at our web site you will choose the meeting tab at the top of the web page and then click on the RSVP and complete that form to register and choose your lunch option. You will be able to pay via Pay Pal or pay by check or cash at the door. Please note that once you have RSVP'd for the luncheon you will be charged the luncheon fee as we need to give a total number of guests to Wood Ranch Country Club.

 

Along with this, if all current paid members could please send me a photo of yourself and a bio about your business that would be wonderful so I can put it in the online business directory that I am making for us.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon!

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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April 2021

I sure hope you all have had a wonderful week. We missed those of you who could not make it to our Wine Down Wednesday that we had this week. It was a great time for us to just sit and chat. We will be moving our Wine Down Wednesday to the third Wednesday of the month. We will send you details of where we will be meeting next month.

 

We all need business tips to help our businesses grow. Please click HERE to find your monthly tip of 7 Ways to Work Your Network for Leads and Clients. Business Tip

 

I know I had sent out our WINS membership roster previously but you were not able to open it, my apologies to you. Let's try it again. Please click HERE

 

You won't want to miss our next meeting Wednesday, April 28th . Our speaker Shawn Nelson is on fire with her business and was able to leave her career as a RN and reached for the stars and got them with how well she has succeeded. Not only will Shawn give us some great advise on growing your own business, but maybe a great make-up tip or two.

 

See you soon!

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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March 2021

I am so excited to see so many of you on our monthly Zoom meetings. As you know this year our theme is Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together. So many of us women have crazy schedules with juggling work, home life, children/grand children, charities and so much more. Our meetings are designed to help each and every one of you with all aspects of your life. I sure hope you are enjoying them. Thank you for all of you that responded to my previous email in February when I asked about your thoughts on having meetings in person or continuing to meet via Zoom. Your WINS Board will be discussing this on Monday and we will let you know what is up and coming. If you have not responded to my email regarding this please feel free to send me an email letting me know your feelings on this topic.

 

A quick reminder that our WINS meetings are only for paid members and invited guest. If you have not renewed your membership please do so. I would hate for any of you to miss out on the amazing speakers and fun get togethers that we are having. You all mean the world to us and we want you to be a part of this wonderful group of women.

Darci Richardson

President 2021

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February 2021

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you beautiful women. Can you believe we are already in mid-February? Time sure seems to be going by so quickly. I hope you are enjoying the Women of Business Tips that I have been sending out to you. We are so excited to have had so many guests on our last meeting and have many more joining us for our February meeting.

 

Since February is the month of love and is celebrated with hearts everywhere, what not a better time to have a Dr. Glasser, a well-known female doctor, talk to us about our health and wellbeing. Since our theme for this year at WINS is Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together, what a better way to bring in our health as an essential part of our puzzle. Over the past year we have all had so many changes in our lives on how we do business, our social networks have been dramatically limited and learning how to cope with the Covid pandemic it has taken some stress on our bodies and overall wellbeing. It is so important that we keep our bodies and our minds healthy.

 

**Mark your calendars for Wednesday March 10th at 6PM-6:45PM for Wine Down Wednesday. This is just a time for us to get together via Zoom with your favorite beverage and just chat and laugh together. Hope to see you there.

I am so grateful for all of you and am enjoying every day being your President. Have a blessed day!

Darci Richardson

President 2021