INSTALLING OFFICER:
What do you think of when “women‘s health” is mentioned? Do you think of breast and cervical cancer? Do you think of clinical depression? Do you think about exercise? Do you think about the food and water you ingest? Do you think about stress? Do you think about “healthy” relationships? Do you think about the health of your checkbook and portfolio?

Women‘s health encompasses all of this and more, our mind, our body and our soul. This evening the new officers of _____________ for _____________ will be installed utilizing BPW‘s 2005 “101 FACTS” and keeping in mind the importance of balancing mind, body, soul… and BPW!!

TREASURER: _____________________
Concerning your mind – FACT #9: Women working full-time year-round still experience a pay gap and are paid only about 76¢ for every dollar paid to men. The wage gap is even wider for women of color. African-American women are paid only 65¢ and Hispanic women 54¢
Concerning your soul – FACT #24: The workforce of women-owned firms shows more gender equity. Women business owners overall employ a roughly gender balanced workforce of 52% women and 48% men, while men business owners employ, on average, 38% women and 62% men.
Concerning your body – FACT #94: Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women. 43% of deaths in women – or nearly 500,000 – are caused by cardiovascular disease each year.

If ever a job needed a strong heart, it is that of the organization‘s Treasurer! Yours is a task that not everyone can do…or even wants to do! Upon you falls the responsibility of guarding the funds of this organization. It is not only an office of bookkeeping, but it is your duty to keep the membership informed as to the financial status of the federation at all times, and to see that financial obligations are met.

Do you, _____________________, accept this responsibility as Treasurer of the _____________________ BPW?
Then I present to you this woman sculpture “balancing” on one foot, demonstrating the balanced checkbook of _____________________ BPW. May you never experience any heart palpitations when reporting on the financial health of _____________________ BPW.

SECRETARY: _____________________
Concerning your mind – FACT #19 & #22: Women-owned firms represent 30% of all U.S. businesses, generating $1.5 trillion in sales. 1 in 5 women-owned firms is owned by a woman of color. 1 in 11 U.S. adult women are business owners. Female entrepreneurship has been growing at twice the national average since 1997.
Concerning your body – FACT #95 & #96: Since 1950, lung cancer death rates for U.S. women have increased an estimated 600% and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40-59.
Concerning your soul – FACT #76: Approximately 75% of those providing care to older family members and friends are female and 27% of all caregivers are daughters to the care recipient.

_____________________, there are two important aspects of your job as Secretary. It is important that you strive to be accurate and concise in recording for posterity the actions taken by the _____________________ BPW. These records will be the historic documents of _____________________ BPW. You are also responsible to read any correspondence received, and to reply promptly to all correspondence needing an answer, realizing that correspondence reflects the image of the _____________________ BPW.

Do you, _____________________, accept this responsibility as Secretary of the _____________________ BPW?
Then I present to you this woman sculpture “scribing” to serve as a reminder to you of your duties as Secretary. May you continue to report of the positive strides being made by women in the business arena.

2nd VICE-PRESIDENT: _____________________
Concerning your mind – FACT #41: To date, only 34 women have served in the U.S. Senate since 1789. As of 2004, a total of 216 women have served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1789, compared to 11,489 men. (Currently, in the 109th Congress, women hold 14 of the 100 Senate seats and 66 of the 435 House seats… just 14% in each Chamber)
Concerning your body – FACT #97:
Concerning your soul – FACT #77:

_____________________, as 2nd Vice President, it is your responsibility to retain and recruit new members for _____________________ BPW. This will require communicating with current members to determine their needs and their impressions of Westshore Midday BPW. You should survey your members to see if _____________________ BPW is fulfilling their needs professionally, personally and politically. You should also determine what new members expect from this organization. Your job is one of the most important positions in _____________________BPW, because without members, there is no _____________________ BPW.

Do you, _____________________, accept this responsibility as 2nd Vice President, to communicate with new and current members of the _____________________ BPW?
Then I present to you this woman sculpture “reaching out to others” to serve as a reminder to you of your duties as 2nd Vice President. May your coordination with the 1st Vice President and your President, provide monthly programs of interest to retain and recruit new members to the _____________________ BPW.

1st Vice PRESIDENT: _____________________
Concerning your mind – FACT #:
Concerning your body – FACT #:
Concerning your soul – FACT #:

You will assist your President and 2nd Vice President in coordinating monthly meeting programs, developing special projects such as a WOMENomics Forum, or a Get-Out-The-Vote Event, or insuring that BPW _____________________ participates in the “10 Steps to Building Powerful Women”. You will also take into consideration bills that are being lobbied by _____________________ and BPW/USA in acquiring speakers for the
monthly meetings. For instance, BPW/USA lobbied for _____________________ Speakers on these two issues are of real interest to women.

Do you, _____________________ accept this responsibility as 1st Vice President, to provide timely and interesting monthly programs for the _____________________ BPW?
Then I present to you this woman sculpture “reaching out to speakers” to serve as a reminder to you of your duties as 1st Vice President. May the monthly educational programs you schedule retain your current members and recruit new members to the _____________________ BPW.

PRESIDENT- ELECT: _____________________
Concerning your mind – FACT #:
Concerning your body – FACT #:
Concerning your soul – FACT #:

PRESIDENT: _____________________
Concerning your mind – FACT #51 & #52:
Concerning your body – FACT #97: Women comprise 80% of the 28 million Americans with osteoporosis. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 8 men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
Concerning your soul – FACT #81: Of women who are victims of domestic violence, 96% experience problems at work due to abuse, 74% are harassed while at work by their abuser, 56% are late to work, 28% leave work early, and 54% miss entire days of work.

_____________________, as President, you too, must be a combination of many things. You must be gracious, tactful, considerate, enthusiastic, willing to listen as well as to lead, knowledgeable in federation work, interested in the unity and progress of your organization. The office of President is the highest honor an organization can bestow upon one of its members. You will find that this will be the “busiest” job you have ever held in BPW, a job that you will have to balance with your own company position OCCUPATION OF INDIVIDUAL as President of ____________________ BPW. This position also requires you to attend District and BPW/FL State Conferences.

Do you, _____________________, accept this responsibility, as President of _____________________ BPW?
Then I give to you this woman sculpture “on the run”, because that will be exactly how you feel this next year. However, we know that running and exercise is a great combatant to osteoporosis!

(TO THE MEMBERS AND GUESTS)
Before you stand the _____________________ elected officers of _____________________ BPW. They have pledged their services and loyalty to you.

You have chosen these representatives to voice your wishes in matters related to the functioning of this organization. While you have entrusted the destiny of your organization to them, never forget that in the last analysis, these officers are only your spokeswomen. Yours is the task of assisting, advising, and of supporting. Unite with them in common service to the Business and Professional Women of the world.

(TO NEWLY INSTALLED OFFICERS)
You have been duly elected to bring balance of mind, body and soul to the _____________________ BPW for the coming year. It is my honor to declare you BPW _____________________ officers for _____________________!
Congratulations!