As a countdown to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg in April, EWGA Founder Nancy Oliver has agreed to write a weekly column and share her amazing collection of newsletters and press clips revealing the early years. 

Cleveland Rocks in 1992

EWGA Rocks Cleveland in 1992

While helping all the new Florida chapters get up and going, I was also helping to give birth to  a handful of new chapters in different parts of the country.   It was Susan Dunning and her band of other feisty women who brought the Cleveland Chapter to life with several hundred women at their chapter kick-off.   And thanks to my friend George Sweda of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, we were able to get plenty of ink to let area women know what was about to happen.  Susan had an amazing amount of determination, creativity, and enthusiasm which all came into play in launching this incredible chapter.  And did I mention – she had a 2=year old AND she was pregnant???   By the end of the year, they needed to start another chapter on the other side of Cleveland.  Kudos to Susan, Marguerite Harkness, Josie Nagy, Carolyn Emkey and other chapter leaders who served as the backbone of this vibrant chapter!