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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!”

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Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen on skiing after paralysis: ‘This to me is freedom’

Olympic swimming gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has got herself a new ride: An adaptive ski that allows the paralyzed athlete to charge downhill.

“I had dreams about this!” she told TODAY while gliding downhill on the slopes of Colorado’s Breckenridge Education Center.

Taking on the sport marks another milestone for Van Dyken-Rouen, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a 2014 ATV accident severed her spine.

Despite her injuries, she emerged from the accident, and numerous surgeries, with the same spirit that helped her earn six Olympic gold medals in Atlanta and Sydney. She’s surpassed the expectations of doctors, feeling reflexes in her knees and ankles and even walking with the help of an exo-skeleton.

Now, she’s taken on a new challenge: downhill skiing.

“It’s like freedom. A lot of people who are injured say that getting in the swimming pool is liberating and free for them. For me, that’s where I feel the most paralyzed,” she said.

“This to me is freedom.”

Amy’s husband, Tom Rouen, said skiing allows his wife to help fulfill the competitive fire that continues to burn inside of her.

TODAY

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen said she’s had dreams about downhill skiing.

“From the day she woke up in surgery, I just could never understand how happy she was, and so excited about life,” he said. “That’s just so infectious.”

RELATED: Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen on life after ATV accident: ‘I’m on borrowed time’

Van Dyken-Rouen has not only served as an inspiration in her own recovery, but to others through Amy’s Army, the foundation she and her husband created to help others with spinal cord injuries.

She hopes to show by example that even a severed spine can’t take away the thrill of speeding downhill. She said it’s a feeling she’s chased ever since her accident.

TODAY

The Olympic swimming champion said she no longer finds the pool liberating. Instead, “this to me is freedom.”

“You know, when they say, ‘You’ll never be able?’ No. That’s again a hurdle or a wall that you’re going to either go over or around or break under it or do whatever to get through it,” she said.

RELATED: Hotel apologizes to Amy Van Dyken-Rouen after employee calls her ‘a cripple’

“For people who are wondering if they can, stop wondering and get out there and do it,” she said. “The scariest part is getting in here and going on that first lift. And after that, it’s so much fun. Please just do it, you know?”

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

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Sponsored by the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition

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  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!

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House Bill 610 Choices in Education Act of 2017

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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

Why Do Women Outnumber Men in College?

“Women earned 45.1 percent of bachelor’s degrees in business in 1984-5 and 50 percent by 2001-2, up from only 9.1 percent in 1970-1.”

It is fairly well known that women today outnumber men in American colleges. In 2003, there were 1.35 females for every male who graduated from a four-year college and 1.3 females for every male undergraduate. That contrasts with 1960, when there were 1.6 males for every female graduating from a U.S. four-year college and 1.55 males for every female undergraduate. How come this switch?

In The Homecoming of American College Women: The Reversal of the College Gender Gap (NBER Working Paper No. 12139), authors Claudia GoldinLawrence Katz, and Ilyana Kuziemko offer some explanations for the change. In the post-World War II era, they note, the financial return to women of higher education greatly increased. At first, from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, women tended to pursue female-intensive occupations such as teaching and social work after graduation. So, they majored in education, English, and literature, perhaps, and they often aimed at finding suitable mates in college.

Indeed, these female college graduates had a high fertility rate after marriage, being the mothers of the Baby Boom generation. In 1960, the labor force participation of female college graduates in their twenties and thirties was low: only 39 percent of 30-to-34-year olds were employed and 47 percent of those employed were teachers; 73 percent had children at home. A decade later, only 49 percent of the 1970 graduates were employed at ages 30 to 34, and 55 percent of those with jobs were teachers.

But beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, young women’s expectations of their future labor force participation changed radically. Rather than follow in their mothers’ footsteps, they aimed to have careers, not just jobs. These careers were often outside of the traditionally female occupations for women. In high school, they took more science and math courses. As a result, their twelfth grade math and reading test scores increased relative to those of boys. For the college graduates of 1980, when they reached 30-to-34 years of age, 70 percent were employed, only 36 percent of those employed were teachers, and 60 percent had children at home. The authors figure that about 30 to 60 percent of the increase in the female-to-male ratios of college graduates from the 1970s to the 1990s can be explained by these changes.

Another relevant factor in the gender shift, the age of female college graduates’ first marriage, increased by about 2.5 years in the 1970s. Whereas from the 1950s to the early 1970s women had tended to marry a little more than a year after graduation, by 1981 the median age of marriage for college-educated women was 25. This delay allowed many women to be more serious students and less concerned about securing a husband while pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Adding to the possibility of a greater investment in professional careers was the availability of the contraceptive “pill.” Women could better plan their futures. With a resurgence of feminism, young women also felt more empowered. They had greater guarantees by the government that job discrimination by employers against women would not be tolerated. They anticipated a more even playing field with respect to men in terms of access to high-paying careers for college graduates and to professional and graduate college programs, the authors note. Since 1980, the wage premium for a college degree has risen, especially for women. Over a lifetime, many women have taken time out from work to look after their children full time. But more recently, their participation in the labor force has begun to resemble that of men. “The jury is still out concerning whether the full lifetime economic returns to college are greater for women than for men,” the authors write.

