December Meeting (December 10, 2012): Holiday Tea Party Extravaganza

Come join us as Stephanie DeBlieck, Tea Bar Team Leader at Wegmans Pittsford Nature's Marketplace, will be teaching; “Tea 101: The Basics”, “The Story of Tea” and “Where does Tea comes from?”.

Stephanie is trained in the traditional Japanese tea culture and is proud to bring her knowledge and expertise to our meeting. Sample delicious tea and learn how to steep certain types properly.

Please bring your favorite “holiday” treat to pass and to share with our group. And, be sure to wear your “CRAZIEST” Tea Hat! This is a fun, interactive gathering that will leave you filled with the warm spirit of great camaraderie and TEA!

November Meeting (November 12, 2012): Making Your Voice Matter - Featuring Georgia DeGregorio, President of the League of Women Voters/Rochester Metropolitan Area (LWV/RMA)

Learn how to make your voice matter most! Interested in learning how to have a positive impact in the political arena regarding areas that concern you? Join us for this month’s speaker, Georgia DeGregorio, LWV/RMA President, and become informed on how to make your vote really count! Bring your topics of interest/concern for discussion.

The League of Women Voters projects includes voter registration, nonpartisan voter information, moderating candidate debates, advocacy for campaign finance reform, scrutiny of public school funding, budgetary process reform and much more. The League is a nonpartisan, political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is NOT limited to women — men can join in the fight as well.

October Meeting (October 8, 2012): Open House for Holistic Living Month and Group Discussion - Holistic Living on a Budget - Yes, You Can Do It!

Come and join us for our Annual Open House “Meet & Greet” - where you will learn practical and creative ideas on how to make holistic living possible while on a budget.

Share something you know, learn something new on saving money while buying organic, tips for inexpensive but healthy cleaning products, all natural time tested treatments for common ailments and more. Bring your essential tips to connect with our growing group and community to create a fun, yet, informative group discussion! See you there!

September Meeting (September 10, 2012): The Benefits of Chiropractic for Children: Including Backpack Safety

Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being. During the lecture we will discuss chiropractic for the challenged child, sensory integration and ADD/ADHD and how chiropractic can be useful in the symptoms associated with these conditions. Also, due to the time of year we will go over backpack safety and proper function vs. fashion. Please come join us and ask questions.

Dr. Paula Derleth is a certified Pediatric Chiropractor through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She graduated suma cum laude from New York Chiropractic College. Currently, she and her husband, Dr. Phil Derleth, have their own practice in Fairport NY.

August Meeting (August 13, 2012): Introduction to Raw Foods

Interested in a raw food diet? Whether you plan to "go raw" or simply want to add more raw foods to your diet, this introductory class by Lauri Boone, RD, will cover the basics. Learn what raw foods are, the benefits of raw foods, and how to easily incorporate more raw and living foods into your daily diet. Recipes and samples provided.

Lauri is passionate about good food and clean eating. She has worked with hundreds of clients over the last 15 years--guiding them through her group nutrition and fitness classes and private sessions. She enjoys helping clients navigate the often complex and confusing world of nutrition and find their own unique path to good eating and healthy living. Lauri has written for several publications including The Pilates Forum and Crazy Sexy Life, among others, and has appeared in numerous media outlets including CNN, BBC Radio, National Public Television, and The Huffington Post, to name a few. She is a dietitian at Breathe Yoga in Pittsford, NY and a regular contributor for One Green Planet. You can learn more about Lauri at

July Meeting (July 9, 2012): Group Discussion - The Power of Positivity

Positive actually have the power to control your emotions if you choose to and you do it all the time without realizing it. Now imagine going about every one of your days in this manner and you'll find that your outlook becomes a whole lot brighter! Come join us to discuss how you can go about creating the daily habit of thinking positively.

June Meeting (June 11, 2012): Spreading The Love: The Surprising Truth About Fluoride, Tooth Decay, and Your Children

Come join us as Arlene Messer D.D.S provides an eye opening lecture surveying the cause and transmission of dental decay, new information about bacteria, fluoride facts vs. fiction, and practical preventative suggestions that every mother should know.

Dr. Messer is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry (1984), and has been practicing general dentistry in Rochester since 1989. She recently became certified in the practice of holistic/biologic dentistry. Dr. Messer is a member of the Integrative Health Cooperative of Monroe County as well as being a member of the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), Association of Mercury Free Dentists, and the Holistic Dental Association.

May Meeting (May 14, 2012): Introducing "Qi Infusions"

Introducing “Qi Infusions”, the product of decades of intense exploration by a healer deeply passionate about his work. Ethan Borg, an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practicing in the city of Rochester, NY, created an exciting method behind “Qi Infusions” that allows powerful healings based on classical Chinese medicine to be infused into organic sunflower oil. Ethan was raised in Pittsford and Brighton and went on to graduate from Swarthmore College. After receiving his Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Ethan won a fellowship to study the classics of Chinese medicine. This fellowship introduced Ethan to a little known classical theory known as “Heaven, Man, and Earth” -- the nexus point between classical Chinese physics (known as “Feng Shui”), the healing martial art known as Qi Gong (traditionally “Dao-In”), and Chinese medicine. Ethan honed years of one-on-one clinical experience into creating an altogether unique healing method that can treat thousands upon thousands of people powerfully, effectively, inexpensively, and surprisingly quickly. The fruits of Ethan's intellectual discovery was uncovering real “ancient Chinese secrets” that could be useful to people today who are open minded enough to give something “new” a try.

Apr Meeting (Apr 9, 2012): Benefits of Reiki

The practice of Reiki has been traced back to thousands of years. Why then is this ancient and simple art of hands on healing only now just gaining mass popularity? Come learn more about how we are all naturally inclined to practice this healing technique without being consciously aware of it!

Sarah Lamb, a Reiki Master Teacher, will introduce you to Reiki and explain more about how it can be a part of your everyday life. Currently, Sarah teaches Reiki and has a private practice working primarily with pre and postnatal mothers and their children as well as fertility clients.

Mar Meeting (Mar 12, 2012): Group Discussion - "Bring a Mug"

Bring a mug and have hot chocolate or tea. We will have "get to know you" discussion questions to draw out of a basket for attendees to discuss. This is a great opportunity for our members to get to know one another and build our community and for visitors/non-members to learn more about our organization.

Feb Meeting (Feb 13, 2012): A Brief Synopsis of the Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Children Birth to 6 Years of Age

Please join us as Tony Indorato, Administrator at San Lorenzo Montessori Academy, discusses a brief synopsis of the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children birth to 6 years of age. The presenter will also field questions regarding educational alternatives with an emphasis on the Montessori philosophy. Tony Indorato, an Administrator at San Lorenzo Montessori Academy (SLMA), is a child psychology professor at Finger Lakes Community College. Tony is certified in special education and in school district administration. He holds a Master’s degree in Education from Nazareth College, as well as a second Master’s degree in Educational Administration from SUNY Cortland.

January Meeting (January 9, 2012): Cold and Flu Primer by Dr. Lesley James, MD

Dr. Lesley James discussed integrative therapies for prevention and treatment of colds and flu. We came away with nutritional strategies to lower your risk as well as an integrative approach to ease symptoms. We created a list of herbs and supplements for your medicine cabinet along with home remedies you can prepare in your kitchen.