EWI Celebrates 75 Years!
“To those whose foresight laid our foundation;
To those whose commitment and work brought us to this milestone;
To those who will carry us forward into our next century of service;
We offer this toast:
We celebrate our past with reverence;
We embrace our future with enthusiasm.
To Executive Women International…
EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL (EWI) CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY
EWI of San Diego celebrates milestone with special guest speaker, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
SAN DIEGO, California, May 1, 2013 – The global women’s organization, Executive Women International (EWI), established in 1938, celebrates its 75th Anniversary on April 29, 2013. The San Diego Chapter of EWI acknowledged this milestone and honored its member firm executives with a special luncheon held on Tuesday, April 16th at The Westgate Hotel, one of the chapter’s oldest members. Special guest speaker, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, addressed the member executives and representatives.
EWI of San Diego, established 12 years after the founding of the initial chapter in San Francisco, was honored to have the first woman to serve as District Attorney for San Diego in attendance. District Attorney Dumanis began her legal career as a clerk-typist in the DA’s office, working her way up to becoming a hard-hitting prosecutor and eventually a Superior Court Judge. She has earned a national reputation as a law enforcement leader and innovator and she took office as District Attorney in 2003.
EWI is a global women’s organization that focuses equally on Career, Connections and Community. DA Dumanis’ personal story of rising through ranks of the DA’s office, running for mayor, and becoming a prominent female leader in the city, county and nation, resonated with the mission of EWI and was inspirational to the members of the San Diego chapter.
The next chapter meeting of EWI of San Diego is Tuesday, May 21, 2013. During this meeting, the chapter will recognize high-achieving member representatives and the Firm of the Year with its annual Chapter Awards Ceremony. Anyone interested in attending the event or becoming a member of Executive Women International is encouraged to visit the chapter website at www.ewisandiego.com.
Executive Women International (EWI) is a non-profit women’s organization that was founded in 1938 in San Francisco under the name Executive Secretaries, Inc. by Lucille Perkins. Ms. Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association that would bring key women together to promote their firms and improve their community. The organization’s name was changed to Executive Women International in 1977, reflecting the expansion of the organization and recognizing the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by its representatives. With chapters in 65 cities throughout the United States and Canada, Executive Women International (EWI) brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of; promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement. www.ewiconnect.com
Photos courtesy of J.Dixx Photography (www.jdixx.com).
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Posted in: Uncategorized by EWI San Diego on May 1, 2013
EWI San Diego 60th Anniversary Highlights
In April, 1950, the EWI of San Diego was chartered at the historic El Cortez in the Don Room. Sixty years later, we returned to the birthplace of our chapter to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary!
April 29, 2010, was proclaimed EWI Day in San Diego by Mayor Jerry Sanders in recognition of EWI of San Diego’s 60th anniversary. The proclamation was prominently displayed at the celebration.
The Don Room was absolutely ‘sparkling’ with excitement and energy – guests smiling and resplendent in their cocktail attire, lively conversation as we greeted friends and associates – old and new; lovely music and vocals by Art Deco, tables covered with shiny silver linens, beautiful white floral centerpieces and engraved crystal diamond shaped paperweights – a unique keepsake for every guest. Even the iridescent program was adorned with a tiny rhinestone. The room was lined with display boards filled with memories from each decade of our chapter. Door prize tickets were a hot commodity – everyone hoping to win one of the seven premium door prizes and the Mystery Prize – valued at $701!
Chapter President Lourdes Navarro (eIRONclad) welcomed the 100 attendees and introduced one of the longest-serving members of EWI of San Diego to present the Invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance – Adele Asmer – a Life member, Past President and EWI member since 1960.
Kathy Trombley (Anheuser-Busch Sales of San Diego), the Chair of the 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee, took the podium and welcomed the 100 guests from as far away as Mississippi and Minnesota as well as the Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Phoenix chapters. She then introduced our special guest speaker – Corporate President Louise Anderson. She brought us up to date on EWI in 2010 – the mission of the corporate office to assist the chapters and members and she reaffirmed the many values of EWI membership.
After a delicious dinner, the executives in attendance were introduced by their representatives. Their remarks were complimentary, thoughtful and funny! The executive salute concluded with a tribute to the only current member firm that was present at the El Cortez in 1950 when the San Diego chapter was chartered – Sempra Energy. Five representatives, past and present – two of which served as chapter president – came to the podium to accept a Certificate of Appreciation.
Past chapter leaders were recognized with a Salute to Past Presidents. Sondra Robbins (Ernst & Young) from EWI of Phoenix, introduced the 19 past presidents in attendance. (EWI of San Diego assisted in the chartering of the Phoenix chapter in 1957.) A rousing round of applause spoke volumes of appreciation to these women for their years of service to the chapter.
Time for the champagne toast! Everyone stood up and raised their glasses of bubbly as Louise Anderson presented an eloquent toast:
Let us stand with glasses raised
To applaud the achievements that your Chapter has made.
Sixty years of service and growth you’ve worked to attain,
Plus a history marked by leadership and fame.
Your accolades are too many to cite,
Your rich history of giving and serving others are what we celebrate for EWI of San Diego tonight!
Happy 60th Anniversary!
Fundraising directors, Kathy White (Enhancery Jewelers) and Dolores Kelly (Life member) came forward to draw the winning tickets for the exceptional prizes generously donated by our member firms.
The winner of the $701 Mystery Prize was Vanessa Ruiz, a guest from the USS Midway.
Lourdes Navarro returned to the podium to thank the 15 members of the 60th Anniversary planning committee who worked so hard for many months to produce such an impressive event. More applause!
The stunning centerpieces went to the EWI member at each table who had been an EWI member for the longest time.
This amazing evening of celebration came to an end, but every guest went home filled with special memories!
Posted in: Uncategorized by EWI San Diego on May 10, 2010