Dr. Nancy Speaks at Big Brothers Big Sisters Rededication

Dr. Nancy delivers opening remarks May 17 at the the re-dedication of the Big Brothers Big Sisters facility at 3372 W. Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri. The expanded facility will give additional space for the Development staff, a larger Match Room, and a volunteer/intern space to support the 1,000+ matches Big Brothers Big Sisters made in 2011.

During the last five years in its current building, Big Brothers Big Sisters has experienced an 85% growth in number of matches supported.

She is a founding member and continuing strong supporter of the Springfield organization.

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Should Women Learn To Handle Guns?

I met Kathy Johnson when I enrolled in a two-day Tactical Handgun course at the APT firearms academy she and her husband operate here in the Ozarks. In addition to being a co-owner, Kathy is a personal safety specialist who is proficient in gun-fighting and an instructor in women’s safety.The course was worthwhile but exhausting for me because I felt very tense with the responsibility of having and using a gun. I feel strongly the importance of personal safety but it was hard to handle the noise of weapons training. I felt a very positive connection with Kathy, who also offers classes for women in concealed weapons and handling guns.
I will go back, and next time I will take a course just for women. I expect I will find it less intimidating than being around bunch of macho guys! I asked Kathy to write something for WomenSpeak about personal safety for women. Here is her article.

Personal Protection for Women Helps Them Stay Safe

As women we constantly hear how we can empower ourselves, we are smart and capable of doing anything we set our minds to but when it comes to the subject of protecting oneself with a firearm most women tend to shy away from it. Because of fear or lack of knowledge or believing the media’s propaganda that guns are bad, it is easier to think it best to avoid or even outlaw such “evil devices.” Therefore, less effective ways are chosen for self protection. Yes, martial arts training, pepper spray and tasers help, but in the land of self defense the pistol is king. A woman well trained in awareness and a handgun is a formidable creature.
The key to security is awareness first. Controlling one’s environment to the best extent is next, including tactics such as: where and how you park your car, choosing your seating in a restaurant and mental preparation for an assault. To be truly empowered a woman must be able to live her life without fear of physical attack. Although security can never be guaranteed, training in personal security and firearms can really enhance her ability to survive an encounter.
Since children, we have been taught that if you are on fire you must stop, drop and roll. If a building is on fire you must exit the building and we know to wear seat belts while riding in a car and a helmet when riding a bike. But if we find ourselves being assaulted, we are taught to call 911 or kick the attacker in the crotch, which rarely works. My husband, a S.W.A.T. Commander for a Sheriff’s Department, always says, “The police are only minutes away when seconds count.”
In closing, knowledge is power. The knowledge and training in the safe and effective use of a firearm has saved countless lives. We need to get away from the mentality that guns are bad and viewing someone who is security conscious as paranoid. Learning more about firearms for protection and getting the proper training is a very good option.
Remember, the right to keep and bear arms is our second amendment but our first freedom. That is something we must embrace.

by Kathy Johnson, Personal Safety Specialist


FLiP's Evening in Paris Raises Over $26,000

In its first annual Evening in Paris event, Female Leaders in Philanthropy netted more than $26,000 to fund the group’s three service projects in Springfield, Missouri. FLiP is a United Way Women’s Initiative. The funds will go to support:

  • Formally Yours, which provides prom dresses for needy teens (discontinued program)
  • Suit Yourself Boutique, which outfits women in transition with work attire
  • The Ozark Food Harvest Backpack Program, through which FLiP provides weekend food for needy students at eight elementary schools

The evening drew hundreds of attendees who purchased $75 tickets, bid on silent auction items, competed in live bidding for French-themed paintings donated by eight local artists, and pledged support for the coming year. In addition, a ninth painting, depicting a vibrant couple dancing, was selected for reproduction as a poster, which will be available for purchase throughout the coming year. The crowd partook of a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a lovely buffet dinner with dessert provided by the Tower Club in Springfield.

Jim Anderson, President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, served as master of ceremonies. Chairman Dr. Nancy O’Reilly spoke representing Female Leaders in Philanthropy. As part of the program, Aleah Woodmansee described how she benefited from Formally Yours after a car accident depleted her savings. Lisa Miller explained the importance of business attire she received from Suit Yourself Boutique. And elementary school principal Dr. Kevin Huffman recounted the crucial role played by the weekend food provided through the backpack program.

Kudos go to Diamond Sponsor The O’Reilly Family Foundation; Emerald Sponsor Karen Krittenbrink; Ruby Sponsor Arvest Bank; Sapphire Sponsors Penmac and PJC Insurance; Pearl Sponsors Empire Bank, Great Southern Bank and Magers Management.

Thank you to auction contributors, artists and event volunteers!
Acacia Spa Raylene Appleby Bank of America
Competitive Fitness/Kellie Smith Cornerstone Jewelry Sandra D’Angelo
DB Salon/Duane Bone Haven Richardson Cheryl Dandridge
Dickerson Park Zoo Esthetiques Fabuless Interiors
Grove Pharmacy & Spa Natalie Hodges Dr. Kevin Huffman
James Decor Jelly Beans Lisa Miller
Meyer Center Missouri State University Athletics Mud Lounge
Obelisk Ozarks Regional Y Ozarks Technical Community College
Chalen Phillips Lotus Rain Reynolds Plastic Surgery
Springfield Art Museum Springfield Business Journal Springfield Hot Glass Studio/Terry Bloodworth
Springfield Pottery  The Review Shoppe  The Tower Club
 Town & County  Trailwood Designs United Way/Jennifer Kennally
Waverly House Aleah Woodhouse   Wine Styles
Tammy Crabtree Alicia Farris Cindy Kopenhafer
Nancy O’Reilly Sharon Warren Cindy Quayle
Charli Stout Debra Sutherland Dorie Bauer
 FLiP Membership Team    
Betty Parnell Judy Bilyeu Paula Adams
Candy Letterman Karen Krittenbrink Ramona George
Charlotte Horsman Kristy Chastain Raylene Appleby
Cindy Howell Cindy Norman (Evening in Paris Chair) Merry Hogue
Sallie Hazelrigg Diane Homan Nadine Ridder
Sandra D’Angelo Dorie Bauer Nancy O’Reilly
Shannon Handwerker Hayley Hutchins Pat Dierking
 Tamara deWild    

Dr. Nancy Accepts $25K Check for FLIP

FLIP receives matching check for United WayFebruary, 2011. Female Leaders in Philanthropy Chairwoman Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly, far left, receives a check for $25,000 from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Executive Vice President Julie Leeth, along with FLIP members Raylene Appleby, second from right, and Cindy Howell. FLIP raised more than $75,000 during the recent campaign, which included a CFO matching challenge for up to $25,000.

Dr. Nancy Appointed to Board


Licensed psychologist, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, was confirmed January 2010 in her appointment by Governor Jay Nixon to serve on the Missouri State Committee of Psychologists until August 2011. The board oversees the practice of psychology in the state. Pictured with Dr. O’Reilly are Drs. Mark & Jami Skrade and Missouri Senator Norma Champion (left to right).

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