Mother’s Day weekend is being celebrated with flare this year by 15 South County Women, ages 18 – 85. On Saturday, May 8, mothers, daughters, and friends are stepping out to celebrate each other, the holiday weekend, and their love for reading. These women have rented a stretch limo and bought tickets to the Sue Monk Kidd breakfast at Rhodes on- the-Pawtuxet. The breakfast is organized by Reading Across Rhode Island – one book, one state, literally. By now, most, if not all of the South County women have read and enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees. They have reserved two tables for the South County Networking Ladies.
The South County Women’s Networking Ladies are part of a new group in town. It is celebrating its one-year anniversary on May 5 at Caylily’s in Wakefield. (This event is sold-out.) Founded by Sue Velicer, this network attends bi-monthly socials held mostly at local restaurants. The mission of this organization is to provide an opportunity for positive women to cross boundaries and share information in South County.
The response to the networking series has been overwhelming. Events have become regularly sold-out. As part of the series, a summer social has evolved to benefit local womens’ groups such as the Women’s Resource Center and Big Sisters of Rhode Island. August 10 is the summer benefit for the latter.
Typically, inspirational speakers give a brief power talk and the participants enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine. Speakers have included Dr. Beverly Swan, URI Provost; Mary Roda, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center of South County; Paula Bodah, editor of Rhode Island Monthly Magazine; and Kate Jennings, 99.3 Swing FM radio personality. The May 5 event will include a panel of regular networkers celebrating “three-minute miracles.” These are happenings inspired by the networking series.
The Mother’s Day Celebration is one of these inspirations. The networkers celebrating Mother’s Day Weekend include top URI administrators; URI Woman of the Year, Dr. Lisa Harlow and her daughter, a URI freshman, Rebecca Harlow; and a variety of others. The three remaining mother-daughter pairs include a retired teacher, volunteer, and world traveler, Judy Wood, along with her daughter-in-law who is visiting RI from Colorado on sabbatical, Laurie Wood; a nurse, Kathy Rubinstein, and her daughter, Tonya, who works in the health profession in Massachusetts; and a well-know drama therapist and story teller Rose Pavlow and her daughter, Susan Pavlow, a Central Falls teacher living in South Kingstown. URI Vice Provost Janett Trubatch; URI Dean Jayne Richmond; retired teacher and volunteer Jane Clayton; Maria Gardner, owner of Little Rest Livery; URI administrator and partner in Narragansett Rubbish Removal, Pat Brierty; Marcia Campbell, Rhode Island Department of Education administrator; and Sue Velicer will also be part of the lively group. The networking series has brought these women together to cross boundaries and share their love of life and reading.
Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is a perfect novel to unite a group of positive women on Mother’s Day weekend. It is a story about a girl longing for a relationship with her mother. It is also a story of friendship and sharing. The book and breakfast are excellent selection for Reading Across Rhode Island. The women in South County are anxiously awaiting the Marie Gardner’s stretch limo to pick them up at 8 am. For more information about the upcoming South County Women’s Networking Series, call Sue at 401-789-8062 or her.