After a local newspaper article was published regarding my being awarded the 2014 Woman of the Year Award, the North Stafford Rotary Club invited me to come speak to its members. I wasn’t sure what topic I should share with the group, and I debated between the activities with which I’m involved. The go to topic would be the North Stafford Farmers Market, which my boyfriend and I established last year. I am very proud of the market, and am excited about its growing success, however sometimes it feels like it can overshadow the other amazing organizations with which I’m an active participant. I decided to speak briefly about five different topics, and leave it to the Rotarians to ask questions about what peaked their interest.
These are the five topics that I chose:
– how it started
– changes this year
– Mary Washington Hospital Grant/SNAP program
– donations to S.E.R.V.E.
– will donate 10% to Stafford Junction when the NS-FM store opens
– need for an alternative method of produce distribution
– 10% is donated to the Wounded Warrior Project
– five years in the making
– recently secured our studio
– start 24-hour broadcasting on cable on July 21st in Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania
– currently have around 25 shows, with a goal of around 40
– Mission: to educate, equip, and mobilize our Central Virginia community with the tools needed to be a force in the movement to end human trafficking.
– Washington DC and Richmond have high human trafficking activity
– Areas of focus: Awareness, Education, Advocacy, Prevention, Prayer
– my role with The Prevention Project
– Mission: to foster wellness through education, action, and advocacy.
– kids cooking classes, preschool nutrition program, grocery shopping classes, youth learning garden
Hopefully, I was able to raise some awareness about these growing organizations. I’m very grateful to have been invited by the Rotarians to speak! I’m sure that I will see them again soon 🙂
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