November 2012 Newsletter
Happenings – Save the Date
November 26, 2012 – Monthly Meeting, Open House/Show n’ Sell
December 1, 2012 – Souderton Holiday Parade
December 10, 2012 – Holiday Celebration, in Quakertown
December 12 2012 – Quakertown BPW Celebration, Quakertown Board Meeting at Pat’s home
March 9, 2013 – Women in a Green Economy District Project
We hope you all recently exercised your right to vote. So many women before us struggled long and hard for us to have that right. The first Women’s Right Convention was held in 1849 in Seneca Falls, N.Y. It is very fitting that the National Women’s Hall of Fame is located there. There are currently 247 honorees. You can see the entire list by visiting www.greatwomen.org. It’s hard to believe that in 2012, women continue to fight for issues involving equal pay, workplace fairness and discrimination. When we vote, we send a message to our elected officials that these issues must be a top priority in the laws and policies they support.
As we continue with our fundraising to help our fellow women in need, we look forward to our Show-N-Sell at the Open House meeting in November. Plan to bring a friend that you think would be interested in our great club. Your support of this yearly event is most appreciated and is always a lot of fun!
Let’s all pray for the next four years to be filled with economic recovery and peace. Also keep friends, family members and our BPW sisters in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from loses suffered in Hurricane Sandy.
Dee and Pat
Member Spotlight: Katie Pietrak
I was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia along with my three siblings. I have a Bachelors of Science from LaSalle University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University. I spent the majority of my working life in various Finance roles at GlaxoSmithKline and two years at University of Pennsylvania Hospital as the Finance Director of Orthopaedic Surgery. I knew the corporate life wasn’t for me and that one day owning my own business was in the cards – I just didn’t know what I would be doing. After organizing my vinyl collection one day, I realized the black vinyl, colorful labels, and great artwork on the sleeves would make fantastic book covers and came upon the idea to make notebooks out of them. The unique journals gained interest among friends and family who encouraged me to fully devote my time to making journals and creating a business. After much discussion with my partner, we decided to sell our house in Norristown last year, relocate with family to Telford and launch Vintage Vinyl Journals, where we now both reside and work.
I devote much of my time to the company and love that I am now able to merge my creative, organizational, and business skills into a unique and eco-friendly project as well as showcase my passion for music. My other hobbies include sewing, photography, beekeeping (and educating others about the importance of bees), thrift store shopping with my Mom, and running.
I love where this journey has taken me so far and cannot wait to see where the road leads me and my family!
Hopefully everyone has had time to visit and check out our newly launched website (www.SoudertonTelfordBPW.org) which has been up and running for a couple of months. The website contains information about our chapter, event calendar, membership information, and chapter news. The website has already been a great tool for others to learn about our organization and to help recruit new members.
We encourage all committee leaders to forward us ongoing information about their committees to be posted onto the website. Please assure all information is edited, professionally written, and for public consumption.
Also, please visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with news and local happenings in the community. Sharing these posts with your colleagues is a great way to market and promote our local events as well as expanding our reach in the area.
Website Address: www.SoudertonTelfordBPW.org
FacebookAddress: http://www.facebook.com/Soudert onTelfordBPW
District 11 Fall District Meeting
On October 6th Mary, Irene, Eileen, Nancy and Pat attended the Fall District Meeting at Pizza Como Restaurant in Pennsburg. Dee prepared beautiful fall centerpieces for the event. The District Officers and Chairs presented reports. Each LO also shared the events of their group and the District Budget was adopted. District Director Donna Jones once again urged each Local to enter the contests, promote the activities of their clubs and to participate in the activities of the other LO’s with the goal of bringing the Eleanor Briner Award back to District 11. Pins are available for purchase. Irene’s idea of starting a new Local in Central Bucks County will be explored by the District. Central Montgomery received the certificate for the highest percentage of members in attendance, Central Montgomery and Quakertown shared the Gong for the most members in attendance each with 6 members in attendance (S/T had 5). Souderton-Telford won the Beatrice Maxwell Issues Management Award for our green project of making dish soap with the Girl Scouts. The Eleanor Knoke award was awarded to Quakertown this year. The Spring District Meeting will be held on April 6, 2013 at the Loft at Sweetwater Country Club.
Entertainment Books are on Sale – the Philadelphia – North book is $30. Please bring all unsold books and money to the November meeting.
Wawa Coupons – Make a great gift anytime of the year – Cost is $4.00 per coupon
Tupperware Sale – orders and money must be in to Irene by December 5th to ensure that they are received by Christmas.
Show & Sell – bring items to sell and your checkbook to purchase items
November 1,1848 – The first medical school for women opened in Boston.
November 19, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg address during ceremonies dedicating 17 acres of Gettysburg Battlefield as a National Cemetery.
November 26, 1789 -The first American Holiday occurred, proclaimed by President George Washington to be Thanksgiving Day, a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic.