Fall 2011 WEE/CWOY Combined Event

  • 21 Oct 2011
  • 22 Oct 2011
  • Pembroke NC


Registration is closed

Women: Empowered and Enlightened:



Not his-story but ours,

Sharing Wisdom through Our Stories

HARVEST DANCE/SOCIAL – Oct 21, 2011 (7:00 pm – 12 am)

Porter Plaza- 719 Old Main Road, Pembroke, NC:  Come and have fun with your BPW sisters and other members of our community.    Enjoy a delicious supper, adult beverages, and dancing with a DJ! BPW members attending WEE cost $15 This is an awesome opportunity for BPW/NC to experience the Pembroke Culture first hand and have fun too!


WORKSHOPS – Oct 22, 2011 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Indian Education Building - 818 West 3rd Street, Pembroke, NC (cost: $25)

Career Women of the Year are free, but you must still register.

HER viewpoint: History of the Lumbee Tribe: Dr. Linda Oxendine, former Director of American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. While now retired she is still actively involved with the Lumbee Tribe and finds ways everyday to give back to her people. She encourages the people on the importance of keeping our heritage strong and alive for our future generations.  She has written numerous articles and books about a variety of topics that touch American Indian and Lumbee languages and history.


HERchallenges:  Facilitated panel:  3 Women of our region sharing lessons and inspiration from their stories.

  • Charly Lowry: (Lumbee) is a singer-song writer from Pembroke, NC with roots in the Union Chapel Community.  For over a decade Charly has attained regional and national success as both a solo artist and lead singer of alternative rock/soul/folk band, Dark Water Rising.  In 2004, Charly had the opportunity to compete on the wildly popular television show, American Idol.  She ventured through several rounds of auditions to make it to the Top 32.  Charly enjoys performing, meeting people, and educating others on the Native American experience. 
  • Mary Florian: Mary recently completed the Race Across America, which is the longest bicycle race in the world. Along with her team mate Nancy Guth, they were the only 2 women team (of ANY age) to successfully complete the race this year.  In the 28 year history of the RAAM they were the 3rd 2-woman team to have completed it.  Riding bicycles 3,000 miles from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD in 9 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes.  With both of these ladies being over age 60, what a great accomplishment.
  • Letita Mason: Admission Director at The North Carolina School of Science and Math.  Service and responsibility for ones community are concepts that, like a golden thread, color the tapestry of my life.  They dictate that one must demonstrate courage when life delivers challenges; strength of conviction in staying true to your calling; firm grounding in supportive family and friends; the will and passion to stay long and work hard; child-like curiosity for life-long learning, training and development; and owning ones place in the continual evolution of our global community.  I've learned to value the advantages of recognizing which strengths I bring to any assignment and employing them toward achieving goals.  Essential to forgoing strategic initiatives and sustaining collaborative partnerships is my ability to relate to others; unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding of people, culture and history; and commitment to assisting others in fulfilling their highest potential. These serve as the filament of my life's work.

HERstories & sound: Kat is an internationally renowned storyteller and Kaya, a drummer, dancer, and flutist, bring together talents into a modern setting that allows people to glimpse yesterday's culture with today's flair.  This grandmother and grandson duo inspires their audience to learn more about Native Americans.


HERhighness: Succulent Living…Joy is your birthright!  Kim Pevia is a Life Strategist, Speaker, Personal and Professional Coach.  She will bring you to your feet in this session!


HERsuccesses: Career Woman of the Year

Meet the 2010-2011 State Career Women of the Year candidates and have the opportunity to hear their stories of success.  As well as, the new and exciting changes happening in the State Career Woman of the Year event.

              Participating Vendors

  • Cyna’s Jewelers:  Cyna’s is a family owned business.  They crafted the Pinecone Patchwork and Lumbee Rings with the intention of preserving the Lumbee heritage.  Visit the website: www.cyna’s.com to see some of the work that will be on display.
  • Loretta Oxendine: Loretta is a retired school teacher.  She will display Long-leaf  pine needle baskets, pit fired pottery, and china berry necklaces.  Mrs. Oxendine has a piece of pottery and one of her baskets on display in the National Museum of the American Indian Collection (Smithsonian Instiution).
  • Karen Coronado: Karen is a multi-media artist who enjoys the challenge of learning and working in any discipline.  She gains inspiration from all of nature and humanity.  She will display painted gourds and Lumbee patchwork.
  • Alisha Locklear:  Alisha is a former visual art teacher.  She is a visual and graphic artist.  Her work tends to be more abstract with realistic content.  She will display handcrafted lamp work glass beaded jewelry and hand painted wine.
  • Mary Locklear: Mary is known as an Herbalist.  She will display homemade remedies such as Lye soap, salves, skin creams, insect repelants, Chap Stick, and body rubs.


8:00-8:30 am             Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 am             Welcome: The Honorable Sharon

                                 Hunt, Lumbee Tribal Chair

                                 Description of BPW: Rhonda Hunter,

                                 BPW NC President

9:00-9:50 am           HERviewpoint

9:50-10:00                 Break/Visit Vendors

10:00-11:15 am       HERchallenges

11:15-12:00               Visit Vendors & Lunch

                                HERstories & sound:

                                (Kat Littleturtle & Kaya Littleturtle)

12:00-1:00 pm           Walking Tour of the Museum of the

                                 Native American Resource Center

1:00-1:50 pm      HERhighness

1:50-2:50 pm          HER successes

2:50- 3:00 pm            Reflection/Door Prizes

3:00 – 3:15                Announcements/Visit Vendors

Registration is due Monday, October 10, 2011. Register on line at www.bpw-nc.org or download a form and send it with check to the BPW/NC State Treasurer: Tonya Holbert, 35 Shadow Valley Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739. Make check payable to BPW/NC with a notation for WEE. 

Cost Per Event:   Friday Evening: $15   

                            Saturday: $25      Both: $40

Career Women of the Year are Free but you must still register.

HOST HOTEL:  Holiday Inn Express, 605 Redmond Rd, Pembroke, NC  28372, Phone (910) 521-1311

Block of Rooms under Pembroke BPW – Cost $72 + taxes

Friday Evening Dinner by Kay's Catering: baked and fried chicken and BBQ, slaw, potato salad, green beans, rolls, drink and dessert.

Lunch by Sweet Expressions: Berry-Walnut Salad, Pasta Salad, Croissants: Chicken Salad, Club and Turkey Bacon Wraps, and Brownies


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