Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Leadership

Every February, BWI of Central VA holds an election for officers.  Over the past 2 years the group has continued to grow and grow.  We are amazed at the love and support for babywearing in the Richmond, VA area.  Due to this amazing growth we have needed to reorganize the leadership.

Board of Directors
President: Catherine Dean
Vice President of Communication: Courtney Glaze
Vice President of Volunteers and Education: Andrea Skeens
Vice President of Fundraising and Finance: Lauren Everett
Vice President of Community: Carrie Gomes

Volunteer Babywearing Educators (your teachers!): Sara Brown, Cathy Dean, Courtney Glaze, Carrie Gomes, Hope Baugh Hichak (who comes to us on occasional loan from Quantico Area Babywearers), Ashley Hooks, Kit Jenkins, Kristin Dunkum Koontz, Marietta Mayo, Andrea Skeens, Sara Thomas (who now is President of BWI Blacksburg but comes to visit us as often as possible!)

Meeting Support Volunteers (who will be working to provide administrative support at meetings and events, taking memberships, welcoming attendees, helping with sign ins, etc.): Sarah Sherman Burger, Angi Bragaw Hamer, Julie Haynes Kratzer, Sarah Mack, Angela Wilson Sanford

Play Date Coordinators (who will be working to get some social events going!): Sarah Breeden, Monica Sheehan

Library Administrator (who will be reminding you when your renewals are due): Colleen Kayser Petro

Thank you to those listed above and to those who have supported the group in leadership rolls in the past.  We would not be here without you!

As always, if you are interested in helping out or becoming a VBE please let us know either in person at a meeting or feel free to email us at

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thank You to our IBW Sponsors!

IBW is Here!  The BWI of Central Virginia leadership team wishes to send a hearty thank you to the sponsors who have made this year's IBW celebrations possible.

And a special thanks to the following individuals who gave generously to our raffle!
Tara Wambugu
Cathy Dean
Jennifer Gates Grey
Angi Hamer
Dinora Lopez
Lauren Everett
Hope Hichak
Jessica Colteaux
Andrea Skeens
Christina Owen
Heather Pencil
Julie Kratzer
Sara Thomas
Judy Bowman
Christina Falkenstein
Sarah Mack
Angela Sanford
Natasha Frelin

Thursday, October 2, 2014

And the last prizes

Whew, we're getting very, very close to International Babywearing Week and it is my pleasure to announce the LAST batch of prizes to you all.  We have a total of 46 donations and more than 50 prizes (some duplicates) to give away.  Don't miss out on our party October 11, 2014 11am-1pm at Crump Park in Henrico County!

31) VMFA Family Membership, Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

32) 25 Free Red Box Movie Rentals, Courtesy of RedBox

33) The Latched Mama $30 credit and teething necklace, Courtesy of the Latched Mama

34) Dinner and a Movie #4-5: $30 in Chilis gift certificates and 2 tickets to the Byrd Theater, Courtesy of Chilis and the Byrd Theater

35) Gift Certificate for Babywearing session with Hope Hichak, Courtesy of River City Babies

36) Gift Certificate for Postpartum Doula Services with McRae Brittingham, Courtesy of Jessica Colteaux

37) International Babywearing Week Tote Bag, Courtesy of Andrea Skeens

38) Young Living Essential Oil Starter Set: Contains sample size Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, Grapefruit Lip Balm, Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint Essential Oil packets (10 of each scent, .25 ml each), Courtesy of Christina Owen

39) New Mama Gift Set: Contains Vera Bradley Diaper Bag, Hand knit "boobie" hat, tie dyed onesie, bag of assorted teas, Baby's Keepsake kit, silicone teething necklace, 12 cloth wipes, Courtesy of BWI of CVA members

40) Worn Baby Gift Set: Moby Wrap Baby Blanket and Knot Hat, Starbright Baby Wrap Scrap Teething Giraffe, comes in a We <3 Babywearing tote bag, Courtesy of BWI of Atlanta, BWI of Austin, and Starbright Baby

41) CVA Gift Set:  Pair of handmade suck pads from His and Hers Homemade (our own Julie Kratzer), handmade snack bags by Cathy Dean, and a Warriors Pride Wrap Scrap Key Fob from The Carrying On Project (our own Kit Jenkins), comes in a We <3 Babywearing Tote Bag, Courtesy of Julie, Cathy, and Kit

42) I Wish I Went to Tempe (International Babywearing Conference 2014) Gift Set: Lillebaby tote bag, Pashmina, Pavo IBC 2014 mini tote bag, wrapsody head scarf, Pavo textiles postcards, Assorted other small swag items from IBC vendors, Courtesy of Cathy Dean

43) Pampering Mama Gift Set: Baby Bjorn tote bag containing handmade oatmeal soap, assorted teas, wrapsody hair scarf, 2 scentsy room sprays, Yankee Candle, Courtesy of Cathy Dean, Heather Pencil, and Sara thomas

44) Happy Family Gift Set: Yoga Mom and Me DVD -- a Happy Family Nutrition and Family cookbook, free trial coupons and assorted free products, Courtesy of Happy Family

45) Pampered Chef Gift Card, Courtesy of Judith Bowman, Pampered Chef

46) Custom Handmade Birth Wreath, Giclee print with hand letter calligraphy with your child's birthdate and name based on their birth flower, Courtesy of Christina Falkenstein

47) Montana Gold Gift Card courtesy of Montana Gold

48) 4 vouchers good for tickets to our holiday show, Santa’s Christmas Miracle, which takes place at Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, Courtesy of the Virginia Reparatory Theater.

Donations are continuing to arrive so we may have a few more surprise lots on hand next Saturday too!