It was an event especially tailored to the weaker side of females. Shopping …shopping…and more shopping. Free admission. Vendors featuring new and exciting products. Shopping, hanging out with friends, visiting, complimentary haircuts, coloring and styling, more shopping and more visiting. With cars filling the parking lot throughout the day it was evident the Wetaskiwin Memorial Centre was the choice of venue for females in Wetaskiwin on November 3rd, 2012. The Wetaskiwin Legion Ladies Auxiliary Branch 86 hosted the 2nd Annual Women’s Small Business Expo.
Ladies use the term ‘shopping therapy’ to explain and justify why they attend, and are prepared to spend money at events like the Annual Women’s Small Business Expo. They will fabricate reasons like, ‘it is a great means to reduce stress, avoid depression and maybe even find improvements with relationships with their partners’. They might also suggest it has been reported that some therapists recommend shopping sprees because while and after shopping, those who were unhappy become happier and their pulse rate and blood pressure levels become normal?
President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Branch #86 Legion, Wetaskiwin Janice Drader Jamison is more practical about their event. An important outcome of the event is the Auxiliary continues to support charities in the community and the proceeds from this event will be designated to N.O.W ..Neighbour Outreach Wetaskiwin.” N.O.W. is filled with heart wrenching, and also dozens of happy outcome stories about the needy, the addicted and the broken. They are stories about how the generosity of this community has facilitated life-changing opportunities. “We serve breakfast 6 days a week Monday through Saturday to those in need, lost, broken or just lonely. Who are these people? Yes, we serve the broken and lost, the addicted, those many call ‘vagrants’, losers or those kind of people. But, we also help, healthy, unaddicted people like seniors who are on a fixed income and cannot afford to make ends meet so they come just to share a meal or to have someone to talk to or to just listen to them.”
The Legion Auxiliary featured 38 exhibitors offering a vast array of products. Jewelry, organic foods, utensils, cookware, home cleaning appliances, bridal fashion, fashion clothing, cosmetics, stylish purses, health products, beauty products, crafts, haircare, fashion and much more. She described the event as, “All the exhibitors are women who have a small home based business. The event brings together an extensive variety of services and products for today's women. We also have Gennaro’s Hair Company doing makeovers on stage to give at least 20 ladies a fresh new look.”
President Jamison suggests the Wetaskiwin Branch of the Auxiliary has bragging rights. “We have 16 new members and a total of 130 members.” She attributes their success to ensuring the members are having fun.
If you would like to apply for membership to the Wetaskiwin Legion Auxiliary, submit an application for membership, “In writing, in duplicate, upon the forms supplied for that purpose; and shall be signed by the applicant who must give in detail the particulars therein set forth. Every applicant must be proposed by two voting Members in good standing”.