Christian Women’s Connection

The Christian Women’s Connection will have their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm at the Panarama in Lacey, Washington located at 1751 Circle Lane SE Lacey, Washington 98503. The luncheon is $13 and open to the public. The luncheon will take place in the Chambers restaurant located on the second floor in the community of the Panarama.

Joan Wilson, vice chair of the Christian Women’s Connection, explained the purpose of the luncheon: “To equip and encourage women to impact their communities with the good news of Jesus Christ while sharing our stories together over lunch and listening to special music. At the same time we hear from a local business; once a month. One month it was about Bonaventure Shoes in Olympia, another month we were gifted with the most scrumptuous cupcakes from Bonjour Cupcakes in Olympia.”

Joan mentioned details of the luncheon schedule, “The September’s special interest will be to introduce the new 2013 officers and Board members, our special speaker from New York is expected to be very dynamic. We meet once a month every second Tuesday of the month from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. We try to stay within the limit because of working women; we’d like them to come to lunch with us, too. Because Panorama is a C.C.R.C. (Continuing Care Retirement Community) we have more senior women than most who do attend the Christian Women’s Connection.

All of our monthly events welcome the public and they may call the Thursday evening before the Tuesday luncheon to register by calling Sylvia at: 360-943-0627 or Judy at: 360-412-3123. It is $13 for lunch, which includes: coffee, tax, and tip plus $1 goes to the Christian Women’s Connection for expenses. Those that are interested can pay by cash or check at the door. Walk-ins are also welcome.”

Joan discussed a little bit about the Christian Women’s Connection: “This event has been going on for a long time; over 70 years. It began with the Helen Duff Baugh, the founder. She was one woman of unshakable faith and had a deep concern and passion for women and their eternal destiny; to encourage women to find connection with God and with their peers.

I went to some of the luncheons years when I was a homemaker and was initially more involved in meeting with women in their homes. We would look at the lessons and discuss life from God’s point of view while finding friendships and help with life’s daily issues. I especially liked those times, when I was connecting with women. Now, since I have retired I have once again become involved with the Christian Women’s Connection. It used to be called a “club” but now, is the Christian Women’s Connection. I enjoy the luncheon, the music, and getting acquainted with new friends; since I moved from Seattle and am new to the area.”

Joan mentioned the best thing about the Christian Women’s Connection, “The inspiration I get from their monthly speakers. One month the focus was Autism and the various help options available for that particular issue.

Another fun time is the October Country Fair and Auction with Andy Hill, Auctioneer. That is a very fun time!”

When asked what was something many people may not know about the Christian Women’s Connection, Joan replied, “We have speakers from all over the United States. Our September speaker comes from New York. She was Mrs. New Jersey in 2008 and won her very first pageant at the age of 44 years old. This woman and her husband have home-schooled kids from ages 11 years of age to 26 years of age. She has home schooled for over 20 years and also has one granddaughter. Her topic for September is called “RECLAIM, RESTORE, AND REDIRECT.” Her website is:”

Joan commented on how the Christian Women’s Connection was unique compared to other events today, “The Christian Women’s Connection is unique because of the leader’s dedication to the program and the variety of special features given and the themes chosen.

I recommend that all ages of women attend beginning from age twelve to ninety-two! The invitations always give attention to upcoming events and all women have time to choose which event would interest them.”

Joan stated: “I would like to promote the October event, the second Tuesday of the month, which is the Country Fair/Auction. There will be items donated by local businesses and the Christian Women’s Connection gals as well as baked goodies, dolls, gift baskets, jewelry, and much much more! We will also have our speaker, author, marketing and sales with an on-line business from Bend, Oregon, Stephanie Carmichael – speaking on “Healing a Broken Heart”.”

For more information about the event or the Christian Women’s Connection, please contact Joan Wilson via email at:

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for