Welcome Mat Out for New Members

Women in Unity (WIU) will welcome prospective members on Saturday, November 10, during the group’s regular monthly meeting. The decision comes on the heels of the organization’s successful Women Empowering Women seminar held in October.

The seminar was sponsored by WIU – which draws its members from Jefferson and neighboring towns – and Denville’s “Better Together.” It exceeded all expectations, with nearly 60 women in attendance. By women and for women, the seminar featured knowledgeable and inspirational speakers discussing ways for women to be empowered and feel good about themselves.

Topics ranged from attaining optimum physical and mental health (with Dr. Suzanne Tepper) to understanding finances (with Vanessa Levy Douglas). Mary Finckenor spoke about handling body image issues, while Karen Finckenor described an attitude and strategy to promote positive workplace interactions. Community activist Christine Clarke, a Jefferson resident, shared her inspiring journey to becoming an advocate. Audience members also learned about self-defense from Christine Hutchinson and stress reduction and relaxation methods from Karen Noel. Bios for all the speakers are available at the Women in Unity website, http://njwomeninunity.org.

Presenter Karen Finckenor spoke about common workplace situations, describing strategies to promote positive interactions. (Courtesy photo)
Christine Clarke, a Jefferson resident whose road to advocacy began with a letter expressing concern about ineffective child abuse laws, encouraged attendees to advocate for issues important to them. She mentioned environmental concerns, education, and child welfare as a few. (Courtesy photo)

One attendee commented upon leaving the seminar that it was just what she needed. “I feel great!” WIU member, Jefferson resident, and seminar emcee Maria Weiskott said, “It gave me a warm feeling that we could make a difference in a woman’s life.”

The positive reaction to the seminar created an energy that WIU wants to build on. “Many of the attendees expressed enthusiasm for the work our group is doing, and wanted to learn more about us, so we decided to invite all those interested to join us at a meeting,” said Jill Cadman, WIU co-founder.

The WIU meeting will take place on November 10 at the Islamic Center of Morris County (1 Mannino Drive, Rockaway) from 1-2 p.m. Interested women, including older teens, are invited to attend. Please respond by emailing njwomeninunity@gmail.com.

“The goal of Women in Unity has always been to bring women of diverse backgrounds together to celebrate the things we have in common as women. We also want to continue empowering all women to live their best lives. Inviting interested women to join our group will help make these goals possible,” said co-founder Shahana Anjum.

Pictured are Women in Unity members and guest speakers. Back row from left are WIU members Shahana Anjum, Rakshanda Shafique, Maria Weiskott, Jill Cadman, June Kibe, Ann Filidoro, Jessica Lawrence, Ula Dasouqi, Elham Assaf, Inas Abuzeed, Angela Bloshuk. Front row from left are speakers Andrea Zeydalis (founder of “Better Together” and event co-host), Christine Clarke, Dr. Suzanne Tepper, Karen Finckenor, Christine Hutchinson. (Courtesy photo)

For more information on WIU, visit http://njwomeninunity.org or Facebook (Women in Unity Rockaway, NJ).

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