In January 2005, Amenta sat listening to her dying friend, Claudia, tell passionate stories of her missionary work in Zambia. Amenta’s decision to honor Claudia’s memory by traveling to Zambia was frustrated until a cancer survivor she never met provided the missing link.
In 2009, Amenta traveled 8,000 miles to Zambia to volunteer at Camp Life, a summer camp for orphans. One of the girls in her camp group stood out on day one: 12-year-old Beatrice Banda. Today Beatrice attends Elgin Community College and lives with Amenta and her husband, Francis. This is a story about stepping off onto your journey, finding your life’s calling, and the women who inspire you along the way.
The January meeting is sponsored by WIM co-founder Pat Szpekowski, APR, president of PR Strategies and Communications in Elgin. With its 30th anniversary this month, the firm has rebranded its name from PmS advertising, inc. to reflect its award-winning public relations, photography, graphic design and writing services which have successfully spotlighted the stories and events of local, regional and national clients.
WIM Fox Valley was founded in 1984. Members are comprised of business professionals, entrepreneurs and volunteers in a wide range of categories. Area women are invited to join. To register for the January Luncheon - click here.