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N.D. women offering support to the S.D. ‘Women of Atlas’


American journalist and author, Cokie Roberts once said, “Women rely on friends. That’s where we draw sustenance and find safety. We can count on our women friends when we need a good laugh or a good cry”.

Following October’s winter storm Atlas, a group of women from North Dakota got together to discuss ways to lend a hand to rural South Dakota families who were dealing with devastation and loss. Their deep understanding and respect for rural life led them to Union Center where they began planning an event especially for women—the Women of Atlas.

The Rural Women of America committee–from Bowman, N.D.–is pleased to announce an upcoming event for rural women in South Dakota. A free, afternoon event will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Central Meade County Community Center, in Union Center. Registration begins at 1:30, and the event begins at 2 p.m. Daycare services are provided for free to attendees.

The afternoon agenda features nationally known speaker, Reneé Rongen of Minnesota. Rongen, dubbed “the mother of motivation” and described as a combination of Oprah, Lilli Tomlin and Mother Teresa, will entertain and inform with her humorous, inspirational and motivational messages.

Educator and writer, Dawn Wink, of Sante Fe, N.M., will speak about her recently published book, Meadowlark, A Novel–which is based on a true story of a remarkable woman, Grace, Wink’s great grandmother, who lived on the western South Dakota prairie in the early 1900s. Wink will explain how connections to the land and relationships with others are just as important today as they were in Grace’s lifetime.

Cooking and home decorating sessions, musical entertainment, shopping, dinner and wine tasting are also included in the event’s activities.

“Understanding the many responsibilities rural women take on each day, we wanted to show our support and admiration by hosting a fun and inspiring event just for them,” says Camie Janikowski, Rural Women in America committee member. “Rural Women in America is about women helping women and this is a great opportunity for us to pay-it-forward to our friends in South Dakota.”

For planning purposes, pre-registration for the event and for daycare services are required by February 7th. Contact Robin Salverson at 605-347-4177 or send an email to robin.salverson@sdstate.edu.

Additional event details are available on the Rural Women in America Facebook page.

Learn more about the Rural Women in America online at RuralWomeninAmerica.com. F


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