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April 2018  

Message from your President

Spring is in the Air

Happy Spring!

Is Spring in the air... not too sure!!!

Hopefully it is just around the corner.

Most of us take advantage of the beginning of spring to fling open the windows and clear out the dust, clutter and trash. Something to think about when it comes to your business, it is a good time to clear out those old emails and digital file folders.

With Spring comes changes. The Oxford Women In Networking Board has openings. This is a great way to grow and give back to Oxford Women In Networking and your community. Deep relationships are built within the board as we work together as a team. If you are interested in joining our friendly, supportive, hard working board please contact our Nomination Committee Chair - Judith Fleming and email pastpresident@owin.ca

Attending our Oxford Women In Networking events and lunches are enjoyable due to our member's, great enthusiasm and supportive attitude. Each Networking Lunch and Networking event are a fun and rewarding experience.

Our next event is Ladies Night Out at the SixThirtyNine, one of Woodstock's place's to be seen at!

Then our Tea Social at the beautiful and unique Chateau La Motte. Experience a true British Afternoon/Morning Tea.  Tickets are limited, so Don't Miss Out!

Our Annual General Meeting is another MUST NOT MISS NETWORKING EVENT at the Elmhurst. Mark it on your calendars.  An evening to be pampered. The Food is Delicious!!! Speaker is Ourstanding!!!

Oxford Women In Networking, look forward to celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We have a great year planned for your Networking opportunities.

Reasons to Attend Networking Events

Check out these 5 compelling reasons to attend networking events.

1. Increase Your Visibility

Attending business networking events is an essential component of your marketing strategy. Share your organization’s mission, vision and passion with like-minded individuals.  Doing so will help build brand awareness.  Regular attendance at the same networking event will position you to build longer-term, mutually beneficial relationships; an essential element as you work to develop a reputation as a credible resource in your core competency.

2. Tap into Best Practices

No matter how experienced you are in your industry, there’s always potential to learn and grow. Said another way, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” according to the late, great master chef, Julia Child.  Exposing yourself to new people, businesses, ideas, and trends will allow you to find more ways to conduct your business and perhaps even become more efficient.  Trade shows and industry-specific networking groups will keep you abreast of trends and best practices in your specialty.

3. Develop New Business Connections

Events are a great place to meet new people and develop meaningful relationships that can potentially lead to strategic partnerships and referrals. An African proverb I think of often says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  As I reflect on some of our company’s most powerful sub-contracting partners, I am reminded the relationships were birthed at an event.  Food for thought.

4. Invest in Personal and Professional Development

Getting from behind your desk to connect with [and learn from] others is an investment in yourself and your business. Many professional networking events have incredible speakers who are subject matter experts. Want to learn the newest trends in marketing? Attend a marketing conference!  Need to understand the business implications of a new regulation? Attend a legislative briefing.  Beyond the training experience, you’ll probably have opportunities to present your ideas and work to others, be inspired by presenters, and gain insight to techniques designed to give you a leg up in your business. Never stop learning!

5. Collect Market Research

Thinking about launching a new product or service, but wondering if the market has an appetite for it?  Seek out high trafficked, well-attended events to conduct a bit of market research and gather information about consumers’ needs and preferences.  

Whether your motivations are to learn, to connect with others, to grow your business, or to share your vision, attending events can catapult your business success

Last but not least, spread the GOOD WORD, about Oxford Women In Networking. Tell your friends, family and clients about Oxford's Outstanding, Supportive Enthusiastic Networking group.

Jane Ross ~ President 2017-2018

 

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Message from the Board of Directors

SEEKING NOMINATIONS

Oxford Women In Networking (OWIN) is seeking nominations for its 2018-2020 Board of Directors.

Through your participation on the Board of Directors of Oxford Women In Networking, you will have opportunities of growth, self-development, and understand the life cycle of membership; engagement from prospect to member to leader to mentor.

This is essential to the management of Oxford Women In Networking. More importantly it builds trust between members and ensures the success of OWIN in the present and future!

