Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)


Introduction to EFT

(Emotional Freedom Technique)

Dr. Kristin Holthuis of Medicina de Luz was with us May 13th, at Restaurante Limoncello, in Barrio La California. She gave a very interesting and at times amusing talk about physical and emotional health and the importance of stress-release.

She offered an introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). This form of acupressure has been written about in many news outlets including Huffington Post, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and ESPN. Proponents of EFT have used it to relieve PTSD, phobias, chronic pain and weight issues.

The audience of over 33 ladies had a good time socializing before the presentation and most stayed to socialize some more over a delicious lunch.

La República congratulates WCCR 75TH

La República congratulates The Women’s Club of Costa Rica as it celebrates 75 years of its foundation

Sylvia-La Republica

Sylvia Prince, president of The Women’s Club of Costa Rica, said that the most important contribution provided by the organization to Costa Rican society is to give young people of low income families the opportunity to persevere and achieve their educational goals.   Gerson Vargas / La República —  for complete article by Carolina Barrantes:  

Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward

At our March meeting Laurel Anderson, a 37 year resident of Costa Rica, shared her insights about using social responsibility in marketing.

“Giving back is important,” Laurel stated, “but sharing how and who you give to helps the recipient organization, the client who uses your product or service by exposing that organization, and it helps your company as it becomes a part of your story. It’s a win, win, win situation.”

Laurel shared how a “bad” story can affect a company’s reputation, and therefore its sales, such as the use of child labor from Hershey’s chocolate. She also shared a “good” story about the El Angel Company in Costa Rica and how they supported its 300 employees after an earthquake devastated the factory.
“I learned the important thing is to be excited about whatever charity I choose to participate in. This helps to be enthusiastic when sharing with others.” said one attendee.

Laurel Anderson

Emerson Electric donates to The Women’s Club

Emerson Electric donates to The Women’s Club

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On Wednesday, March 18, during the inauguration of the new facilities of Emerson Electric, The Women’s Club of Costa Rica received a substantial donation from the company.

The objective of the donation is to strengthen The WCCR program Schoolbooks for Kids whereby textbooks are gifted to children from various elementary schools, many of which are one-teacher schools in rural areas.


Recuerdos by Helen Dunn Frame


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Recuerdos by Helen Dunn Frame

On March 11th the Women’s Club of Costa Rica hosted at the Aurola Holiday Inn in San Jose a luncheon initiating 75 Years of Friendship and Service celebrations. By the time 11 a.m. rolled around and members could ascend to the 17th floor with its panoramic view of downtown, a sea of humanity filled the hotel lobby. It provided an opportunity to chat with friends and make new ones.

A new film, produced and directed by Daniel Herrera, that depicts the years the Women’s Club has been active, was viewed. (Check out the 2015 directory for  “A (not-so) Little History of WCCR” on which the film was based.)

President Sylvia Prince kept the Business Meeting short as well as the Extraordinary Meeting held to elect three members to board positions left vacant in December and January. Congratulations to Lisa Aspinall, Recording Secretary; Ellen Corliss for Corresponding Secretary; and Joan Boyce, Vocal. The meeting included accepting the minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report.

WCCR has held the March meeting at the hotel for several years. As usual, the menu was appetizing and filling. I much prefer being served by waiters than standing in a long line to a buffet!

Michale Gabriel presented a slide show that highlighted the exceptional prizes she secured for the raffle. I won a custom cake from Lusa Pastelería and had several members volunteer to come to my house for a party.

Mary Alice Lesko distributed the Service Pin Awards. Firstly, Pat Miranda has been a member for 55 years. Ruth Peralta received a pin for 50 years; and Angela Lenderlink for 35 years. Twenty-five other members received service pins, now with magnets to keep the pins from poking holes in clothing, for memberships ranging from five to 25 years.

Because I was not the youngest person at my table, I did not win the flower centerpiece, once again donated by Norma Ogryzlo. Each year she suggests how the winners should be determined. If you left early, you might have missed taking home a plant for your garden.

Help your inner mind reveal solutions to problems in your life

Rita Marie Meeting Pic

Help your inner mind reveal solutions to problems in your life.

In February, PWG had the honor of hearing Rita Marie Johnson, creator of the Connection Practice. Rita Marie explained the formula of six steps, easily practiced, that help your inner mind reveal solutions to problems in your life. This simple practice helps to:

* Achieve your highest brain function

* Gain emotional balance even in times of stress

* Find release from worry, anger and anxiety

* Perform better, whether at work or at school


Rita Marie shared many stories of how she uses this practice in business negotiations. By creating empathy and recognizing another person’s needs, the pathway to negotiation opens up more easily, allowing compromise and completion for both parties. Costa Rica uses these techniques in many public schools, helping children to find better ways of communication, relaxing their brains so they might study and absorb knowledge more efficiently. If it works for the children it most certainly works for adults!


