Magazine 01-2016 Issue

Our Magazine

Read, Learn and Share with The Royal Neighbor Magazine

The Royal Neighbor magazine is your go-to source for information about Royal Neighbors activities. But it’s so much more. You’ll gain valuable insights on useful lifestyle topics such as money-saving tips, reducing stress, or the importance of volunteering. Whether it’s fun, family, or finance, you’re sure to find something of interest in our magazine.

The Royal Neighbor Magazine

Issue 4, 2017

In this issue you’ll get to know Kendra Morgan of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She empowers women and builds strong families through her non-profit, Building All Children. You will also meet our 2017 Nation of NeighborsSM recipients; get some online shopping safety reminders; and learn how to make unique holiday gift tags.

Want to receive notifications of magazine release dates?

Email Icon

From tragedy comes joy and a Royal Neighbors chapter

Mar 20, 2017

Tragedy Joy
Royal Neighbors member, Meghan, shares an optimistic message at the Catwalk for a Cause fund-raiser in Clearwater, FL.

Each model stood on the runway nervously awaiting her turn. Before she took her first steps she held up a sign. In a few words the tragedy that nearly crushed her life and spirit was reduced to words on a 2’ by 3’ poster.


The messages were from Barbara, who battled and survived breast cancer, not once, but three times. Sara was forced to work in a labor camp (the Cambodian Killing Fields) where she endured near-starvation and illness. Wendy, a dedicated teacher, was struck by a car and told she would never walk again. After months of physical therapy she returned to teaching and helping others. Meghan; her mother, Jane; sister, Erin; and brother, David, lived on cereal while Meghan’s father was dying in the 1990s.


Now each of these women is a volunteer with Women With Purpose (WWP) in Pinellas County, near Tampa Bay, FL. Their spotlight on the runway carries a hopeful message of not only survival, but helping others. The fashion show, Catwalk for a Cause, where the women took their place on the runway, is one of WWP’s biggest fund-raising events.


WWP is a non-profit organization that provides non-medical financial assistance for basic needs by paying rent, mortgages, utility bills, car payments and insurance, and gas and food cards to help cancer survivors make ends meet while they are too sick to work. The mission has expanded to help women who have suffered in other ways, such as being forced into sex and human trafficking.


WWP was founded by Jane Morse-Swett. After experiencing the emotional and financial loss of her husband’s death, she had a strong empathy with others who faced devastating challenges. She eventually worked her way up from her low-paying $5 an hour job and became an administrator for an oncologist who provided funding to help families who were struggling with the financial aspect of cancer. When that medical office was sold, Jane vowed to continue the efforts by founding Women With Purpose. She now works with a dedicated corps of volunteers.


Fast forward to the autumn of 2015. Jane was in the throes of their fund-raising fashion show, Catwalk for a Cause, when she was called on stage to receive a surprise $10,000 check from Royal Neighbors’ Nation of NeighborsSM  Program. The grant’s purpose is to provide financial assistance to individuals who have a plan to start or expand a business or an organization/group that helps women and girls. Jane was nominated by a Royal Neighbors employee/member.


But it didn’t stop there.


WWP already had a dedicated group of volunteers who were aligned with Royal Neighbors’ vision to protect women financially and empower them to improve their lives, families, and communities. They wanted to do more. The next step was to become members and form a Royal Neighbors chapter where they could further promote their efforts and Royal Neighbors’ vision and mission.


A conversation with a Royal Neighbors member engagement specialist ensued about what it takes to form a chapter. After an informational discussion and some easy paperwork, it became official. A new Royal Neighbors chapter was born and with it, a new chapter of women leaders.


With the addition of Royal Neighbors Chapter 20178, a spotlight on helping women in the Tampa Bay area is shining even brighter.


Sara, Meghan, Barbara, and Wendy may not fit the typical description of runway models. But through their determined attempts to help others through WWP, and now as members of Royal Neighbors’ newest chapter, the members are truly “model” citizens whose beautiful efforts will never go out of style.

Form #: P00213 Rev. 3-2017

Read Our Past Editions

issue_4_2017_cover

Issue 4, 2017

Read this Issue
Issue_3_2017 Cover

Issue 3, 2017

Read this Issue
Issue 2, 2017 Cover

Issue 2, 2017

Read this Issue
Royal Neighbor Issue 1 2017

Issue 1, 2017

Read this Issue
Issue 4 2016 Cover

Issue 4, 2016

Read this Issue
issue 3 2016

Issue 3, 2016

Read this Issue
Issue 2 2016

Issue 2, 2016

Read this Issue
issue_1_2016

Issue 1, 2016

Read this Issue
issue_4_2015

Issue 4, 2015

Read this Issue
issue_3_2015

Issue 3, 2015

Read this Issue
issue_2_2015

Issue 2, 2015

Read this Issue
issue_1_2015

Issue 1, 2015

Read this Issue
See More News Articles
See More News Articles

Royal Neighbors in the News

Jan
16

Royal Neighbors of America Awards $100,000 in 2017 to Empower Women

Read More
Dec
28

Royal Neighbors of America Helps McKara Caldwell Stitch a Legacy

Read More
Dec
12

Susan Kenney Cotter Joins Royal Neighbors of America as Chief Marketing Officer

Read More
Nov
30

Royal Neighbors of America named a Great Place to Work

Read More
Nov
11

Aurora mom surprised with $5,000 national grant from woman-led life insurer

Read More
Nov
10

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation receives $10,000 grant to train puppies for visually impaired

Read More
Oct
23

Royal Neighbors Foundation now taking applications for $10,000 Know Your Worth® small business grant

Read More
Oct
05

Cincinnati opiate/drug addictions non-profit awarded $10,000 national grant

Read More
Oct
04

Hope Center Indy to expand programs with the help of $5,000 national grant

Read More
Oct
04

Atlantic, IA, mother-daughter team receives $12,000 for new quilting machine

Read More
See More News Articles
See More News Articles
Royal Neighbors of America
Need Helpnh_question_icon
Close Button
Insuring Lives, Suporting Women, Serving Communinites
Form #: P00032; Rev. 12-2017