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A Message from the President~

Good Morning SSWBN Members & Followers,

I want to thank all of our members for voting!  You have participated in creating your new 2018 Board of Directors.  Doesn't that feel good!?  It was a great slate of nominees and we would officially like to congratulate them now!

Juli Ford Aldaheff,  Pam Cunningham,  Alison Guido  and Matt Vacher .... congratulations to you all!  The official board positions will be announced soon.

We've made some great progress on our beloved website and I'd like to thank Reiko Beach for continuing to support our needs and wishes.  

If you haven't attended one of our Coffees and Lunches with the president, it's a great time to start.  November 17th is our scheduled lunch at Cravings Cafe in Kingston, MA.  These gatherings are now called "Focus Groups" and are designated for members only.  They are free to attend, but registration is required as we are limiting them to 8 participants.

Our Lunch and Learn with Hazel Butters was simply fantastic!  Thank you Hazel for your incredible insight, thank you Lee Darst for donating your space and thank you to all who attended and brought great energy.  

There are still some Committee Chairperson positions we need to fill, so please contact me today, to see if there's something that is right up your ally!

Our team is stronger than ever and I look forward to seeing you at one of our next relationship building networking events.

Sincerely yours, 
Nicole Perry~
New Member Mentions!

Help us to Welcome our newest members.  We look forward to learning more about you at our meetings and events in the year ahead!

1)  Joanne Oscar ~ Rodan + Fields
2) Laura Joseph ~ Healing With Spirit
3) Heike Ashcroft ~ Just For You Personal Chef
4) Alicia Andreson ~ Benjamin Apartments & Cityside Homes
5) Randy Veraguas ~ Atria Senior Living
6) Lisa Reilly ~ Cape Cod Five Savings Bank
7) Katie Townsend ~ Benchmark Business Solutions

A total of 30 new members in 2017...... so far!!!
October Business After Hours Networking
Creative Juices Flowed at Painting With a Twist  
We make a LIVING by what we GET but we make a LIFE out of what we GIVE
Our October Business After Hours networking event was so much fun thanks to member Matt Vacher, owner of Painting With a Twist located in Braintree.  Artwork galore, music, and local food and drink provided the lively and hip venue for attendees' creativity to blossom as we sipped, noshed, and participated in painting the picture Matt prepared for the team.  And we networked!  Everyone had a blast applying paint to canvas to create the final production that represents SSWBN's charitable spirit.  Matt, thank you again for sponsoring such an enjoyable evening.

We had 4 raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle, the proceeds from which will benefit this quarter's charitable cause, Crossroads 4 Kids.  Raffle prize donors and winners were:
  • Foot Care gift bag given by Nicole Perry, Powerful Women Revealed, won by Joanne Oscar, Rodan & Fields,
  • Gift Card to Painting With a Twist given by Pam Cunningham of MSA Financial, won by Jean Delaney, Father Bill's and Main Spring
  • Beautiful Dieffenbachia live potted plant given by Christy Kendrick, won my Stefanie Chiapetta, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
  • Gift Card to Waterfront Bar & Grill given by Work it Wednesday Network Group, won by Dr. Lisa Lewis, Cohasset Family Chiropractic
Pat Lynch, Bridgewater Savings, won the 50/50 and donated her half to Crossroads 4 Kids, raising a total of $85.

4th Qtr. Breakfast Meeting:
Thursday, December 14th!

Members $20 & Non-Members /Guests $30

Please help us support our 4th Quarter Charitable Cause Crossroads4Kids & 
register today!  If you can, please register by December 11th, it does help us greatly.

Crossroads4Kids empowers youth to unlock their potential and positively impact the world.  

At Crossroads, they believe that long-term empowerment programs, plus consistent positive relationships, are the keys to transforming youth, who risk being defined by their past.

They provide students with summer and school year programs, that support them to become economically independent citizens, socially responsible leaders and emotionally connected adults.

Please join us!
Let's start the conversation!

Host a business after hours event with simple refreshments at your own cost or a Lunch and Learn.  Contact Nicole Perry for more information directly at:

Let us help you optimize your membership for free!

