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2016–17 Officers at the Conference

Reasons Not to Miss the 97th BPW Ohio Conference

You will not want to miss The 97th Conference for BPW Ohio starting May 19, 2017 at the Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark, Ohio. Please see the Registration form for hotel and meal information. Learn, Conduct the Business of The Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women, Shop and Shop some more, Recognize some great women and their accomplishments, remember our passed members, Network with fellow members, have fun this year’s conference has it all!

Come to the conference for some unique learning experiences being offered through four separate seminars. On Friday, learn to relax! Amanda Hitchcock from Zanesville Ohio will present her seminar in Relaxation. An Opiates (compounds found in the opium plant include morphinecodeine and heroin) seminar given by Andrea Boxill, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Opiate Action Team will also be available on Friday! Saturday offers a chance to learn “What is Means to be Organized” by Andrea Smith. The ID Revisions Committee will also present on Saturday – Individual Development the Next Phase. All of these seminars will be providing outstanding information for individual and career development.

BPW/Ohio conference committees have long supported table decorations being donated to needy organizations or organizations that are near and dear to the BPW/Ohio presiding president. This conference is no different. Special donations will be made to Brush of Hope, Shock Pantry, and Transitions, Inc., during the Friday and Saturday lunches. A Brush of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a support system, through the venue of art, for girls who are struggling with social, environmental or mental health situations such as anxiety, depression and/or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Workshops and classes, which are offered at a studio in downtown Lebanon and in after school enrichment programs are designed to provide support and build character during this challenging time in their lives. The art curriculum are crafted to teach leadership skills, coping mechanisms, conflict resolution, and personal accountability while boosting the girls’ self-esteem and improving each girl’s ability to build healthy relations. Over 500 girls have participated in the program during the 2015-2016 school year. Shock Pantry is within the Logan School District and they provide supplies to the under privileged students within the school. The students may request everything from socks, sweatshirts to school supplies to food. The teachers receive the request, put it in a paper bag and then put in the students locker. Nobody knows who or what was requested and they can even request extra food for the weekend. Transitions, Inc. is the domestic violence shelter for Muskingum County. During Friday dinner, Bonnie Crall from Berea will be speaking about Spontaneous Acts of Kindness. Just eating your meals at Conference will bring satisfaction beyond the meal.

Friday evening starts the BPW Ohio opening business session. At this time the Key note speaker has not been completely finalized. The candidate’s forum will be happening, and if you have ever thought about running for state office this is your opportunity, nominations are accepted from the floor. Please look on the web site in Policy & Procedure handbook for information on how to do this. You will also meet some of the local dignitaries.

On Friday evening we are bringing back Jewelry “to steal or not”, so everyone is being asked to bring a piece of jewelry and you will be given an opportunity to choose a piece or steal from one of your BPW sisters. Also we will be having your Presidents favorite dessert, a Sunday bar.

Saturday morning starts with Breakfast with the vendors. If you know someone that has a business and would make a great vendor, please give them a copy of the vendor form in this issue of Ohio Business Women (OBW). In the afternoon we have another business session with Monica Monroe, speaking on The Power of Purpose Being Bigger than Your Fear. We would like for everyone to wear their TEACH tee shirt for a group picture and a couple of door prizes will be given to those wearing the shirt.

The highlight of conference is the Saturday Banquet, The Distinguished Woman of the year is named, ID/YC state winners will give their speeches, the installation of the 2017-18 officers all happens at the evening banquet. You will not want to miss a minute of this great event. Of course there will be a party afterwards to celebrate with our old and new officers.

Sunday morning recognition of accomplishments continues, when Lena the Bear will go home with someone, as well as other recognitions will happen. Remembering members who have moved on is always a special part of BPW/Ohio conference and you will want to be in attendance at this moving event. Sunday business session the gavel will be passed to the incoming BPW/Ohio President.

As you can see the 97th Conference has much to offer and if you have never been to conference, start this year! Looking forward to seeing you on May 19, 20, and 21, 2017.

About BPW/Ohio

The Business & Professional Women of Ohio was established in 1920 and was part of the Business & Professional Women/USA. BPW has a proud history of working for women’s rights and issues. Over the years BPW has worked for the women’s right to vote, allowing women to serve on juries, pay equity, health issues, discrimination in the job market, etc. We are now a legacy partner of the BPW/Foundation based in Washington DC and continue to promote the legacy programs of BPW i.e. Young Careerist, Individual Development and National Business Women’s Week® Our locals work to better the lives of women by offering scholarships, donate to domestic violence shelters, food banks, rape crisis centers and the America Legion Buckeye Girls State. BPW is an organization dedicated to women helping women.

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