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Welker to speak on ‘Small Hinges Move Big Doors’ at Women’s Connection

This month’s Women’s Connections Brunch will be held from 9:15-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the fellowship hall of Farmington Presbyterian Church, located at the intersection of Columbia and Cayce streets.

Reservations are due by Friday, Sept. 8.

Amy Welker (author, Amy Kvell) of Farmington is the special feature for September. She will be sharing wisdom from her book, “Small Hinges Move Big Doors.” As a life and wellness coach, Welker learned that people needed more joy and community in their lives. She wanted to share the routines, activities, and special moments that evolved over the years that helped her have more joy in her home.

“Even big, heavy doors open easily if the hinges are working,” Welker said. “But, if hinges are broken, missing, or rusty… opening any door becomes a challenge! Hinges are small but important for moving the big things in our lives.”

Do you miss feeling appreciated, seen, loved, celebrated, useful, or needed and desire more joy in your life? Welker will help you learn how you can feel those things again.

September’s special speaker, Laureen (Laurie) Simmons of Marion, Illinois, will share about her life when she speaks on the subject “From Junk Yard Dirt to Princess.” Imagine what it was like being abandoned at 3 years old, adopted at the age of 5, and abused until leaving home after eloping with a young man who made her laugh. Simmons will share about her journey in which she went from an unloved, insecure childhood to the discovery that life has priceless worth.

After college, Simmons married and moved to northern Illinois for 40 years but returned to Marion to retire. She is the mother of a boy and a girl, has two granddaughters, a set of twin grandsons and a great-granddaughter, and enjoys reading, rose gardening and nature photography. Simmons’ greatest joy since retiring, however, has been helping at the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter in Marion for eight years. During that time, she has provided 400 shoeboxes of toiletries, undies, toys, and stuffed animals to children there. Simmons considers every child her grandchild and prays for them daily.

Amy Welker

Laurie Simmons

Required reservations and cancellations for the brunch can be made by calling Barb at 573-747-3854 or Mary at 573-358-1274.

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