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'City Lights...Women's Night' at WITCC scheduled Feb. 28

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pat McGill
Reservations begin Feb. 1

The Friends of CAASA organization have been busy planning a "City Lights ...Women's Night" in Cherokee.

The event, sponsored by Friends of CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault) and Hy-Vee, will be held at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center in Cherokee on Saturday February 28, beginning at 5 p.m.

From 5-7 p.m. that evening, those attending will have time to network with friends and colleagues, as well as to browse at "The Marketplace," where several vendors will have booths to visit. The vendors will be displaying items of interest to attendees, such as home design, health, cooking, and jewelry making. A cash bar and snacks will also be available at that time.

Christy Batien
Christy Batien, anchorwoman at KTIV Channel 4 television in Sioux City, will be serving as the night's emcee, and following her welcome, an elegant dinner will be served from 7-8 p.m.

At 8 p.m., the evening's featured speaker, Pat McGill, will be presenting her motivational program. McGill is the founder and President of McGill Speaking and Training Resources. She is a former middle-school teacher and adjunct professor of human relations, and holds a Master's Degree in Education from St. Mary's University in Minnesota.

McGill was once a contestant in the Miss South Dakota pageant, and delights in telling of the time she tripped and fell when entering the judging room. Nonplussed, she immediately got up and asked the judges, "Do you want to see more?"

Planning the 'Night Out' - Organizers, left to right, Vicki Sonka, Leah Johnson, Nancy Brutsman, Jeri Hunt, Sue Peterson, and Rhonda Dean plan the Feb. 28 "Women's Night Out" at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center in Cherokee. Photo submitted.
While she didn't win the title, McGill was named "Miss Congeniality" at the pageant. Ever since that incident, she says, she's been "tripping up," learning lessons, and "passing them on to those who'll listen."

These days, Pat presents professional development keynote addresses and workshops on such topics as change, leadership, and relationship building. Her talks are both informative and entertaining for audiences with varying backgrounds or in different life stages, professions and industries.

The evening will conclude with the dispensing of door prizes between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Flyers will soon be sent out around the area, and those who wish to attend may make reservations beginning on February 1. There will be a $20 admission charge.

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