January 2012 Newsletter
January 3, 2012: Monthly Business Meeting
February 7, 2012: Board Meeting – Dori’s
February 26, 2012: Monthly Business Meeting
April 21, 2012: Fashion Show
April 27, 2012: Reality Store
June 14‐17, 2012: State Convention
Welcome to 2012!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. Best wishes to my BPW friends in the New Year – may good health and good luck be with each of you. As winter settles in around us, now is the time to focus, work and plan for the rest of our BPW year (and let’s remember to have fun also) – we have some exciting events on the horizon. Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2011 projects so successful. I am sure with our energies and spirit our 2012 projects will also be great successes.
Nora Beck is a new member to the Souderton Telford BPW but not new to BPW. She is a past president of the Montrose BPW Club & was very active until moving out of the area.
Nora is a graduate of Keystone College and currently works for State Farm Insurance in North Wales and part-time for Doylestown Hospital. She was formerly an executive director for the American Cancer Society in Susquehanna County, a Patient Financial Advocate for United Health Services and an agent for the Baltimore Life Insurance Company before relocating to Harleysville eight years ago.
Nora has two daughters, Karen Griffiths, her husband Tom and their three children, Tommy, Ellie & Katie live in Lansdale. Jennifer Gurn, her husband Terry and three children, Allison, T.J. & Quinn live in Greer, SC.
When not working, Nora enjoys spending time with her family. She is active with her church and just completed a small group study based on the book “The Simple Life”, loves all kinds of music & enjoys dancing. She recently completed a country line dancing class. (The dance instructor was 86 years young!)
AMERICAN INDIAN LEGEND
If anyone desires a wish to come true
They must first capture a butterfly and
Whisper that wish to it.
Since a butterfly can make no sound
The butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone but
The Great Spirit who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom,
The Great Spirit always grans the wish.
Do according to legend, by making a wish and
Giving the butterfly its freedom,
The wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted.
Growing up in central New Jersey, I always had a love of writing and that love of the written word translated into a career as a journalist and public relations specialist. After graduating from Rutgers Preparatory School, I went on to earn a journalism degree at Douglass College, a division of Rutgers University. After a brief stint as a reporter for the “ Planfield Courier News”, I moved with my husband to King of Prussia.
Several moves later, we purchased a home on Central Avenue in Souderton where we lived and raised our children for over 20 years. During that time I answered a help wanted advertisement for a reporter at “The Souderton Independent.” After a fun and challenging 15 years at the local paper, I was hired as the first communications director with the Souderton Area School District, a post I held for 18 years. During that time I started the Hands across the District volunteer program, Key Communicator meetings and the Hall of Fame. I also established many community publications and special programs.
Retiring almost five years ago, I was able to turn my attention to some of the volunteer pursuits I started when I was employed with the SASD. I remain the chairperson of the Education Committee of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Marketing and Celebrate Week committees of the Chamber. Many of my volunteer efforts are geared to helping Keystone Opportunity Center that assists members of our community with housing, food and education.
I am starting to feel old as my granddaughter just celebrated her 16th birthday!! I enjoy my children, Robert and Chris, my grandchildren Tayler, Caley, Cameryn and Cole and my husband Bob, who is coping with many health challenges.
Souderton-Telford Business and Professional Club (BPW) has been a part of my life for many years and I am especially proud of our Women Helping Women programs and the efforts to raise community scholarship funds.
Chocolate Bourbon Balls
1 ‐ 6 oz. package (1 cup) semi‐sweet chocolate pieces
3 Tablespoons corn syrup 1⁄2 c bourbon or brandy
2 1⁄2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1⁄2 c sifted confectionary sugar
1 cup finely chopped nuts
Melt chocolate over hot water (not boiling), remove from heat and add corn syrup and bourbon. In a large bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, confectionary sugar and nuts. Add the chocolate mixture, mix well. Let stand about 30 minutes. Form into 1” balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Let season incovered container in cool place for several days. Makes 4 1⁄2 dozen bourbon balls.
Did you know that PA ranks 33rd in physical size but is 5th for population?
Native Pennsylvanians are more likely to stay in the state they were born then residents of any other state.
Valley Forge was the Nation’s first state Park, established in 1893.
The state beverage is milk.
Pennsylvania has 5 different temperature zones.
From Stephanie Cross
I am reading a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, a nugget of her wisdom:
“In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.” ER
Join us in January for an Origami demonstration. Our speaker for the evening will be Judith Fryer, an experienced Origami expert. She is a member of “Origami, USA”, has attended international conferences on the subject and teaches workshops in this art of paper-folding. Come out to hear Judith explain the history, application and uses for Origami and witness a paper figure being created
Mmmore from Stephanie Cross
Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken
4‐6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (or thighs)
2 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 onion thinly sliced (Not chopped)
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T olive oil
1 tsp. each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
1/2 tsp. thyme ground black pepper and salt to taste
Pour the olive oil on bottom of crock pot place in chicken breasts, salt and pepper each breast put sliced onion on top of chicken then put in all the dried herbs and garlic cloves pour in vinegar and top with tomatoes
Cook on high 4 hours, (low 8‐10) serve over angel hair pasta with a green salad
There are still 2 Entertainment books for sale – Philadelphia North ‐ $30/a piece. Also WAWA coupons for shorti hoagies are available for $4
Eleanor Knoke Hours
Here is the form for tracking volunteer hours. It can be completed monthly or annually. All forms to be submitted to Pat.