AFWA Des Moines Chapter meets at various restaurants in the Metro on the third Tuesday of the month. Join us for networking, lunch and CPE programs. Members and guests can RSVP online with the form below.

Board meetings are open to the membership and are typically held the Friday before our membership meetings.  If you are planning to attend and would like to order lunch, please contact us at  Someone from the board will contact you with details. 

January CPE Member Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 15th

Location: Wakonda, 3915 Fleur Dr, Des Moines

Cost: $15 members, $20 first time guests and $30 for recurring non-members (Payment in the form of cash or check will be due at the event)
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Rhonda Paulsen, MBA and Nicole C Boulais, Financial Advisor will be speaking on Social Security. 

Approximately 67 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2018) Although most people receiving Social Security are retired, you and your family members may be eligible for benefits at any age, depending on your circumstances.

This Workshop covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits, including five factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, how to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits, and how to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income.

We will introduce you to others so don’t be afraid to come alone. Bring women friends and colleagues! We are focused on creating supportive friendships so you don’t need your elevator pitch, just bring your awesome self! We are business owners, professionals, coaches, freelancers and much more. Do bring your business cards, because we want to know all about you.

We look forward to seeing you there! The valuable information provided at this meeting is for one hour of CPE.

Please RSVP by 12:00pm on Friday, January 11th through the form below if you will be attending the meeting.  NOTE: There is not a confirmation email sent once you register. The form will say "Thank You. Your submission has been received." If you must change your registration, please contact Jen Nokes and Carrie Dostal . Reservations canceled within 2 business days of the meeting may result in a charge from the venue, which must be paid by the member or guest.



TURKEY CLUB CROISSANT (honey turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, mayo, croissant)

WAKONDA BACON CHEESEBURGER (Burger with Applewood Bacon on a Kaiser Roll)

CALIFORNIA COBB SALAD (Bibb, Iceberg & Romaine Lettuce topped with Bacon, Tomatoes, Chicken, Egg, Avocado, Blue Cheese Crumbles accompanied with a Peppercorn Ranch Dressing)

TUSCAN PASTA (bowtie pasta, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine, olive oil, oregano, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, shaved parmesan)

Upcoming Meetings

February CPE Member MeetingTuesday, February 19th; 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; Katie Graham will be speaking on Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace; Felix & Oscar's, 4050 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines

March CPE Member MeetingTuesday, March 19th; 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; Meg Anderson will be speaking on IT SecurityWakonda, 3915 Fleur Dr, Des Moines

Administrative Policies: If you would like to make or cancel a reservation, please contact Treasurer, Carrie Dostal and 
Jen Nokes.  Reservations canceled within 2 business days of the meeting may result in a charge from the venue, which must be paid by the member or guestPer chapter rules, if you register and do not attend, you will be charged the cost of the luncheon/dinner.  For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact us at
Official National Registry Statement: AFWA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors:  150 Fourth Avenue, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417 or through its website: