Women Supporting Women Conference, March 20-22


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The tenth annual Women Supporting Women Through Opportunity Conference will begin on Friday, March 20, 2015 and last through Sunday, March 22, 2015 with an array of activities planned including eight workshops, door prizes, food, fellowship and lots of fun and learning opportunities.

The Conference is held annually, planned by friends of the “Gee…You Will Project,” a formalwear lending library and women and girls mentoring project serving those in need of these services throughout Delaware. More than 50 women, from community and civic association members to housewives and helping professionals, attend the conference annually.

This tenth annual conference will begin on March 20 with a new twist. There will be a salad and potato bar and dessert reception and an evening of activities designed to help the attendees get to know one another and themselves better. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Gee…You Will: Past, Present & Future,” and supporting this theme there will be a look back at accomplishments of the Project and Retreat on Friday night, showcasing the evolution of the Project and the effect the Conference has had in the last ten years.

On Saturday a variety of workshop topics are planned, including Self-esteem, Reprised; Invest in Success, as a Woman; Artful Tastes; Who’s Coming to Dinner; Home Theater; Relationship, Recovery and Redo; Safety in the Home and Our Artful Surroundings. In the Who’s Coming To Dinner workshop, the recipes of a western theme will give a nod to the past. The highlight of this is the participants work together to create the dinner that will be served to Conference attendees on Saturday evening. Relationships, Recovery and Redo will be a women’s forum addressing starting over and will encourage attendees to create their own, personal mission statement that will allow them to go forth and prosper. The Our Artful Surroundings workshop has become an annual favorite. Workshop facilitator, Lynne Betts, will bring with her the experience of being a nature enthusiast and having visited Ghana in 2014 on a drumming excursion to fight poverty, a trip which enhanced her connection to the earth and its people.

On Sunday there will be a non-denominational celebration ceremony followed by a morning of crafting and other activities. “The Conference takes on a retreat feel and promotes an atmosphere of comfort and joy among those attending,” according to Rosemary Joseph-Kappel, co-founder of the “Gee…You Will Project.” “When the Conference began it was to promote the Project, now the conference is a part of the Project that volunteers, supporters and those who are simply curious look forward to every year.”

The Conference donation is $50 which includes food, supplies, facilities and lodging, if desired, on a first come, first served basis. The conference is open to about 55 women, ages 18-80 and beyond and workshop assignments are made based on registration dates. For more information on the Women Supporting Women Through Opportunity Conference, related activities and scholarships, or interested in becoming a sponsor of the Conference or housing the “Gee…You Will Project”, individuals are encouraged to call Rosemary Joseph-Kappel at 302-242-0032 or via e-mail at GUWillProject@yahoo.com.