Dee Danmeyer, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is not a new face to the affordable housing industry. Dee has been working with Habitat for Humanity for 15 years of which nine were with the Orlando Affiliate. A native of Maryland, she worked as the Director of a small Habitat affiliate in Frederick, Maryland prior to moving to Florida in 2005. Dee moved to South Sarasota County in June 2014 bringing with her experience in building energy efficient large Habitat communities. She attended Towson University, has completed Leadership Frederick and Leadership Orlando programs as well as Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management at Harvard Business School. Dee is a founding board member and former Chair of the board of Habitat Florida (the state support organization for the Florida Habitat affiliates).
She was appointed to the Orange County Mayor’s Sustainable Community Committee from 2012-2014. She currently is a member of Sarasota County’s SHIP Affordable Housing Council.
Emily Shaw, Community Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator has been with Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County for a little over a year. She is a graduate of Shepherd University and is also a native of Maryland. Emily has been in sales for over 30 years. She finds asking for volunteers and donations a much more rewarding career. She has 2 sons, one who owns his own auto mechanic shop in Maryland and the other is a Marine in Yuma AZ.
l to r: Judy Braham - president, Nathalie Barr, Karin Drury - Scholarship Chair, Elizabeth Wright, Frances McHale, Carol Kouba - Scholarship Committee
The Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) awarded 3 Adult Learner Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each to 3 very deserving women at their monthly dinner meeting in Venice on 6/20/2017. The winners are: Nathalie Barr - finishing her BSN degree at SCF Bradenton, Frances McHale - studying to be an RN at SCF - Venice, Elizabeth Wright - finishing her pre-med requirements at SCF - Venice. This is the second time that Ms. Wright received the scholarship. All 3 women juggle raising children on their own, working full or part-time and are maintaining excellent GPA scores! Congratulations, well done.
Information for the 2018 Adult Learner Scholarships will be available on this website after Jan. 15, 2018.
BPWEV’s Mission is “To achieve Equity for all women through Advocacy, Education and Information.
The Scholarship Committee, Carol Kouba, Ann Wacholder and Karin Drury, met on May 22, 2017. BPWEV received 17 scholarship applications, definitely an increase in applicants compared to the last few years.
The lucky recipients this year are: Elizabeth Capell Wright (2nd time), Nathalie A. Barr and Frances E. McHale. You will meet them at the June 20 or July 18 dinner meeting. Please join the Scholarship Committee in helping to welcome them.
All of the BPWEV members, but especially the Wine Tasting Committee, worked hard to procure the funds that allow us to pay for three $1,000.00 scholarships each year. As demonstrated this year by the amount of applications received, the need for Adult Learner Scholarships is great. It would be wonderful, if in the future, BPWEV could award more scholarships. Reading their essays, as well as the letters of recommendation, sending Letters of regret to the majority of the applicants, is always sad.
Who will join me this year in paying for the dinners of the awardees? In the past many generous BPWEV members have volunteered to pay for the dinners, so that the BPWEV budget is not stretched too far.
Thank you all for making this important project of BPWEV possible! Mark your calendars for October 13, 2017, for the next Wine Tasting at the Venice Art Center.
Karin M. Drury