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Chapter President: Lisa Wyatt
Phone: 352-425-3346

If you are in our Ocala area, and would like to join our NAPW Ocala Chapter, or would just simply come as a guest, please let me know.  You can reach me, Lisa Wyatt, your President, at or 352-425-3346.  Our December 2014 meeting is December 4th, a Thursday evening, from 7 to 9ish at the Braised Onion, 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala FL  34470.  Please RSVP via email to me at  Look forward to seeing you there!

Here's our Novemder 25,2014 meeting minutes:

Chapter Name/President’s Name:  NAPW OCALA CHAPTER, President Lisa Wyatt

Title of Meeting and Speakers:  NAPW OCALA Chapter November 25, 2014 Meeting; Speaker: Leda Perez-Castillo

Date and Location:  November 25, 2014 at the Braised Onion, 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala, FL  34470,  12 noon to 1:30 pm.

Highlights:  Networking began at noon as those in attendance shared their businesses and passions. 

President Lisa Wyatt started the meeting around 12:20, with introductions from all in attendance. Each month members are encouraged to bring guests to participate in our networking. 

 Please help me thank Dr. Kevin Brooks who donated 40 toothbrushes and toothpaste to put in the Christmas stockings for the children.

Member Attendance:  Those in attendance were:  President Lisa Wyatt,  Board member Sue Bruzdziak,  Board Member Leda Pérez-Castillo, Board Member Vickie Kayuk, Board Member Joanne Hemerlick,  NAPW members Dr. Barbara Brooks and Patti Kern. Thank you all for attending!

President Lisa Wyatt gave this recap for the Thanksgiving Basket Give Aways:

Marisol Medina contacted Kimberly’s Cottage  and we donated food for 5 families, which we dropped off after the meeting.   Sue Bruzdziak delivered the other 2 baskets to needy families.

Each basket contained:


10 to 14lb Turkey                             Box of salt

Can of pepper                                   Box of baking soda

Jiffy corn bread mix                         4 lb bag sugar

Cake mix                                            Can of icing

Bag of rice                                         Heavy duty aluminum foil

5 lbs potatoes                                   Box of Mac & cheese

2 lbs of sweet onions                       Large bag of navy beans

Can green beans                             Can sweet peas

Can cranberry sauce                     Can candied yams

Can of collard greens                    Can whole potatoes

I had 7 storage boxes that we used to put the food in. Lined the boxes with a 36 x 60 inch sparkle snow drape, put the turkeys in Publix Christmas grocery bags.  Spent $215 (ALDI was very inexpensive) on everything except the 2 turkeys Sue Bruzdziak donated.  Had 7 Happy Thanksgiving cards that were passed around for signatures from members to put in the food basketsJ!

Our door prizes were raffled off at the end of our meeting to the lucky winners, and the lucky winner this month was Joann Hemerlick!  Please help me thank Dr. Barbara Brooks, who donated our door prizes!  Again, please help me thank Dr. Brooks who is heading our “Chosen Children’s Christmas Party” this year, and has been busy playing “Santa” buying gifts for the children.  

This event will be held December 18th, Time:   6:00-8:00 PM, Place:  Ocala Zion United Methodist Church Dining Hall, Address:  510 Martin Luther King Avenue, Ocala 34475, Telephone:  (352) 629-4359. Santa is all ready to stop by and hand out gifts and take pictures with the children.  The “face painters” will also be coming for that all favorite “face painting”, a close rival to Santa’s visit, and enjoyed immensely by the children!

We did not hold our 50/50 raffle, where members and guests buy raffle tickets to split the amount of monies collected, NAPW Ocala Chapter keeps half the proceeds, the lucky winner keeps the other half, as we only had 7 people present.

Our monies that are earmarked for community giving are at a balance of $275 as of our November 25, 2014 meeting.   President Lisa gave a recap of our community efforts with our Thanksgiving Basket give always and the “Chosen Children’s Christmas Party”, two events we are planning on continuing with this year. 

Please join me in thanking Leda Pérez-Castillo, Theresa Roberts, Joanne Hemerlick,Patti Kern, Lizzie Lennon, Marisol Medina, Candice Czaplak, Dr. Barbara Brooks, and myself for donating to our events this year!

Also, we need to start receiving RSVP’s for our December 4th NAPW Ocala Chapter Christmas Party!  Spouses, friends and guests are more than welcome.  We are holding our party at the Braised Onion at 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala FL  34470.  It is on a Thursday evening, from 7pm to 9pm and we are holding a “White Elephant” Christmas party, this is also known as “Christmas Steal”, where each person who attends brings a gift of around $10, a re-gift, something around the house that isn’t being used, etc.  It will be a festive fun night, and this will be our “December” meeting! 

We have 18 RSVP’s so far, so please email President Lisa so final arrangements can be made with the Braised Onion.  Drinks are available, and there will be a special menu to choose from.

Respectfully submitted by President Lisa Wyatt, November 26, 2014.


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Lisa Wyatt Hi Jennifer,

We welcome you to our NAPW Ocala Chapter!  We meet this month at the Ocala Elks Lodge #286 at 702 N.E. 25th Avenue, Ocala, Florida, on August 27th, from 6:30 pm to 8ish.

Please come and be a part of this exciting group of women!


Your President,
Lisa Wyatt
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