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ABWA recognizes Women’s History Month with exhibit at library

By Staff | Mar 28, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED ABWA members Angela Larson Roehl, Gaby Bell, Julie DeBord, Gloria Garrett, Marj Nordstrom, Kelley Laird, Nancy Barnes, Marty Short and Kira Dworkin.

The American Business Women’s Association celebrated Women’s History Month in March at the Sanibel Public Library, showcasing the chapter’s 40th anniversary with archives dating back to 1978.

“We have scrap books and photos going back to the ’70s,” History Committee Chair Nancy Barnes, a Lifetime Achievement Award winner and past president who has associated with the chapter for 35 years, said.

“So many have contributed to advancing women’s progress on the islands over the years,” Julie DeBord, who has been a member for 25 years, said. “We were delighted to find the chapter cook book dating from the ’80s that funded many local educational scholarships.”

“This event is part of our new Connections After Hours program,” Kelley Laird, chair of the Innovation Committee and a past president, said. “The chapter is thriving after 40 years because we are building on our history while continuing to innovate to support professional women with development and networking opportunities.”

“We believe local chapter founders would be impressed by the progress professional women have made here since the ’70s,” chapter President Gloria Garrett said. “We showcase that progress each month at our Women in Leadership Speaker Series luncheons at Sundial, featuring Sanibel and Captiva women making a difference.”

PHOTO PROVIDED The Women's History Month event leaders included Vice President Kira Dworkin, Innovation Chair Kelley Laird, History Chair Nancy Barnes and Fundraising Chair Marty Short.

For more information, visit www.ABWASanibelCaptiva.org.