Timing is Everything
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President's Message

Timing Is Everything

On October 11th, the WBC held a panel discussion on “How To Care For Your Elderly Parents…And You”. I felt like we could have continued another hour or two because there was so much information from our panelists and questions from our attendees. When I left the luncheon, I called my husband and said “We HAVE to get your dad to the Senior Center. Maybe your aunt can help us get him there.” For a week, I kept meaning to call our aunt, but didn’t get around to it.

Not even a week later on October 16th, my father-in-law went grocery shopping (he had one leg amputated, COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Congestive Heart Failure—a true fighter). He got to his car in the parking lot and felt severe chest pains. Thankfully, he was able to flag someone down and get help. Within a few minutes of his ambulance ride, he went into cardiac arrest. Our family had to make quick, tough decisions in the ER. Within 3 hours, he passed away with his family around his bed. 

Thanks to the panel discussion, and the outreach from our panelists, I was able to call on people who are true professionals to figure out what needed to be done next. One thing said during our luncheon that has stuck with me was to let your parent be in charge of their decisions and to TALK ABOUT IT! I was able to run home, grab a couple of files, and have all the information I needed for our family to make decisions based on the wishes of my father-in-law. Medical decisions and funeral arrangements are not topics we want to discuss, but SO necessary when faced with making literal "life and death" decisions.

Please muster the courage to discuss the final wishes of your family members, and make it known to your own heirs what you want when it’s decision time. The guidance provided to us reassured us that the decisions we were making were the ones my dad wanted. After being married for 20 years, he was my DAD, not an “in-law”.

As I stated at the luncheon, I am MORE than willing to talk to anyone regarding the care of an elderly relative. I also have amazing friends who are experienced in the care of our senior population.

I sincerely hope to see you at our next event, and I hope that I have inspired at least one person to have that “difficult conversation”.

With gratitude,

Debi Friedmann
2016 WBC President
Owner, Blue Dog Printing & Design

Member Spotlight

 Nina Malone

How long have you been with Arbonne?

I've been with Arbonne a fabulous 7 years! 

What is your current role with Arbonne and what does a typical day entail?  

I'm an Independent Consultant—first and foremost, that's what we are at Arbonne. I consult with individuals and families to show them how to redirect the personal care and wellness spending they're already doing to products that are pure, safe and beneficial. It just makes sense: people are well educated about what they put on their skin and into their bodies, and Arbonne has done the legwork for us. Currently I'm an Area Manager, which means I mentor a team of managers and consultants, and consult with women and men who are looking to build an additional income stream. That having been said, a typical day can include customer appointments, group presentations at homes and businesses, coaching calls—it's really varied (and, fun!).
Can you give me some brief information on the company and anything you would like the WBC to know about your company?

Most people know Arbonne for the "orange bottles"—our flagship RE9 Advanced anti-aging system. And while it's incredibly effective, it's just one of more than 400 personal care of wellness products! We have products free of toxins and harmful ingredients for babies, kids, teens, women and men. Looking for sunscreen, acne care, shampoo and hair care, deodorant and toothpaste, spa and aromatherapy, bath and body items, and makeup? Got it! And, we also have highly effective nutrition, weight-loss, sports nutrition, and vitamin and supplement products. I want everyone to know that in addition to being free of yucky stuff, artificial flavors and colors, all our offerings are certified vegan, certified gluten-free, screened for GMOs and cruelty-free. Much of our nutrition is certified Kosher (more to come!) and our sports nutrition is Banned Substances Control Group certified.

What did you do prior to this? 

My background is in marketing and public relations. I started my Arbonne business alongside my freelance marketing communications business—most consultants start that way, in addition to their existing job. However, Arbonne also fit perfectly with my lifelong interest in health and wellness—I always say I went to the wellness school of hard knocks by researching, learning and implementing good habits into my life. I enjoy helping others do the same.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  

Hang out with "the Hubs," Bob Henry! We love to explore the restaurant scene, take epic walks, hang with friends ... the kids are grown and on their own, so we're ruling the empty nest "syndrome." I also like to read (mostly health, wellness and personal development topics, what a surprise!) and cook.

How long have you been with the WBC/WRN?  

I've been a member and volunteer since 1999—clearly I joined when I was 18 (wink, wink)! I've pretty much held every volunteer post and am currently the immediate past president. People always ask me how to get the most out of a networking group. It's simple: get involved! Attend everything, volunteer and serve on the board. It's also hugely important to set coffee/lunch/drinks appointments with those you meet at the WBC. That's how relationships are built; that's the "secret."

Welcome Our
Newest Member

Sara Getchell

November Luncheon: Learn about Hypnosis. Find out what it is (and isn't)  and how it can help you change things you never thought you could

Janet Burgoon

Burgoon Hypnosis

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Downingtown Country Club
93 Country Club Drive
Downingtown, PA


Sponsored by:
Marjorie Johnson
Ascend Consulting

November Business Card Exchange:
Network and Nosh

20 E. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

November 16
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Network and Nosh with the WBC.  Your first drink is on us!

Cost: $10 for members (includes 1 drink ticket) and $15 for non-members when pre-registered by Monday, August 22nd.
Visit our site to register
Click Here

Event Sponsored by:
Elizabeth Frame
Interiors by Liz
A HUGE THANK YOU... everyone that came out to our 2nd annual Meet Me at the Mansion event and a special thank you to all of our event sponsors including: 

Anna Abbatemarco - Berkshire Hathaway

Danielle Yoch - Montrose Park Advisors

Debi Friedmann - Blue Dog Printing

Cakes & Candies by Maryellen

Heather Goodno - Park Lane at Bellingham

Gina MacDonald - Brookdale Senior Living

Nina Malone - Arbonne

Carol Gagliard - Bryn Mawr Trust

Diana Mattingly - First Resource Bank

Lori Zytkowicz - Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast

Kymberly Morris - Closets by Design

Nancy Tuttle - Tuttle Marketing

Kari Jarmuz - U Financial Group

Laura Aloisio - Dave' Automotive Repair Enterprises

Joyce Cummins - Adult Care of Chester County

Lynn McDowell - Rodan & Fields

Sue Neff - Stella & Dot

Carol Campenni - Malaleuca

Emily Pastore - The Wildflower Chef

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