A 3Chamber Women's Expo has been scheduled for Jan. 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the Aurora, Solon and Twinsburg Chambers of Commerce.. It is at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg.
Booths will feature goods and services for women, including salons, beauty consultants, fitness centers, health practitioners, clothing boutiques, travel agencies, financial services and charitable organizations.
To register, visit www.allaboutaurora.com.
The Aurora Chamber's next networking luncheon will be Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Signature of Solon, when the "State of the Chamber" will be discussed. Members can bring a potential new member for free, and should bring 25 business cards for a mini-speed networking session.
The Feb. 22 networking luncheon will focus on the "State of the City," with Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and schools Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli speaking.
Aurora Chamber members are encouraged to get involved with one of the following committees: awards, Aurora Women in Networking, business advocacy, pro business / tourism or member services.
AURORA ROTARY CLUB
On Jan. 4, Gregg Colbeck of Rahab Ministries in Akron was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting. Launched in 2002, Rahab has been addressing the human sex trafficking issue head on.
Founder Becky Moreland started by walking the streets and searching for young women who needed solutions for getting out of this lifestyle. She purchased a home in the inner city that provided a safe place to be heard, served a hot meal and to shop for free clothing.
In 2014, the ministry opened its first safe house that provided shelter,food, emotional support and job training for eight women at a time. Dozens have come and left the home healed and blessed.
Today's vision for Rahab is to build a safe house for children under 18. According to the speaker, the average girl is forced into prostitution between 12 and 14 years of age. These girls need a place they can go to be safe, educated and loved.
The hope is to have the new home open in fall 2017. The speaker also noted Ohio is in the top five states for sex trafficking. Events such as the World Series, NBA playoffs and Republican National Convention not only bring money to the region, but also the demand for illegal sex.
The meeting was attended by Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard, Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin and Portage County Municipal Court Judge Becky Doherty. Many of these officials have faced this issue head on, and gave great insight into its impact on the community.
The police chief and judge spoke about how drug addiction and prostitution are closely related and how drug addiction is often used to keep young girls enslaved.
To learn more about Rahab Ministries and how you can help, visit www.rahab-ministries.org or call 330-819-3326. Rahab is a non-profit organization and welcomes donations.
AURORA STUDY CLUB
The Aurora Study Club will gather for its first meeting of 2017 on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Church in Aurora.
The program features Rick Smith Jr., a world recordholder magician and entertainer. He is recognized nationwide for his card throwing abilities and magical talent, and his stunts have earned him guest appearances on many national TV shows.
All women in the area are invited to attend. For further information about the Study Club and becoming a member, call Tanya Shively at 330-562-6261 or 440--503-9653.
A new chapter of Toastmasters International has been formed and is known as Speaking Light. It meets every other Wednesday at noon at Technical Consumer Products, 325 Campus Drive, Aurora.
The chapter is open to TCP employees and members from many other local companies. The new member fee is $20, and membership dues are $45 every six months. The chapter also welcomes guests.
For information about the new chapter, contact one of the following: Brian Feron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3330-9995-1303, Kristyn Posten at email@example.com or Kimberlee Franz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Toastmasters, visit www.toastmasters.org.