Circles and Cycles set theme for Port St. Lucie Business Women board installation

Circles and Cycles of Life were the themes of the Installation of new Board members at the Port St. Lucie Business Women’s ( Dec. 1 holiday party, which took place at Gator Trace Golf and Country Club in Port St. Lucie. “Circles of seasoned members join with circles of younger members of the Port St. Lucie Business Women,” said Installation committee co-chair Susan Fines. “There are many ways the older generation can help and mentor the younger women, not only in business but also providing friendship and support throughout life cycles,” she added.

In 1980, four women in the banking field decided that women in St. Lucie County should be better recognized. They invited other women into their circle and became the Port St. Lucie Business Women. Throughout the organization’s 42 years, members have bonded while serving as officers, participating on committees, organizing fundraisers and seminars, and gathering for social events. To date, more than $200,000 in grants have been awarded to non-profit agencies serving women and children and more than $125,000 in scholarships have been given to women eager to complete their education.

Former president Maureen Darcy (2000 – 01) conducted the Installation of incoming officers. “Our members have come from a variety of fields: banking, real estate, health, education, the legal profession, advertising and public relations, the media, accounting, and public service,” began Darcy. “We have watched with pride as they moved up the ladder of success. We have had business owners, city council members, judges, church ministers and many others. Now is the time to move on. Tonight, we take the first steps into the future with the installation of our new officers.”

Newly elected Board members were informed of their duties and asked to pledge themselves to perform such duties. They were presented with potted plants and blank journals individually selected for each position. Incoming Board members for 2023 are Devon Dwyer, President; Mindi Fetterman, Vice President; Elaine Anderson, Secretary; and Stephanie Morgan, Treasurer. After the presentation, members formed a circle around the newly installed officers to show that the membership supports its leadership.

At the end of the program, former president Marilyn Lawless (2005 – 07) related the following.

"In closing our evening, the ancient native legend of the circle of friends says that at the end of the evening, friends would gather around a bonfire and share their hearts. They would speak of the good qualities of each other and remember times shared. As the embers faded, their friendship was said to be sealed anew, bringing them closer together. . . and so, this is us!

The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 42-year-old, 501 (c) (6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community. For more information, visit Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.


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