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  • Monday, June 06, 2022 8:58 AM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    Our June monthly meeting will be a silent auction to benefit the Displaced Homemaker Program.

    We will be accepting auction items from our member and community businesses until June 10.  If you would like to donate one, or if you know a business who could benefit from branding themselves at our luncheon, please note the following:

    • What to donate:  Items should have a $50 minimum value and be ready to be on display (if you want to donate a lower-value item, it will be paired with another item)
    • Deadline to donate:  Friday, June 10
    • Drop off location:  Brightway Insurance, 9127 SW 52nd Ave, Suite D-103, or contact Jane Harris at 352-283-9512 to arrange pick-up
    • Event contact: Jane Harris, 352-283-9512


  • Tuesday, January 04, 2022 12:53 PM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    Based on increased positive cases and hospitalizations along with the contagious nature of the Omicron variant, we do not feel it's prudent to hold our January meeting. 

    For now, we are still planning to hold our February meeting.  We will watch the numbers and determine whether to cancel it at a later date. 

    Registration is currently available for our February, March, and April meetings.  As always, our contacts will receive email invitations starting a few weeks prior to each event.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00 PM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    GAWN's Holiday Showcase is back for 2021!  This event is the perfect place to highlight your products and services to GAWN's members and guests.  It's always a fun-filled event with great food, door prizes, and a relaxed environment to learn about local businesses and do a little holiday shopping at the same time.

    The event will be held on Wednesday, December 8, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Sweetwater Branch Inn.

    If you're interested in becoming a vendor at the event, please complete the application and email it to Kristy Moffat at kristy.moffat@brightway.com.  Registration as a vendor can be completed (and paid) online on our event page.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:23 AM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    In the past, we have received feedback from members that there's not enough time during our luncheons to get to know people outside of the lunch tables. GAWN offers a closed Facebook group for our members to easily communicate with one another, share ideas and goals, and ask for advice. It's also an informal way for GAWN leadership to share updates about the organization a solicit feedback from our members.

    The goals of the group are to provide a forum for us to introduce ourselves, connect better, and lean on each other for networking, advice, and empowerment. Here are a few examples of what might posts might look like in the group:

    • My business needs to hire an accountant.  Do we have anyone in the group who does this, or can you provide some recommendations for someone outside of our group for this type of work?
    • I just read this article about leadership styles and thought it would be helpful for others in our group.
    • Our last luncheon speaker made me really think about the way I work with my employees. Would any of you like to meet for drinks one afternoon to discuss further and bounce ideas off each other?
    • I have a great idea for a future workshop that GAWN could host. Who can I contact about this?

    To join the group, make sure you're logged into your Facebook account and then click here to request to join the group.  You will be prompted with a few questions to make sure you're a current member, you understand the group isn't primarily to market your business to others, and that you agree to the group rules. Once you're approved by an administrator, you'll be a member and can post in the group. Make sure to accept the group rules, or you will not be added. We look forward to connecting with you!

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:19 AM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    We continue to work on the lineup for speakers in 2021, and would love your help! We are focused on finding engaging professionals to speak about business and personal growth topics for our membership. We currently are in need of two types of speakers:

    • Experienced speakers with a proven portfolio of past engagements interested in speaking at one of our in-person luncheons or leading an in-person or virtual evening workshop. If this fits you or someone you'd recommend, please let us know!  The prospective speaker can complete our speaker application in order to be considered.
    • GAWN members who are interested in providing professional tips and tricks during an in-person luncheon or in-person or virtual evening workshop.  Do you have an app that your business can't function without?  Have you changed your business practice recently and want to share your success with others?  We'd love to have you present to us.  If interested, please email Kristy Moffat, Interim Programs Chair.


  • Saturday, August 07, 2021 4:25 PM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    After such a successful monthly meeting in July, we are sad to say that we will not be hosting a meeting in August. As you know, our meetings are generally on the third Wednesday of each month, but we waited to open up registration for the August meeting until we saw how local Covid-19 numbers looked.

    Based on increased positive cases and hospitalizations along with the contagious nature of the Delta variant, we do not feel it's prudent to hold the meeting. 

