A Message from Your 2017-2018 State President, Sheila Miller

It is hard to believe that the 2017-2018 year is underway, and I’m your State President. Seems like only yesterday that I was asking Mom about BPW and wanting to join the group.

I would like to give a very special THANK YOU to Past State Presidents, Jane Miller and Connie McGinness, for the beautiful installation of your Executive Committee and the Regional Directors. Another special thanks goes to PSP Sharon Tuttle for the beautiful wall hanging.

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I have chosen “Piecing Lives Together” as my theme this year. As an organization, we have many lives that we have pieced together to make this a great organization.

I have chosen the following as my goals for 2017/2018:

  • Raise awareness of the increase of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Child Abuse.
  • Maintaining all clubs throughout the State, and increase membership by 5%.
  • Get involved in your Community to make your club visible.
  • Encourage members to use the Business Women of Missouri website and Social Media.
  • Continue to support Women and the Families of Women in the Military.
  • Pass the ERA for all people.
  • Promote the Business Women of Missouri Foundation to empower Women through education.

As we begin this year, I encourage all of you to make plans to attend the Leadership Conference August 4-5, 2017, at Budget Lodging in St Clair, Mo. I know that Micah is planning a great Conference.

We will start with a State Board of Directors Meeting on Friday Evening, which is always open to all members. And the Leadership Conference is on Saturday. I look forward to seeing everyone as I make plans to attend all of the Regional Conferences. I would like to encourage all member to attend their Regional Conference.

And as we are “Piecing Lives Together”, we need all members to get involved to meet my goals and the goals of this great organization.

Your President,
Sheila Miller
Business Women of Missouri
2017-2018

BUDGET LODGING PICTURE

Leadership Conference 2017 Scheduled For August 4-5th In St. Clair

It is time to start making plans to participate in the August Leadership Conference. Friday, August 4, Sheila will preside at the board meeting. Board members are expected to attend, but other members are welcome. Saturday will be a busy day with three speakers on the agenda. Micah Weirich of Three Rivers is organizing the event and has provided information about the speakers. Register today!

Meet The Speakers

Lisa York will lead a crash course in self-defense. She has a diverse, comprehensive background that provides a solid foundation for all that she does. She has over 11 years combined experience in coaching, teaching, and training people in self-defense, basic gun training, conceal carry training, and protection in/out of home.

Lisa is the founder of Midwest Personal Protection. She is a high energy, entertaining seminar presenter and self defense instructor. Her offerings include a variety of assertiveness, conflict resolution and self-defense training for females ages 11 years old and up in the form of group seminars, private trainings, workshops, ladies night-ins, home parties, college safety presentations and more in the St. Charles, St. Louis and surrounding areas.

Lisa is passionate about teaching and training personal protection, mostly because it is very personal to her. Lisa was abused at a young age, and as an adult continued to engage in unhealthy relationships. In 2012, Lisa was raped by an authority figure, she knew. She took that experience and vowed that she would teach as many females she could how to protect themselves and to believe in themselves.

Sila Karacal serves as the Assistant Prosecutor in Franklin County and handles domestic violence cases. We are honored to have her as a speaker this year for Leadership Conference. She was honored as Woman of the Year by the Three Rivers club this past year.

Amy Eagan is a business, career, leadership, team building, and culture coach. She will be celebrating her 11th Anniversary with The Quality Coach in December. The Quality Coach! is a full service business-educational, coaching and consulting group dedicated to helping others improve quality, customer retention, productivity and profits by leveraging the people side of their business.

Amy recently started her own business, Why Not Choose? The idea that this life is a GIFT is a belief she holds dear. Every moment is an opportunity to LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE and to help others do the same. She believes that we can have great work AND personal lives, each feeding the other. For the past 10 years, she has helped clients using a Coach Approach and Assessments for self-awareness and effectiveness with others. This is her passion and vocation!

See you in August!

Micah Weirich, Leadership Conference chair concludes, “It has been my goal to find interactive, intriguing, and motivated speakers. I hope to keep the conference light, fun, and upbeat as well as informative. I’m positive that everyone will take useful information away from this conference! I hope to see many of you at Budget Lodging in St. Clair in August!”

Click to Register for Leadership Conference 2017!

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

“Eyes and Ears Wide Open” Human Trafficking Awareness/Action

“Eyes and Ears Wide Open” 

Sponsored by the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition

                         NO ONE CAN DO EVERYTHING, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING!

TAKE ACTION NOW!!

