Women Veterans Alliance
Our president Caron Russell brought the meeting to order with our customary Pledge of Allegiance, and 4-Way followed by a poem read by the Club Poet Alan Lowe.   Kathy Cort from the American Association of University Women announced that they would be awarding Rotarian Kris Wyatt this years Chapter Achievement Award, presented to an individual whose record of achievement spans 20 or more years, (Kris is shown with her guest - soon to be a member - Shanti Landon.) Our lunch followed. 
At the end of our lunch, we celebrated Tony (Stix) Bellacera's 99th birthday.  Happy Birthday Stix.
Caron recognized and presented an award to Mary Ann Barker who had been our Club and Foundation Treasurer for more than 7 years. Thanks to Mary Ann for her service.  She was so good, that her position has had to be taken over by two of our members; Susan Elliott and bryan Ludwig!. Thank you Mary Ann for your service to our Club. 
Our speaker was Melissa Washington who is a Navy Veteran and Founder/President of Women Veterans Alliance   www.WomenVeteransAlliance.com.  The Women Veterans Alliance was created four years ago to create a community to Equip, Empower & Encourage each other with knowledge, resources, mentorship and career opportunities for women who have served our country to discover & fulfill their greatest potential.  WVA is headquartered in Lincoln and Melissa is a Lincoln resident. See pictures for contact info.
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