Members' Blog

Hey Members, want another method of making the most of your membership? We aim to please. Log in and post your news and your Hear Me Roars. It will display on the front page and, well, we all know how good some extra exposure can be for business.

Now, the rules (you knew there had to be some):

  1. Only WBO MC members can post to this blog.
  2. The management reserves the right to edit or delete your post
  3. Please keep all posts business related -- this would be a great place to put some tips or links.
  4. Please leave all personal chatter to Facebook.

Added Bonus: If you write an article for the Newsletter it will be added to the blog posts for the month and you will get double exposure!

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  • 29 Mar 2017 7:41 PM | Laura Rhode (Administrator)

    You just never know...

  • 02 Dec 2016 12:37 PM | Laura Rhode (Administrator)

    In my previous post I let everyone know my daughters are fundraising to qualify for the Princess Marathon on behalf of Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. Locally, Children's National Medical Center is a beneficiary and every dime goes to the hospitals.

    One has qualified...the other is almost there! Wont you please help! Any donation is fabulous - none too small!! Maybe instead of a Dunkin or Starbucks today?  Thank you to those who have donated, and thank you in advance for your generosity now!

    "I am thinking about the families of children that will unfortunately be spending their holidays in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all over the country. If you can, please take a moment to donate to my fundraising page for the Disney Princess 10K benefitting CMNH! No donation is too small!"

  • 27 Nov 2016 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    Please join me next Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blueberry Gardens, 237 Aston Rd., Aston, MD 20861 for an inspiring workshop on "Taming the Holiday Blues," which I am co-leading with Hazel Beach, a personal coach.

    A signed copy of my motivational book, "Second Chances - From Truck Stop Waitress to Psychotherapist," is included in the registration fee of $60. To attend, call 301-384-1311 or email Hope to see you there!

  • 01 Nov 2016 9:24 PM | Laura Rhode (Administrator)

    Many of you know my 25 yo daughter ran her first half marathon last year to raise money for Childrens Miracle Network as my younger daughter and I cheered her on. 

    This year, my younger one is doing it too! Starting with a 10K, her goal is $800 before the end of 2016! Her link is below...please take a look!

    So proud of my girls!


  • 18 Oct 2016 9:58 AM | Carolyn Thompson

    Thank you to everyone who helped coach us along and provide support for Velocity of Books.   We are pushing along reaching as many people as possible, young, old, illiterate and educated.

    Our efforts have been recognized by Maryland Governor Hogan via a Governor's Citation.  We hope that this recognition will help us reach more people in need both in and outside of Maryland.

  • 30 Sep 2016 3:03 PM | Laura Rhode (Administrator)

    Hi everyone! October is Wine Festival Season and I need help!

    Paying $50 plus a bottle of your choice!

    Here are the two events we are doing - and the details...

    Kentlands Octoberfest is Sunday Oct 9 at the Kentlands Mansion                    Two shifts 10am - 2pm and 2pm - 6pm - need help both shifts

    Corktoberfest is Sat Oct 22 and Sunday Oct 23 at the MoCo Fairgrounds           Need help Sat Oct 22 2pm - 6pm shift                                                     Need help Sun Oct 23 2pm - 6pm shift

    No skills or knowledge needed! Just come, pour and have fun! 

    I will send information about the wines for you to know what to say.....easy peasy!!!

    Please pass the word - friends, kids (over 21), anyone with a great personality and likes to have fun would be great! Cheers!

    Check out the winery...woman winemaker, small local business...


  • 06 Jul 2016 3:57 PM | Stephanie Bonte-Lebair

    Master Your Networking
    Skills - Special Luncheon with eWomenNetwork

     Thursday * July 14 * 2016

    Lakewood Country Club - 10:30 a.m. start time!

    A new and powerful format for this special event!
    Master Networking Skills at our Activity Stations!

    From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. you can interact with professionals and experts on developing your networking skills, getting a return on your investment with eWomenNetwork, and learning to maximize your communication skills at all future events, wherever you network!

    • Business Card Review
    • Elevator Speech Review
    • Online Profile Setup and Review
    • Membership Benefit Review
    • Professional Headshots
    • Makeup-touch ups
    • Fashion Station - Maximize Your Look
    • Maximize Your Showcase Table
    • Video Corner - Tips for Business
    • Money Mindset for Networking

    Reserve a seat with fabulous professionals for lunch that starts at 11:30!  Several wonderful businesses are reserving up to 5 seats at their 10-seat table so that you can learn more about them and receive special benefits while you eat your lunch. 
    Lunch tables will be decorated with their products/services and you may receive a special gift as a guest! 

    To reserve your seat, first register for the event at and then email and request a seat. 

    LUNCH TABLE #1 - Rachel Needle with HopeRocks Jewelry

    HopeRocks Jewelry is versatile, fun, sophisticated, and inspiring.  At the very heart of the HopeRocks brand is an authentic, transparent, and passionate movement to spread good energy, kindness, and to create meaningful societal change.

    10% of the price of every piece of jewelry sold is helping to alleviate poverty through our involvement in and support of an amazing non-profit, Generation Hope.

