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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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Sunday, May 8, 2011


Hello ladies, hoping everyone enjoyed the last few days with such beautiful sunny weather!  It was a great weekend!!! Here is your May update...

  • Dianne and I enjoyed hearing Donna Messer again and also listening to Robert Herjavec from Dragons Den.  I can't wait to hear from our own Ronda Weisner (Massage Rx), who was the lucky winner of two tickets to actually meet Robert in person - wooohooooo!!! 

  • We are nearing the end of another great membership year. On Wed. May 18th we have our Executive Committee elections along with a great speaker, Jan Amos.  I have known Jan for some time, and I know all who attend will go away enlightened!  I am looking forward to hearing her speak and to also welcome our new executive directors for the coming year!

  • This month I am also proud to be presenting, on behalf of the women's association, proceeds from our April Garden Auction Fundraiser to a local community member in need, Carl Desjardins.  This is the young man that is need of financial assistance to help him get to Germany for much needed stomach surgery. Thank you again ladies for your compassion and generosity in supporting this local cause.

  • We will also be informing you of our JUNE FUN NIGHT, coming up Wed. June 15th.  
Be sure to read the MDBWA newsletter to the bottom so you are all up to date on the goings on of our amazing association!! Until then, be safe and have FUN!!

Shirley Cowdrey
MDBWA President 


Our annual MDBWA Executive Committee elections meeting has arrived!

What unique skills do YOU hold? Are you a whiz with numbers or a terrific planner? Perhaps you're great with computers and seeking an outlet for your creative talents? Or maybe you are simply interested in sharing your ideas and skills with local women at a higher level? If so, consider becoming a volunteer on the MDBWA Executive Committee! 

Submit your votes ONLINE before the May meeting, or AT THE MEETING on May 18th.
Nominations will be accepted the night of our May monthly meeting off the floor or online in advance. To nominate your elections for the 2011-2012 MDBWA Executive Committee online, simply follow the link to the SurveyMonkey questionnaire and submit names of the MDBWA members you would like to see on the Executive Committee for the coming year -  feel free to nominate yourself! 

View a listing of the current 2010-2011 Executive Committee by clicking here.

To view a directory listing of MDBWA member names, click here.

Nominations will be presented on May 18th. Place your votes TODAY!!!

Being on the Exec Committee is a great opportunity to share your skills and knowledge with a fabulous group of women and be a bigger part of the team. Make your votes count!



When: Wed. May 18, 2011      

Where: Midland Golf & Country Club (9536 Highway 93 North, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K6)

Networking: 5:30 pm                Dinner: 6:30 pm                Speaker:  7:30 - 8:30 pm

Elections Event: following presentation  (VOTE ONLINE PRIOR TO MEETING!)


"Manifesting Your Dreams"
A Presentation by Jan Amos

About Jan...
I wasn't living life; I was just going through the motions, rarely experiencing laughter, love or joy. At age 45, my body finally shut down from exhaustion and I experienced an awakening. The lesson I have learned and use on a daily basis have completely changed my life. I found freedom, and a life full of love, peace and joy. I look 10 years younger, I have lost 30 pounds, and I feel great!


Jan Amos is a published author; she has the amazing ability to speak to the reader within her books.  Her books are inspirational and are full of easy to follow life transforming concepts. Jan's first book, A Woman's Passage to Freedom is in the good hands of her agent and is on it's path to a large Publishing Company.

Jan's true passion is to assist the youth and the women within our community.  Her goal is to implement a youth program and to open a retreat for women in Simcoe County. Jan is also a Facilitator for the FACE Progam, a Restorative Justice Program located in Midland.

To learn more, please visit Jan's website at:

Cost for event:   MDBWA Members  $30.00  /  Non-Members  $35.00

You are cordially invited...
To RSVP for this month's dinner meeting, please visit and register by logging into your MDBWA website profile and clicking the "Events" section. You may pay online for monthly dinner events via credit card or PayPal. Once registered online, please make sure you print your receipt and bring to the meeting. The Treasurer will sign your print-off at the event as "PAID" and will return to you as your official receipt.

