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Out and About: Aretha Prabawa

Out and About: Aretha Prabawa
Out & About: Aretha Prabawa, Windsor Chamber of Commerce Volunteer

Earlier this year the Windsor Chamber of Commerce began a partnership with Windsor High School’s English Department to produce this Out & About series of profiles of Chamber members. Now, we turn our spotlight to the writer of these recent articles, Aretha Prabawa. A 2019 graduate of Windsor High School, Aretha spent the last month visiting family in Indonesia and later this month, will begin her freshman year at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she will pursue a B.S. in chemistry and hopes to play the violin in the University’s orchestra.

A native of Indonesia, Aretha, her parents and an older brother moved to Windsor when she was four so that her father could take a local job. Having grown up in a very traditional Indonesian Muslim household, she says she still has the feeling of being culturally divided—“I’m still getting used to America.” Like so many Windsor residents, however, one of her favorite town memories is going to the Shad Derby, and she looks forward to returning to this unique event in the years to come.

At Windsor High School, Aretha took advantage of the many AP classes offered. “I feel that the teachers in Windsor really care about the students and want them to succeed. I hope I formed really good connections with them, and I’ll always be thankful because they’ve helped me succeed.”

An accomplished musician, Aretha has played the violin for 14 years, most recently in the high school orchestra and regional orchestras. “I am obsessed with music, both playing and listening,” she says. She likes to analyze music to discover patterns and chord progressions and to figure out what makes a song interesting. Aretha continues, “STEM and creativity have so much to do with one another. Innovation comes with creativity—you can’t have one without the other.” She is a believer in arts in education, saying, “the creative parts of the day help students expand their minds and let out emotions.”
Also at Windsor High School, Aretha was a member of the social justice-oriented Action Club. “As an immigrant, as a Muslim and as a woman in this political climate, I consider myself an activist. I want to be part of a change. Activism has to do with communicating—both in fighting for your beliefs and in understanding where other people are coming from, because everyone’s not the same as you.”

Reflecting on her work on the Out & About series—interviewing and photographing Chamber members at their places of work and writing feature articles—Aretha says, “I enjoyed the challenge of writing and meeting new people. The articles required a lot of thinking and planning, and I think they made my academic writing more concise and clear.”

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce was pleased to honor Aretha as our Volunteer of the Year at our recent annual meeting. Beyond that, we have been thrilled to work with Aretha on Out & About this year and we wish this bright, serious and engaging young woman the very best in college and beyond!

By Sarah Gilligan, owner of Cerebration Writing + Design, is President of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.


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On Assignment with Jessica Hill
Aug 1-31 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
HBG Special Game Sale
Aug 24 at House of books and games
HBG Special Game Sale
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Monday Morning Book Club
Aug 26 at Windsor Public Library
Create a Vintage Glass Bird Feeder
Aug 27 at 25 Central Street, Windsor CT
Summer Movie Series
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
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Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
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FTDT Farmers' Market
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Lobster Roll Mania
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Blood/Cholesterol Reduction Series
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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
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Windsor Business Connection
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ABC's of Genealogy Part 1
Sep 5 at Windsor Historical Society
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
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Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
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Book Signing with Bagley & Plath
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Bottle and Can Drive
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Art Club Open House
Sep 10 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Chamber 101
Sep 10 at Chamber Office, 261 Broad Street
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
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Learn to Crochet
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Tourism Committee Meeting
Sep 10 at Chamber office
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Sep 11 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Sep 11 at The Print Hub, Pierson Ln, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
ABC's of Genealogy Part 1
Sep 12 at Windsor Historical Society
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Mary's Place 15th Annual Gala
Sep 13 at The North House Avon, CT
Wine Bottle BINGO!
Sep 13 at Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Pints for Paws
Sep 14 at Thomas Hooker Brewery, Bloomfield CT
Not-so-Golden Life: Gilded Age Wife
Sep 15 at Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Avenue, Windsor
Diabetic Support Group
Sep 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Gut Health
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ABC's of Genealogy Part 1
Sep 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Main Street Matters
Sep 18 at 226 Broad Street
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Doug Maher Jazz Trio
Sep 19 at Windsor Public Library
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Sep 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
CHR's Swing for Hope
Sep 23 at Hop Meadow Country Club - 85 Firetown Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070
Cut the Cord
Sep 23 at Wilson Branch Windsor Ave Windsor, CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Sep 23 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
TVCA Legislative Breakfast
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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Sep 25 at Windsor High School J113
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Lotus Lantern Workshop
Sep 26 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
Sep 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
HBG roleplaying Game Sale!
Sept 28-29 at House of books and games
Healthy Minds
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Learn to Crochet
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Turn Off Your Computer & Get a Job!
Oct 1 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
CRIS Radio's Golf Tournament
Oct 2 at Tunxis Golf Club, Farmington, CT
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Retail in the Age of Disruption
Oct 2 at Hartford or Stamford
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Cello Concert
Oct 3 at Windsor Public Library
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Retail in the Age of Disruption
Oct 3 at Hartford or Stamford
Senior Health Fair & Flu Clinic
Oct 3 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Oct 3 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Heritage Brick Installation
Oct 5 at Central Street Brick Patio
Grace Church Rummage & Bake Sale
Oct 6 at 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Cut the Cord
Oct 7 at Windsor Public Library
Art Demonstration
Oct 8 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
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Healthy Minds
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Learn to Crochet
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Tourism Committee Meeting
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Ambassadors Committee Meeting
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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Business After Hours
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Live2Lead Live Simulcast Event
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Windsor Jaycees Chili Challenge
Oct 12 at Windsor Town Green
Diabetic Support Group
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Healthy Minds
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Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutrition Talk: IBS & Fibromyalgia
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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
CHR Open House
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FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Oct 17 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Healthy Minds
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
4 Part Quilting Workshop
Oct 23 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Oct 24 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT