Committee Notices

All about BPW – Orientation for All Members

What’s LO mean? ID? How do I get a directory? What committees can I join? Who gets scholarships? Any questions you have about BPW are welcome here. Have some suggestions? Want to make sure you’re getting the most “bang for your buck?” Join Membership Chair, Amy Dinovo and other seasoned members to get to know your club and why being a member is important to so many.

Amy Dinovo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: All about BPW – Orientation for ALL
Time: Sep 17, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Program Committee Meeting (Virtual)

Programs Committee Chair, Samantha Tallyn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Program Chair Committee Meeting

Time: Jul 29, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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May 7 Meeting Goes Virtual

Last Tuesday evening, the executive committee met and determined that our May 7 meeting will be virtual via the Zoom app. We haven’t gotten any firm dates on when gatherings such as our luncheon meetings will be permitted again and our normal location, 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse is still closed. We have a number of important things to discuss to continue the business of BPW but nothing that would require us to break CDC guidelines. A zoom link and meeting ID will be in our next Touch Base Tuesday.

Many of you have had the opportunity to communicate with Zoom or other apps like facetime during this unique period in history but for those that haven’t, we’re here to help. In true BPW fashion, we want to help everyone in our organization use the now popular tool employed by millions to connect, do business, hold meetings and educate. So, if you’ve never used it, aren’t sure how and would like some help, send an email to us at and let us know. Amy, Vicki and others have offered their expertise with tech training at no charge to help get everyone up to speed.


Like most organizations, our bylaws provide guidance for a wide number of activities and these unprecedented times are no different. While we can postpone elections and installation until the time is right, there are a number of things that really cannot wait. Our fiscal year ends Thursday and we need to pass a new budget in order to collect and spend money to further our activities whether we are meeting or not. The reason you are receiving this Touch Base Tuesday early is because we plan to meet 10 days from today, the required notice period is 10 days  and there will be a few items that require a vote.

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS – BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas – April 2020

(New sections, automatic renumbering)
Section 5.     The local organization, all committees and subcommittees shall be authorized to meet by telephone conference or through other electronic communications media so long as all the members can simultaneously hear each other and participate during the meeting. Quorum requirements for electronic meetings are the same as face-to-face meetings.

Section 6….. Unless members indicate otherwise to the President in writing, all communication required in these bylaws, including meeting notices, may be sent electronically.

Rationale: This would allow for the conduct of business when in-person meetings are not possible, while ensuring appropriate notices and quorum requirements.

Existing Language
Section 3.     Committee chairs and members shall be appointed for a term of one year and may be reappointed. No person shall serve on more than three consecutive years on the same committee.

Proposed Language
Section 3.     Committee chairs and members shall be appointed for a term of one year and may be reappointed. No person shall serve as chairperson for more than three consecutive years on the same committee.

Rationale: There are a number of members who serve repeatedly on committees. The bylaws committee recommends that only the chairperson be limited in tenure.

Here’s a link to the proposed budget which has been reviewed by the Executive Committee and will be presented to the membership for a vote.


Proposed BPW 20-21 Budget

Election and Installation of Officers for 2017-2018

Elections are always an exciting time for our organization. We are fortunate to have a diverse and strong membership who believe in the mission of BPW and the importance of a strong leadership team.  BPW/SPP is entering an exciting time with new leadership this summer at the state level from our local organization.

Our mission of building powerful women professionally, personally and politically remains as important now as it did 50 years ago.  We encouraged all members to be a part of electing our new leadership.  On April 6 we did elect our officers for 2017-2018.  Tami Simms then spoke about The Education Foundation of the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

Then on April 20, BPW/FL President-Elect Alizza Punzalan-Randle installed the new officers for 2017-2018: Liz Illgen, President; Sheila Barry-Oliver, President-Elect; Jane Byers, 1st Vice President; Gretta Paige Bellas, 2nd Vice President; Lily Alcott, Secretary; and Jill Wenner, Treasurer.  Tami Simms will serve as Parliamentarian.

Get the Word Out!

BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is looking for a volunteer to help with public relations and marketing of our local organization. No experience is necessary. Full training, support, guidance and undying gratitude will be provided. Members who would like to contribute and help further our mission should contact President, Amy Dinovo. There are opportunities for more than one person.

Working Women’s Forum 2015 Planning

Co-chairs Tami Simms and Kristin Smith invite members interested in planning our next Working Women’s Forum to an organizational meeting. We’ll be meeting this comingThursday 10/6/15 at 6PM at the Melting Pot 2221 4th St N. For several years now, we have held a Working Women’s Forum during National Business Women’s Week in October. This signature event is directly tied to our mission of advocacy, education and information and typically draws between 75 and 100 guests.

We’ve  chosen the evening Wednesday, October 21 to have a panel discussion on the topic of “Being the Only Woman in the Room” with a panel made up of pioneering women who have shattered glass ceilings and now find themselves in new territory for women.

We hope to see you there.

If you are unable to attend Thursday’s meeting please contact Tami and Kristin

BPW Florida State Conference

June 11-14 join members of BPW from around the state at the Hyatt Place Marathon in the Florida Keys for our Annual gathering of the 20 local organizations that make up the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. Although we’ll be taking care of some important business, there will be lots of time to enjoy ourselves, learn from each other and some wonderful speakers, raise money for our Education Foundation, and celebrate sisterhood.

To learn more and to register for the conference, please visit

Daystar Fall Fashion Fling

Our BPW Philanthropy Event for September will be participating in the 2014 Fall Fashion Fling to benefit Daystar Life Center. Join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and fashion for a great cause on September 27 at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Tickets are $25.00.  for more… Read the rest of this entry »

7/9/14 – Help plan the Working Women’s Forum.

MEMBERS ONLY: Join Co-chairs Amy Dinovo and Wendy Wesley for the next planning meeting of the Working Women’s Forum committee on Wednesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Coastal Properties Group International (238 Beach Drive, St. Pete). This year’s forum, “From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships That Buzz,” has been scheduled for Oct. 23 at The Studio@620.

PLEASE NOTE: Committee meetings are intended for members of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.

7/12/14 – Help build powerful women.

MEMBERS ONLY: Join Sheila Barry-Oliver, Chair of the Individual Development (ID) and Young Careerist (YC) committees, for the next planning meeting of these two signature programs on Saturday, July 12, from 9-11 a.m. at the offices of Janssen & Igar, 1626 38th Ave N., St. Petersburg.

The ID Program, begun in the late 1960s, was developed to provide BPW officers and future leaders with public speaking and presentation skills.  Over time it evolved into a flexible program addressing public speaking, communication skills, interviewing, networking and job performance skills, with the ability to adapt its content to meet the needs of participants.

The Young Careerist Program was created under the leadership of BPW/USA President Virginia Allan to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of young working women (originally under the age of 30, now 35 and now expanded to men).

PLEASE NOTE: Committee meetings are intended for members of BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas.