The Savvy Path

    An Intimate Peek at a Superstar Chapter

    Support is a powerful thing and “strength in numbers” is far more than a simple cliché.

    These are two things Savvy women know to be true and the precise reason why chapters are so important to the existence and vitality of Savvy Women’s Alliance. Chapters include five or more women who meet at least eight times a year to discuss their personal journeys in nontoxic living and provide support for one another. Every chapter is unique and comes with its own challenges and triumphs. This month, I interviewed Beth Newberry and Trina Lavoie – two superstar women and co-founders of the Providence Chapter of the Savvy Women's Alliance – to ask them about their evolution and success as a chapter.

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    Curious About Starting a Chapter? Our Top 3 Q's Answered

    Would it surprise you to learn this about our Savvy Women's Alliance community?  Or maybe not so surprised to learn how our supporters feel?  

    • 23% feel isolated
    • 32% want to make a difference outside their home, but are not sure how
    • 33% are overwhelmed by the topic of 'nontoxic living' 
    • 47% identify with being light-green
    • 61% want to be around more like-minded women

    The need for many new chapters existsHave you maybe kind-of, possibly thought about starting a chapter?  If so, take a look at the top three questions we are asked:  

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    Meet Cheryl: Heart Disease to Passionate Advocate

    It started watching my Dad live with a severe genetic heart condition.... 

    As a kid, I didn't understand it but I knew something was wrong when life started to change.  As a family we were fairly healthy - we ate wheat germ, liver, spoonfuls of molasses, and took Vitamin E gel capsules.  Processed food was never in our house, but if my dad snuck out and purchased a bag of Fritos or box of Captain Crunch it was gone within an hour.  It was not beneath me to hide a box of sugary cereal because I knew with five siblings it would quickly become everyone's snack for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    Gotta Love These Girls: Young Activists At Heart

       Photo: Clean Water Action

    If marching into a retail store to educate management on environmental health concerns is not on your to-do list, we dare you to press play on this video. 

    Yes, we are certain that Tess, Sophia, Erin, Kayla and Sidney will make you smile. But after listening to their brave hearts,you just might rethink about what happens when you walk into a store.   

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    How To Engage Your Inner Activist: It's Time

    What the heck is an activist anyway?

    "If I say the word activist you might have the image of people hanging banners, or chaining themselves to trees or screaming at authority figures or living in tents. Those are all activism. Or they can be.  But a lot of activists have never done any of these things. 

    So, what is the definition of activism? I think that really it is noticing something that you think needs to be changed and using your influence to change it."

    Elizabeth Saunders brings delightful humor to understanding today's activism (a word often followed by "oh, I am not that!) in out Talk Savvy to Me video. 

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    Hot Topics & Cool Opportunities

    Did you know there is personal care products legislation under debate?  

    Our founder, Kristi Marsh, will attend meetings with committee members in Washington D.C. in March, sharing with them that yes, there is a building interest in strong federal personal care products regulation. 

    (Give us a big 'oh, yes there is!')

    Kristi shares that even the term 'lobbying' was intimidated her when she started. Pushing herself out of her comfort zone she came to understand that lobbying can be simply sharing your story with elected leaders.  It is still daunting for her to be present at events like the upcoming visit to the Capitol in March, but she seems to have found a renewed surge of protectiveness.  Possibly due to a growing Savvy army?  We will hear more about that adventure soon.

    Now, let's talk about a possible adventure for you. 

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