November/December 2018

November 16, 2018

As I pondered what to write about for this month’s newsletter, I looked back over what I’ve written in previous months and looked at the speakers we’ve had.  One theme started to come out, community.  It started with Lori Evans (our Woman of the Year) and how she & husband helped the “community” of high school students.  Then we had Barb Breeser and her love of going to garage sales in the community and selling her finds on eBay.  Then we had Jill Featherstone from the Des Moines Art Center.  (Art always adds to community.)  April we heard from Mary Kramer and the impact she’s had on community with being a State Legislator and an ambassador to Barbados.  In May was Jan Milroy who oversees a “community” of volunteers for Living History Farms.  No one can deny about the positive impact Kellie Markey from Dorothy’s House has on the community with helping young girls and women escape sex trafficking.  Kristi Knous leads the Community Foundation of Des Moines.  Last month was Carol Chambers from the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.  So many ways we can affect lives in the community and this is just a pin point size of the ways that we can impact the community.  (I hope everyone used their voting privilege earlier this month to make an impact.)

 Next month we’ll have the opportunity to tour Sticks design studio.  This company has contributed to the community with its decorating at Blank Children’s Hospital and other places around town.  Please come to the event.  You’ll have a wonderful time, really good food (catered by the Radish in Grimes) and we always have wonderful company.  We’ll be there on December 6 so block your calendar now! RSVP at

As I pondered what to write about for this month’s newsletter, I looked back over what I’ve written in previous months and looked at the speakers we’ve had.  One theme started to come out, community.  It started with Lori Evans (our Woman of the Year) and how she & husband helped the “community” of high school students.  Then we had Barb Breeser and her love of going to garage sales in the community and selling her finds on eBay.  Then we had Jill Featherstone from the Des Moines Art Center.  (Art always adds to community.)  In April we heard from Mary Kramer and the impact she’s had on community with being a State Legislator and an ambassador to Barbados.  In May was Jan Milroy who oversees a “community” of volunteers for Living History Farms.  No one can deny about the positive impact Kellie Markey from Dorothy’s House has on the community with helping young girls and women escape sex trafficking.  Kristi Knous leads the Community Foundation of Des Moines.  Last month was Carol Chambers from the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.  So many ways we can affect lives in the community, and this is just a pin point size of the ways that we can impact the community.  (I hope everyone used their voting privilege earlier this month to make an impact.)

 Next month we’ll have the opportunity to tour Sticks design studio.  This company has contributed to the community with its decorating at Blank Children’s Hospital and other places around town.  Please come to the event.  You’ll have a wonderful time, really good food (catered by the Radish in Grimes) and we always have wonderful company.  We’ll be there on December 6 so block your calendar now! RSVP at

https://mwniowa.org/calendar/