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    A CULTURAL MOVEMENT. . .A STAMPEDE OF CHANGE

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  • WHAT WE DO

    We're on a mission to connect you with

    Gutsy Gals with Grit and Grace!

     

    Purpose
    Creating communities where women fortify connections and cultivate change to make the world a better place for all.
    Vision

    Illuminating the world we dream of for our daughters and sons. A place where they can
    realize their dreams, envision solutions and be proud of our shared legacy.

    Mission
    Pushing one another onward, tirelessly pressing forward together to make a sustained difference.

    Touching the lives of men, women, elders and future generations, inspiring hope and cultivating success.

    Value Statement

    We honor our stories, fortify our connections, and champion our goals.

     

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    All Resources Under One Roof:

    Find a Location or Home for Storytelling, Education, Culture, Art, Kinship, Healing, & Mentoring...

    • Leadership Institute for Women
    • Physical Space for Storytelling
    • Heart-felt Healing 
    • Mentorship
    • Creating a Continuum of Action
    • Healing Self, Others, and Community
    • and more

    Please join any committee to move forward to create communities where women fortify connections, cultivate change, champion one another and provide role-modeling leadership, creating access and sharing our experience, strength and hope.

     

    Email annie@buffalogals.us to join this committee.

     

    Be a Voice for Change:

    Creating a process for women and women’s organizations to increase collaboration, cooperation and resource development to move our community forward to take action in things like...

    • Women Getting a Voice at the Public Policy Table

    • Living Wage and “Support” for All Women

    • Problems with Our Schools

    • Building Each Other Up
    • and more

    Please join any committee you can support our community and move forward to create a community where women fortify connections, cultivate change, champion one another and provide role-modeling leadership, creating access and sharing our experience, strength and hope.

    Email helen@buffalogals.us to join this committee.

    Connecting, Integrating, Belonging:

    We are committed to focus on and document the tasks, actions and outcomes working to...

    • Creating Healthier Communities on Reservations

    • Removing Barriers to Involvement and Building Inclusion

    • Engaging and Empowering the Next Generation

    • Facing Our Fears in the Eyes of the Bully

    • and more

    Please join any committee you can support our community and move forward to create a community where women fortify connections, cultivate change, champion one another and provide role-modeling leadership, creating access and sharing our experience, strength and hope.

    Email amiee@buffalogals.us to join this committee.

    Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City, SD

     

    Friday March 4, 2016 and Saturday March 5, 2016 - Buffalo Gals is hosting the 2016 International Women's Day Celebration "Celebrate Our Legacy". The special day will be filled with celebration, ceremony, community and collaboration. With nine dynamic women speakers, an in international musical phenomenon - Orgena Rose, lunch and dinner and conclude with a sensational live concert. Only $9 admission.

     

    It is important to RSVP to confirm food for lunch and dinner.

     

    Get your tickets here

    Conference Agenda

    Conference Information, Sponsors and Agenda

     

    Buffalo Gals are champions of gals with grit, guts and glimmering grace.

     

    Buffalo Gals are creating communities where women fortify connections, cultivate change, champion one another and provide role-modeling leadership, creating access and sharing our experience, strength and hope.

     

    Celebrate Our Legacy Conference REPORT

    The Buffalo Gals are excited to release the findings from the 2016 International Women's Conference and identify particular commitments being made to further the status of women in the Black Hills and surrounding region.

    At a time of exceptional divisiveness, Buffalo Gals are proud of the diversity of women who gather to support one another and discover opportunities to work together.

     

    Developing deeper relationships with one another is key to a healthy community, join with us and find your role, opportunity or network of support for topics important to you.

    Your participation is vital to our overall local and regional community - we look forward to seeing you and hearing from you to fortify connections and cultivate change to make our communities a better place for all.

  • WE ARE BUFFALO GALS 

    Gals with ~ Grit, Guts and Glimmering Grace.

     

    We draw on the pioneering spirit of the Gals whose shoulders we stand upon to move opportunities for a better way forward! We have vision, persistence and tenacity. We are committed to taking care of one another, standing up for one another, supporting our dreams hopes and goals!

     

    We are your mothers, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, wives, daughters and your friends. We began as a group of gritty gals gathering after a few too many pots of coffee - and not nearly enough herbal tea, scotch or wine. We had a vision to make the world a better place, and we started a stampede.

     

    Our thundering herd of Buffalo Gals pushes one another onward, tirelessly pressing forward together to make a sustained difference.

     

    We touch the lives of men, women, elders and future generations. We are inspiring hope and cultivating a pipeline for success.

     

    Together we’ll make this world the place we dream for our daughters and sons. A place where they can dream their dreams, envision solutions and be proud of the legacy we have left.

     

    Now - Let’s go kick up some dust!

