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Kiser honored at BPW meeting

| June 20, 2017
50-year Coshocton BPW member Eva June Kiser with Mayor Steve Mercer at BPW’s June meeting where she was honored.

50-year Coshocton BPW member Eva June Kiser with Mayor Steve Mercer at BPW’s June meeting where she was honored.

COSHOCTON – Eva June Kiser was honored by Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) at their June meeting for her 50 year membership. She was presented with a corsage by President Carla Fowler and flowers by Mayor Steve Mercer. Members also voted to make her a life-time member and will continue to pay her dues in the future.

Kiser joined Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) June 1, 1967. She has served on many committees over the years but her favorite one was entertainment chair. She produced programs for local and district meetings. Many of her programs were big productions with practice sessions involving many of the members. Recalling those programs is part of her favorite memories. She also marched in community parades with her local BPW group. Two presidents she enjoyed working with were Beth Neighbor and Gertrude Baumgardner.

With every project that her daughter and fellow BPW member, Tomma Bordenkircher, took on Eva June always asked, “What can I do to help you?”

In the past, she often helped Liz Herrell with projects, such as the BPW fair booth, the Coshocton County Career Center Open House, and helped hand out information on Pay Equity Day at the Court House.

She has traveled throughout the state to various region and state meetings with her fellow members.  She was honored at the State Conference in 2007 as a BPW Legend, one of several members with 40 years or more. In 2010 she was surprised as the Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year.

In Kiser’s 50 years of membership, the friendships she has made is what has meant the most to her.  Many of the members that were in when she joined have passed, but she continues to befriend the new members and makes them feel welcome. She greets her fellow members with a smile and a good story.

Kiser worked as a dental assistant for nine years, which was her favorite job. She spent over 24 years at Ohio Fabricators, taking time off on two occasions due to her husband’s illness. She was home for a year when her husband had his leg amputated. When his health improved, she returned to Ohio Fabricators.  Later he had a stroke and was in a wheelchair for five years. All during this time she was unable to attend meetings but kept up her membership. When asked why she was paying her dues when she wasn’t able to go to the meetings she said because she felt it was important. After his passing she returned to Ohio Fabricators where she continued to work on a full time and a part time basis until the age of 76. She also returned to being an active BPW member. Kiser cared for her husband at home by herself during those five years and always did it with a smile

50-year Coshocton BPW member Eva June Kiser is presented a corsage by President Carla Fowler.

50-year Coshocton BPW member Eva June Kiser is presented a corsage by President Carla Fowler.

She truly is an example of what a good mentor is in our work life and in our personal life. She has always worked hard on the job, and she has always given freely of her time and talents to BPW.

For more information, contact Membership Chair Samantha Vincent at 740-610-4989 or at [email protected]. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed.  BPW’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.

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