The members of the Roswell Woman’s Club hold virtual meeting
By Christina Stock
At noon on May 13, the oldest civic club in town, the Roswell Woman’s Club, invited its members to its first virtual meeting on Zoom.
President Sonia Phillips welcomed the members and asked each one to share what they had been doing. The club had not met since the stay-at-home order was given by the governor in March. Each member shared their experiences since social distancing due to COVID-19 began.
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One of the members is Rhonda B. Johnson, who works for the nonprofit organization WESST as regional manager. WESST was founded by women for women more than 30 years ago and provides training and consulting programs, as well as giving out small business loans for those who want to start or grow a business.
During the meeting, Johnson said that she and her assistant are working full-time from home. “We’re busier than we could imagine because we are helping people with the COVID-19 associated CARES Act. We’ve also introduced a 3% loan up to $10,000. We’ve got people coming out of the woodwork to apply for those loans. It’s just a lot to get together and we’ve got to do everything virtually. We’re doing training virtually — it has not slowed down for me.”
On Zoom, participants can message individuals or the entire group while the meeting continues. Asked for more details about the loan program, Johnson messaged the flyer for this article with the following information: The program itself is called WESST Rise Loan Program, its purpose is to support existing business operations during COVID-19. This program is not for starting a business. It states that people can apply for the program until Sept. 25. WESST is offering small business loans at a 3% interest rate up to $10,000. The first six months’ payments are waived per the CARES Act. The borrower resumes payment in month 7 for the remaining term of the loan. More information is available at WESST.org.
Other club business was discussed before the speaker Landy Peek was introduced. Peek is a woman’s pelvic health therapist and her business is Peek Possibilities LLC. She said that she had been working from home as well and while private therapy sessions have been less, group workshops have picked up. “I have been involved in several mom groups and instead of letting it all go kaputt, I offered to do Zoom groups. I host on Zoom twice a week and I have been offering free workshops. It’s been fun giving back to the community, where people can come to learn about pelvic health,” Peek said.
Peek talked about common issues that women may encounter during their life, which included problems with bladder incontinence or leaks, pelvic pain after giving birth, which she said can be avoided with therapy instead of operations. Also — much to the surprise of the members — she asked them to join her in a breathing session where the members learned how to strengthen their pelvic bottom. The talk also included information about triggers and irritants that may cause people to wake up at night, disrupting their sleep. Peek then gave examples and responded to questions by the members. Peek’s next Zoom event will be on May 30 at 9 a.m. Limited space is available. For more information, visit possibilities.com or @peekpossibilites on Facebook or call 575-208-5434.
The Roswell Woman’s Club members decided to do another Zoom meeting to stay connected on July 8 at noon. There will be an event page on Facebook with further information. The regular meetings of the club will continue in one form or another in September.