Lakes Area Women in Business marks two-year anniversary
Debi Drake knew little about Lakes Area Women in Business when she joined the club this spring. The health coach from Hugo knows all about it now.
Drake won the grand prize at the group’s annual “Extravaganza” fundraiser last month: a comprehensive makeover featuring services and products provided by 11 club members.
Over two weeks, Drake went from one appointment to the next, getting pampered with the likes of a massage and a body wrap. The makeover included far more than physical treats, though. The women’s club members stepped up with services such as an interior design consultation at Drake’s home and a redesign of her business’s website.
Sporting her new hair style, as well as a donated outfit and jewelry, Drake took center stage at the club’s meeting Friday in Lino Lakes. Members of her makeover team also shared highlights of their experience.
Drake is grateful to have won the contest because it accelerated her integration with the club. She had been at only one meeting before her extravaganza ticket was drawn.
“It was just an absolutely amazing experience,” Drake said, noting that she plans to donate services to next year’s raffle winner. “Really getting to know each one of the women and being able to share our passion together, it was really, really cool.”
About the Club
Lakes Area Women in Business members are celebrating the club’s second anniversary this month. It evolved from a women in business club that seemed to have plateaued and was run by the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lakes Area Women in Business remains affiliated with the Forest Lake Chamber, but a regional approach has done wonders for the club’s membership.
“We started with five people and it’s grown to 75 members,” Vice President Sheila Waldoch said. “It’s really fun.”
The group meets twice a month under the motto “Connect. Empower. Educate. Grow.” A morning meeting is 8-9 a.m. the third Friday of each month at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Lino Lakes. The group meets 5:30-7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Vannelli’s by the Lake in Forest Lake.
See www.lakeswomeninbusiness.com for more information.