    The natural, semi-precious gemstones in HopeRocks Jewelry's designs are more than beautiful and cool to wear; they have energy and meaning.  HOPE, by definition, is a feeling of optimism; a desire for something positive to happen.  What is your HOPE? 

     LUNCH TABLE #2 - Mindy Wagner with Mindy Wagner Interior Design, LLC

    Creating environments specific to your well being, supporting you in your Birth Element and Power Directions ..colors, forms,and images that raise your Inner-Chi/Energy.

     My table will be decorated as the Feng shui Ba-Gua.  Will you sit in Mountain, Abundance, Love and Partnership ...or something else?
    I will read your birth element if you will whisper to me your birth year!
    I invite 5 guests ..and 5 represents the 5 Elements ! Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. ..Beauty is Healing ...come sit with me for a mini consult .

    LUNCH TABLE #3 - Meryl Schaffer with TLC Daily Money Mentor, LLC

    As a general accountant and a QuickBooks Advisor, Meryl loves to get involved in any activity that requires organizing, counting, analyzing and nurturing. Meryl loves to see everything in its proper place. Her new business allows her to utilize her technical skills while helping others.  For any small business that needs bills paid properly and on-time, mail handled, or an advocate for family members, Meryl will put your mind at ease.  She also follows the path of a chemical-free life, offering products such as Makeup Erasers & other modalities for keeping herself healthy.

    LUNCH TABLE #4 - Sandy McDougall with The Maverick Edge

    Sandy invites all Maverick and Maverick-wannabee spirits to her lunch table. "Going Maverick" uplifts you, your life, and your business, turning confusion and self-doubt into unstoppable clarity and confidence. Bring your questions. Everyone wins something and one lucky guest wins a complimentary Maverick Clarity Session!

    LUNCH TABLE #5 - Liz Korte and Jacque Grenning with Keller Williams Realty

    Get the  "Inside" Scoop for Business Building Ideas and Home Sales!

    Liz and Jacque are a new real estate team, yet with 30 years of experience. Now launching a new joint brand, they are excited to share home buying/selling and business-building tips they are implementing to grow their business.  We'll talk about new real estate trends, and tips and tricks for selling, buying a home, or staying put.

    We are not just agents...We are entrepreneurs, and we get it...the juggle is real!!! Learn how "The ONE Thing" helps us re-focus ourselves on activities that yield results, and we will share some fun gizmos and gadgets to help you grow YOUR business and brand! There WILL be prizes at our table! 

    LUNCH TABLE #6 - Kristin Brindley with Top Shelf Branding & Strategic Gifting Inc

    Kristin Brindley is a Top-30 sales representative in Cutco's 67 year history of sales people. Closing in on 2 million dollars in sales. She ran an office that did over a million and has a mentee up for #1 in Cutco for his category this year.  She speaks in front of business owners 2-8 times a week and would like to help you with time management, strategic gifting, gratitude, closing, or bring a burning sales question for your business she can help you with. 

    She will offer discounts at her table and bring her experience and drive to help you with your business.  She has done sales training for several other companies and speaks nationally for her company every year.

    SHOW UP EARLY for this special event - we START at 10:30 a.m. and you'll want to make sure you get a chance to connect at the activity stations that most appeal to you and grab a seat at the lunch table of your choice.

    Go to and register for the July 14th special networking event!


    Stephanie Bonte-Lebair
    Managing Director
    Montgomery County, MD Chapter

  • 23 Jun 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    "Second Chances - From Truck Stop Waitress to Psychotherapist" is an inspirational memoir written as a series of intriguing anecdotes that illustrate the compelling resilience of the human spirit. Through her life example Patricia Spranger offers a model in which new beginnings are possible if you trust your intuition and follow your heart. It is available at and on Kindle.

  • 06 Jun 2016 8:05 AM | Carolyn Thompson
    Join us for an event to promote summer reading.

    This is a Nelson Mandela Day of service. A wonderful opportunity to bring the community together to make a difference.
    Rockville Town Square Google map and directions
    July 16, 2016


    More than 10,000 free books to encourage summer reading.
    Bands: Crimestoppers w/ Daryl Davis
    Author: Gareth Hinds
    Games: Claw Grab, Bowling, Beanbag Toss
    Arts & Crafts: Design Your Own Bookmark
    Tattoo: Temporary Tattoos
    Prizes - over 100 prizes will be given away.
    Silent Auction


    Sponsors/ Participants


  • 14 Feb 2016 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Sweet Life Wellness is teaming up with Our Young Chefs to offer you a Cooking Class and Elegant Luncheon experience on Sat. Feb. 27.   Class is limited to 6 persons.  Only 4 tickets available!

    Sweetheart Special: Treat Yourself Well!

    Cooking Class and Elegant Luncheon

    Location: 2909 Woodstock Ave.

    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

    Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Cost: $95 per person

    Availability: 6 tickets available

    To Register Call: (301)-869-1787(301)-869-1787



    Shrimp Cocktail with Remoulade Sauce

    New England Lobster Stew

    Roasted Winter Root Vegetables with Fresh Rosemary

    Whole Wheat Biscuits

    Tossed Green Salad with Garlic Vinaigrette

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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