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Nancy Brand Named
Woman of the Year
Jan. 20 6 p.m. General Membership Meeting
Montour Falls Moose Lodge
Feb. 17 6 p.m. General Membership Meeting
March 1 Youth Leadership Conference
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
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November 18, 2013 - At its Monday, November 18th meeting, the Southern Finger Lakes Women presented its annual “Woman of the Year” award to Nancy Brand of Burdett, NY. The presentation was made as part of New York State Women, Inc.’s observance of “New York State Women in Business Month,” which recognizes the accomplishments of women in business and the professions in New York State. Shown left to right in the photo are Nancy Brand, 2013 winner, Mary Ellen Morgan, Status of Women Committee Chair, and Jan Brew, Status of Women Committee Member.
This year’s Woman of the Year is Nancy Brand. Ms. Brand graduated from Watkins Glen High School. She is the proud mother of twin daughters, Hannah and Kaiya. She and her fiancé share his children, Chad and Joy. Ms. Brand is currently employed by Catholic Charities.
Nancy Brand serves on the Advisory Board for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Schuyler County Food Bank Coalition, Labor of Love. She works with the Cornell Cooperative 4-H Nutrition Education Committee. Ms. Brand recently became a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary.
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Gloria Hutchings, Membership Chair
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Judith Phillips, President
Crystal Banks, President Elect
Carole Shay, Vice President
Christine Brown, Treasurer
JoAnne Krolak, Secretary
Sally Rigden has been a member of Southern Finger Lakes Women since 1999 and has held the offices of Secretary and President. She also serves on the Education Committee and Christmas Committee.
Sally, a transplant from England in 1968, has a degree in Finance. She worked as the Administrative Assistant to the CFO for Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester until 1998. She then moved back to the Southern Tier and worked in the office of Sponsored
Nancy Brand, Mary Ellen Morgan & Jan Brew
Funds Accounting at Cornell University. At that time, she and her husband, Martin, also opened their first Bed and Breakfast – Page House in Millport, NY. For the next seven years they built their business on the weekends while both working full time. As the B&B business grew, Sally left Cornell University; and since the B&B was a seasonal business she first worked during the off season at
Wal-Mart as an overnight customer service manager, and then as a commercial accounts rep for E. C. Cooper, Inc. Insurance in Watkins Glen.
In 2005 a great late Victorian style house in Watkins Glen came on the market and was in a very good location for a B&B business. The Marmalade Cat Bed and Breakfast was born. Now beginning her 15th year in the B&B business, Sally has been host to guests from all over the world; from all occupations and backgrounds. She enjoys giving her guests all the information and sightseeing tips for our beautiful area, but also learning about countries she would love to visit, and places in the United States that her guests call home.
Planning and preparing a delicious breakfast for guests is a big part of her focus, so Sally loves to cook. As a natural progression of this, she hopes to begin providing classes in table etiquette at the B&B. Sally and her husband Martin live in Watkins Glen. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren. If she has any spare time, she also enjoys reading a good mystery, interior decoration and fast cars!
NYS Women, Inc. Region VII OffersYouth Leadership Conference
The Youth Leadership Conference is open to high school girls in grades
10-12. The cost is $25.
The conference includes a Reality Store, in which participants will:
- Identify possible educational and career choices with corresponding income and lifestyles.
- Learn skills for financial planning including goal setting and decision making.
- Examine attitudes about careers, earnings and quality of life.
- Make choices about how they will spend their money.
- Examine how the choices they make today will affect their future.
Region VII of New York State Women, Inc. is offering a Youth Leadership Conference at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on March 1, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Conference will also include speakers on interviewing and resume' writing, appropriate attire for the workplace and social media etiquette.
The flyer and registration form can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. For more information, contact Karen Hunter at email@example.com