May 2016

Hi, All,

I love the old proverb “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.” This time of year always makes me think of that proverb and raises my anticipation to see all the beautiful flowers and the weather to warm up.

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for me, and I am looking forward to getting caught up and relaxing. Vegas was a lot of fun, but I landed with a nasty sinus infection. I saw Garth Brooks for the first and probably last time. The concert was amazing; he played all his classics, and I think about everyone in the state got to see him at one of his 6 shows here.

Last month, we learned a lot about the DM Botanical Gardens. Our speaker Kelly Norris was very informative about the organization and horticulture. The opening of the outside gardens in April of 2015 was a great feature for Des Moines. Kelly also gave away a copy of his newest book he wrote “Plants with Style.”

Please join us this month at Mama Lacona’s in Urbandale to hear Blair Overton from Greater Des Moines Funeral Homes speak on Funerals 101. I know you are all asking yourself why the heck is someone going to talk to us about funerals. Well, I guess he does a lot of speaking engagements and is fun and engaging. This will be a fun night for all.

Keep thinking about nominations for our Woman of the Year. Once a year, we celebrate the accomplishments of a special woman in our community. MWN recognizes a woman who exemplifies leadership, charity, inspiration or courage. The recipient does not have to be a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize or the CEO of a company, but simply a woman whom we as a group acknowledge for her unique contributions to our community. Nomination forms are due by August 31, 2016.

See you soon!!

Sherri Johnson, President






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