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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 8/15/2013, 9:55 a.m. | Updated on 8/15/2013, 9:55 a.m.
Many were seen conversing and dancing the afternoon away at the Boule Soiree
Tracy Morgan

Seen conversing and dancing the afternoon away at the Boule Soiree, held at B. Smith’s on Long Wharf Street in Sag Harbor, were Appellate Court Judge Cheryl Chambers with her husband, New York State Bar Association President Seymour James; Dr. Sam Daniel, who executed his smooth moves on the dance floor, along with his wife, Sheryl, and friend Dr. Romel down from Greenwich, Conn.; Boule President Mel Douglas with her gal pal Gay Bullock (who, in simple white jeans, always looks good); Steve and Barbara Williams; Mel and Debbie Jackson; Regina Darby, Esq.; Renee Buford; Bunny Ledford; Jim and Joanne Skeets; Luther Clark; and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and her husband, Donald, to name just a few. Perhaps this Boule Soiree was the best one yet.

During the Boule Soiree, the Sharon Simmons Art Gallery presented the Heart to Art Sag Harbor III art exhibition, which added an extra attraction. Featured artists from various points around the country flew their works in just for the occasion. Artists included Danny Simmons, Brent Bailer, Joseph Bell-Bey, Nancy Brandon, James Brown, Ramona Candy, Mary Chang, Sdikisha Collier, James Denmark, Clause Lawrence, Lois LeBlanc, Karl McIntosh, Donovan Nelson, Ernani Silva, Ann Tanksley, Ronald Walton and child artist Julia Angelee Mitchell. Mitchell’s beaming parents were honored to have her included in the show amongst the professionals and were over the moon to learn that one of her pictures sold.

Queens Borough President Marshall will be honored on Sept. 28 by the Queens community organization Elmcor. The event will be held at the Louis Armstrong Recreation Center at 33-16 108th St., Corona, N.Y. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.elmcor.org.

The International Woman Writers Guild held their annual weekend workshop this year at Drew University, located in Madison, N.J. A variety of workshops were offered, some of which included “Muse Magic”; “Maximizing Your Memoir”; “Resounding Silence”; “Yes, You Can Write Poetry”; “Crafting Fiction, Drama & Memoir from Three-Sentence Stories”; “Presentation Skills for Writers”; “Loss, Lies & Characters We Love”; “The Writer at Work”; and “Dangerous Writing.” The group of approximately 75 woman, who traveled from as far away as Switzerland and Canada, shared stories and built up a camaraderie, which was really something to write about.

Among the professors teaching the workshops was Robyn Hatcher, president of SpeakEtc. Hatcher, who lives in lower Manhattan, taught techniques for helping clients polish the “non-verbal elements of communication-body language, gestures [and] vocal quality, as well as the verbal-word choice, content and organization to become more powerful and engaging communicators.”

The group was fortunate to have Hatcher join the stellar cast of workshop professors because in addition to her work with business professions and entrepreneurs, she is also an adjunct professor at Baruch College and F.I.T. She’s also a curriculum developer with Leadership Transformation Group Llc and a performer with Performance Plus, an innovative management training whose clients include Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Wachovia. But wait … there’s more. Hatcher is an active member of several professional organizations that include Savor the Success, Ladies Who Launch, Step Up Women’s Network and New York Women in Communications and is an appointed member of Community Board 5. You may have seen Hatcher on the screen; she is an award-winning professional actress and TV and film writer. She has appeared on TV in commercials and was recently awarded Best Actress in a Short Film at the Golden Door International Film Festival (GDIFF).