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Decatur Area Women’s Network, DAWN, is a diverse group of talented women who enjoy networking, professional development, personal enrichment, community awareness, and a monthly meeting. Since 1982, DAWN has encouraged women in their careers and lives by providing an extended network of support, education, awareness, and enrichment. We welcome women of all ages, interests, ethnicities, life stages, beliefs, and professions. Attend one of our meetings as a guest and discover the benefits of DAWN membership.

Next DAWN Meeting – Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Decatur Club

Gussie ReedGussie Reed, AmerenIP, Director of Operations, Division III
Topic: My Corporate Journey

When she took a temp job in Illinois Power’s mailroom over 30 years ago, Gussie Reed never imagined she’d become one of six Directors of Operations for a company with over 8,600 employees. Yet once you meet Gussie, you’ll know why. Her tenacity, personal accountability and work ethic have helped her move up the corporate ladder and gain the respect of many. Gussie’s more notable experiences have included working in numerous locations within the state of Illinois while supervising electric, gas, and substation co-workers all while managing a $60 million budget. As a leader, she values her team members, says what she means, and believes in accountability. Join us to learn both the breadth of Ameren’s activities and Gussie’s hard-won lessons that can be applied to your own career journey.

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“The meetings have been excellent because of the high quality and variety of speakers as well as the positive atmosphere in the meetings.”
Member Spotlight – Rachel Dasenbrock

Member Spotlight – Rachel Dasenbrock

Company/Title
Heart Technologies, Inc.

What I like most about DAWN
I enjoy the opportunity to connect with women who have similar goals, struggles, and achievements. Through these connections, I know we can learn fro m each other, encourage growth, and celebrate life’s victories.

My first job (professional or otherwise)
I worked at Best Western as a Front Desk Receptionist.

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About DAWN

Our History

In May 1982, inspired by Mary Scott Welch’s book Networking: The Great New Way for Women to Get Ahead, Charlotte Hanks, Chris Neeley, and Mickey Robertson invited a small group of women in Decatur, Illinois, to brainstorm about organizing a local networking group. In August 1982, DAWN filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of Illinois, and just two months later, twenty five charter members pooled their resources to fly Alina Novak (a networking pioneer mentioned in Mary Scott Welsh’s book) in from New York City. She spoke at an informational meeting with 200 women in attendance. Ms. Novak considered networking the “next stage in the women’s movement” and many responded. One year later, in October 1983, the organization had grown from 25 to 160. An article appeared about DAWN in the Decatur Herald and Review with the headline, “DAWN Shines.” More than 30 years later, DAWN continues to shine by following the vision of the charter members-providing networking opportunities for women in the Decatur area. DAWN is proud to have encouraged hundreds of women in their career and life journeys.

Our Mission

Some of the wonderful women of DAWN

Some of the wonderful women of DAWN

DAWN’s mission is to use networking for the development and promotion of women.

Our Purposes

  • to provide professional development and community awareness
  • to promote communication and networking among women
  • to encourage women to develop their leadership skills and talents
  • to enrich the lives of members by sharing resources
  • to support members in their professional and personal pursuits and goals
  • to cultivate the spirit of fellowship among members and other community women
  • to continually seek new members to expand our networks

Our Distinct Advantage

  • diverse membership
  • commitment to the further development of women in our community
  • no service or volunteer hours required
  • no organizational business conducted at monthly meetings

Meetings

Owners James & Kelsey Aikman intrigued us with the amazing dream they’re pursuing in Arcola.

Owners James & Kelsey Aikman intrigued us with the amazing dream they’re pursuing in Arcola.

Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at The Decatur Club at 158 W Prairie Ave., Decatur, IL 62523. Guests are welcome to attend their first time for a discounted $10 meal price. If you need more time to decide, you may attend a meeting two more times at the member price of $18. A typical meeting includes networking, conversation, and a high-quality speaker.  Members may display information to promote their business or offer items for sale. Our typical monthly meeting agenda:

  1. 5:30 p.m. – Registration, Networking, and Display Tables (cash bar available)
  2. 6:00 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions
  3. 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
  4. 7:00 p.m. – Program and Q&A
  5. 7:45 p.m. – Boasts and Toasts
  6. 8:00 p.m. – Closing

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Note: There are no meetings in July or August.

