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Brown Bag Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to the YWCA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series! This series is held at noon in the YWCA Community Room at 909 Fairfield Road. Registration is recommended; call 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org.

Our 2017 series will again feature leaders throughout Adams County. The series is free to attend and open to the public.

Details will be updated as information becomes available:


May 16: Anne and Sam Douds will discuss lessons they have learned from advocating on behalf of refugees in the school and social services settings, with particular attention given to the role of cultural competency and principles of advocacy.

Dr. Anne Douds is a retired trial attorney who teaches in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Sam is in eighth grade at Gettysburg Area Middle School.

Summer hiatus: No programs in June, July and August.

September 19: Joe & Marie Levenstein on the topic of Judaism (part two!)

October 17: Rukhsana Rahman sharing insights on the Book Thrive by Arianna Huffington.

November 21: Linda Raymond sharing her experiences as one of the first women in The US Army Band and what it was like to organize and lead a small group within the unit

No program in December.


Past 2017 Speakers:

January 17: Jim Dunlop, President of Ruth’s Harvest Gettysburg, a non-profit ministry to help feed hungry children on weekends when reliable food sources aren’t available. Each Friday, participating school children receive a backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday, the child returns the empty backpack to the school when it will be restocked with food for the following Friday. The talk will also include a conversation regarding hunger and food scarcity issues in our community.

February 21: Joe & Maria Levenstein on the topic of Judaism.

Joe is a psychologist who was born and raised in Westchester County, N.Y. and New York City. He and Maria moved to Adams County eleven years ago when WellSpan hired him. Since retiring, Joe has begun a private practice in Gettysburg. Although he had his bar mitzvah in a Reform Jewish congregation, he has also been active in both Conservative and Reconstructionist congregations. He is now a lay leader for the Adams County Jewish Community.
Maria was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Her religious background is Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic. She was also a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh for seven years until 1992. In 1999 she became Jewish while dating Joe. She is a graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in theology and psychology. Before moving to Adams County she worked in Development at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. She is presently a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church.

March 21: Deb Novotny is originally from Brownsville, PA.  She graduated from California State College with a BS in Education (History Major) 1972 and MA in History 1978.  She was a member of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society).  Deb taught Social Studies at Brownsville Catholic School, 1972-1978 and U.S History and AP U.S. History at Gettysburg Area High School 1980-2008.  She has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide from 1975 to Present.  She has served as a member and/or on the board for several local associations : Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, Historic Gettysburg- Adams County Preservation Group, Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides (Treasurer, Vice President, Secretary, and currently Executive Board Member), Evergreen Cemetery Board of Trustees (currently President).

April 18: Deb Marteslo – Moms Demand Action on the topic of gun safety.

Join the YWCA in welcoming our Brown Bag speaker Deb Marteslo, the PA State Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. This is a nonpartisan grassroots volunteer organization that respects the Second Amendment and responsible gun ownership, but believes there is much we can do to make our children and families safer from gun violence.

When children get hold of unsecured guns, the results can be tragic. Every 34 hours, a child unintentionally fires a gun and kills or injures himself or someone else. That does not include the number of suicides-and even homicides- that occur when kids have access to unsecured guns. The Be SMART campaign educates parents and all responsible adults on how to prevent these tragedies by following five simple steps – including asking about guns in the homes their children visit.