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April busy for BPW

| March 24, 2014

COSHOCTON – Sandy Jenkins, Buckeye Girls State (BGS) Chair for American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Post 65 was the program speaker at the Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) meeting on Monday, March 17. Jenkins is the out-going chair and ALA Post 65 President Char Crawford will be the new chair. Nita K. Selders was also a guest.

Buckeye Girls State (BGS) is designed to educate Ohio’s young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. By getting involved in the process, Delegates learn more about city, county and state government in one week than they will learn in an entire semester of high school.

BGS will be held on the campus of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, June 15-21. Cost is $275.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 65 and Coshocton BPW each sponsor scholarships for girls to attend BGS. Donations are collected to fund additional scholarships if more than two girls apply. To help sponsor one of the girls or for more information on BGS contact Sandy Jenkins at 622-9900.

To attend eligible girls must meet the following criteria: Have completed their junior year in high school, have an interest in government and current events, have high moral character, and have strong leadership abilities. Auxiliary units are required to interview all candidates.

Girl State is a nationally recognized program. Past participants have included Jane Pauley, newscaster and Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas, as well as a former Miss USA, a country music performer, a Brigadier General and a U.S. Congresswoman.

Jenkins stated BGS participants are almost guaranteed admission to colleges.

Membership Chair Liz Herrell inducted new member Breanne N. Smith, Chief Deputy, Coshocton County Treasurer’s Office, and winner of the recent BPW Region 4 Young Careerist competition. Smith will compete in the state competition in Columbus on Saturday, April 12.

Liz Herrell announced the Equal Pay Day activity “Unhappy Hour” will be on Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Uncorked in Roscoe Village. BPW member and owner of Linnet’s Flowers on the Square, Linnet Lowe will discuss “Things You Didn’t Think About Before Becoming a Business Owner.” Other members who are business owners will have information available on their business. A second topic, “How To Prepare Before Asking For A Raise” will also be discussed. This will be a self-pay event, with free snacks and door prizes. 

Robin Snider stated the Administrative Professional Luncheon would be held on Wednesday, April 23, 11:30 a.m. at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites. Darcy Kaser, Miller Funeral Home Director Apprentice will be the guest speaker, plus there will be a style show featuring fashions from Peebles and Golden’s Fashions, along with shoes and accessories from Carton’s Shoes. A goodie bag will be given to each attendee during the luncheon. Cost is $18. Call 622-0009 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 9.

Slate of officers was presented and voted on. Installation of new officers will be scheduled for June 16. The 2014/2015 officers are: President Carey McMasters; Vice President Rosemary Turner; Treasurer Yolanda Sharier; Recording Secretary Marilyn Lauvray; and Corresponding Secretary Doris Parkhill.

The BPW/Ohio Conference will be May 16-18 in Strongsville. Raine Hammond, 2013 Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year, was submitted for the 2014 BPW/OH Distinguished Woman of the Year award.

A collection was taken for First Step Family Violence.

Tomma Bordenkircher stated the deadline for the Joan McNeely Working Woman Scholarship is Friday, April 18. Scholarship forms can be obtained at the Coshocton Library, Jacobs Vanaman Insurance, OSU Extension Office, Baker’s Foods, Buehlers or The Coshocton Beacon. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship at the May 19 Scholarship Banquet.

The next meeting will be Monday, April 14, 6 p.m. at Clary Gardens. Program topic for the Membership Drive Meeting is “BPW is…” Cost is $10 but guests of BPW members will be admitted free.

BPW Foundation promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. For information on BPW, contact Membership Chair Liz Herrell at 294-0199 or at [email protected]. Membership is open to women and men, employed and unemployed.

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