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Midland & District Business Women's Association
Shirley Cowdrey, President
P.O. Box 714
Midland, Ontario L4R 4P4

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President's Message

This upcoming dinner meeting, Dianne is going to show you great ways to help get yourself organized so you can spend more time working your business and less time trying to find things!  You won't want to miss this meeting. 

Also our last months speaker Christine Forsyth is bringing her information for you all about her "Out There Marketing" and how it can help your business!  I would like to give a big shout out to Christine Forsyth for being "Midlands Most Talented Senior 2011"  Christine won first place at the recent Seniors Got Talent Contest.  Congratulations Christine!!  You Rock!

I would also like you to think about getting some of your promotional items together and be part of the 4th Annual Business Women of the Year Awards being held March 22nd.  Each guest that attends will receive a great gift bag filled with promotional items - why not be one of them??  Please contact our own Maureen Reid from Meridian Credit Union to see how easy it is to promote YOUR business at this great event!! 

Please read your newsletter in full so you are kept up to date with all that is going on and hopefully you will get some inspiration from our book of the month and article as well.  If you have any suggestions for article or book of the month, please send them directly to me.  Thank you in advance.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone again, and meeting our newest members!

Until then, be safe and have FUN!

Shirley Cowdrey
MDBWA President

Book Pick of the Month

Getting Organized In The Google Era: How To Get Stuff Out Of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, And Get It Done Right
by Douglas Merrill, James A. Martin
Crown Publishing Group | March 16, 2010 | Hardcover


Whether it''s a faulty memory, a tendency to multitask, or difficulty managing our time, every one of us has limitations conspiring to keep us from being organized. But, as organizational guru and former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill points out, it isn''t our fault. Our brains simply aren''t designed to deal with the pressures and competing demands on our attention in today''s fast-paced, information-saturated, digital world.

Read More and View at Chapters 

 Article of Interest

How Are You Using Your Power?

By Karen Keller, Ph.D.

What does it mean for a woman to find her voice? Voice is not only speaking. It’s listening, responding, and being heard. It is purpose, identity, imagination, and beauty.

Your voice was created the moment you were conceived. Sometimes it has been shut down – flattened. Nurture it. Don’t take it for granted.

All women are gifted with a powerful voice. A voice for expression, meant to impact others and transform the world in small and big ways. Your voice shows in your relationships, with God and others. Start searching for your voice – finish these statements to begin the journey on finding your voice.

Read The Full Article

February Dinner Meeting

Date: February 16th, 2011
Where:Olympia Event Centre, 2 Robert Street, Penetanguishene 

Guest Speaker:  Dianne Desroches from Top to Bottom Organizing

Helping You Find the Perfect Home for Everything You Own

Top to Bottom Organizing provides professional organizing services for homes and offices in the Penetanguishene and Midland area. We can help you start a new, clutter-free life today!

Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter in your life? Are there rooms in your home that you don’t use because they’re stuffed full of “stuff”? Don't know where to begin to organize your home office, clean out the garage, bring some serenity to your bedroom or finally organize your basement?

Dianne assures clients that professional organizing does not mean that she will come in and make them simply “get rid of stuff”. Instead, she offers thoughtful guidance, support and ideas for how to make the most of their rooms and possessions. As you’ll see in the customer testimonials on her website, finally getting organized can be an emotional process, and clients appreciate Dianne’s kind approach that brings a compassionate sense of humour to what can be a challenging process.

For more information of Dianne's services check out her website at

Dinner Meeting - Schedule & Payment

Networking: 5:30 p.m.    Dinner: 6:30 p.m.  Speaker:  to follow dinner

MDBWA Members  $30.00         Non-Members  $35.00

Membership Year:  September to August     Cost: $50.00

To register for this months dinner meeting please go to and register right on the website under "Events".  You can pay online with credit card or PayPal account. You also have the option of paying "manually" which means you will bring your payment the night of the event.
When paying manually, when your payment is posted by our Treasurer you will receive via email a paid receipt.
Any one who has registered thru the new website, please make sure you print your receipt and bring to the meeting. The Treasurer will sign as paid and that will be your official receipt.
Please be aware that with our brand new website, there will be no more paper membership forms.
All new members will need to fill in their information thru our website which also creates their webpage for them.

Thank you for all your cooperation!
A Chance to Win Advertising for a Toonie!

At every monthly dinner meeting there is a toonie draw to win advertising positions in the monthly MDBWA newsletter. For a toonie ($2), you can drop your card in the ballot box for a chance to win one of two advertising spots. You can enter as many times as you like. At the end of the night, the draw will take place. You must be at the meeting during the draw in order to win.  Only members may participate in the draw.

50/50 Draw - Out of the Cold

At our January meeting the members were in agreement that for the winter months we will give our proceeds from the sale of our Advertising for a Toonie and the 50/50 Draw to the Midland Out of The Cold Program.  The 50/50 tickets are one for $2 or 3 tickets for $5. You have a chance to win some cash and help out a great cause!

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 Looking for the secret to happiness and prosperity for the new year? 
Stop Standing In Your Own Way!  CHANGE YOUR LIFE NOW!
This is the workshop that will take you from where you are to where you want to go in 2011  

This inspiring one-day workshop will take you on a journey to:

  • Identify the ways you are sabotaging your own success and happiness and learn the tools and techniques to get out of your own way!
  • Understand how your current thinking guides your life and how to change your thinking to change your life.
  • Recognize how you have created your current set of circumstances and how to change them to create the life you want and deserve.
  • Understand the true meaning of self-esteem and stop measuring yourself against false ideals.
  • Learn to overcome your fears and turn them into courage!
  • Tap into the universal wisdom available to us all and overcome your barriers to success.
  • Learn 5 practical ways to change your thinking and CHANGE YOUR LIFE NOW!
Jane Armstrong has a long history of business and management experience as well as personal and professional development knowledge. Working with individuals and organizations/ businesses in both for profit and not-for-profit industries has allowed her to exercise her gifts. Her talent lies in being able to capture the bigger picture, see the vision, attend to detail and build client relationships through openness and creativity. 

Jane is both teacher and learner and is passionate about the work she does.  Her client’s success is a testament to her passion and skill as a life coach. Working with client initiative to move forward, gain clarity, make change or to reinvent, Jane brings her compassion and skills to the success of their mission.

 We are limited by our own beliefs of what is possible!

This is a powerful, interactive, hands-on workshop.  This is not a seminar or presentation.
Due to the nature of this workshop enrollment is limited!

CALL:  (705) 528-2310 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (705) 528-2310      end_of_the_skype_highlighting   
Or email:  to register today!

Date: Saturday, February 19,  2011       Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm 

Place:  Ad Space 24/7 Business Centre
            349 King Street, Suite 3
            Midland, Ontario


    February Special

 Book a Biodroga Anti Age Facial and receive a FREE manicure

Looking to find that perfect gift for your loved one this Valentines?  Valentines Gift Certificates available. 
Gift Certificates fit everyone!

Call to book your February Special at 705. 527. 8740

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