May 2012 Newsletter
June 5, 2012: Board Meeting – Barb Eyrich’s house
June 14‐17, 2012: State Convention
June 23, 2012: Souderton Parade
June 24, 2012: Concert Sundae
June 25, 2012: Monthly Dinner Meeting
August 7, 2012: Picnic
It is hard to believe that three years have passed since I became president. It has truly been a growth experience and a wonderful journey. Our local has such great members and it has been fun to interact with the other clubs in our district and broaden my circle of friends and acquaintances. BPW members are always a notch above and are the movers and shakers in our community. Each of you should be very proud of the things we have accomplished for our community. It has been my honor to serve as president for our group.
Member Spotlight: Barb Eyrich
My name is Barb Eyrich and I reside in Pennsburg with my husband Jim and daughter Jamie. Jamie (our baby) recently got married to Brandon Lindsay. He is currently serving in Afghanistan with the US Army. He hopes to be back in Germany at the end of May where he will finish this term next year. Our son Chris and his wife Rachel live in Gilbertsville and are the proud parents of Logan James who just turned 4 and Mason Christopher who will be 2 in July. Our daughter Jess and her husband Paul live in Perkiomenville and have a daughter Madelyn Elizabeth who is 2 1⁄2. Being a grandparent is very rewarding and there is nothing like it.
I became a member of STBPW a long time ago; I think it was in 1992 at the urging of my then boss, Sheri Strouse. I very much enjoyed the camaraderie with other women and also the confidence building from their support. I have held various positions at both the local and district level; currently serving as your treasurer. I love that we can help so many with the different fundraisers we hold.
I work for Harleysville Savings Bank as a Loan CSR; a job I love. I have been with the bank for almost 12 years and have a total of 34 years’ experience. If you are looking to purchase or refinance your current loan, give me a call to see if there is something we can do for you. In my spare time I like to spoil the grandkids, organize my photo albums, tend to our goats and just hang out with my family and friends. We enjoy going to the mountains and being outdoors. Now that the weather is nice, we also enjoy cruising around in our Corvette Convertible.
OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER
Concert Sundae on June 24 from approximately 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Souderton Park. Let Janet know if you can help.
August Board Meeting/Picnic
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Souderton Park Pavilion
Sign up at the June meeting.
Girl Scout Project
Our club won the April Issues Management Contest with our entry under Category Four – Working Women in the Green Economy.
On March 13, 2012 our club partnered with the Girl Scouts on a “green project”. We made “automatic dish soap” using a “green” recipe that used borax, baking soda and washing soda. Each girl was able to take a jar home for her family and the remaining jars will be used in the baskets that the Women Helping Women committee assembles for Keystone Opportunity Center.
After clean-up, a panel made up of the BPW members present was asked questions by the girls on stereotypes, careers, life, etc.
The evening ended with Stephanie reading a story on Girl Scout history and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary.
The Reality Store was held at the Indian Valley Boys and Girls Club on Friday, April 27th, 2012. District XI BPW volunteers helped 20 youth participants work through the six “stores” of the event. In addition to learning a bit about the economics of adulthood, Indian Valley Boys and Girls Club members also received a gift bag full of items donated by local businesses. The evening ended with pizza and snacks and new appreciation of how to make wise money choices.
Many thanks to all of the BPW volunteers and Matt Godshall from the Boys and Girls Club for making this event a success.
Barbara Dando, District XI Youth Enrichment Chr
Pat Gill S/T Youth Enrichment Chair
Thank you to the Issues Management Committee for all of your hard work in setting up the program speakers for this club year. The Committee this year included Barb Dando, Barb Eyrich and Paula Laholt. And thank you to all of the members for your suggestions. It was most appreciated. Please write down your suggestions for next year and bring them to the June meeting for next year’s chair.
Dee Chaffier, Issues Management Chair 2011‐ 2012
JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH
Did you know that PA dairy farms generate more than $4.5 billion in total economic impact each year? PA has over 7,000 dairy farm families. PA is the fifth largest milk producing state in the nation. The state’s annual per cow production is approximately 19,000 pounds.
A HEALTHY TIDBIT
A diet that includes natural sources of potassium is important in controlling blood pressure because potassium blunts the effects of sodium. The recommended daily intake of potassium for an average adult is about 4,700 milligrams per day.
Potassium-rich foods include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Lima beans
- Tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato sauce
(look for low-sodium versions)
- Oranges and orange juice
- Cantaloupe and honeydew melon
- Grapefruit and grapefruit juice (talk to your
healthcare provider if you’re taking a
- Prunes and prune juice
- Apricots and apricot juice
- Raisins and dates
- Fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk
- Fat-free yogurt
BEEF TACO CASSEROLE From Barb Eyrich
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (15 1⁄2 ounces) kidney beans
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 cup broken tortilla chips
1 cup shredded taco cheese (4 ounces)
2 teaspoons chili powder
Cook and stir ground beef and onion in 10-inch skillet until beef is light brown; drain. Stir in kidney beans (with liquid), tomato sauce, chili powder and garlic salt. Heat to boiling. Pour half of the meat mixture into ungreased 11⁄2-quart casserole; top with tortilla chips. Pour remaining beef mixture on top; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook in 350o oven until bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with scoops.
Member Spotlight: Nancy Thomas
I am a social person. BPW is a ‘fix’ for me. The monthly meetings with my friends warm me and that feeling lasts for days. I used to go to the National Conference every year. I knew 3 years in advance where I was going on vacation! I visited the area before or after Conference so I have seen a good deal of the United States because of BPW. Renewing acquaintances with women from other states was a good part of the trip. We learned what their local did to get members, their programs, their legislative issues in their state. I enjoyed good meals and tasted the local fare. I go to State Convention every year and the same wonderful experiences are there. The Seminars are helpful financially and health
wise. We have fun Fundraisers. We have awards and raffles and a banquet and entertainment to dance the night away.
In case you haven’t noticed, this is a plug for going to Convention. It is closer in 2014, in Scranton. Put it in the back of your mind. You will never regret it.
The Souderton‐Telford Business & Professional Women’s Club held its annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Indian Valley Country Club. Our theme this year was Spring is a Buzz with Fashion.
Our fashion show this year featured clothing designs by CAbi. Theresa Zulick, CAbi Fashion Consultant did a wonderful job in explaining the clothing and also sharing interesting tidbits about the fashions and giving information on the models. We thank her for her willingness to support our event this year. Our models included club members as well as friends of the club. This year we were pleased to feature the following vendor representatives: Scentsy, Silpada Designs, Vintage Vinyl Journals, Stella & Dot, Mary Kay, Avon, Paws for All, and Handcrafted Scarfs.
We had a large tombola table which included many wonderful, different items that were donated from local companies, businesses, and club members which guests could purchase tickets for a chance to win. We thank them for their generosity.
We were entertained by flautists Jessica Brown and Sara Sensinger over the lunch hour.
Thanks to everyone for their support, we had a very successful event. Profit from the fashion show was $1,568. This will be used to support scholarship programs and charities in our community.
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.