Connect To Success Members Meeting
Meeting convened and Call to Order by Beth at 6:19pm
Excused Absences: Nancy Kinzer, Barbara Miller
Unexcused Members: Irene O’Conner,
(Please notify our new VP Jennifer Campbell in advance if you cannot attend to be excused)
Members Present: Cinda, Fellene, Linda, Jennifer, Kerri, Mary, Beth, Lisa
Beth opened with ideas/agenda proposals from the Board’s Meeting and Notes.
Approval of the previous meeting minutes was made by Jennifer and second by Linda…all members present approved with Cinda’s corrections.
AMENDED CORRECTIONS will be uploaded as follows: The workshop Cinda is doing on Nov.9th at New Thought Center is a Heart Centered Workshop, similar, but not the same as the TinMan workshop, 12:30 to 3:30 $33. Open to everyone.
Also: (on the last sentence about Cinda 😉 I am more than happy to be the representative of our retreat, not just my section, but most certainly Shannon’s as well. So if questions arise, I am more than happy to bring into the conversation what we learned at the retreat. Not really holding anyone accountable.
Looking to find Entrepreneurs to join our membership: Bookkeeper, CPA, Insurance, Commercial and Business Insurance, Attorney, Cupcakes, Winery, Beautician, Spa, Home Appraisers, Literary Agent, Entertainment Agents/Atty, Virtual Asst, Tax Preparer,
Treasurers Report: Bank balance $225, plus INCOMING A/R will be $ 215 totaling to $440
New Business: Barbara’s idea was to use remaining funds for education instead of Xmas party catering. Perhaps we could decide a portion of the remaining funds for a main course dish for all attendees, then the other funds to be used for education.
Forming a Holiday Party committee…volunteered were Linda, Jennifer and Mary to make decisions for the final food arrangements.
Presentation of new meetings for future agendas:
Members requested to utilize the CTS private Facebook page for personal and business updates. Keep your fellow CTS’ers in the know.
A Success Board was unveiled. Members are encouraged to arrive during the social hour to record your business successes! This doesn’t take time away from our meeting time for each person to have their kudos, but rather a way to record and journalize our accomplishments through the next year. The Success Board can be digitalized too, so we can post it in the minutes, as well as on CTS Private page for comments and shout outs!
Strategic business Mixer Meetings were suggested where we meet 2x a year with other Women’s Networking groups for additional cross networking and new membership alignments. An ideal fit is women’s groups who may share our vision and mission.
Mary Burger will be our first Member Business/Resident Expert Spotlight speaker for 11-13th meeting in a unique way…more about the who, what, why and make us think about more in how to support that member. One Resident Experts (current members) will present at most regular member meeting that doesn’t already have an outside educational speaker. Check in with Jennifer to pre-arrange your own time for the coming calendar.
Business Tips & Tricks will be added to the agenda from time to time- one quick tip to share from a member per meeting to showcase some ways so we can give more service to our membership. Contact Jennifer before the meeting if you have something you’d like to share.
We need your ideas and wants on who to include in the topics for educational speakers for the coming year. Send those to Jennifer.
Ending of meetings would be to wrap up and pull our energy together for the conclusion of our time spent together.
Proposing an Opening statement and a Closing statement. Mary and Cinda present the following: (to be voted on in our next meeting Nov 13th)
Submitted by Cinda and Mary for review…
As Members of Connect to Success PDX:
It is our Vision to support each member in achieving her highest potential both professionally and personally.
Together we help each other create and maintain sustainable businesses and incomes
through soulful practices, in return creating businesses that matter in the world.
It is our Mission is to empower women sole-entrepreneurs as soulful business owners and community leaders.
We do this by supporting each other, utilizing our talents and gifts, connecting members with community leads and networking links, continuing our education via training, and inviting in future members who share similar core values.
As Members of Connect to Success PDX:
We leave here tonight, knowing the strength
that comes from the support of our sister sole-entrepreneurs.
We carry with us out into the world,
the core values we hold dear in our soulful business practices.
Committing to these soulful values, we know the
positive influence we can have on those we connect with –
be it clients, future clients, businesses, and within the community.
When we dedicate ourselves to creating sustainable
businesses and incomes based on these soulful practices,
we create businesses that matter in the world.
Thank you for showing up tonight.
Thank you for your valuable input and support.
Thank you for being a vital part of this highly inspirational group
of women who are dedicated to doing business differently.
Thank you for helping to make each of us at Connect to Success a
better woman, friend, and entrepreneur.
Additional thoughts to add to the agenda…time for ERs, issues or time for opportunity to bring up concerns…so we can bring it up. Cinda states that a perfect time to slot this for would be to bring it up as an intention to be solved from our members or ideas to be expressed at the Tin Man time. Urgency or group intention to be brought up during Tin Man and before closing. Spontaneous issues are ok…if you do want to bring it up in advance, then let Cinda know so she can remember to bring it up if needed.
Next meeting is Nov 13th
Cinda and Kerri wish to close the meeting with their thoughts from the retreat…Kerri believed that her Tin Man brought about a new booking for 14 yr olds portraits and on10/9 after CTS night of last meeting, she got a text to cancel the very next day. She answered the text in the morning to give time for her to channel her YES…Kerri was trying to see if she was using her YES or NO correctly. Kerri asked for a deposit and to reschedule, which she stuck to her conviction/courage for the ask. She has not since heard from this client, but her process from the Tin Man during this particular job allowed her to be courageous and a huge learning curve that allows her to value her time and energy involved. Remembering what Shannon and Cinda had said during the retreat, Kerri was assuming that that call was under a positive intention. Cinda stated that when you find alignment it is naturally lead by a divine event. The minute we speak and put it out to the world, it will happen and we don’t see the big picture until it fully enfolds. Moments can be viewed as where it resides in your body…listen and feel the alignment and to be better prepared for a future experience. Positive Intentions happen on both sides…it may not be yours which reflects the power of your Tin Man. If it was divinely meant to be for Kerri, then she wouldn’t have to force time to make it happen. Kerri was overbooked and she would not have been able to give it the attention it needed, so since it didn’t happen then that was not meant to be. Trust your NO. Kerri is better prepared to expand her business when the next client asks for teen group portraits.
New Moon tonight and at 1pm a Solar Eclipse and Solar Flares …David Palmer, Astrologer says now is the time of looney bins turning into THE FREEDOM. Focus on yourself…those who are experiencing pain, then bring it out in the open and you will more likely have less suffering. Expose it to yourself first. Ask for forgiveness…we are experiencing an era of karma. New Moon is about planting seeds and you want to be free from your past stuff, then plant your wishes/intentions/ seeds of forgiveness and watch to become a whole new person. New Moon is the darkest part of the month and harvesting under a Harvest Moon in night is the history of our ancestors. Go tonight and state for yourself the new seeds… “These are the seeds I wish to plant and see my future in the harvest”…bury it, burn it, open your front door and invite it. Results or starts will take shape in two weeks to be able to see it begin and to take formation in happening.
Lisa read the proposed Closing written by Mary and Cinda
Meeting adjourned at 8:01pm