One sign of rising expectations by women is shown in the fact that women earned 45.1 percent of bachelor’s degrees in business in 1984-5 and 50 percent by 2001-2, up from only 9.1 percent in 1970-1. Similar large increases in the female share of BAs also have occurred in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering since the early 1970s. It also could be that the rise in divorce rates since the 1960s and women’s greater responsibility for children have prompted women to see an investment in college as an insurance policy for their future financial lives.

Another aspect in the reversal of the college gender gap, rather than just its elimination, is the persistence of behavioral and developmental differences between males and females. Boys often mature more slowly than girls. In grades K-12, boys tend to have a higher incidence of behavioral problems (or lower level of non-cognitive skills) than girls. Girls spend more time doing homework than boys. These behavioral factors, after adjusting for family background, test scores, and high school achievement, can explain virtually the entire female advantage in getting into college for the high school graduating class of 1992, the authors figure. It allowed “girls to leapfrog over boys in the race to college.” Similarly, teenage boys, both in the early 1980s and late 1990s, had a higher (self-reported) incidence of arrests and school suspensions than teenage girls.

The “homecoming” in the authors’ title to their paper refers to the fact that by 1980 the gender balance in college had returned to its pre-1930 level in the United States, although the levels of college attendance were almost six times higher in 1980 than in the 1920s for both men and women. The number of male-to-female undergraduates was about at parity from 1900 to 1930. Many females were attending teacher-training colleges in those days. The highpoint of gender imbalance in college attendance was reached in 1947, after the return of men from World War II then eligible for educational subsidies through the GI bills, when undergraduate men outnumbered women 2.3 to 1. Women’s relative numbers in college have increased ever since the 1950s, with a pause when many men went to college to avoid serving in the Vietnam War. The decline in the male-to-female ratios of undergraduates in the past 35 years is real, and not primarily due to changes in the ethnic mix of the college-aged population or to the types of post-secondary institutions they attend, the authors assert. The female share of college students has expanded in all 17 member-nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in recent decades, so much so that women now outnumber men in college in almost all rich nations.

— David R. Francis

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Women Remain Underrepresented Across Organizations

From entry level to the C-suite, women are underrepresented at US corporations, less likely to advance than men, and face more barriers to senior leadership. In fact, at the rate of progress of the past three years, it will take more than 100 years for the upper reaches of US corporations to achieve gender parity.

These are the principal findings of Women in the Workplace, a study undertaken by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey to encourage female leadership and gender equality in the workforce. Some 118 companies and nearly 30,000 employees participated in the study, building on a similar effort conducted by McKinsey in 2012.1The new study revealed that despite modest improvements, the overarching findings were similar: women remain underrepresented at every level of the corporate pipeline, with the disparity greatest at senior levels of leadership (exhibit).

Women in the Workplace found that for numerous reasons, women are simply less likely than men to advance: they experience an uneven playing field, with their odds of advancement lower at every level; there is a persistent leadership gap in the most senior roles; gender diversity is not widely believed to be a priority; and while employee programs designed to help balance work and family are abundant, participation is low among both sexes due to concerns that using them will negatively affect their careers.

This is an edited extract from Women in the Workplace, a study undertaken by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey. For more information, visit womenintheworkplace.com.

These 11 Comfort Food Restaurants in Missouri Are All You Need This Season

These 11 Comfort Food Restaurants In Missouri Are All You Need This Season

When the weather gets colder, there’s nothing like warming up with some tasty comfort food. Here are some of my favorite places to get the most delicious homestyle classics in Missouri.

  1. Sweetie Pie’s – St. Louis

Richie D./Yelp

Sweetie Pie’s Soul Food/Facebook

Soul food? Check.
Mississippi-style cooking? Check.
Out of this world mac ‘n cheese? Double check.

Address:
4270 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

  1. Cookin’ From Scratch – Newburg

Adam L./Facebook

Cookin Scratch Doolittle Missouri/Facebook

Located adjacent to a gas station, Cookin’ From Scratch may not look like much, but it serves up some of the best fried chicken in Missouri.

Address:
90 Truman St.
Newburg, MO 65550

  1. Dixon’s Famous Chili – Independence

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Dixon’s Famous Chili/Facebook

This dive has been around for almost 100 years. The original owner wouldn’t even allow ketchup in his restaurant, because he was confident his chili was just that good.