We are profoundly grateful to Rita Marie Johnson for taking the time to share her knowledge with us. And a warm shout-out to Michale Gabriel for stepping in to assist with leading Saturday’s meeting.


Social Media for Small Enterprises

Professional Women’s Group

Program January 2015

Danielle Hart

Danielle Hart: Social Media for Small Enterprises
What a great start for the New Year!This month’s PWG meeting greeted 31 attendees, many of them new guests whom we hope will continue to join us.The topic of using social media given by Danielle Hart is an important interest for small enterprises. For those of us who use social media there was more to learn. For those who knew they should get involved yet felt it all a bit overwhelming, her talk was a clarifying balm.

Danielle’s use of PowerPoint slides were clear, concise and very informative. Danielle alsoDanielle2 provided many resources to help with organization and scheduling, visual content tools and different strategies using social media.

Many people know social media is important but Danielle impressed just how effective it can be.

“I was blown away by how much impact social media will have on hits to my website,” wrote one attendee.

For those who use social media there were new things to learn, such as unraveling the mystery of using hash tags (#). We were also encouraged to use our worksheets to make notes as the talk progressed. This helped us to pinpoint important information such as:

  • What is the foundation of your brand voice?
  • What are 5 keywords your audience will search for?

Danielle Hart is just one of the many speakers invited for the year of 2015 for learning, sharing and socializing  opportunities.

We are hoping she’ll make an encore appearance. Thank you, Danielle!

New Educational Adventure

The WCCR September General Meeting

Daniel Samper & Elena Austermühle: Sept. 10th 2014

Asociación Bachillerato Internacional Tico

ASOBITICO logoDaniel Samper, Director of ASOBITICO (Asociación Bachillerato Internacional Tico) will present a window into the world of the International Baccalaureate program: how, in conjunction with the Costa Rican Government, it’s developing and expanding; school selection and preparation for the program; student and teacher selection, and many more forays into this new educational adventure.

Join Daniel, himself a graduate of the IB program, and Elena Austermühle, former IB teacher, subject developer, and WCCR member, for an inside look at this new program that the Women’s Club is supporting.

When:  Wed. Sept. 10th 2014

Where:  VERDEZA, Barrio Trejos Montealegre, Escazú

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon

Fee:  ¢2,000 for WCCR members and Guests

***To ensure we have refreshments for all,  reservations are required by Sept. 4th.

Please contact for reservations:

An International “Boca” Tour

Our October 9th General Meeting was held at the Colonia del Prado Club House in Ciudad Colón, hosted by Grace Woodman who was also our presenter.

Michele Côté, President, welcomed all the members and guests present and opened the meeting at 10:07 am. Presentations on the following programs were presented: 2014 Text Books, Scholarship and Website design. The proposed slate for the 2014 Board of Directors and the Fiscal and Fiscal Suplente were elected by acclamation.

2014 Board of Directors
2014 Board of Directors


Jeannine Hurd

1st Vice President

Kathi Garrison

2nd Vice President

Elena Austermühle

Recording Secretary

Pamela Rutledge

Corresponding Secretary

Lorea Pino

Vocal 1

Mary Jo Miller

Vocal 2

Michale Gabriel

Vocal 3

Amanda Burstall


Anahi Zuniga

Fiscal Suplente

Grace Woodman

Grace Woodman leads cooking demonstration
Grace Woodman leads cooking demonstration

International Boca Demonstration

Following the business meeting, Grace Woodman took us on an international boca tour. The delicious iood which everyone tasted included: from India – ginger fruit punch; from Centro America – yuca stuffed balls; from Portugal – shrimp turnovers and many other sweet and savory bocas. Grace also gave helpful tips on how to make each item, how to adjust the recipe for individual tastes, as well as where to buy the ingredients. Everyone was given a copy of each of the recipes and below is a preview of what you could enjoy!

Ginger Fruit Punch

  • 3oz of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
  • 3 cups cold water or club soda or ginger ale
  • ice cubes

Combine ginger, sugar and 1 cup of water in a deep heavy pan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and allow to cool. Once cooled, add the lemon and orange juice and refrigerate until needed. Just before serving add cold water or club soda and ice cubes.

If you would like a copy of all the recipes click here to email.