Entrée Choice 1 – Chicken Cordon Bleu

Entrée Choice 2 – Mesquite Pork Loin

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Roasted Yukon Golds, Broccoli, Salad, & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Roasted Chicken

Entrée Choice 2 – Lemon Pepper Tilapia

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Baked potatoes w/ butter & sour cream, green beans w/ bacon & onion, salad, & dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Chicken Marsala

Entrée Choice 2 – BBQ Pork Loin

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Potato Casserole; Julienne of Zucchini, Squash, & Carrots; Salad; & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Roasted Chicken with Roasted Garlic cream sauce

Entrée Choice 2 – Beef Medallions with Herb Espagnol

Entrée Choice 3 – Cedar planked Salmon with Hollandaise

Entrée Choice 4 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 5 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Twice baked Potato, Grilled Asparagus, Salad, & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Smothered Chicken

Entrée Choice 2 – Jamaican Jerk Pork Loin

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Wild Rice, California Veg Blend, Salad, & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Fettuccini Alfredo with slices of Grilled Chicken

Entrée Choice 2 – Tomato Basil Salmon, Rice Pilaf

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Steamed Broccoli, Salad, & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – BBQ Chicken

Entrée Choice 2 – Grilled Ham Steak

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans w/ bacon & onions, Salad, & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Chicken Olio (Slices of Grilled Chicken tossed with fresh veggies & penne pasta)

Entrée Choice 2 – Lemon Pepper Tilapia

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Garlic Mashed potatoes, Green Beans Almandine, Salad, & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Grilled Pork Chops

Entrée Choice 2 – Raspberry Chicken

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Roasted Redskins Potatoes, Veggie Blend, Salad & Dessert

Entrée Choice 1 – Chicken & Chorizo Penne

Entrée Choice 2 – Dijon Rosemary Pork Medallions

Entrée Choice 3 – Chef Salad

Entrée Choice 4 – Vegetarian by Request

Meal accompaniments: Blue Cheese Tarragon Mashed, California Veg Blend, Salad & Dessert

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Please submit your reservation no later than Sunday. You may cancel your reservation anytime before noon on Monday. If you must cancel after this date, you will be invoiced for your meal because DAWN will be billed by the Decatur Club.

Our Future Speakers

Gussie ReedThursday, May 11, 2017 — Gussie Reed, AmerenIP, Director of Operations, Division III
Topic: My Corporate Journey

When she took a temp job in Illinois Power’s mailroom over 30 years ago, Gussie Reed never imagined she’d become one of six Directors of Operations for a company with over 8,600 employees. Yet once you meet Gussie, you’ll know why. Her tenacity, personal accountability and work ethic have helped her move up the corporate ladder and gain the respect of many. Gussie’s more notable experiences have included working in numerous locations within the state of Illinois while supervising electric, gas, and substation co-workers all while managing a $60 million budget. As a leader, she values her team members, says what she means, and believes in accountability. Join us to learn both the breadth of Ameren’s activities and Gussie’s hard-won lessons that can be applied to your own career journey.

Recent Speakers

Past speakers

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Our Members

DAWN has always been comprised of women from many backgrounds, experiences and thoughts.  Our members include women who

  • live in Decatur and the surrounding area
  • are at all life stages and at various levels of professional and career development
  • work in a variety of organizations from corporations to non-profits
  • own their own businesses
  • are not currently employed or are retired
  • are involved in the community