    Lori Barnett

    Designated Broker

    VIP Properties

    Black Hills Real Estate

    Founding member,

    Buffalo Gals - Black Hills

    In February 2015, I met annie loyd for the second time at a WAVI resource committee meeting. Jenny Telechan was also in attendance. As chair of the committee, I wanted to brainstorm a fund raiser. Within the matter of roughly 30 minutes, the first ”Round Up” was born. There wasn't a long drawn out discussion in the logistics. There wasn't another meeting to follow up that meeting and another to follow up that all in the hopes to get a plan solidified. We worked together and got it done in a way only women can. A few weeks, later at the Speak Easy in the basement of Murphy's, over a 100 women converged, all because we had a purpose and conviction behind the event's message. I was in awe of the power of the women who attended, from all walks of life, difference occupations, different passions, different talents and together there was an undeniable energy that could not be forced or duplicated. I was hooked. Drawn to the energy, to the passion of those around me, to the opportunity to surround myself with this incredible diversity and knowledge. Fast forward a few months and a few events later, I was looking at my10-year-old daughter during dinner one night and thought ”Buffalo Girls.” If I felt this way as an adult, imagine what an immense influence it would be for her, to submerge her into this experience and opportunity at her age. To witness the greatness of the women that are our community. I now truly believe there isn't anything we can't accomplish if we simply join as a tribe.

     

    Patri Acevedo-Riker

    Owner / Principal Architect

    AcV2 architecture

    Founding Council, 

    Buffalo Gals - Black Hills

    There's a strong sense of belonging for me when it comes to the Buffalo Gals. I can never put my finger on it, but it's there and it's palpable. There is magic when we celebrate each other's achievements, when we give each other the space to shine in our own way during the introductions, and when we work hard to lift each other up outside of the roundups. I lead a very busy life, just like every other Buffalo Gal, but it's a priority for me to show up and to let other women know that they are not alone in inhabiting a man's profession. That's me, day in and day out, being in the design and construction field. Being a Buffalo Gal has connected me with other women in my career field, giving me peers I didn't know were out there. It has also brought a lot of light to women who are doing amazing things in our community and that I wasn't aware of. My heroes, sisters and peers are all Buffalo Gals. 

     

    LaFawn Janis

    Buffalo Gals - Fellow

    605-389-3122

    deb@buffalogals.us

     

    On June 9, 1972, Deb flew into the Rapid City, to awake the next morning to the most devastating flood in the city's history. That day she decided to stay in Rapid City to help rebuild and make it her home.

    Since that time she has been an employee, volunteer, business owner, fundraiser, performer, wife, mother and invested citizen.

    With 25 years of experience in advertising and

    marketing, she has developed a reputation of trust and dependability in the business community.

    In 2013, she accepted the position as Development Director for the Rapid City Arts Council. During the past 3 years, she: wrote numerous grants; developed sponsorships for exhibits, education programs and performing arts program at the Dahl Arts Center; developed the Emerging Performing Artist program; facilitated school outreach; and maintained the membership of the Rapid City Arts Council.

    She is also a Blues performer and the President and Founder of the Black Hills Blues Society.

    Deb believes in the innate power and importance of Women to effect positive change in our World.

    LaFawn Janis

    Owner

    Children's Trading Post

    Founding Council, 

    Buffalo Gals - Black Hills

    Growing up in the Rapid City area and then leaving for over a decade, I was apprehensive of moving back. However, once I made the decision to make Rapid City Home again, I knew I wanted to make a difference in this community as a whole; with my fellow Native Americans, with all the youth and especially with women. Buffalo Gals was perfectly timed for Rapid City women and myself. The way the women celebrate one another, open-up and stand proud of who they are. I was a little nervous the first time, but I loved the encouragement from every woman in the room. Women need that. I needed that. I love that Buffalo Gals leaves a woman feeling at peace with the woman sitting next to her, who once was a stranger. I believe we are all friends who just have not met yet.

     

    Nina Braun

    CPA, CFE, Partner, 

    Ketel Thorstenson, LLP

    Founding Council,

    Buffalo Gals - Black Hills

    The energy at the first meeting I attended was incredible. I left with a sense of community. It motivated me to get out and get to know the women around me better. The group grew organically so fast, it felt like there had to be a greater cause. I’m excited to invest my personal interests and ambitions in the Buffalo Gals.

    Jenny Telechan

    Owner, Founder

    Black Hills Advocate

    Founding Council, 

    Buffalo Gals - Black Hills

    I am involved with Buffalo Gals because of the community it offers to each member. Whatever stage we are in as women or mothers or professionals or leaders, I feel supported in exactly where I am at and have access to women who are just like me, women who have achieved greatly and mentor me as well as women to whom I can offer my mentorship and experience. I strongly believe that if you enrich women, you enrich an entire community. As we grow and develop deep relationships and friendships, we can’t help but create a cultural movement that impacts the lives of everyone we touch

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