As a Volunteer Board, we are always learning from each other, sharing a vision for Women in our community! We strive to connect, be diverse through a provision of interesting and informative programs, and for high-quality communications while supporting one another as we learn, share and grow together!

As a Board Member of OWIN, you will work with a group of women who continue to invest their time and energy to make this a welcoming place for new members to come, and thrive to keep a great networking group available!

  • The Board maintains our Vision, Strategy, Mission and Mandate.
  • The Board positions are a two-year commitment.
  • The Board meets once a month.         


OWIN’s Vision: To be the forum for women to develop personally and professionally.

OWIN’s Strategy: To create opportunities to learn and grow through mentoring, events, teamwork, networking and friendships in a non-competitive environment.

OWIN's Mission: To respect every woman and encourage her to grow through meeting, connecting, networking, and learning from one another. 

OWIN’s Goals: To expand our community of members from Oxford County and surrounding area through provision of interesting and informative programs, high quality communications, supporting one another businesses as we learn and grow together.

OWIN’s Programming: Oxford Women in Networking hosts four signature events throughout the year

Board Positions available are:

Treasurer

Accounting back ground is required for this position!

Candidates must have knowledge of all aspects of accounting, be able to work closely with the President and Past President, and learn how the Star Chapter system works. This position is detailed and requires a couple of hours of your time weekly, learning the Star Chapter Back Office.

Vice President

Must have served in another OWIN Board position for one year.Works closly with the President and Past President.Available for training of the Star Chapter System.

Secretary

Candidates must be able to record and write minutes of Board Meetings. Training in our Star Chapter system will be required to learn how to send, create emails, and meetings. 

Although the other Board positions are filled, we always appreciate if members are able to volunteer. We are looking for OWIN members to assist on the following Committees:

Committees

Membership

An opportunity to learn how our membership system works with our Star Chapter program, to assist the Membership Director with membership renewals, up to date records, and at events.

Events

An opportunity to learn how to set up and plan events for our four annual meetings, plus ad hoc meetings. From initial events committee meetings, organization, contact of speakers, securing the venue, planning the meals, decor to set up and take down of the event.

If you would like to join the Board, contact a Board member to discuss nominating yourself for a position or please submit names of those whom you would like to represent your interests on the OWIN Board.

If you are unsure, contact a current Board member who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Job Descriptions and Nomination forms are available by request and will be emailed out later this month.

Judith Fleming ~ Past President

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Welcome New Members

OWIN Welcome You

 On Behalf of the OWIN Board
We Welcome Our Newest Members

Khadijah Haliru - K Body Blends
Jennifer Jimbere - Jimbere Coaching and Consulting
Kristin Markus - Thirty One with Kristin
Jennie Martz - IT Works Global
Vivian McClintock - Vivian's Country Cooking
Sheri McDonald - Neuro Tuition
Michelle McLean - MS Business Management Solutions
Shelly Monaghan - eOffice
Stephanie Peers - Director Community Relations at Park Place Retirement Residence
Trish Roberts - Custom Concept Photography
Susan Rowe - Beach Bums Tanning
Amy Simpson - Independent Travel Consultant and Doula
Katie Townsend - Katie Townsend Invis

We are so glad you have joined us and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and sharing the excitement about your businesses.

If you have any questions regarding membership, what OWIN is about, or what some of the benefits are, please contact us. We are more than willing to help.


NETWORKING: WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Networking is the act of making contact and exchanging information with other people, groups, and institutions to develop mutually beneficial relationships. It is a process that fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals or groups that share a common interest. It may be for social or business purposes.

OK so that sounds boring but we've all been networking since the day we were born. And that type of networking comes naturally. Some people are shy and take it gently and others are bold and aggressively make and keep new contacts. We had small circles of friends in the neighborhood, in the schoolyard, at church and we belonged to various groups like sports teams or board game teams or guides or sororities. And that all seemed easy.  

But now in adulthood, we come to work in or start up a new business or move to a new town and we find we have to actively network to connect with new people to either increase our business goals or just to find some new friends to hang out with during our time here. For those who have always been bold that is a pretty easy task. But for those of us with shyer natures, it can be very daunting.

