Christian women’s event coming to Arrowwood

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pat McGill

OKOBOJI — Three well-known area women will bring their humor, inspiration and heart to Okoboji this spring to bring a message of hope, healing and understanding to women interested in cultivating their spiritual lives.

Overcomer is a new event and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25, at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Okoboji. The morning-long format will accommodate busy schedules, giving women a strong dose of reality-based spirituality in a short time, leaving the rest of the day free.

Leading keynote speaker will be Pat McGill, founder and president of McGill Speaking and Training Resources. A former middle school teacher and adjunct professor of human relations, she holds a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. She’s convinced, however, that her talents are rooted in her Midwestern upbringing, Irish heritage and an early adventure in pageantry.

Joleen Frideres

“Before being named Miss Congeniality in the Miss South Dakota Pageant, I tripped upon entering the judging room, then fell down,” she said. “... but I got up and asked if they wanted to see more. They did, and I’ve been tripping up ever since — learning lessons and passing them on.”

Next up will be Joleen Frideres, owner and manager of Courageous Life Coaching in Emmetsburg, Algona and Clear Lake. A therapist and life coach from Wesley, Iowa, she has been helping people live happier lives for 30 years. Living her passion and life purpose, she counsels individuals, couples and families all over the nation via Skype.

She is an inspirational writer and speaker, university instructor and lifelong learner who will inspire attendees to “live life more fully ... by overcoming fear.”

Karen Schwaller

Closing keynote speaker will be Karen Schwaller, owner of Schwaller Agri-Stories, of Milford. Schwaller is a farm wife and mother, author and speaker who takes her farm story on the road, sharing stories of humor and womanhood, motherhood, tragedy and triumph.

“I think people need to be uplifted — to have hope — and hope is best served through humor and real-life stories that show other people they are not alone when life places them in tough situations or uncertain circumstances. A farm is a great teacher of life,” Schwaller said.

Overcomer is open to women of all ages. Cost for this event is $30 per person in advance, and $40 at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets can be obtained by clicking on the “Eventbrite” link on the Overcomer Facebook page, or go to “” and search for this Okoboji-based event.

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  • Pat was an instructor when I was at ILCC! A wonderful person and very talented! excellent instructor!

    -- Posted by iowagirl on Mon, Feb 20, 2017, at 5:01 PM
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