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Women talk, mingle and share ideas at Wilson networking event

February 18, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Women representing a variety of area businesses mingled at the third Let's Talk Woman to Woman networking event at Wilson College on Thursday.

A sheep farmer, a massage therapist, a trainer of volunteers who work with abused women, several bankers and the CEO of a credit union were among those chatting and exchanging business cards in an ornate reception room in Norland Hall Thursday evening.

The events, designed to help local professional women make contact with each other in a relaxed environment, have increased in attendance each time, according to Wilson College President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson.

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As volunteer services coordinator for Women in Need, Chambersburg resident Celeste Snavely teaches a 65-hour training course for people who volunteer to staff the 24-hour hotline and help in other ways at WIN.

"Everyone in the community should go through this training program," she said. "I really love uplifting women. I've wanted to do that all my life, and now I do, through WIN and through beautiful clothing."

Snavely holds trunk shows of Doncaster clothing four times a year.

Linda Singley raises sheep, alpaca, cashmeres, dairy goats and "one guard llama" at Bearlin Acres Farm near Shippensburg, Pa.

"Basically, we turn grass into fiber," she said, "and we make soap with the goat milk," she said.

Singley said she attended the event "just to talk to people and see what everyone else is doing with their business."

Kendra Thompson of Mercersburg, Pa., who with her husband, Herbert, owns Thompson's Karate Studio in Greencastle, also is a reiki master practitioner. Reiki is a form of Japanese energy healing used to balance energy within the body, she said, and is said to improve the immune system, speed healing and manage pain. Thompson said she made contacts with women involved in complementary methods of healing.

Perhaps the most unusual business represented was Doodie Free, a pet waste removal service covering Franklin and Cumberland counties.

Lisa Rotz of Orrstown, Pa., owns the one-woman business and describes herself as a "professional pooper scooper." She said she loved attending the mixer, recognizing some faces and "meeting some new folks. It's always good to support women in business. There's a mix of different professions and backgrounds."

The next Woman to Woman event at Wilson will be held beside the creek on campus June 9.

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