Sunday, June 5, 2011

Upcoming Event: The Keys to Career Success: Building Face to Face Relationships in the Age of Social Media

On Thursday June 23rd at 6:30 pm, Jayne Mattson will be speaking at a Grafton Women's Networking Event at 2 South Street in Grafton!

Jayne is a Senior Vice President at Keystone Associates, a New England based career management firm that specializes in helping mid to senior level professionals who are in job transition. In her current role, she helps individuals in new career exploration, networking strategies and career decisions based on values matching corporate culture. Jayne is also a Certified Life Options Retirement Coach working with individuals and facilitating workshops. In addition, she brings her in-depth experience from her corporate, private sector and non profit board work, is a passionate motivational speaker for non-profits such as "Best Buddies," and speaks frequently at Bryant University's Women's Summit.

In her talk, she will address " What does building relationships mean today? Is it connecting with colleagues in LinkedIn, connecting with friends and family in Facebook, Tweeting to discuss your opinion or make a quick comment on a topic? Yes, all of these are about building relationships, but whatever happened to face to face relationships and having a great discussion over a cup of coffee or lunch? Social media helps you create an online personal brand, but when someone meets you do they meet the same person?" Jayne will talk about ways to build long lasting relationships and communication skills that will enhance your career success and help you define your authentic personal brand.

Please join us for this fabulous event to hear Jayne speak, have a glass of wine and connect with other women in Grafton and surrounding towns. Sponsored by Jane Mitchell of W.B. Smith Companies and Simone Linsin of Pecorino, A Country Cheese Shop in Grafton.  The Grafton Women's Networking Group  is dedicated to connecting women and supporting their passions and ventures. For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact:

See you there!
- Theresa

• Location in Google Maps:,+MA&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=32.114675,72.158203&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2+South+St,+Grafton,+Massachusetts+01519&z=16

• Jayne’s profile on LinkedIn:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Join us after the Women's Night Out on 10/22!

The annual stress-free shopping night is coming up on October 22nd.  Jenn Ward Scheri had a great suggestion -- let's support our business owners by attending and then meet up after.   She didn't need to ask twice!

So we'll meet up at the Grafton Inn after 8:30.  So come on by, tell us what you bought or just stop by to say hello.

You are invited to
The 8th Annual
Women’s Night Out: Stress-Free Shopping
Friday Night
October 22, 2010
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Grafton Municipal Center
30 Providence Road
Grafton, MA 01519

Do a little shopping and support the Grafton Food Bank!
All raffle proceeds go to the food bank!
Free Admission ~ Door Prizes ~ Raffles

*** New this year: ***

Girl Scout Troop 30260 will be on hand to collect any
canned food donations to the food bank at the door!

Wine Tasting from Cirrus Wine Cellar, Grafton Common
Cheese and Sausage Sampling from Pecorino Cheese Shop, N. Grafton
Chair Massages from Spirit Of Wellness, N. Grafton

For your shopping pleasure:
Pecorino Cheese Shop with Simone Linsin
Cirrus Wine Cellars with Wen
Bel Scriba with Susan Posterro
Pearlzy Jewelry by Sandhya Shenoy
Gitasan Trunk Show with Sangita Tamborra
Robin’s Egg Studio with Sarah Ziegler
Thirty-One Gifts with Erica Hoecker
Scentsy Wickless Candes with Robyn Towner
Pink Papaya with Christy Rejmer
Home For All Seasons with Helen Hardy
Jax’s Gems/Jimmy Fund with Jacqueline Brennan
Denise Designs by Denise Tucker
Nick Mazzamurro’s Stained Glass and Fused Jewelry
Usborne Books at Home with Melissa Beyer
Botticelli Gourmet Creations with Nicole Botticelli
Crystal Rings by Tracy Grondin
Tribe’s Creations by Veronica Rafferty
Creative Memories Consultant Janette Erchinger
Truly Scrumptious with Denyse Dar
Authors Jennifer and Colin White
Donna Charest of Mary Kay Cosmetics
Bracelets in Excess by Kathy Ortone
Niva Boutique with Victoria Plotnik
INKlings by Lori Bonner
Pampered Chef with Keila Haskins
Silpada Designs with Tracy Casey & Amy Navin
Christine’s Bracelets and Beyond by Christine Bruso
The Primitive Edge with Denise Conary
Two Girly Girls and Scout Bags with Alison Murphy and Dawn Farmer
Stella and Dot Jewelry with Kelley Lederers
“lit’l desi9s” with Helen Collins
Addenda: Fiber Arts by Patti Sims
Angel Hair Alpacas with Maureen Agley & Jay Cohen
K & P Designs with Paula Touhey
Spirit of Wellness Spa with Julie Bovenzie and Jo-Ann Gaulin, LMTs

Thank you for forwarding this invitation to others!