  1. Get educated – Read Christine’s books and other books written by survivors, Check out websites, Follow trafficking news, Follow legislation, Watch documentaries and videos, Follow CMSHTC and other orgs on Facebook, Twitter.
  2. Help others get educated – Request a program from CMSHTC, including a survivor guest speaker, Suggest or host opportunities/events like a documentary screening for friends, at school, place of worship, workplace, civic group, Use Social Media to share info, Talk to your kids!
  3. Support CMSHTC or your local org – Sign up for email, Follow on Facebook or Twitter, Become a member, Attend monthly meetings, Volunteer, Donate, Help form partnerships for education programs and fundraising, Shop Amazon Smile and select the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition as your charitable organization, Sign Up for Freedom Walk 2017, April 30.
  4. Participate in Legislative Advocacy – Give or submit testimony at hearings, Sign petitions, Contact and communicate to your local, state, and federal legislators.
  5. Do slaveryfootprint.org survey, find out how many slaves work for you!
  6. Shop to eat/wear Slave-Free, Fair Trade, Direct Trade; Go to Farmers Markets, Used Clothing Stores; Recyle/Upcycle what you have.
  7. Download and Use the TraffickCam app.
  8. Keep the National Hotline number 888-373-7888 handy; Call to Report!

Web: stophumantraffickingmo.com             Email: help@stophumantraffickingmo.com

Ph: (866) 590-5959                       Facebook @CMSHTC                    Twitter @No_MO_Slaves

House Bill 610 Choices in Education Act of 2017

Legislative Alert

Call, Write, or Email Your U.S. Representative

House Bill 610 Choices in Education Act of 2017

House Bill 610 (HR 610) makes some large changes. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.

In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Introduced in House (01/23/2017)

Choices in Education Act of 2017

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)

source for act summary: congress.gov

Business Women of Missouri Week – October 16-22, 2016

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Attached is the proclamation signed by Governor Nixon officially naming October 16-22 Business Women of Missouri Week.
Please use this week to make plans with your local club to publicize the work done by BWM. It is also a good time for a press release highlighting the state and your local club’s achievements, a membership drive, or a special event to spotlight women. If you have question you may contact our PR chair, Linda Fisher at: lfisher@lsfisher.com.

National Women’s History Museum

Clara FoltzAfter her husband abandoned her and their five children, Clara Shortridge Foltz began studying law. #OnThisDay in 1878, she passed her bar exam (despite her questioning lasting twice as long as was typical for a man), becoming the first woman permitted to practice law in California. Foltz tried to attend Hastings College of Law but she was mocked by her male classmates and banned from coming back. She appealed to the school’s dean and was told that her presence and rustling skirts bothered the young men of the class. Foltz and a fellow women’s rights advocate, Laura Gordon, took their case to the California Supreme Court and won.

Remember My Name

When you remember my walk upon this earth
Look not into my steps with pity.
When you taste the tears of my journey
Notice how they fill my foot prints
Not my spirit
For that remains with me.

My story must be told
Must remain in conscious memory
So my daughters won’t cry my tears
Or follow my tortured legacy.
Lovin’
is a tricky thing
If it doesn’t come
from a healthy place,
If Lovin’
Doesn’t FIRST practice
on self
it will act like a stray bullet
not caring what it hits

You may say:
Maybe I should’ve loved him a little less
Maybe I should’ve loved me a little more,
Maybe I should’ve not believed he’d never hit me again.
All those maybes will not bring me back – not right his wrong.
My life was not his to take.

As your eyes glance my name
Understand once I breathed
Walked
Loved
just like you.
I wish for all who glance my name
To know love turned fear – kept me there
Loved twisted to fear,
Kept me in a chokehold
Cut off my air
Blurred my vision
I couldn’t see how to break free.

I shoulda, told my family
I shoulda told my friends
I shoulda got that CPO
Before the police let him go
But all those shoulda’s can’t bring me back
when I lied so well
To cover the shame
To hide the signs.

If my death had to show
what love isn’t
If my death had to show
that love shouldn’t hurt
If my death had to make sure
another woman told a friend
instead of holding it in
If my death reminds you
how beautiful
how worthy
you really are
If my death reminds you
to honor all you are
daily
Then remember my name
Shout it
from the center of your soul
Wake me
in my grave
Let ME know
My LIVING was not in vain.

Copyright 1995 Kimberly A. Collins, Washington, D.C., reprinted with permission.

About the Author

Kimberly A. Collins is a mother, writer, poet and English Professor. She is also the founder of S.O.A.R. (So Others Ascend Righteously — http://www.soarllc.com) where she facilitates Writing for Healing workshops and writes an inspirational column “Wednesday Wisdom.” As the first employee for the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she put a public face to the Coalition’s effort to inform and empower women, in the D.C. Metropolitan area, around the issue of domestic violence. During her tenure, Ms. Collins’ writing and oratory skills were in demand at various venues during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, and other venues including speaking on behalf of the D.C. Coalition about the Nicole Brown Simpson case on NBC Nightly News and during the Telephone Operators Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, where they were in need of an expert to inform their audience about the prevalence and dangers of domestic violence through statistics as well as through Ms. Collins’ poetry.

Ms. Collins’ poems about domestic violence are inspired by the testimonies of women she meets at speaking engagements, the Simpson case, the quilt of women who have and continue to lose their lives at the hands of men, and the women she helps to claim their voice through S.O.A.R.’s Writing for Healing workshops and retreats.