By Marla Monzo-Holmes | Photos by Shara Bohach
On Monday May 11th over 20 Dames and guests enjoyed an evening of welcoming potential new members to our Cleveland Chapter. Once again Dame Crickett Karson graciously opened up her home for our evening. There was much time for socializing and chatting as we enjoyed the dishes that each Dame provided. Our meeting was brought to order and we heard from each committee chair. Each Dame introduced themselves for our guests and then we got a brief introduction from our guests. Terry Frick, our membership chair, spoke on the requirements to become a Dame as well as the many benefits. Presently we have 29 active Dames and 3 on hiatus.
We then heard from Ifoema Ezepue, Economic Development Manager from Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (in charge of the CSAs for Cleveland Crops). Ifoema was born in West Africa, spending much time in her mother’s restaurant. She has a passion for helping others, and explained how this CSA helps persons with disabilities. She explained how SAW (Solutions At Work) is the non-profit affiliate of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities that provides training and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga County. Cleveland Crops is an agriculture and food processing training and employment program designed to create innovative work opportunities and new career choices for adults with developmental disabilities.
The evening concluded with Dames continuing on to dessert and additional time for conversation. It was a lovely evening despite the thunderstorm! Dame Maggie is presently working on our July get together!
Each Dame is reminded that if you have a woman in mind for Les Dames, they are always welcome to attend most of our meetings as a guest.