    We will watch the numbers and determine in late August whether to hold our September meeting, and will open up registration if it makes sense to do so.  As always, our contacts will receive an email invitation once registration is available.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 12:56 PM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    Our membership numbers decreased over the past year, due to fewer numbers of people meeting in groups to network.  As more people get comfortable networking in groups again, we are seeing our meeting attendance increase, which is great news.  Now we're ready to work on our membership numbers!

    We are having a membership drive this summer, starting with our July luncheon.  Attendance is free to everyone, and we’re asking our members to invite guests so they can see all that GAWN has to offer.  We will be limiting the number of free spots to 60, so if you are interested in attending, make sure to register early.

    To encourage people to become members, if a guest joins during the meeting, the guest AND the person who invited them will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad and potentially other prizes at our September meeting.

    So start inviting!  We can't wait to see you there, and to meet your guests!

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:00 PM | Deleted user

    This month's spotlight is Leslie Merryman and she is a self professed travel addict. Whenever she can, Leslie is traveling somewhere.  She enjoys spending her time seeing and experiencing the world and all it has to offer, visiting with friends and planning trips. Leslie can be found on a cruise about 6 times a year and spends 3 months wandering around Europe every summer.   She works part time as a web designer at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and this allows her to work wherever there is an internet connection. As an independent  travel consultant for Cruise Brothers she is the one to call if  you need help planning your own travel adventures (by land or by sea)  it’s not just her my job and it’s her passion!

    Leslie has been a member of GWAN for 7 years and has been on the board for 3 years as the Website and Social Media Administrator.

    Cruise brothers is a full service travel company so don’t let the name fool you. They are one of the largest family owned cruise agencies in the country and have been in business since 1972 making them YOUR cruise experts. They expanded the business to include land based world-wide travel and work with some of the best tour groups in the industry to get you the best deal on your ideal vacation.

    So Don’t get soaked on your next cruise or vacation trip!

    Contact Leslie to help make your dream trip a reality. (352) 870-9870 or by email at ldmerry@gmail.com


  • Monday, October 07, 2019 2:40 PM | Kristy Moffat (Administrator)

    GAWN's Holiday Showcase is the perfect place to highlight your products and services to GAWN's members and guests.  It's always a fun-filled event with great food, door prizes, and a relaxed environment to learn about local businesses and do a little holiday shopping at the same time.

    The event will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Sweetwater Branch Inn.

    If you're interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor of the event, please complete the application and email it to Kristy Moffat at kristy.moffat@brightway.com.  Registration as a sponsor or vendor can be done (and paid) online on our event page.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Friday, October 04, 2019 11:49 AM | Deleted user

    Kristi grew up in Lincoln Nebraska and transferred to Gainesville in 1982 to manage North American Biological in the current Santa Fe building on University and 6th.  Seven months ago, she joined Columbia Care, one of the largest producers and distributors of Medical Marijuana in the United States and Europe. Their Gainesville dispensary was the first of 20 opening in Florida.

    Columbia Care in honored to be the presenting sponsor for Gainesville’s annual Tom Petty Bash.  They are looking forward to becoming trusted members of the Gainesville community, beginning with this weekend of great music and entertainment and are committed to improving the lives of families across Florida.

    Kristi has always been in medical management.  30 years in the blood plasma industry as Regional Director across the United States, and 9 years working in Elder Care as Director of Business Development in North Central Florida.

    Columbia Care is a patient-center health and wellness company setting the standard for compassion, professionalism, quality, caring and innovation, working in collaboration with some of the most renowned and innovative teaching hospitals in the world.   Columbia Cares stands apart from other companies in this sector, as they are data driven,  and have several studies in progress focused on opioid reduction, seizure control, pain management, neuropathy and effects of cannabis on motor skills.

    Columbia Care Gainesville prides itself in providing extensive education to patients and families interested in becoming patients and using our medicines.

    The Gainesville dispensary is the flagship for Columbia Care in Florida, with plans to open 20 dispensaries in Florida by the end of the year.  They opened 3 months ago and continue to grow and expand their supply of medical cannabis medications.  They will add flower to their list of pharmaceutical quality products by the end of October.

    "I'm excited to have the opportunity to share our company’s mission and goals to the female leaders of our community.  As an advocate of medical cannabis, I’m excited to educate and explain how cannabis products are improving and changing lives in a holistic manner, particularly regarding reducing the opioid epidemic."

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