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January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1


Published by Cy-Fair Express Network

A League of the American Business Women’s


The Mission of the American Sonja Rucker-Hines Nicole Travis
Business Women’s Association
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The mission of the American Woman of the Year Top 10 Candidate
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diverse occupations and to provide
opportunities for them to help
themselves and others grow
personally and professionally through
leadership, education, networking
support, and national recognition.

Kim McCully

Resolve Web Studio
2018 Woman of Excellence

CYFEN NEWS January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1

Letter from the President

Happy New Year CYFEN

It’s a new year and our new theme for ABWA is
“Unleash your Brilliance”. What does “Unleash
your Brilliance” mean to you? To me it means
stepping out of my comfort zone. If you have
been a member of CYFEN for many years, it is
now time to step up and get involved. CYFEN
has many volunteer opportunities, please see a
board member and get involved.

I am excited about our upcoming meetings on
public speaking, speed networking and
building great business relationships for 2019.

Sonja Rucker-Hines Welcome ALL
President New Members!

Stefanie Hennigan

Beauty with Stef

Tammy Rush

WhataRush Vacations

(New members joining at end
of quarter will be visible on
ABWA member list next

CYFEN NEWS January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1

Federation of Houston Professional Women

FHPW QUARTERLY January 21st Meeting

Houston, TX - FHPW Quarterly Meeting Presentation was a panelist of four women speakers
who are successful in a nontraditional discipline – Maritime Administration. Their stories are
inspiring and they will share with us their unique paths, what they have learned along the
way, and the keys to a successful career as teachers, researchers and leaders.

The next FHPW meetings will be on April 22nd, July 22nd and October 21st. All members of
CYFEN are invited to attend these meetings to network with advanced reservations at

Written by Donna McCarty

Houston Area Council

HAC Quarterly January 24th Meeting

Houston, TX - The meeting began at 6:00 pm with vendor introductions, benediction and
pledge of allegiance.

Following role call from all delegates from the local ABWA chapters, the guest speaker was
introduced. Dr. Rob Pennington, is a Psychologist who now coaches leaders, teams and
individuals on successful working relationships. His topic was “How to End Conflict with 3
Questions” and he led the group in some role playing exercises on “listening” to people,
“repeating back to them what you have heard” and diffusing conflict.

Following his presentation, the following business was conducted:

• Approval of Q3 Meeting Minutes
• Vote on amended Standing Rules
• Financial Report

Excellence in Achievement award was given to the Bryan/College Station Charger Chapter

The meeting concluded with door prizes and benediction.

-Written by Kristi Howton


January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1

We wanted to increase CYFEN’s presence in the community this year. We did so by
participating in a new event, Light The Night! It’s a fundraiser event that benefited the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We raised $500 to give and had matching CYFEN
STRONG shirts made to wear to the event.

CYFEN CHILI COOK-OFF EVENT- November 10th This quarter we enjoyed
a day full of tasting
4 several different types
of delicious chili dishes!
Each team was festive
with their own theme.

The event was hosted
at a local bar and
restaurant called,
District 249. There was
lots of space in their
back yard and it turned
into the perfect venue!

CYFEN NEWS January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1

CY-FAIR Chamber Meeting

1. Leslie Martone opened meeting at 12pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation.
2. Installation of 2019 Board of Directors.
3. Past chairman, Dr. Mark Henry addresses chamber giving thanks for a year of service of the

2018-2019 board of directors as well as presenting the chairman award.
4. Lunch Sponsor Recognition for Methodist Hospital Willow Brook and Villa Sport Athletic Club

and Spa.
5. First Responder Award- Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department
6. Chamber Ambassador- Devon Blake Presented
7. Announcements- CY-FAIR Education Foundation Award Scholarship is Feb. 2nd 2019
8. Business of the Year- application is open
9. Next Meeting is 2.19.19 , Door Prizes, meeting closed at 1pm

Written by Diana Saufley


CYFEN NEWS January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1

Hospitality Committee

December 4th 2018
Ginger Bread House Making Event

For hosting our event!

Our creativity came to light as we
made adorable gingerbread houses

while wearing our tacky sweaters!


CYFEN NEWS January 2019 | Vol. 15, Issue 1

4 year CYFEN member, Rebecca Ward with
ReWarding Images, announced she is
having a baby girl in May 2019!

CYFEN Holiday Luncheon

December 20th 2018

Our last meeting of 2018 was a fun one!

Everyone brought gifts and we played our tradition gift
exchange. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from



2018-2019 Executive Board Changing
Pictured left to right are Robin Haynes – Robin Haynes State Farm – VP of Membership; Cathy Lives…
Conrad – Action Specialties, LLC – President-Elect; Sonja Rucker-Hines – Amegy Bank –
President; Kerrie Saeger – NewULife – VP of Programs; Donna McCarty – Misfit Designs – VP Serving on the Board of
of Outreach; Back Row: Dr. Michelle Becker – Shots for Holly – Past President; Angela Directors or on a
Altamure – Fashion with Angela – VP of Finance; Rebecca Ward – ReWarding Images; and
Kristi Howton - iTech Integrated Solutions – VP of Communications. Committee may be just
what the doctor ordered to
ABWA’s Proud Code of Conduct
start you on your
10. All members will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the American Business Women’s leadership journey! If you
are ready and willing to
11. Members will not allow their personal beliefs and convictions to interfere with the serve your CYFEN sisters,
representation of ABWA’s mission.
talk to any of us!
12. Members will always treat their member colleagues, guests, vendors and sponsors with
honesty, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, kindness, and in good faith. Kristin Severson
Community Market Chair
13. Members will maintain compliance with ABWA National, Chapter and Express Network
Bylaws. Angila Ervin
Mentor Chair
14. Members will not use their personal power to advance their personal interests.
Angela Altamuro
15. Members will strive for excellence in their professions by maintaining and enhancing Hospitality Chair
their own business knowledge and skills, and by encouraging the professional
(A new slate of chairs will
begin August 1, 2019)

Rebecca Ward
ReWarding Images

VP of Marketing
Newsletter Editor

Cy-Fair Express Network
P.O. Box 1473

Cypress, TX 77410

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