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Wendy Wesley returns for a Virtual Cooking Class with BPW

Healthy Eating and Holiday Cheer can be difficult unless you have BPW’s not-so-secret weapon, Wendy Wesley. Our favorite Food Policy Advocate and Nutritionist returns to help us raise funds for our Connie Passmore Scholarship with a virtual cooking class on Saturday, November 14th at 11 am. Wendy is hosting this one hour class to help give you some great information for navigating holiday meals and avoid the seasonal pitfalls of overeating and poor nutrition.

With your $35 donation, you’ll receive admittance to this fun and informative virtual cooking class as well as your very own BPW apron to help keep you looking sharp through your holiday cooking. Order now to have the opportunity to have yours in time for class on November 14th.

Celebrate National Business Women’s Week with Virtual Bingo

Our Annual Celebration of working women in the 3rd week of October will take a new form this year of change. On Thursday October 22, from 6-7pm we’ll hold a virtual fundraiser benefitting the Connie Passmore Scholarship like none you’ve ever played. There will be multiple opportunities to win prizes by chance and by testing your knowledge of glass ceiling breakers and pioneering women in business. You’ll probably even find out about a few new SHEroes.

Virtual Bingo Cards will go onsale Tuesday, October 20.

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Time: Oct 22, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Suncoast Center Shines A Light on Mental Health

Join us when we welcome Beth Menchen of the Suncoast Center, Inc. to speak about mental illness issues in our community and the impact from COVID-19. She will focus on the impact with working women, with issues ranging from working from home, to being caregivers, and teaching distance learning. We’ll also discuss issues with suicide in our community, as well. She will also provide resources, what to pay attention to for mental illnesses, self-care, and how to help someone that is being impacted.

Beth Menchen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Senior Clinical Manager at Suncoast Center, Inc.  She has been working in the field of mental health for 15 years with clients and programs across the spectrum of behavioral health services, including children and families, substance abuse treatment, intensive adult services, trauma focused interventions, suicide prevention and response, sexual assault response services, and program development and management.

Beth is passionate about empowering others to reach their full potential and the role that relationships play in effective counseling as well as building networks to improve service delivery in Pinellas County.Beth is the chair of Suncoast Center’s Zero Suicide Committee, a group that formed over a year ago to assess and strengthen the agency’s ability to detect and prevent suicide, support staff in their challenging roles as helpers, and collaborate with community agencies to combat the high number of suicide deaths in the county.

 

If you are attending by zoom, please know that we understand the myriad of reasons why you are unable to attend the meeting in person. We’re delighted to be able to provide you access with this new technology to keep you connected with those who share the vital mission of equity in the workplace. Since the beginning of this pandemic, our ability to raise funds for our Connie Passmore Scholarship has suffered greatly without opportunities for fundraising events. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the fund by clicking the button below.

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Get the Facts on Voting

Join us virtually when we welcome Robin Davidov from the League of Women Voters to our Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 24th at 6PM for an hour jam packed with information to help you be an informed and effective voter. Robin will review the constitutional amendments and school board races that we’ll all see on our ballots. Additionally, she’ll address the various methods by which to vote and how to make sure your vote is counted including dates and deadlines for absentee and early voting.

Our mission has been and continues to be equity for women in the workplace and one of the most effective ways to encourage workplace equity is to vote for it and for candidates that support it. Be engaged with the voting process and know who and what you are voting for in every election. Our foremothers are counting on us.

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Like you, we’re delighted that this new technology is providing the opportunity for ALL of our members and guests to stay engaged and enjoy our speakers at our meetings. However, as the number in attendance at our meetings is reduced so are the limited funds which are used to further our mission including our Connie Passmore Scholarship. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the fund by clicking the button below.

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
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BPW Welcomes Nutritionist and Food Policy Activist, Wendy Wesley

Join us September 3rd at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House when BPW welcomes (back) Wendy Wesley to our BPW Meeting. Wendy is a food policy activist and a licensed and registered dietitian/nutritionist who works to improve the health of the community. She provides free public health education, individual nutrition counseling and advocacy for access to nutritious foods in here in her hometown of St. Petersburg.

