By Liz League
We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Jacki D’Amico Designs, Kevin Haines – Holly Oak Consulting, Vital Fitness Holistic Center, Steak ‘N Shake Millersville, Touchstone Title, Renewal by Anderson, Chris Haughton – Cedar Square Homes Inc., James Klenk - Keller Williams Select Realtors of Annapolis, and Vintage Vinyl by “Yesterday’s Fish.”
On January 9, the Successful Women in Business group held its First Cup Club coffee and networking event at the Tough Love Salon. Owner Lisa Cardillo was a gracious and generous host who opened early and provided a light breakfast. She named her salon Tough Love, as she will always give you a brutally honest evaluation of your hair cut and color. For those who listen, they always leave as happy customers!
On January 19, we held our Health and Wellness Expo for You and Your Pets at the Holy Grounds Youth Center. The event featured 26 exhibitors who gave demonstrations and talked about ways to keep you and your pets healthy and tackle your New Year’s resolutions. We had expert presentations on various topics such as concussion evaluation from Choice One Urgent Care, the benefits of tai chi by Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi (and we enjoyed a mini session), the latest findings in treating Alzheimer’s presented by Dr. Alden Gross of Johns Hopkins, “Spine Alignment and Health” by Dr. Michelle Herczeg of Severna Park Family Chiropractic, “Holistic Health For Your Pets” by Dr. Levitsky of Healing Paws Veterinary Wellness Center, an EMS demo, “Addiction and Solutions” by Pathways, and much more. Onsite massages were given by Bodyworx Spa, and the Anne Arundel Community College’s Health Sciences Department provided a virtual reality demo of the human heart.
On January 30, we held our 2019 general membership and new officer installation dinner at Chartwell Country Club. The new officers were sworn in by Judge Cathy Vitale. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Dawn Lindsey, president of Anne Arundel Community College. The theme of the meeting was “From Good to Great to Exceptional.” The annual Harmony Award was presented to Kogen Dojo in Severna Park in recognition of all that they do in our community. The owners, Robert Van Valkenburgh, Matthew Van Valkenburgh and Dwayne Bowie, regularly conduct anti-bullying workshops in the public schools. Their suicide prevention work supports of a local charity called Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention as well as the national charity American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They have also regularly supported events for childhood cancer awareness and host regular free self-defense workshops for women.
In February, we have planned many events including a Successful Women in Business valentine mixer on February 13 at Mix and Marble in Severna Park. We will also have a wine tasting offered by Goska’s Liquors.