SusanLipston2016smI am so excited to tell you what is currently happening with BPW throughout the State:

  • Rosalind Vazquez, Membership Chair, has implemented “Meetup” in a number of Locals and attendance and interest for them has increased. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already
    meeting up face-to-face. Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people self-organize. Rosalind will gladly help you get Meetup up and running for your local.
  • State Conference is moving ahead in organizing and planning another great event with the outstanding help of the Wenatchee Local and Debbie Feist, State Conference Chair.
  • On the horizon for this year is also the creation of two new Locals: Issaquah has already met once and another one on the eastside of the State is in the planning process. It will be an exciting year!
  • We will have a new website up and running by Fall Board that is “mobile friendly” along with a Facebook page for BPW/WA. Both will have a NEW “Look and Feel.”

I would like to say thank you to our Executive Board team, Judy Johnson-Keyt [Vice President], Patty Slagle [Recording Secretary], and Sylvia Ann Betts [Treasurer]. In addition we have Milly Lewendon as Parliamentarian and Sylvia Valine as Corresponding Secretary. All of these ladies have been hard at work setting this year up for success.

Last year we “Stepped It Up!” This year we are “Stepping Out!” of our comfort zone. BPW is a safe place to learn new things. The steps to learn new things are to learn it, practice it, and then teach it. This year many of us will have dual roles. Many of us will be learning new things and teaching what we know to someone else. With this plan we can secure the future of BPW leaders.

I challenge each BPW member to step out of your comfort zone and try one new thing. Step out as a teacher to someone who wants to learn! Evergreens will be key players in the 2016-2017 year. If each Evergreen could take one person and teach them something new, they will have empowered someone to become a better leader. Please bring your knowledge to Fall Board. We will be matching “teachers” with “students.”

In advance, I would like to thank Loren Lee, Legislation Chair, for all of his hard work over the summer. I have been in contact with Loren and am amazed at what he has been working on for BPW/WA. We will have our eyes opened to what is happening around us politically. Bring your political questions to Fall Board and ask Loren before you vote in November.

This year plans to be a very good year for BPW all around!

Best Personal Wishes,
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