Posts Tagged 'fall'

Fall Women’s Expo winners

Fall Women's Expo - Gold Crown winners

Congratulations to (from left to right) Karen Lond, Della Turk, and Cindy Briskie – our 2010 Fall Women’s Expo jewelry winners, thanks to Gold Crown Jewelers.

Fall Women's Expo - Karen Lond

Karen Lond, our first place winner, won a 1/2 karat diamond necklace. Karen takes a day for her and her friends at the expo, making it a girl’s day out, she says.

Fall Women's Expo - Della Turk

Della Turk won the second prize: a 10 karat gold bracelet with diamond accents. Getting to the expo early is Della’s strategy, especially to get a good parking spot.

Fall Women's Expo - Cindy Briskie

Cindy Briskie won our third-place sterline silver cubic zirconia ring. Cindy takes her out-of-town sisters to the expo to enjoy the day.

“We jump on the shuttle bus,” she says. “It’s much easier.”

Congratulations to all three winners, and thanks to Gold Crown Jewelers for providing our Women’s Expo prizes. Look for your chance to win at our Spring Women’s Expo, coming March 12, 2011.

Check out all the pictures from this fall’s expo at our Flickr gallery.

Fall Women’s Expo jewelry winners

Fall Women's Expo - at Gold Crown Jewelers

Congratulations to the three lucky women who won Gold Crown Jewelers’ jewelry giveaway at our Fall Women’s Expo.

Fall Women's Expo - Amanda Nastally, 1st prize

Amanda Nastally, above, was our first prize winner. She opted for Gold Crown Jewelers’ heart pendant necklace.

The 2009 fall expo was Amanda’s first. She was surprised at the variety of vendors and seeing all that was there.

“I liked it,” she said. “I’ll definitely come back.”

Fall Women's Expo - Andrea Wint, 2nd prize

Andrea Wint was our second prize winner. Andrea picked the sterling silver ring with marcasite and amethyst.

She’s been to two women’s expos – March’s spring expo was her first.

“Now I’m hooked,” Andrea said. “It’s awesome.”

Fall Women's Expo - Justina Kukulka, 3rd prize

Justina Kukulka was our third prize winner. Justine earned the 14K gold two-tone earings.

Like Amanda, this fall’s event was Justina’s first women’s expo, and she enjoyed the hands-on activities.

Congratulations to all the women. For more photos from this fall’s event, head to our Flickr photo gallery. Look for more opportunities to win prizes at our Spring Women’s Expo, coming Saturday, March 13, 2010.

October GreenBack group: Leila Arboretum Society

Leila Arboretum Society

Pay a visit to the Leila Arboretum Society in Battle Creek and you’ll be visiting a place dedicated to plants. Appreciation of plants, planting of plants, education about plants – it’s a peaceful, sprawling place that fosters wonder in children and green thumbs for adults.

The Arboretum was American 1’s October GreenBack organization. For each new member referred to us in October, we donated $2 to this “green” group. We had 114 new members referred, which means we gave a gift of $228 to the Society’s endowment fund.


Brett Myers gives the tour

Brett Myers, LAS’s interim executive director (above), gave me a tour of the Arboretum this week on a sunny, warm, picturesque fall afternoon. The Society works on repairs and databasing plants in the fall and winter, Myers said, and when I showed up he and several workers were replacing the plastic on top of the horticulture greenhouse, a 6,000 square foot facility dedicated to raising plants.

Myers said the Leila Arboretum Society has three main areas of focus: community beautification, adult and children educational programming, and the Arboretum’s stewardship.


The Arboretum

We drove around the Arboretum (above), a mile-long loop with walking trails and dedicated gardens.

“Some of these trees have been around since the 1920s,” Myers said. “The Arboretum is like a museum for trees.”

For its adult educational focus, LAS hosts a Master Gardner program, and has trained 1,000 Master Gardners over the years. For the kids, there’s the Children’s Garden, with areas like the “zoo garden” (where all the plants are named after animals) and the “ABC garden” (one plant for each letter of the alphabet). Since Battle Creek is the “Cereal City,” there’s a cereal garden with fruits, grains, and even a cow to represent the milk.


ABC Garden

LAS hosts school groups and garden groups, and features programming year round. Visit the Society’s web site to learn more about this fantastic organization.

There’s just two more months left in our GreenBack membership drive, so be sure and pick up a referral card. When you refer friends and family to American 1, you’re entered to win a $500 gas card.


“What do you like about the Women’s Expo?”



Fun times at our most recent Fall Women’s Expo. You can check out photos from the event at our Flickr site.

What about you? What did you like about the Women’s Expo?


Prepare for the Expo by picking up this magazine.



The talented folks over at the Jackson Citizen Patriot just released a fabulous new magazine, Uniquely You (above), that caters to womens’ issues and needs.

And guess what? They gave us a little section in the middle to highlight our Fall Women’s Expo, taking place this Saturday.

Uniquely you interviews several local women to find out about fashion, shopping, and fitness. Not that we’re biased, but it’s a good read. And it’s free, so you can’t beat that. Pick up a copy at any one of our branches this week, and read all about our growing expo!



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