When registering online, you also have the option of paying "manually" for the monthly dinner event. Should you prefer to pay via cash or cheque, please bring exact payment the night of the event. Once payment is posted by our Treasurer, you will receive a "PAID" receipt via email.

Thank you for all your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you at this month's event!

Not a member yet? Join the MDBWA today!
Membership runs from September to August. Cost is $50.00 per year and payable online at via credit card or PayPal; you may also submit membership payment via cash or cheque in person.

NOTE: Please be aware that with our brand new website, there will be no more paper membership forms. New members will simply fill in their information on our website which will, in turn, create your very own member webpage!


At every monthly dinner meeting there is a Toonie Draw to win advertising positions in the monthly MDBWA newsletter. We also have a 50/50 Draw where you can win cash!

NOTE: You must be at the meeting during the draw in order to win.  Only MDBWA members may participate in the draw for featured placement in our monthly newsletter.
Advertising for a Toonie Tickets:

For just a toonie ($2), you can drop your business card in the ballot box at the event 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.

50/50 Draw Tickets:

The 50/50 tickets are 1 ticket for $2, or 3 tickets for $5. You have a chance to win some cash and help out a great cause!


The Executive Committee wanted to take a moment to thank all of you ladies for your generosity in helping the MDBWA reach an amazing fundraiser goal during our Garden Auction last month.

As you all know, prior to last month's fundraiser, we decided to donate proceeds of our event to help out a local friend in need, Carl Desjardins. Carl is a 26 year old member of the community who has been suffering with chronic pain and nausea due to intestinal adhesions since 2008. This young fellow has been struggling to manage these symptoms due to lack of funds needed to get to Germany to see a special surgeon to treat this debilitating disorder. The ladies in the MDBWA decided to see what we could do at our April event to help Carl out. 

Thanks to all of YOUR help - your kindness, and your generosity - we raised an amazing $811 for Carl to get the surgery he needs.We have yet to tell Carl the actual monetary goal we reached; instead, we have asked him to visit us at our May dinner event so we may present him with our fundraising efforts and wish him well.

Carl is very appreciative of our support and for helping him get closer to his goal - thank you again, ladies!

Feel free to check out this link for more information on Carl's local fundraising efforts:


When: Saturday May 14th from 8am-4pm

Where: Township of Tiny Community Hall - 91, 8th Concession East

The Gigantic Tiny Shopping Extravaganza is hosted by the Tiny Township Lions Club and the Midland and District Business Women's Association in support of two summer camps:

These incredible camps allow kids who have diabetes or are on kidney dialysis to have a fun summer adventure away. The MDBWA is partnering with the Lions Club to raise funds for these great causes - and it promises to be a wonderful event... but we need your help!

We have inside sales and trade tables for only $25.00 and outside yard sale items for $15.00. There are 25 inside table still available that we would like to have filled and lots of room for yard sale tables. We also need volunteers desperately!

As all the funds generated from this event will be donated to these two camps from the Tiny Township Lions Club and the MDBWA .....would you be able to find the time to assist in the wonderful event? We require volunteers to sell raffle tickets, food tickets, assist vendors with sales

For instance, I need assistance at the four tables I have booked, as do others for covering breaks.
There will also be a Fireworks Sale, BBQ, and a wonderful area for the kids to play, facepainting, balloons & more!


Please contact Marnie asap at 705-526-6886 or email We need your help to make this a terrific summer for families with members on kidney dialysis or diabetes.

Thanks so much!  :)

Marnie Redmond
President, Tiny Township Lions Club and Proud MDBWA member



Congratulations to our monthly Advertising for a Toonie winners!!!

Marlyn Reijm,


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 Midland & District Business Women's Association (MDBWA)
P.O. Box 714, Midland, Ontario L4R 4P4

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