Legally-Blind Iditarod Racer Rachel Scdoris to Speak at ConnectW

Bend, OR – May 1, 2014 – Inspirational endurance athlete and advocate for the visually impaired Rachel Scdoris didn’t let her lack of vision stand in her way. She focused on the possibilities rather than the challenges, even after being told “there’s no way”.

Her inspirational story, which she’ll share along with photos and dog stories at ConnectW’s May 21 meeting, seems particularly fitting during the organization’s three-month membership drive. The organization is all about empowering members to reach their highest potential in business and in life through innovative and educational programs, business opportunities, networking, friendship and fun.

This business and social network welcomes women in all fields and endeavors—from entrepreneurs and professionals to women simply wishing to explore, expand and enhance their lives and environments. In an effort to expand its membership (currently 100 women), ConnectW hosts a yearly membership drive which this year runs from April 1 to June 30. New members who join during this period receive a prize, as do ConnectW members who invited them as guests. But you don’t have to wait to be invited. Just come!

ConnectW is not industry exclusive. “No matter what you do, we invite you to check us out,” says ConnectW president Diane Kulpinski. “ConnectW’s guests are made to feel welcome from the moment they walk in at 5 p.m. for pre-dinner networking. The schmoozing doesn’t stop after an hour—it just gets more intimate. Over dinner you get to introduce yourself to the other seven women at your table and trade business cards before the monthly program starts.”

If you can’t make it to May’s meeting, June’s speaker Leslie Toll, MBA, MS—who has over 25 years experiencing working for Coca-Cola and the St. Charles Health System as a senior human resources professional—will share the building blocks of creating a vibrant customer service business model.  Business of all sizes, including yours, can benefit from this presentation.

ConnectW annual dues are $150 a year, with the option of splitting that into three consecutive monthly payments. For more information, please call ConnectW Marketing Chair Amanda Albrich at (541) 848-8598, check out or come visit in person. ConnectW meets at 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at St. Charles (tickets are available on the website). You can attend without being a member, but ConnectW is pretty sure you’ll want to join its membership. After all, where else are you going to find such a mix of business opportunities, networking, friendship and fun?