Many of you may recognize Wendy from her appearances on local day time news programs advocating for healthy eating, her fabulous YouTube videos, or her articles on food insecurity on St. Pete Catalyst. Some of our seasoned members remember Wendy as a member of our local organization who, while working on her Masters in Nutrition, was a Connie Passmore Scholarship recipient.

Wendy currently manages a health education program for a local non-profit and is a former clinical dietitian for an acute care hospital. She is an expert on consumer nutrition and an advocate for access to affordable and nutritious foods in her hometown of St. Petersburg. To learn more about Wendy, visit her website at www.WendyWesleyNutrition.com Or visit her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/wendystpete

To attend the meeting in person, please click here to register for the luncheon. 

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Like you, we’re delighted that this new technology is providing the opportunity for ALL of our members and guests to stay engaged and enjoy our speakers at our meetings. However, as the number in attendance at our meetings is reduced so are the limited funds which are used to further our mission including our Connie Passmore Scholarship. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the fund by clicking the button below.

A Visit from Sheena Qualles-DeFreeceThe St. Pete Timebank

At our August 6th meeting, Sheena Qualles-DeFreece will be speaking about the St. Pete Timebank where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.  The St. Pete Timebank was started by BJ Andryusky in late 2016 as a grassroots movement in her kitchen with two close friends.  The Timebank is a medium of exchange, rather than dollars every person’s hour has the same value, no matter who is contributing.  The core belief is that everybody is an asset to our community.  It’s simple:  one hour equals one credit.

After earning dual degrees in economics and political science from Rutgers University, Sheena spent more than two decades working in managerial positions at a variety of financial institutions, primarily in debt collection and commercial-asset recovery.

Then in 1998 she left her financial career, earned a graduate degree in education, and spent the next 13-plus years teaching middle-school reading, history, and language arts.

Two successful careers later, she viewed her new stage in life, namely ‘retirement’, as giving her the freedom to pursue her passions so she created Kidzonomics®, a non-profit whose mission is to “Cultivate the minds of our youth with financial literacy tools and concepts that will enhance their financial acumen.”

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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 info@bpwstpetepinellas.org 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.

OFFICIAL NOTICE – BYLAWS CHANGES and BUDGET

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

ARTICLE XII – MEETINGS
(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.

ARTICLE XIV – STANDING COMMITTEES
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

Business and Professional Women (BPW)/ St. Petersburg-Pinellas Mark National Equal Pay Day with 17th Annual “Unhappy Hour” 81 Cents on the Dollar is Not Enough

WHAT:  Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 17th annual “Unhappy Hour” on Tuesday, March 31, the symbolic day that the average woman in the United States earns the same amount of pay that her male counterpart earned in the previous calendar year.  According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September 2019, the average woman makes just 81.6 cents for every dollar a man is paid, reflecting a gap that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages over the course of a career.  For full-time, year-round workers, median salaries showed that women earned an average of $45,097 compared to men’s $55,291 in 2018 – the reason for the “Unhappy” Hour. Equal Pay Day has been historically recognized with Proclamations from the City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County elected officials.  The event is free to the Public.  No RSVP is necessary. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.bpwstpetepinellas.org.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:30 PM. to 7:30 PM.  Brief remarks at 6:15 PM.

WHERE: Rococo Steak, 655 2nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL  33701

WHY:  When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. Today, while women hold roughly half of all jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families, they still experience a gap in pay compared to men’s wages. For women of color, the pay gap is even greater. At the current rate of change, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research has estimated that the wage gap will not close until 2059.

About Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas

Founded in 1919 at the national and state levels, and in 1966 at the local level, BPW crosses generations, occupations and political parties. BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is the local chapter of BPW/Florida, which is affiliated with the national BPW Foundation. BPW’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. General membership meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House in downtown St. Petersburg. www.bpwstpetepinellas.org.