Susan Curzon - Jan White Award 2011
The Jan White Memorial Award is given to a member who has contributed to the successful operation of Vernon Women in Business, by working on the executive or committees, sponsorship of VWIB events, advocating for VWIB in the community and also having regular attendance of VWIB meetings. The 2011 recipient, Susan Curzon, exemplifies these many characteristics.
Susan Curzon first joined Vernon Women in Business in 2003 following completion of the self employment program at NOEES. Susan is trained in bookkeeping and accounting software, and is very computer literate. She enthusiastically took on the executive position of Membership Chair for two years, with the big responsibility of managing the membership list and which naturally extended into working on the Directory Committee.
Following this two year stint, Susan stayed on the executive in the role of newsletter/website Chair, utilizing her vast computer skills. Always wanting to pitch in and be social at the same time, Susan worked on the Christmas committee and opened her Lake House to a VIWB summer open house barbeque.
Susan got married and enjoyed a two-year honeymoon from VWIB executive. When she came back in 2009, she jumped back into the role of Membership Chair, encouraging new members to join and helping them with the mechanics of the new website ~ including the new online directory.
"Susan is always willing to lend a hand, and when the Bylaws were reviewed in 2010, she gladly typed up the new Bylaws and put together a power point of the Bylaw changes for the members,"says Past President Shannon MacNeill. "She also sat on the Women of the Year Committee for 2010, helping with the administrative roles of secretary and treasurer."
Susan consented to do a second year of membership and also took on the large role of chairing the 2011 Women of the Year committee. The Women of the Year is VWIB premier event, and Susan’s biggest concern wasn’t the work involved, but the fact she would have to get up and speak in front of a large audience.
You would think after serving five years on the executive, and serving on the Directory, Christmas, and Women of the Year committees, that Susan would be wanting to take a break, but she has graciously agreed to remain on the executive in another role she is highly qualified for, that of Communication chair, which involves the management of the website and also keep members informed through the e-newsletter. Susan will likely continue to be seen at most of the VWIB meetings, not on stage with a mike, but in the background, running the power point presentations.