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Women’s Day program May 21 features artist-blacksmith as keynote speaker

5/4/2009 —
The 28th Women’s Day at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will start early, at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 21, in the campus’ Community Center. The theme of this year’s event is “Making a Difference: It’s Easy Being Green.”

The featured speaker for the 2009 Women’s Day is Ed Claypoole, a motivational speaker hailing from Uniontown. Claypoole is an artist-blacksmith, professional strongman and has been a pastor for 10 years. He utilizes the adversity he’s faced in his own life—a premature birth at 3 pounds, a failed marriage after 23 years and potentially crippling injuries—to connect with a variety of people from all walks of life, encouraging them to never give up.

Other Women’s Day workshops include: “Committing to a Greener Lifestyle: Overcoming the Obstacles” presented by Deb Augustine, a professional organizing consultant; “Bring Your Smile to Life” presented by Dr. Aurelio Cecchini Jr., DDS,  dentist with more than 20 years experience in private practice; and “Think Globally, Act Locally” presented by David Meredith, Penn State Fayette associate professor of engineering.

Nearly 30 area agencies and businesses will be represented in the Community Service and Informational Fair. Women’s Day participants can obtain information about services and volunteer opportunities these organizations provide at several times during the course of the day.

Women’s Day Chair Harriet Galida says, “This year’s event has something for everyone. We have streamlined the workshops, provided many opportunities for attendees to gather information at the Community Service and Informational Fair, and we have a special gift for everyone at lunch. In keeping with our ‘Green’ theme, lunch will be distributed in re-usable, insulated lunch bags. After 27 Women’s Day events, the planning committee still is able to come up with a program that is fresh, different and pertinent to a broad cross-section of women in the local area.”

Registration for Women’s Day is required and participation is limited, so a first-come, first-served policy applies. Registration by May 15 is $21; after May 15 it costs $23. For more information or to register, call 724-430-4141.
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