  • Provide educational content to our Newsletter.
  • Share your upcoming event flyer with us so we can help promote your event through our weekly email contact list blast.
  • Give a testimonial to another member on our website.
  • Or join our great team of Board and Chair persons.
Thank You to one of our valued members, Dr. Lisa Lewis of Cohasset Family Chiropractic for your contributing educational article!
Fall Yard Work Tips:

By Dr. Lisa Lewis, Chiropractor - 
Cohasset Family Chiropractic

It is fall, time for preparing our yards for the winter ahead.  Typical fall cleanup tasks such as raking, pruning, cleaning debris, planting bulbs and shrubs and cleaning gutters can cause back pain, muscle strain, repetitive motion injuries, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as other injuries and accidents.   You're much more likely to injure yourself if you fail to warm up your muscles first. Cold muscles are more prone to strains and sprains. To warm up, take a brisk 5-10 minute walk, do ten jumping jacks or simply stretch out muscles that tend to become sore as you work.   Here are a few stretches that work wonders for preventing lower back strain or pain. Get into the habit of doing these stretches before and after your gardening or yard work sessions:

  • Knees to chest - Lie on your back and hug your knees into your chest. Wrap your arms around your shins, or just grab onto your knees. Press your back into the floor, and hold for a minute. Rest, and repeat twice more.
  • Chair stretch - Sit in a chair, and scoot forward so your sit bones are near the edge of the chair. Gently round your back forward until your hands touch the floor. Relax your weight forward; relax all back muscles from the crown of your head down to your hips. Hold for as long as feels good to you. This is an excellent stretch for both back pain relief and prevention.
  • Seated figure 4 - Sitting at the edge of your chair, place the outside of your right ankle on top of your left thigh. Lengthen your spine and gently fold forward until you feel a good stretch. Repeat on the other side.
Minimize Repetitive Motions - Don't try to get everything done in one session. Alternating tasks between kneeling, standing, walking, climbing ladders, digging or raking is a good way to break up the repetitive motion.

Raking - Avoid twisting your body while raking.  Try to pull the rake towards you. Use your legs to shift your weight rather than twisting your back. Throwing leaves over the shoulder or to the side while raking involves twisting movements that can overly strain the muscles in the back.   Use a properly-sized rake for your height and strength.   Wear gloves to help prevent blisters on the hands.
Bend at the knees, rather than the waist, to pick up items.   Do not overfill leaf bags, and remember wet leaves are especially heavy. To avoid injury, you should be able to handle bags comfortably, without straining.

Digging - Make sure you keep the shovel in front of you and avoid twisting motions. If you need to get to an area on the side, re-position yourself to keep the shovel in line with your body.

Lifting - If you are transporting heavy pots or planters, use a wheelbarrow. When you are lifting to put them in the wheelbarrow, make sure to get the power from your legs instead of your back and never twist while holding heavy objects.

Hydrate! - Bring a water bottle outside with you and drink plenty especially if it is warm out.  Remember that soda, caffeinated drinks and alcohol are not hydrating.

Take breaks - Remember to change your position every 15 to 30 minutes to stretch or tend to a different task.

Power Tool Use for Avoiding Lower Back Pains -  Electric tools such as leaf blowers and weed whackers can definitely make your work load lighter, but they can also cause soreness if they're not used correctly.
Keep your back happy by:
  • Using straps when available. Many motorized garden tools feature a strap to better distribute the weight of the machine. Wear the strap across your chest - your head and one shoulder should be "inside" the strap. This will help the tool hang from your center of gravity.
  • Switching orientation often. Most of us feel most comfortable when motorized tools hang from the shoulder opposite our dominant hand. For instance, right-handed gardeners typically place the strap on the left shoulder so the tool is handy for their stronger right arm. Over time, however, this habit can cause unevenness in the body. Therefore, you should switch to the other shoulder regularly - say, every fifteen minutes or so.
  • Choosing electric-powered tools. More weight means more stress on the body. Electric power tools often weigh less than their gas-powered counterparts.
  • When you're done, gently stretch any muscles that feel tense.  A hot bath can relax tired and sore muscles.
If you experience pain, apply a cold pack on the area for the first 48 hours or apply a moist heat pack after 48 hours.

If you find that you are still feeling sore or stiff or have pain after a day or two, it is time to consider Chiropractic care. Often times, it doesn't matter how much you warm up and stretch; if there is an underlying spinal problem, you will eventually feel the effects of it, which means it has already done some damage to your health. Don't wait any longer!    Call 781-923-1226