LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - Lawton Business Women are getting ready to celebrate 93 years next month.
Lawton Business Women meet twice a month and they aim to encourage and support one another in business. They also work to help the community in any way they can. Virginia Brewczynski started in high school working with the Lawton Retail Merchants Association for almost 50 years. She then retired from there and bought the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio where she is currently employed. She said continuing to have an organization like this is important because there’s always room to grow.
“We never reach the point where we don’t need help and don’t need suggestions and ideas from other women and other people, so I just think that the closer you are to them and the more attention you pay to what they try to help you with, the better off we are," said Brewczynski.
Genevieve Council worked for a company in Lawton called Fairmont Foods until her husband got busy with his saddle company. She said they had their own business, Council Saddle Shop up until 2014. Council said the experiences she has in this organization is what has kept her a member for many years.
“It’s always so good to be around young women, it makes us older women feel a little younger I think. The year I was president was the bi-centennial year, and we had a lot of fun working with other things that was going on in Lawton at that time, but there’s always been something. Every year is important and there’s always been something to celebrate," said Council.
Current president of the Lawton Business Women, Cristina Woodson said these ladies have taught her consistency and being able to devote yourself to a cause you believe in.
“Watching them and having them around, and also utilizing them and leaning from their wisdom really has helped me to chart the course and to stay mission critical which for us is supporting women in all ages and encouraging friendships and relationships as they grow in business,” said Woodson.
Loveta Matthys said she worked a lot in accounting. She currently owns a printing company alongside her husband downtown called C and J Printing which they have turned over to their daughter and her husband. Her message to women in this organization.
“I feel like they will enjoy it as much as I have, and you get so much out of it being with all the other ladies that work here in our town, and it’s just really friendly and you meet so many new people. I have really enjoyed it all these years,” said Matthys.
“When you take a job, just do your best and give it your all, and don’t be afraid to ask for help," said Brewczynski.