Wonderful Women to the Front

When you have the Homestead Woman’s Club filled to capacity, the noise level will be high. Add in the celebration of thirteen different organizations designating their, “Woman of the Year”, and it’s going to be a room filled with excited talk and cheerful exchanges. And that doesn’t include the “oohs” when volunteer models take to the runway to show off

fashions from LuLaRoe and Premier Jewelry.

This was the scene at the “Woman of the Year” Brunch, Saturday, March 9, 2019. The historic Homestead Woman’s Club has been involved in volunteer work and community outreach since the early years of Homestead’s incorporation. During this annual event, numerous organizations are invited to join them during Women’s History Month to recognize the extra efforts of a woman who exemplifies that particular organization. Kim Sizemore, President of the Woman’s Club, deftly managed the lively program.

After the fun of the fashion show, a representative of each organization introduced their selectee and as always, the accomplishments of the women were extensive and impressive.

Meeja Ritchie-Smith of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Homestead Charter Chapter uses her design and advertising talents to write and publish their newsletter as only one of her many contributions.

Shannan Finocchiaro of Brightseasons Foundation works with multiple organizations as she “…displays every single characteristic we strive to represent.”

Martha Kessell of the Dade County Farm Bureau was praised as, “…she enjoys bringing together her love for children, education, and farming..”, through

various volunteer programs.

Rocio-Tafur Salgado’s years of caring were cited not only in her co-founding MUJER, but then later establishing with her husband what is enFAMILIA, Inc., where they “Build strong families through arts and education.”

Barbara Millenbruch of Homestead Center for the Arts, a lifetime lover of art, was applauded for having served for almost ten years as the HCA corresponding secretary as well as helping with other organizations.

Maria Motta of Le Jardin has been involved in the education field since 1989. Her invaluable contributions for the past eighteen years has helped, “...ensure

children from low socioeconomic

communities get the education they deserve to be ready for kindergarten...”.

Terri Stockwell of the Kiwanis of Homestead-South Dade is in her twelfth year as a Kiwanis. Her contributions to more than half a dozen service projects range from serving at the Homestead Soup Kitchen to supporting a children’s reading program.

Susan Rubio Rivera, founder of MUJER Inc., has used her own intense experiences of abuse to raise awareness of abuse and violence as they now service more than 500 families each year.

Krystyna Green, military wife, mother, and school teacher for twenty-eight years is a valued member of the Redland Woman's Club, never hesitating to participate in their community projects. Despite having been up late at their highly successful Black Tie Gala for the Seminole Theatre the night before, members of the Seminole Cultural Arts Theatre, Inc., board were on-hand to recognize Gina Alvarez. Her tireless efforts with the Gala were only a small part of what she contributes to the group.

Danielle Doherty Zimmerman has been a board member of Soroptimists International of Homestead for many years. In chairing committees and events, “…she has a passion for giving, organization, imagination, and


Wanda Brown of the South Dade Chamber of Commerce worked for thirty-two years in Miami-Dade Public Schools, volunteered in nearly a dozen non-profit organizations, and is smilingly known as being, “the Chamber’s everything”.