October 14, 2017

Summary: The Rutherfurd Hall Foundation presents Women on the Watch, a series of WOW talks at Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 in Allamuchy, NJ. Influential women from the greater community share their experiences — complete with successes and failures — and the decisions they have made as they impart their life lessons in the stories they tell.

Event: November 1, 2017



5:30-6:30 p.m. Networking/Cocktails with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and the evening’s signature cocktail The Reinvention Dimension. Tours of Rutherfurd Hall will run at this time.

6:30-7:15 p.m. WOW Talk

7:15-8:00 p.m. Dessert and “Meet the Speaker”


TICKETS $25 — Purchase online at www.rutherfurdhall.org, or mail check payable to the Rutherfurd Hall Foundation

P.O. Box 453

Allamuchy, NJ 07820

Contact: (908) 852-1894, ext. 338

Sponsor opportunities available.


Women on the Watch: 2017 Series Ends with Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite

In the beloved film classic “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace makes a heartfelt appeal to his army buddies to support their former intrepid leader, General Waverly, who is no longer on active duty, “What do you do with a general when he stops being a general?” You could ask a similar question of anyone who has transitioned into “inactive duty” and or entered that nebulous phase of retirement – unless you are asking, “What do you do with a university president when she stops being the president?” – and if you are speaking of Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, president emeritus Centenary University, you do not “do” anything with her – you step aside and get out of her way!

Since concluding her eight-year tenure as university president, Dr. Lewthwaite has embarked on an adventure of reinventing herself, and she will share her credo on making that work in the next Women on the Watch (WOW) event at Rutherfurd Hall on October 19.

Dr. Lewthwaite believes reinvention to be a life-long process that knows no age confines. In fact, she admits to reinventing herself numerous times, beginning as a military baby moving from Germany to the United States, through her corporate career, to education, to administration, and now on to the next dimension of reinvention.

Dr. Lewthwaite’s presentation concludes the 2017 series which also featured Lisa Baldwin, who sang her story, and Leighanne Eide, who detailed life at Mars. WOW began in 2016 and featured Deirdre Bryant-Worth’s career chronicles and how the Honorable Maria DiGiovanni came to wear her mayoral high heels on Hackettstown’s Main Street.

WOW is honored to have the support of many sponsors and donors, and welcomes Allied Title, LLC of Chester as its newest event sponsor. Proceeds from the series thus far have been designated by the Rutherfurd Hall Foundation for design and maintenance of a new website and for décor enhancements at Rutherfurd Hall.

Plans for 2018’s Women on the Watch will be announced in early January. Feedback from both women and men in attendance at 2016 and 2017 programs has been extraordinary, and the networking component has been well-received. Regular attendee and frequent sponsor Betti Singh summed up WOW most vividly, “What a lovely event …I knew it would be, but a spark is becoming a flame on this program, and I couldn’t be more pleased.”




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