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Future looks bright for new women’s group

By on October 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Members of GLOW promote the group’s first community wide yard sale back in June.

Nine months and 70 members later, an up-and-coming group in Monroe County is gaining some traction.

The Great Ladies of Waterloo, or GLOW, as they call themselves, meet on the first Thursday of every month for lunch at Bobeck’s Sports Bar & Grill. Members get to speak about what is going on with their businesses and gain exposure.

“It’s a support group for women in business,” said Marla Smith, owner of Waterloo Women’s Health and one of the founders of GLOW. “It’s great for women in the community. Women helping women.”

The group has been growing fast, and you don’t have to be from Waterloo. GLOW has members from Columbia, Valmeyer and other surrounding communities. There are no dues or membership requirements — women are just invited to show up at the meetings when they can.

Women with businesses ranging from scrapbooking to their own health practice have joined.

“Women get things done,” laughed Donna Langsdorf, the coordinator of marketing at Vigilant Anesthesia Care & Pain Management and one of the founding members of GLOW. “That’s what I like about it… It’s all about networking.”

After attending a meeting, a member is entered into the GLOW contact database, which is accessible to anyone in the group to contact and market among fellow members.

“As we like to say, the more you attend, the better you are,” Langsdorf said.

GLOW also organizes two community fundraisers each year and donates the proceeds back to a cause in the community. In the spring, GLOW held a community wide garage sale outside Waterloo City Hall and gave back to children in need of school supplies in Monroe County.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, GLOW is hosting a special “GLOW in the Dark Holiday Parade” starting at 5:30 p.m., as part of the annual Waterloo Christmas Walk.  Float registration forms can be found under the events section on www.RepublicTimes.net.

To learn more about GLOW, visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/GlowGreatLadiesOfWaterloo. GLOW’s next meeting will be held Nov. 1 at Bobeck’s at noon.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.