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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.


Events

Bridge-Builder Awards Reception
Jan 23 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Burgers & Brews
Jan 23 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Lobster Fest
Jan 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Money Matters (& So Does Food)
Jan 25 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Jan 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 27 at Windsor Public Library
360FCU Business Summit 2020
Jan 28 at 360 Federal Credit Union, 191 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks
Learn to Crochet
Jan 28 at Windsor Public Library
Beer, Bourbon, Bacon Dinner
Jan 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Regional Legislative Breakfast
Jan 29 at DoubleTree Hotel, 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks CT 06096
Book Buzz Event
Jan 30 at Windsor Public Library
Burgers & Brews
Jan 30 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Beer, Wine, & Tavern Games Night
Jan 31 at Windsor Historical Society
Lobster Fest
Jan 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
WWC Tag & Vendor Sale
Feb 1 at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Wndsor
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 2 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Super Bowl Munchie Buffet
Feb 2 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Ave, Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Feb 4 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Feb 4 at Chamber office
Windsor Center Complete Street
Feb 4 at Windsor Station Apartments, 69 Mechanic St, Windsor
Blood Pressure Screenings
Feb 5 at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Genealogy Support Group 2.6.20
Feb 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Feb 8 at The Bean @ 226
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 9 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 9 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Cut the Cord
Feb 10 at Windsor Public Library
Job Application Appointments
Feb 10 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Feb 11 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Feb 11 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Feb 11 at Chamber office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Feb 12 at Chamber office
B.P. Educational Sessions.
Feb 12 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 12 at TLD ACE Corporation, 805 Bloomfield Avenue in Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Valentines Day Dinner
Feb 14 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Ave, Windsor CT 06095
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 16 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 16 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Diabetic Support Group
Feb 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Feb 18 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Konmari Presentation
Feb 20 at Windsor Public Library
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Feb 23 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 23 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 24 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Job Application Appointments
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
The Windsor Feud
Feb 29 at Windsor Town Hall
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Learn to Crochet
Mar 3 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Mar 3 at Chamber office
Blood Pressure Screenings
Mar 4 at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 4 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Center Complete Street 2
Mar 4 at Jim's Pizza, 124 Poquonock Ave
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Mar 7 at The Bean @ 226
Irish Step Dancing Performance
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 8 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Cut the Cord
Mar 9 at Windsor Public Library
Job Application Appointments
Mar 9 at Windsor Public Library
Art Demonstration
Mar 10 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Mar 10 at Chamber Office
Jolly Beggars
Mar 10 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 10 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Mar 10 at Chamber office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Mar 11 at Chamber office
B.P. Educational Sessions
Mar 11 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Mar 11 at Union Street Tavern, 20 Union Street
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Taste of Windsor
Mar 14 at Loomis Chaffee School
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 15 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Diabetic Support Group
Mar 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Mar 17 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 18 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Chinese Paper Cutting
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Mary's Place Wine Tasting
Mar 21 at Farmington Gardens; 999 Farmington Ave, Farmington CT 06032
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Mar 22 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 22 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Monday Morning Book Club
Mar 23 at Windsor Public Library