September 2012 Newsletter
Happenings – Save the Date
September 24, 2012 – Monthly Dinner Meeting
October 2, 2012 – PA Conference for Women, Philadelphia
October 6, 2012 – Fall District Meeting (we are host)
October 9, 2012 – Chamber Biz Expo
October 21-27, 2012 – National Business Women’s Week
October 22, 2012 – Monthly Dinner Meeting
Welcome back to our new club year. We hope you all had an enjoyable summer. We look forward to serving as your co-presidents for the 2012-2013 club year. We thank the officers and chairpersons for accepting their positions. We look forward to a very productive year. The State theme this year is “Teamwork Makes the Goal”; the District theme is “Endless Possibilities”. Get your ideas to your committee chairs.
In current events, it’s great to see that both the RNC and DNC have put a lot of focus on the female vote. The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 when a 24 year old legislator named Harry Burns cast the deciding vote to make Tennessee the 36th State to ratify the Amendment.
Thirty-six was the required number of States needed for ratification. Originally he was anti-suffrage; however, he decided to vote for the right of women to vote after his mother urged him to vote for the amendment. He was a good son and we are grateful that he did the right thing.
Hope to see you all at the September business/dinner meeting.
Dee and Pat
Member Spotlight: Diana Trotter
I was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High school with honors. From there I went to Millersville University, which is located near Lancaster. I studied English with a minor in journalism with hopes of one day becoming the next Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer. I graduated with a BA in English and quickly realized that newspapers and magazines were downsizing, and that any internship wasn’t going to help pay the bills. I got a full time job as a data entry clerk at Penn Maid Dairy where I met my husband Michael. A few years later I began writing for an online women’s website called, “All Women Stalk”, and quickly climbed up the ladder to editor status and started a wedding blog for the site. I currently write, edit, and take care of the social media for All Women Stalk full time from our home in Perkasie and help raise my two step-daughters who are 15 and 17. I also have a stepson who will be graduating from college this winter. Besides writing, I enjoy photography, music, reading, collecting anything owl related, and volunteering.
Eleanor Knoke Award
Back in the early 1970’s, District XI wanted to recognize a former District Director, Eleanor Knoke, by naming this award in her honor. It is presented each year to the Local Organization that has done the most to promote BPW in their community by the total number of hours served on personal tasks and community projects that the local organization has undertaken. This award is also a tribute to the hours that the members have served the Local Organization, District, and State. IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD. The Souderton-Telford club had the honor of receiving the Eleanor Knoke Award the first year it was presented. Please fill in the attached form with your volunteer hours and give them to Doris. You may hand them in each month or total the hours and submit them in June of 2013. There will be a form included with each newsletter. Thanks!
Let Doris know if you will be attending the dinner meeting on September 24 and if you have an alternate meal preference.
The program for the meeting will be a report from Makena Finger, a Souderton High School Student who attended a summer program at Brown University. The club had awarded her a $500 scholarship last spring to attend the program.
District Green Project
We will be holding a district project in late March, April or May of 2013. We are considering holding a Green Expo for the public to educate on topics such as composting, making rain barrels, honey bees, recycling, gardening w/o pesticides, water conservation, etc., possibly have local farms with food samples, favors, raffle or a contest of some type. Stay tuned for more info.
September 14, 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner
September 1, 1939 World War I began when Germany invaded Poland
Concert Sundaes was held on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the Souderton Community Park. This year our club selected this date by random drawing which coincided with Souderton’s 125th Anniversary Celebration including fireworks after the concert. In preparation for selling concessions at the concert, we were told to expect 5,000-7,500 attendees. This was to be the largest crowd ever for a concert. We had over 20 volunteers including members, spouses, children, and friends allowing us to feed hundreds of concert goes with ice cream, hot dogs, pizza, and beverages.
The evening was a huge success and we received many compliments from Concert Sundaes about our organization and speed.
Thank you to the Concert Sundaes Committee and all who volunteered their time to make the evening a huge success. The support received during this event showed me what it truly means to be a member of BPW. Without each of our members and volunteers, we would not have been able to raise the large amount of money we were able to donate to our local community this year.
Janet – Concert Sundaes
-Entertainment Books are on Sale – the Philadelphia – North book is $30.
-Wawa Coupons – Make a great gift anytime of the year – Cost is $4.00 per coupon.
Bon Ton Days
Bon Ton Community Days are coming up on November 9 and 10! Get ready to sell those coupons for $5 and we keep the money! What could be easier?? Well, they have taken away the requirement to sell in store! We may want to still sell in store especially with Irene who is our top in store seller! I need everyone to sell only 2 coupons and we will make our quota and be eligible to take advantage of a percentage of sales during Community Days. That meant an extra $388.85 last spring. Once again, what could be an easier fundraiser? Please see Karen M. for coupons.
District Eleven BPW/PA Summer Board Meeting
On Saturday morning, August 25th, Pat, Mary, Karen M., Irene and Nancy attended the District Summer Board Meeting in Pennsburg. Our new District Director, Donna Jones, called the meeting to order. Mary Weeks, Assistant Director gave a report from the State Convention in June. She recognized Souderton/Telford for receiving the Women in a Green Economy Award, the Silver Award for our donation to PA BPW Foundation, and the 5+ Membership Award. She also honored Irene Landes for her 61-year membership in BPW.
District Director Donna announced her District 11 theme, “Endless Possibilities”. One of her goals this year is to encourage communication and support between the District 11 Locals. Donna would like to be informed of events that are happening within our clubs and have these events announced in other locals’ newsletters. Donna would also like to bring the Eleanor Briner Award back to our District. In order to do this, she is encouraging all committees to participate in the State Contests and submit all reports and entries on or before due dates. In her report from the State Summer Board Meeting in August, Donna repeated State President Cathy Caccia’s challenge to add 1650 new BPW members this year, which translates to two new members per club. She also announced that District 11 will host the Women’s Professional Alliance Convention in July 2013. This event is replacing the previous BPW National Convention. More information to follow.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups. This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. And this epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood. Even greater disparities exist among young Hispanics and children of color.
Small steps can add up to a big difference. Take steps within your family and circle of friends to eat more balanced meals and snacks and engage in physical activity more regularly.