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Women of Vision Kick-Off Event Slated at Cedarville University

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by Public Relations Office

October 21, 2002

Cedarville, Ohio—The Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of Women of Vision (WOV) will hold its kick-off event on Monday, Oct. 28 on the Cedarville University campus. WOV National Director Penny Wood will speak on "Touching the Lives of Women and Children in Poverty" at 7 p.m. in the Stevens Student Center Theater. A national charter will be presented to the chapter following her presentation. WOV is a volunteer program of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. With chapters in 11 states, WOV is committed to sharing God`s love by meeting the needs of poverty-stricken women and children on the educational and physical levels. Wood has worked in WOV for 10 years. A former public school teacher, she holds a B.A. from the University of Redlands and a M.A. from Biola University. She also has experience as a Christian education director and Bible study leader. The blended-age Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of WOV will unite female university students and various ages of community women in an effort to serve others. Chapter Chair Cindy Sutter-Tkel, who is director of the social work program at Cedarville University, noted, "Our goal is to attract hundreds of students and community women as partners of WOV. Becoming a partner means that women have a commitment to our local and international service projects, our educational events, and our fundraising efforts." For their local service project, the chapter will be partnering with Prison Fellowship Ministries to make a difference in the lives of the 200 Greene County children who have a parent in prison. The chapter will provide birthday gifts for the children, raise money to pay their way to Christian summer camps, offer transportation to visit incarcerated parents, and give honor and respite to the children`s caregivers. The chapter will also host speakers to educate the community about the unique needs of the children of prisoners. For their international project, the chapter plans to adopt a village in Zambia, Africa, where many children have been left orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. The chapter will promote World Vision sponsorship of these children while working to educate others about the dire situation in Zambia and all of Africa. The kick-off events are free and open to the public, however, reservations are requested. To RSVP, contact Cheryl Irish at 937-766-3250. For those unable to attend Monday`s event, Wood will offer a repeat presentation on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary in Xenia. For more information about the Miami Valley Chapter, contact Sutter-Tkel at 937-766-7795 or