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Monday Member Spotlight: Wendy Waters-Connell

Meet Wendy Waters-Connell, the remarkable CEO of YWCA Hamilton. With her strong leadership skills and dedication, she has transformed the organization into a beacon of hope and empowerment for women in the community. Known for her infectious energy and passion, if a song were to play every time she walked into a room, it would undoubtedly be "One World (We are one)" by Taboo. A fun fact about Wendy is she can walk two miles even in high heat and humidity, all while dressed in a Native American quilt and buckskin. This impressive feat showcases her resilience and determination to overcome any challenge that comes her way. Beyond her professional and physical pursuits, Wendy finds joy in being a grandmother. This role is her ultimate hobby, and she cherishes the time spent with her granddaughter, creating lasting memories and imparting wisdom to the next generation.


  1. Can walk two miles in high heat and humidity dressed in a quilt and buckskin

  2. Once jumped out of an airplane on purpose

  3. Known for being able to sit still for long periods of time... NOT!


Choose one song to play every time you walk into a room. What song and why One World (We are one) by Taboo. I choose this song as a positive example of modern Native American music art. It makes me want to sing and dance.

You wrote a book about your career so far. What would the title be and why? "Pearl Unexpected" - professional path has been one of healing, scars made into translucent gemsare made

If you weren’t in your current line of work, what career would you pursue I love what I do, I would not change it.

What’s your #1 bucket list item? Build the house in German Village to see the river and the eagles



FOOD: King Crab Legs

SNACK/CANDY: Skinny malted-milk balls from Henry's

RESTAURANT: Any where with great small plates and craft cocktails

MOVIE: The Wizard of Oz

TV SHOW: Outlander, yes I admit it


SONG: 1999

HOBBY: Being a grandma

SPORT/TEAM: Reds, of course

BOOK:The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown



SEASON: Summer



Why did you join Rotary? Lee Sanders encouraged me to join. She explained the mission and the connections.

What is your favorite part of being a Rotarian?

Connections to others and the growth of friendships.

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