For more information, contact Kristie Proctor at 508.887.9858

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Auction for Haiti Raises almost $900

The GWNG auction for Haiti last Thursday night was a great success.   The group raised almost $900 for Habitat for Humanity, helping to give shelter and rebuild homes in Haiti for years to come.  
But it would not have happened with the contributions of many people in our commuinty.  First our emcee, Mary Trodella was fabulous & funny.  Second, the generosity of the following corporate sponsors was outstanding:  Cirrus’ Wine Cellar, Anytime Fitness of Grafton, Spirit of Wellness, South Pond Studios, Koopman Lumber, At Home Stage and Re-Design, A Basic Knead, Cayuga Lake Creamery, Gracie Unique Homemade Jewelry , Message Therapist, Amy Lenardson , Kim Sturgis Cakes, and Artist Bonnie Frederico.   And many thanks to our individual item donors:  Amy Catalogna, Fern Nissim, Amy Firlings, Maryellen Clearwater, Theresa Mazzio, Amy Navin and Mindy Sagan.   And also thanks to the many bidders who walked out with some fabulous items!

Oh, and how cool did those Silpada wine earrings look on Wen?


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GWNG Auction to Support Haiti

Please join us for an auction at Cirrus' Wine Cellar at 1 Grafton Common on April 8th at 6:00 pm to support the Haiti relief efforts!  All proceeds will be donated.  If you can attend (or even donate items to be auctioned), please RSVP to

Thank you to Wen He for hosting this event (and yes, we'll make sure that we'll have some wine for tasting) and to Mary Trodella Murphy for agreeing to be our emcee!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Helping Haiti with a Text Message

Maryellen Clearwater wanted to see if we could leverage this networking group to raise some funds for the devestation in Haiti.  Instead of limiting it to this group, I thought we might encourage others to donate to the red-cross if that haven't done so. 

And it's so easy.  Did you know that you can donate $10 to the red-cross with a text message.  It's true.  Donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 on their cell phone to send a $10 donation to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

Here is an article that confirms this:

I put a quick poll on the upper right hand part of the site, if you donate, we would love to hear about it.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 10th Event Re-Cap

Thanks to all of those who attended the December 10th Event at Cirrus' Wine Cellar - it was great to see you!  And a special thanks to Wen He from Cirrus' for providing the venue and wine, Jane Mitchell, Financial Advisor with W.B. Smith Companies for providing the wine for the raffle, and Amy Navin who gave a great presentation on Community Harvest Project.

Enjoy the holidays and see you next year!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December 10th @ Cirrus' Wine Cellar in Grafton

It's official.

What:  Grafton Women's Networking Group Event
Where: Cirrus’ Wine Cellar @ 1 Grafton Common, Grafton , MA
When: December 10th, 6:30 – 8:00
Agenda: Amy Navin, Executive Director of the amazing Community Harvest Project will do an organization overview, followed by time for wine tasting and networking

Sponsors: Wen He from Cirrus’ Wine Cellar and Jane Mitchell Financial Advisor from W.B Smith Companies

RSVP: Send me an email at with your name, company name & title, or any other interests/ needs you have.  I will plan to bring copies of the attendee list so you can be sure to connect with specific people!

Feel free to bring friends – all are welcome even those of you not from Grafton.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Organizer, Grafton Women’s Networking Group: GWNG

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” -Anon

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

December Event @ Cirrus' Wine Cellar

Our next networking event will be at Cirrus' Wine Cellar -- tentatively scheduled for December 10th from 6:30 - 8:00.  All are welcome.

I will be posting more details over the next 2 weeks.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP and email your name, company name & title, and any areas of interest to

I will bring an attendee roster to handout at the event to help with your networking!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

- Theresa

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Aug 5th "Cooking with Farmers Market Produce" Event was Simply Delicious

The combination of delectable pizza, a gorgeous dining room at 2 South Street, Carmela’s passionate description of her cooking, and the inspiring stories from Grafton women made it a very special event.

Thank you to Jane Mitchell of W.B. Smith Companies for hosting and donating wine, and Carmela Telese for bringing us some great healthy recipes!

I will continue to update you on upcoming events.

Here are Carmela's recipes for home-made healthy pizza:
Carmela’s WHOLE WHEAT HONEY PIZZA DOUGH (with Flax Seed)
1 tbs (or package) of yeast
1 cup luke warm water
1 tbs. honey

Mix together and let get frothy, approx. 5 min. Add that to:

1 cup of white flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1-2 tbs. of ground flax seed
1tsp. of salt

Mix together with a dough hook or by hand until you can form a loose ball... but you may have to add flour or water depending on the weather. You want to be able to work it, but it should not be hard and crumbly - wetter is better.

Cover dough and let it rise about 30 min to an hour in a warm place. ( Cover the bowl with a towel or blanket). When the dough had doubled in size, punch it down and stretch it out....add toppings, and bake at 425 F for approximately 30 minutes.

