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    Annual reception recognizes outstanding female leaders
BY CHANEL DAVIS
THE CHRONICI F
It was all about five
women and their collective
body of works to their city
and communities on
Monday night, March 23..
Winston-Salem held its
12th annual 2015
Outstanding Women
Leaders reception in the
Committee Room of the
City Hall building.
The event, founded by
Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian
Burke in 2003, is designed
to recognize women who
are working diligently in
their communities, in all
aspects, to make a differ
ence and increase the stan
dard of living in the city.
"I reflected back to
when we first started. I can
say thanks to Visit
Winston-Salem. I went to
him (the director) and said
'we have so many women
who are doing things.
Women who are business
women, head of their
organizations and women
who work so hard in their
communities in civic and
civic activities. We need to
"It's always good to
step back and recognize
the women in this com
munity who really are
the backbone of the
community."
City Manager LeeGanity
stop and say thank you"
Burke said.
"Congratulations to all of
you. May you continue to
be the people who make a
difference in this commu
nity. Continue to carry the
torch high for women."
More than 100 women
have been honored for their
leadership in the business,
nonprofit and community
sector since the reception's
inception.
This year's honorees
are: Judge Camille Banks
Payne; Christy Respess,
CEO of YWCA; Daisy
Rodriguez, director of
Childhood Hunger
Programs at Second
Harvest Food Bank;
Patrice "Toney, budget and
management analyst for
Forsyth County; and Carrie
Vickery, attorney at Holton
Law Firm.
Payne, a judge in
Forsyth County's District
courts, said that she has
always wanted to be an
attorney.
"I'm honored by this. I
was not expecting this.
Winston-Salem is home for
me, it's my hometown, and
I have a vested interest in
Winston-Salem flourish
ing," she said. "I really do
love what I do. They say if
you love what you do, you
never work a day in your
life, and that's really how I
feel about my service as a
District Court judge."
Rodriguez, who was
there with her son Nicholas
and his girlfriend, said that
she was humbled by the
recognition. "This is my
home. Nineteen years ago 1
moved here, and I didn't
know what a wonderful
community this was going
to be," Rodriguez said.
"It's made me who I am
today, and I give because it
gives back to me each and
everyday."
Vickery, who received
an award from the
Chronicle in 2013 for
donating her kidney to a
fellow lawyer, said that the
event reminded her of the
Super Bowl.
"Being up here with all
these wonderful women
makes me think of the Run
Like A Girl commercial,"
she said. "Look what
women can do."
City Manager Lee
Garrity said that the event
is one of a kind. "We have
recognized many outstand
ing women in the commu
nity. It's a who's who of
leaders in the community
who have really done a lot
for the town and the coun
ty," he said. "It's always
good to step back and rec
ognize the women in this
community who really are
the backbone of the com
munity."Council member
Denise D. Adams recog
nized honorees, and Dana
Suggs, owner of Body and
Soul Gift Shop, presented
gifts.
Rtsptis
Rodriguez
Toney
Vicktry
DELTAS" HEALTH FAIR
? Photos by Donna Rogers
At top, participants, led by, Lori Tyson, move to the zumba beat during the Deltas' event.
At left, Eleanor Bailey, a member of the the Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, does zumba. Above, she prepares to get health screenings at the
WSSU mobile unit. Grad student Aaron Jackson helps her.
Deltas promote healthy hearts, finances
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
The Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the
Winston-Salem Parks and Recreation
Department provided an opportunity for
people to get their hearts in shape with
zumba and a health fair on Saturday,
March 7 at the Hanes Hosiery Community
Center.
Lori Tyson, an instructor at Gold's
Gym, led zumba steps. H&R Block pro
vided information people needed for tax
preparation.
Antwon Foreman, marketing manager
for the Triad area plus, said the new laws "
with the Affordable Care Act might make
it more difficult for some people to file
taxes.
Brian Murrill had a booth for his
MSfit, a free fitness and wellness program
offered to people living with multiple scle
rosis.
Linda Dark of the Black History
Society showed a display of photos and
other memorabilia pertaining to black peo
ple in Winston-Salem.
Winston-Salem State University had
RAMS Know HOW. (Hands on
Wellness) Mobile Unit to offer health
screenings such as blood sugar level, blood
pressue and body mass index.
The unit is a community outreach pro
gram provided by Winston-Salem State
University School of Health Sciences.
The Deltas had presentation boards
with information abouj various diseases
such as ebola placed around the Hanes
Hosiery gym.
Lisa W. Smith, the Delta chapter's
physical and mental health chairperson,
said, "We're just trying to create aware
ness in the community."
Wake Forest? In partnership with ^MEDCOST*
Baptist Health
BestHealth"
April community health seminars,
screenings and events
Visit WakeHealth.edu/BestHealth for class descriptions and other events.
Events are FREE of charge unless otherwise noted. Registration required.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
Life: Through the Eyes of Truth
2 to 3 pm
Blood Pressure Screening \ 3 to 4 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical
Plaza-Country Club, 4610 Country
Club Road, Winston-Salem
MONDAY, APRIL 6
Kick Off: Wellness Challenge
___ 3:30 to 8 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical
Plaza-Country Club, 4610 Country
Club Road, Winston-Salem
TUESDAY, APRIL 7
Lunch Nibbles: Smart Choices for
Your Midday Meal \ 4 to 5 pm
Lowes Foods, 3372 Robinhood Road,
Winston-Salem
THURSDAY, APRIL 9
Low Back Pain \ 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical
Plaza-Country Club, 4610 Country
Club Road, Winston-Salem
Help for a Leaky Bladder
3:30 to 4:30 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Piedmont
Plaza One, Kitty Hawk Room,
1920 W. First St., Winston-Salem
MONDAY, APRIL 13
Chair Weights \ 4 to 5 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie
Medical Center, Plaza 1, Cardiac
Classroom, Hwy 801 N, I-40 (Exit 180),
Bermuda Run
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
Bone Density Screening \ 1 to 4 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Outpatient
Imaging, 265 Executive Park Blvd.,
Winston-Salem
TUESDAY, APRIL 14 (continued)
Seizures in Children: Epilepsy
2 to 3 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical
Plaza-Country Club, 4610 Country
Club Road, Winston-Salem
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
Know Your Numbers: Heart Health
11 am to Noon
Blood Pressure Screening
Noon to 1 pm
Jerry Long Family YMCA, 1150 S.
Peace Haven Road, Clemmons
Lunch Nibbles: Smart Choices for
Your Midday Meal \ Noon to 1 pm
Lowes Foods, 2501-Lewisville
Clemmons Road, Clemmons
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Gluten-free Dishes \ 1 to 2:30 pm
Brenner FIT in the William G. White
Jr. Family YMCA, 775 West End Blvd.,
Winston-Salem
MONDAY, APRIL 20
Stay in Circulation - Facts about
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
3 to 4 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical
Plaza-Country Club, 4610 Country
Club Road, Winston-Salem
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
Advance Directives \ 2 to 4 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical
Plaza-Country Club, 4610 Country
Club Road, Winston-Salem
MONDAY, APRIL 27
Balance Screening \ Noon to 2 pm
Wake Forest Baptist Health Piedmont
Plaza One, Kitty Hawk Room,
1920 W. First St., Winston-Salem
To register, call or visit:
336-713-BEST (2378) \ W
akeHeaith.edu/BestHealth
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