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2014 RAWA Cooking Class Reunion

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Raindrop Women's Association celebrated the end of the cooking classes of of this semester with a great reunion party.

All students, even from the first cooking class of the organization, were invited and the room was full of lovely faces who cooked, ate and shared so many recipes and ideas around a table together.

The night, of course, began with a delicious dinner with so many dishes from the rich Turkish cuisine. After the welcome speech, Diane Gomez, a student from the first cooking class of 2004 shared some of her memories. Then, Roberta Parillo was given her gift because of her performance and representing Austin at the Turkish Olympiad Cooking Contest in Houston this year by Gee Clark who was the last years' participant. Then all the guests had fun with the games and contests prepared for them.

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'Silent Screams' Panel Discussion

IMG 3180Raindrop Women's Association Austin had another memorable Coffee Night this week. Because March has the International Women's Day in it, the night was titled as "Silent Screams" with a panel discussion about abuse against women.

Our three keynote speakers, Kim Andrews, founder and CEO of the Red Circle movement, Amy Allen, Community Organizer from Safe Place Shelter, and Linda Phan, Executive Director of Asian Family Support Services of Austin were asked several questions varying "What would be the definition of abuse?", "Why women don't leave when they are abused?", "What is the role of community in terms of helping the victims or preventing the abuse?" or "Is it possible to keep the children safe in an abusive environment?" by our moderator Roberta Parrillo from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and took turns to answer or comment on them. 

At the end of the panel discussion, the women in the room were also given a chance to ask their questions or comment on the issues discussed. It was an inspiring night with a story shared by a victim of abuse, so many ideas and thoughts from women with different cultural and religious background.

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Coffee Night for Women in Business

IMG 2917Raindrop Women's Association organized the first Coffee Night of the year 2014 with a title of "Women in business" Jade Chang Shephard -who is running her own business of construction for government facilities- was the keynote speaker of this inspiring night.

The night began with  buffet dinner. The guests had a chance to try so many different Turkish food right before the speeches. 
 
Skipper McWithey was the emcee of the evening. She is a musician and teacher. 
 
Shephard began her speech by mentioning Turkey's special spot in her heart "Because" she says " We had our honeymoon over there and it was an unforgettable experience!!" Shephard shared her story as an immigrant girl grew into a successful business women in United States with touching details.. She talked about all the difficulties she faced but also all the support she got, especially from her husband and family.. She said it was not as easy as it is told, there were times she almost gave up but success worth it at the end!!
 
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RAWA Book Club - February

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Raindrop Women's Association has done first Book Club discussion session on February 19th. The book of the month was “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. The discussion session was veryrewarding and engaging. 

We are looking forward to the next discussion session which will be on the book : “The Book Thief” byMarkus Zusak.If you are interested in the book and would like to join our Book Club please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
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