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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5,1998 CAPE LIFE Don't wish upon a star - call DreamMakers of America Duo ready to help others in region attain their goals By Zrish Vernon "It came to me in a dream," said Rhoda Doney, appropriate enough, of her fledgling business, DreamMakers of America. Doney, who has roots in the Cape Region, and her partner, Sharyn Warwick of Rehoboth Beach, are prepared to help others achieve their dreams as, in the words of Walt Disney, "all of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Having spent a year developing DreamMakers, Doney said "dreams are actually aspirations, goals and desires that we have for ourselves and answer the deep question of how we want our lives to be." Through the many motivational meetings and seminars they have held with those inteiested in pur- suing their dreams, the duo has found that 99 percent of the peo- ple who attend want to start up their own businesses. "People don't want to rely on others for their livelihood, as they know that the only true security is found on one's own, as the amount you are willing to work is what you invest in your own business," Doney noted. Doney and Warwick lay out an individually designed road map and a lot of encouragement to those pursuing such a dream. "You have to sell people on them- selves - identify their skills and talents and urge them to go for- ward," Warwick said of the free initial meetings and newsletters they offer. When and if that person be- comes serious, he or she can sign on with DreamMakers as consul- tants, and they offer a credit poli- cy whereby some fees are de- frayed until the business is up and running. "We aren't profit-driven - we want to help others achieve their goals," they noted, as Warwick has held a position with GGE Amusement for 20 years and also does public relations and account- ing. Doney, a paralegal with a back- ground in graphics and printing, has a business called "The Golden Guardians," which helps the el- derly remain independent. They stress that those wishing to embark on a journey toward self-employment needn't give up their current jobs, or anything, for that matter, but their time, whether it be a car detailing busi- ness or a bakery. DreamMakers of America pre- sents the prospective business owner with a checklist - which in- cludes everything from choosing a name to acquiring the necessary licensing, funding, possible grants for business and education, as well as location and marketing. "It's difficult if there's no one by your side, urging you on," said Doney, adding that previous expe- rience in the field of your dreams isn't a prerequisite. Winter workshop set DreamMakers of America will hold its first Winter Workshop Weekend Friday through Sunday, Feb. 20-22, at The Sea Voice Inn and Retreat House, located in Re- hoboth Beach. Friday evening will be a "get acquainted" party, while on Satur- day, there will be two workshops followed with discussions on "Getting Seriously Started on Your Dream," "Committing to Your Dream" and "Overcoming Dream Obstacles and Fears." Sun- day workshop will deal with. "Bal- ancing Your Dream and Real Life," and meals and lodging are included at $99.95 per person. Those wishing to attend on Satur- day only can do so at $28, includ- ing lunch, dinner and seven work- shops with materials. Networking a plus They also hold meetings on the second Saturday of each month in the Cape Region to discuss specif- ic topics revolving around achiev- ing one's dream, with the next meeting slated for 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, when the topic will be "Persistence." "It's so exciting to watch people network at the meetings and see the enthusiasm build," Doney said, stressing that there is no reli- gious affiliation or hidden agen- das or costs to DreamMakers. "We've found with the people who attend our workshops and meetings that it isn't really about money so much as personal achievement and self-esteem - and observing others fulfill their dreams means fulfillment for us as well," Warwick added. Doney and Warwick hope to hold their first DreamFair in the Cape Region this coming fall. Rhoda Doney (left) and Sharyn Warwick have embarked upon a new joint venture, DreamMakers of America, which helps others achieve their goals, whatever they may be. They see the fair as a place for craftspersons and business people to introduce themselves to the community and to sell their wares and services. Food, music and fun will add to the festivities. DreamMakers hopes to publish a "Crafter's Catalog," with one page devoted to each artisan, com- plete with a biography and pic- tures of their crafts, as well as hold a DreamMaker Foundation annual fund-raiser, through direct mail and a one-evening event with a silent auction. Funds raised would be ear- marked for those who need finan- cial assistance with home/small business ventures, the arts and college. And what dreams do Dream- Makers have? In time, they would like to see DreamMakers become a national franchise, helping peo- ple across the country. For more information about DreamMakers of Amorica, call Doney in Virginia at 703-569- 0947, and Warwick in Milton at 302-684-1328. Valentine's Day is just around the comer Now that we have gotten over the bedsores caused by the non- stop coverage of the Super Bowl and the goings on in Washington, we can look forward to one of my favorite celebrations, Valentine's Day. Before you let out a groan and roll up this section to smack your dog in the head, you should real- ize this holiday has changed a great deal over time. What with Ellen coming out of the closet and President Clinton allegedly going into the closet, choosing the fight Valentine card to send someone has become confusing, if not po- litical. It was much simpler when you were a child and went to Wool- worth's and bought a whole box of valentines for a buck. O.K., so my brother still follows this prac- flee, but I never said he was a big spender. He also believes the prosecution dropped the ball by not investigating whether Nicole killed O.J. Anyway, the boys in your class always received a card that had a cowboy on the front of it, waving AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz a lasso and saying something like "Be My Buckaroo." And the girls always received the same valen- tine that had a picture of a little cowgirl, who bore an amazing likeness to Dale Evans with her horse, Buttermilk. The cowgirl usually was shown putting up ivy vines of contact paper and saying stuff like" Youz the man." Everyone in your class received one of these Woolworth valen- tines out of a big red box, decorat- ed with white paper lace that stood next to the teacher's desk. School got out early that day in or- der to allow time for you to study for your upcoming graduate school exams and the teacher got to go home to her favorite valen- fine, the English guy on the bottle of Beefeater's gin. There was some causal connec- tion here with her name starting with the tire "Miss" for the last 50 years. And Valentine's Day was a spe- cial time at home with the other members of your family. It was the ultimate day of atonement for your dad. The bigger the atoning, the bigger the box of chocolates. As kids, we would wait in the car while my father picked up a box of candy. Ninety percent of the time, the pickup took place at a loading dock. During really bad years, he would have to rent a spe- cial truck and a dolly to move the box of chocolates into the house. We would then drive to the florist, so he could add a bouquet of flow- ers. Judging by the size of the or- der, the florists quite naturally as- sumed it was for the winner of the Kentucky Derby or for some mob hit. With today's busy schedules, many people are designing their own Valentine's Day cards with the help of sophisticated computer programs. The problem is finding a sendee who actually knows that the sender exists, or even cares, for that matter. Therefore, a lot of valentines are addressed simply to "Hal," the computer voice from the movie "2001, A Space Odyssey."And then there is all this stuff about romance that has to be used very carefully. It could lead someone to the mistaken im- pression of the big, "C" word, commitment. The thought of this to most men is enough to send a wooden stake through one side of their gut and out the other side. Like a herd of cattle, they will stampede into the arms of the French Foreign Legion or some whacko religious cult, rooted in the belief that through the use of lima beans you can gain eternal life. So, pay attention. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. There are a lot of ways to cele- brate it. Now, you can go ahead and hit the dog on the head. For disciplinary reasons, of course.