Various Pizza toppings:

Fresh Tomato and Basil
Thinly slice approx 1 1/2 cups of fresh ripe tomatoes - mix that in a bowl with freshly chopped basil, chopped garlic, some salt to taste, and dried or fresh oregano. Pour approx. 2 -4 tbs. of good olive oil and let it sit and marinate while the dough is rising. You can also add dried hot pepper flakes. (There are no measurements here because you really have to do this to taste and base it on the ripeness of your'll need less flavors when the tomatoes are garden fresh and sweet)
You can top with fresh parmesan, mozzarella, or just a drizzle of olive oil. I prefer it cheeseless because the tomatoes really roast nicely.
Zucchini, Pepper and Onion
Thinly slice green, red, or yellow peppers and onions. Toss them with 2-4 tbs of olive oil and gently saute in a frying pan. Add salt and black pepper to taste. If the peppers and onions are dry and not carmelized, add water a few tablespoons at a time. I do this a few times until they are nice and creamy don't want to put raw or dry veggies on a pizza! Add sliced zucchini half-way throuh they won't take as long to cook as the onions. Make sure they are wet and moist. You can add some more olive oil after it's all cooked to toss them and spread them on your pizza.
Beets and Sweets
This one is a bit more complicated. Carmelize onions like you would in the recipe above (without the peppers). Put them aside
Peel and slice raw beets and sweet potatoes and thinly slice them. You'll use 1/2 a sweet potato and 2-4 beets depending on the size. Add about 2 tbs. of olive oil to a pan and saute the sliced beets. Add salt and black pepper to taste, and again, when it dries up, add water a few tablespoons at a time. You don't these to be oily, but you do want t hem to be cooked. Cook for approximately 10 minutes or until they are tender but not fully cooked.
Remove from pan and set aside, do the same with the sweets. (You can cook the sweets and the onions at the same time in the same pan.). If you find that any of the veggies are dry and not moist - add some additional olive oil and toss. ...then alternate, sweets and beets and spread the onions all around. You don't HAVE to do it this way, but the beets will bleed onto everything if you don't separate them!

Friday, July 17, 2009

August Event - Cooking with Farmers Market Produce

We are having a casual summer networking event at 2 South Street on the Common.

When: Wednesday August 5th
Place: 2 South Street Grafton, MA
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Event: Cooking demonstration by Carmela Telese (healthy pizza using fresh ingredients from Farmers Market!) Wine donated by Jane Mitchell/W.B. Smith Companies

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Event

You are invited to join the DWC (Downtown Women's Club Networking Group) for a small casual summer event. About 10 or so of their members will be meeting on July 21st:

Event: Cocktails, Conversation & Networking
What: Club/Group Meeting
Host: Downtown Women's Club Worcester
When: Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: The Citizen at 1 Exchange Place, Worcester, MA

Description: Come mix and mingle with a terrific group of DWC members and guests in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business. Please feel free to bring pamphlets and business cards to promote yourselves.Please feel free to bring clients, colleagues and friends. Note: Cocktails and food are your own expense.If it's nice we will be on their patio.Please RSVP by July 20th so we can plan accordingly

I put an RSVP poll on the right hand side of the page so I can let the DWC know about how many people will be attending. If you are free, take the poll, grab your business cards and head on down!

We are also working on a cooking class event (with wine) with Carmela. No date has been set yet, but will keep you posted.


Friday, June 19, 2009

The First "Grafton Women's Networking" Event

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the first Grafton Women's Networking Event at Cirrus' Wine Cellar. What a great group of women!

Here is the link to the article on the event (thanks Jennifer):

What Jane Mitchell (Financial Advisor Rock Star) said about creating multiple sources of income resonated with many of us (from talking to you I know that some are already doing that or seeking to do it). I think we have a unique opportunity to support each other's missions, make some great friends and help the community in some way.
Many of you have asked about the next event. Jane mentioned that there was room (and a kitchen) at 2 South Street. Others suggested getting a chef and giving a cooking lesson of some sort. I also heard that enjoying wine during these events is not a bad thing either. I would love to hear from you about this idea (and others) as well as any contacts you may have to help pull this together. One other thought is to look for an opportunity where we can network together while helping out the community (Food Banks, etc.). And the head of the Downtown Women's Club (networking group out of Worcester) invited us to connect with her group for cocktails sometime this summer. I will get more information and pass it to you.

In the interim, I will use this site to post upcoming events and other networking information. And please add your thoughts & comments!

THANK YOU: Again, many thanks to Wen from Cirrus', Charlie from Romey's (did anyone taste the desserts? they were insanely good), Jane from WB Smith (loved the presentation), Jack and Jennifer from, Don from Grafton News, Koopmans and Gaudette (for electronic signs) and Morgan from Mary Kay (no not Avon!), Frank Zoll, and all of the attendees for being so open. This would not have been a success without all of your participation.

Please forward this link: to anyone who you think might be interested in joining for the next event.

Here is a sample of some of the careers represented the other night:

Independent Reliv Distributor
Faux Finishing, Custom Designs, Wall Murals
Home Staging and Redesign
Owner: Stamped Necklace pendants
Financial Advisor
Retail Clothing Sales
Leadership & Organizational Development
Owner Management Consulting Firm
Owner Marketing Company

Victorian Wedding Planner
Buyers Rep & Staging Professional & Consultant
Branch Manager - Sudbury
Documentation & Localization Specialist
VP Senior Marketing Mgr
Senior Scientist (PHD), Pharmacology
Weddings, Portraits, Events, Pets
Designer of Interior Spaces
Sales of Mary Kay
Professor - Shakespear
General Manager, Wine Store

URLs I was able to collect:

more pics...