Benefits of DAWN Membership

  • Attend each meeting – Get a chance to connect with and learn from other members. Networking/cocktail time begins at 5:30. There is also time during the dinner meeting to participate in discussion and gain insight from other members.
  • Learn from our guest speakers whose topics focus on community awareness and professional and personal development.
  • Submit announcements for our monthly newsletter – Include information and promotions for your business, recruit volunteers for community organizations, and let others know about community activities. Submit to dawndecatur@nullgmail.com by the 20th of the month.
  • Utilize the member display table at meetings – Bring your business cards, products, brochures, and other materials to spread the message about your business and/or services or community events.
  • Share information about yourself through a short member spotlight that will be published in the newsletter.
  • Visit DAWN’s Facebook page – Check in or connect with other members and area women, provide feedback about the meetings, or share something exciting.
  • Serve on DAWN’s board or help increase membership by inviting guests to our meetings.
  • Explore DAWN’s website including the Members Only portal and advertising opportunities available to members.

Our Membership Application

Download this PDF application today and send it in to become part of DAWN, or complete the form below.

Join DAWN

Include city and zip code
All DAWN information will be sent to this address.
Please determine your membership dues based on the date you are joining:

Join by:
Pay:
9/8/16
$50
10/13/16
$45
11/10/16
$40
12/8/16
$35
1/12/17
$30
2/9/17
$25
3/9/17
$20
4/13/17
$15
5/11/17
$10
6/8/17
$5
Please send your payment to DAWN, P.O. Box 2393, Decatur, IL 62524. Any questions should be directed to Judi.

Our Invitation to YOU

Not quite ready to join? We understand women must be selective about the use of time and their memberships in organizations outside of work and home. For that reason, we invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings at a first-time guest rate of $10.00. Experience DAWN, and then make your decision to become a member. Contact one of DAWN’s officers if you have any questions.

Our Leadership

Darcy Morr

President – Darcy Morr

Darcy has been a member of DAWN since moving back to Decatur in 2004. She is the Office Manager at Decatur First Church of the Nazarene where she schedules and manages events and provides administrative support for several pastors. Prior to this, she worked at the Herald and Review Newspaper as Assistant to the Publisher, handling event planning, employee relations, marketing, and human resources. Darcy’s husband, Dave, is a web manager for ADM and together they have two lively young children, Tessa and Drew.

Judi Carpenter

Co-Vice-President of Membership – Judi Carpenter

Judi has been a DAWN member since 2009. She has been a Decatur resident since 1997, when she married Dave. Before that time, she spent over twenty years in customer service work, raised two children (Mary and Eric, who are both grown and more fun than she imagined they could be), and was involved in choral groups, church and PTA, and riding her bicycle.  Now she enjoys reading, gardening, bicycling, paper crafting and teaching paper crafting and rubber stamping.

Corey Conroy

Co-Vice-President of Membership – Corey Conroy

Corey has been a member of DAWN since starting her own business as a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial in 2015. Prior to Thrivent Financial, she worked as a Sales Representative in the Advertising Department of the Herald & Review Newspaper. Corey met her husband Mike while they were both working for the City of Decatur – an office romance that has lasted 18 years. Mike is now a Building Inspector for the City of Bloomington and together they have three children, one granddaughter, and two dogs: Carol, Lauren, Dylan, Azriel, Spike and Blaze.

Heather McConnell-Smith

Vice-President of Programs – Heather McConnell-Smith

Heather has been a member of DAWN since spring of 2015. She is a Supervising Engineer for Ameren where she provides Project Controls support for large Natural Gas projects. Heather has worked as a Project Manager in several different industries including Petrochemical, Oil Refining, and Agricultural. She has a patent and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional.

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Secretary/Treasurer – Charlotte Hanks

Charlotte is a charter member of DAWN and was instrumental in organizing DAWN’s introductory brunch in 1982. She previously served as the Membership Chair for two different terms. After retiring from a career as a barge dispatcher at ADM in 2003, she began volunteering in the public school system and at Project READ. Charlotte lives on thirteen acres with her husband, Tom Malenshek, and three dogs. Their goal is to restore and beautify their property for the benefit of wild life and the conservation of natural resources.

Contact Us

Email us at dawndecatur@nullgmail.com
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Send us a note at
DAWN
P.O. Box 2393
Decatur, IL 62524

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