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October 2021 - Issue I


It has been my honor to be the Executive Director for the Dream Queen Foundation for the last month. I feel that with me at the helm we can accomplish all the visions we have had for the last several years. I have a lot of catching up to do and I am ready for the challenge. This last month has been joyful and divinely driven. I am here to serve you and will do my very best to support our women’s networking and Gals Lead needs. This next order of business is to keep you updated on all that is happening with the association and the foundation, which means we need our newsletter back. And away we go!

With love, passion and sincerity, 

Maryanna Lanham

Gals Lead Veterans Day Festival

Mark your calendars! Join the Gals Lead Veterans Day Festival, Celebrating Today's Heroes and Tomorrow's Leaders at the Port of Leonardtown Winery on Thursday, Nov. 11 immediately following the annual Leonardtown Parade.

Free to attend, however, donations are encouraged to support our Gals Lead Program. Attendees can enjoy live music, a photo booth, veteran service providers, raffles, a 50/50, veteran vendors, food truck, the winery and more.

We are calling all Veteran Owned Small Businesses! Free opportunity to display and sell your wares. We also have opportunities for nonveteran vendors for a small fee. To learn more click HERE.

We are looking for sponsors for the event. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities click HERE.

We hope you can join us for this awesome event to celebrate those who protect our freedom and raise money to support teen mentorship. If you can volunteer to help on the day of the event, please email maryanna@

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Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Dream Queen Board of Directors: Rachel Lytle, Veronica Jones, Kim Bannister, and Oda Solms.

We are seeking to fill two vacant positions on the board, Vice President and Treasurer. If you are positive, passionate, purpose-filled woman who promotes heart-centered leadership for women & girls and interested in joining the Dream Queen Board of Directors, reach out to us at



Beth Graeme


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Rachel Lytle


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Veronica Jones

Member at Large

Kim Bannister

Member at Large

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Oda Solms

Member at Large


The Team

Maryanna LanhamExecutive Director

Jeanne LaRoque, Program Assistant

Laura Underwood, Marketing Team Lead

Carla Kemp, Donation Team Lead

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Thank you to our newest supporting members who support our signature program for teens on a monthly basis by recognizing their generous and treasured donations below at the various donor levels. Our ability to develop and cultivate self-confidence, authenticity, and leadership potential in young girls would not happen without your support.

Become a Dream Queen Supporting Member  TODAY and start making a difference.

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$1,200 Annually

Thank you Deanne Daugherty, the newest Queen of Taking Action and member of the Facilitator Team.

Thank you Deanne!

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$300 Annually

Thank you Bonnie Miranda, the newest queen of Dreaming Big.

Thank you Bonnie!

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$120 Annually

Thank you Michelle Ann Nutwell and Kathy Frost, the newest Queens of Knowing Yourself. Michelle also joined the Ambassador, Fundraising, Event and Facilitator Teams.

Thank you Michelle & Kathy!


Our signature program for teens, Gals Lead, works with girls to develop and cultivate their self-confidence, authenticity, and leadership potential. Students gain the clarity and confidence needed to create intentional career paths they love - ones that align with their divine passion and purpose.  

We will be running our Gals Lead program at Great Mills High School and Westlake High School for the 2021-2022 school year. The program is going in into its 6th year at Great Mills and it's 3rd year at Westlake High School.

Join us in welcoming our facilitators back for another amazing year.

Ellen Servetnick Great Mills

Kimberly Bannister, Great Mills

Maria Thorpe, Great Mills

Tatonya Holman, Westlake High School

Dilantra (Dee) Scott, Westlake High School

Our goal is to launch the Gals Lead program in all remaining 15 high schools in Southern Maryland in the fall of 2022. 

Charles County is leading the charge with amazing volunteers working on a grass roots movement to get our program added to their schools. We are calling it 5-15-25 – We are looking to be in 5 more schools in Charles County and will need 15 facilitators to volunteer and train and to raise $25,000 to support the clubs financially to cover books, journals, materials, food, and more. We need your support to fund the program and engage more teen girls in high schools across the Southern Maryland Tri-County Region.

If you are from a neighboring county and want to start a movement of your own please reach out to Maryanna at

The Learning Management System - our signature Gals Lead Teen Mentorship and Leadership Program will soon have virtual trainings. The facilitator trainings and guides will be accessed online, and the modules will have all their videos imbedded. We also have a space within the system for Facilitator Collaboration to share ideas, messages, news, and anything else with your facilitator community. We are also looking for feedback on how to improve the curriculum as you go through the process with your own club. 

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Thanks to everyone who join us for our "Home Run Rally" event on October 10th. Participants enjoyed a catered luncheon, raffles, silent auction, ball game and networking with others from 5 counties. Updates on the foundation and our signature girls club were the highlights of the event.

We reviewed our program, new membership levels for businesses, our online learning system for facilitators, and opportunities to help with our upcoming Annual Gals Lead Veterans Day Festival. We raised over $650.

Thank you to our donors from St. Mary's Business Partners, APOD Group and all of the volunteers for making the day a success.





Lunch Time Networking

Click HERE to register

November 2, 2021

11:30 - 1:30 pm

1st Tuesday each month


White Plains, MD

Gals Lead Veterans Day Festival

To learn more click HERE

November 11, 2021

Immediately following Leonardtown Parade

Port of Leonardtown Winery & Park

Happy Hour Networking

Click HERE to register

November 16, 2021

11:30- 1;30 pm

3rd Tuesday each month


Solomons, MD

The Dream Queen Women's Empowerment Networking Events were created as a special place for positive, passionate, purpose-filled women to come together to share personal and professional celebrations, set desires and intentions with a supportive community and gain business and personal connections and relationships that allow you to expand, execute and elevate your career, life and dreams. If you are interested in starting a networking group in your area, we are here to help, just send an email to and we help you get started.


We are starting the Dear Me Movement and need your help. Please record yourself giving advice to your 15-year-old self and text or email it to Maryanna at to be added to our social media pages. Dear Me Movement is our way of expressing what we do in the Gals Lead clubs. We help these young women to learn many of the things we wish we knew at that age. Credit to Audrey Whelan for the inspiration and the name. Hashtags to come.

If you want to be involved in the movement reach out to Maryanna and she will add you to the social media PR committee to get started. 


We wouldn't be where we are today without all the help from our members. Thank you to everyone who has showed their support and getting this Foundation back up and running for all the women and teens in our community after this past year of uncertainty.

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