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Oxford Women In Networking is a really welcoming and open environment for all types of women to come together and find what they need. We offer a variety of ways to get together like our online Facebook page and a private Facebook group, our monthly lunches in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll and our other social events where there might be guest speakers, vendor tables or a chance to get up close with several businesses in the area. And as always, our members are all open to help you with any question you have about business in general or their business specifically or with a chance to get together for coffee.

Our members recommend our friends in OWIN when we see or hear of someone in need of their services. But one thing to remember is that we can only recommend you once we get to know you and we get to know you when you come out to the various lunches and events we have and when you post interesting things or questions online.

So get active in 2018 with OWIN whether you do it in a shy way or a bold way. Work on your networking and we know that you will be able to grow your connections with friends who can help you make 2018 the best year yet for you. Let's rock it, ladies!!

Susan Winlaw ~ Membership Director
Tammy Burdett ~ Membership Co-Director

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Calendar of Events

May 2018

Wine, Women & Appetizers

Ladies Night Out!

Wine, Women & Appetizers

at

sixthirtynine

Tuesday May 8,2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Advanced Ticket Sales Only

Cocktails

 


OWIN's Tea Social

OWIN Tea Social 2018

Saturday May 26th, 2018

at Chateau La Motte, Woodstock

Tickets: $40.00

Purchase on line at owin.ca

or at Lilybear Dance Boutique

Purchase before April 30th for a chance to win a night for 2 at Chateau La Motte.


June 2018

Mark Your Calendar OWIN'S AGM June 26th,2018


July & August

Ladies Night Out ~ Patio Fun!

Details will be posted on our Website, Facebook Page & Closed Group closer to the events.

Ladies Night Out


Kick Off to Our 24th Year!

Dinner Speaker Event ~ September 19, 2018

Southgate Centre ~ 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Speaker Tish Jacobs ~ Me, Myself and My Money!


November 2018

Appetizer Speaker Event ~ November 20, 2018

"Sparks Ingnite My Dreams"

Upper Thames Brewing Company ~ 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Appetizers by Pannios is included in the ticket price.

Cash Bar for Beer, Wine & Refreshments

 We have 6 OWIN members sharing their adventures, hopes and dreams!

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Meeting Overview!

 We had some Amazing Events since our January Newsletter!

Ladies' Night Out


Women's March Canada

A few of our OWIN Women attended the Women's March held in Woodstock at the Museum Sqaure on January 20, 2018.

 


International Women's Day

Storytellers took over the International Women's Day Event held at Quality Inn & Suites on March 5th, 2018!

This sold out event was attended by Men & Women from Oxford county and surounding areas! 

International Women's Day Event SpeakersIWD Special Guest Speaker Shannon Leahy


 Lunchtime Networking

Ladies Lunches continue to be enjoyed by our members and guests at 3 locations - Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll! If you have any questions, please contact the Communications Director at communications@owin.ca

Lunch Networking


April we held a Spring "Spotlight on Business" with SEVEN of our OWIN members from the Tillsonburg and surrounding areas!

We started with a Networking Breakfast our new member Vivian's, restaurant ~ Vivian's Country Cookin'. We then picked up a few sweets from the Courtland Bakery and proceeded to SonFlower Stables and The Healing Garden. Mary and Marcia shared this wonderful space with us!

After a visit with the horses, we went to Tillsonburg Office Suites, owned by member Alayne. We were able to enjoy refreshments and have a tour of the space plus 4  members shared their business with us. Charlotte from Charlotte's Heavenly Sanctuary, Tammy from Lazer, Esmeralda from E-Concepts , and Alayne also shared her photograpy.  

We ended our day at Dream Auctions with Leana. We enjoyed some appetizers and wine with a presentation on how Dream Auctions came about and how we could have our own items put into an auction!This was a fantastic day and we do plan to have a Fall Spotlight on Business Full day in October on a Saturday!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Judith at events@owin.ca

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