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RVDW March 2023 Meeting

March 24, 2023 @ 11:30 am 1:00 pm

@ Montano’s, 3733 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24014.
Women’s History Month Program begins at 12:OO noon followed by the business meeting.
Please arrive at 11:30 am if ordering lunch.

Women’s History Month
Theme: “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”
Colors:  Purple, Green, White
(Download PDF of Agenda here.)

Our Speakers:

Elizabeth Cranwell
Board of Visitors University of Virginia

Elizabeth Cranwell

Elizabeth M. Cranwell – A public relations professional and educator, she has served in many communications roles during her career, including as communications director and press secretary for members of the United States Congress. Cranwell is an active community volunteer, serving as a former board member of Emerge VA and as former president of the North Cross School Parent’s Association and former commissioner of the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission. She has also served on the North Cross School Board of Trustees, Gov. Tim Kaine’s Start Strong Council for Pre-School Education, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia Board of Trustees. Cranwell holds a bachelor’s degree in American government and Spanish from UVA and master’s degree in public communication from American University.

Emily Sumpter
Associate Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Emily Sumpter

Emily Sumpter has joined the PPSAT family in the role of Associate Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship, based in Roanoke, VA. Emily will be working on the team to plan and execute engaging, high-impact fundraising events and execute major donor stewardship activities. She will provide development staffing for the Roanoke Health Center. 

Emily joined the Planned Parenthood team November 15, 2022, with seven years of event and nonprofit experience. In her most recent role as manager of conferences and events at the U.S. Naval Institute, Emily managed logistics for conferences and events, including developing marketing strategies and drafting speaker correspondence. Prior to this position, she served as the event manager at the Maryland Tech Council, where she planned and coordinated all event logistics, including working with multiple volunteer committees and creating and managing budgets. Emily earned a BS in Communication Studies at James Madison University. She is very passionate about the mission of Planned Parenthood. Emily recently relocated to the Roanoke area from Maryland and is excited to be part of the community.

Letter Writing Campaign to Rename Federal Building after Reuben E. Lawson
By Legislative Committee

Bring your favorite pen – We will have letters and cards for you to write!

This Feature is a Follow Up for Call to Action. The change requires an act of Congress. Speakers John Fishwick and Reverend Burton urged RVDW members to “Add your voices” through writing letters to U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Representatives Morgan Griffith and Ben Cline, in whose district the federal building is located. Fishwick provided the letter, RVDW provides the citizens’ voices!


    3733 Franklin Rd SW
    Roanoke, VA 24014 United States
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