Address:
9105 E US Hwy 40
Independence, MO 64055

  1. The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery- Kimmswick

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Stan G./Yelp

I bet your apple pie at Thanksgiving is pretty good, but can it stack up (literally) to the Levee High Apple Pie at Blue Owl? This delectable pie is comprised of 18 apples and weighs 13 lbs of ooey-gooey deliciousness!

Address: 6116 2nd St.
Kimmswick, MO 63053

  1. The Brick – Kansas City

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Travis T./Yelp

The Brick was featured on the Food Network TV show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Visitors rave about their amazing meatloaf sandwich.

Address: 1727 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

  1. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe – Sprinfield

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Taylor H./Yelp

Come to Gailey’s for some buttery biscuits slathered with savory gravy.

Address:
220 E Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65806

  1. SugarBot Sweet Shop – St. Charles

SugarBot Sweet Shop/Facebook

SugarBot Sweet Shop/Facebook

Because every once in a while, cookies are the answer to a bad day. This dessert shop perfects classic chocolate chip cookies, while putting their own twist on other amazing desserts.

Address:
433 Jackson St.
St Charles, MO 63301

  1. Potpie – Kansas City

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A restaurant dedicated to comfort food and known for their potpies. Try the, “Murdering of beef and mushroom potpie”, you won’t regret it.

Address:
904 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

  1. Gordon’s Stoplight Drive-In – Crystal City

Kitty W./Yelp

Gordon’s Stoplight Drive-In/Facebook

When on the road, a simple triple-stacked burger and french fries always seems to hit the spot.

Address:
500 Bailey Rd.
Crystal City, MO 63019

  1. Dressel’s Public House – St. Louis

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Joan G./Yelp

Grilled cheese is pretty simple to make, but Dressel’s goes above and beyond to ensure the perfect cheesy melt. Paired with tomato soup, it’s a perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day.

Address:
419 N Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

  1. Lambert’s Cafe – Sikeston

Alicia R./Yelp

Jess P./Yelp

If you haven’t heard of Lambert’s, hear about them now. They’re known for their “throwed rolls” and after you bite into one, you’ll know why.

Address:
2305 E. Malone Ave.
Sikeston, MO 63801

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Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Missouri

The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Missouri That’s Nothing Short Of Magical

Much like listening to only one Christmas song, visiting only one Christmas lights display is just never enough during the holiday season. This family road trip will put you in the holiday spirit and leave you in awe.

Click here to view the full set of directions for this road trip.

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Crown Center Mayor’s Christmas Lighting – Kansas City

Crown Center/Facebook

This Christmas display takes place right in the heart of the city. On November 25th, a ceremony is held where you can watch the Mayor turn on the Christmas tree lights.

Address:
The Link
Kansas City, MO 64108

Jackson County Christmas In The Park

Jackson County Parks + Rec

Longview Lake tends to be a favorite path for cyclists. So it would be no surprise that the city would include bicycles in its Christmas lights display.

Address:
Longview Lake Campgrounds
1499 SW County Park Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 65064

Festival of Lights – Chillicothe

Festival of Lights Chillicothe, MO/Facebook

This light display was recommended by one of our readers and upon more research, it’s no wonder why! Part of this display includes Santa flying an airplane, which you won’t find in the other light displays.

Address:
Simpson Park
Chillicothe, MO 64601

Latchford Christmas Lights – Callao

Latchford Christmas Lights/Callao

Putting on an amazing Christmas light show isn’t just for the professionals. The Lathford home in Callao annually decorates their property with fantastic light fixtures that are so bright, you can see them from the highway.

Winter Wonderland At Tilles Park – St. Louis

St. Louis County Parks/Facebook

This magical winter wonderland is open to vehicle traffic and carriage rides Sunday thru Friday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm and goes until New Year’s Day

Address:
Tilles Park 9551 Litzinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

Wild Lights – St. Louis

Saint Louis Zoo/Facebook

What’s even better than seeing all the animals at the Saint Louis Zoo? Walking through brilliant Christmas lights throughout the park to visit each exhibit. Wild Lights is a must see when you’re passing through St. Louis.

Address:
1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Eureka

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

This magical kingdom is open from November 18th-January 8th and features train and wagon rides through its multicolor spectacular. Don’t forget to get a photo with Santa while you’re there.

Address:
5300 Fox Creek Road
Eureka, Missouri 63069

Enchanted Village of Lights – Laurie

Enchanted Village of Lights/Facebook

Located at the Laurie Fairgrounds, Enchanted Village of Lights is one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri.

Address:
Laurie Fairgrounds
269 Fairgrounds Drive
Laurie, MO 65037

Bagwell Lights – Springfield

Bagwell Lights/Facebook

Another local Missouri family took holiday decor to the next level! Check out Bagwell Lights in residential Springfield which might remind you of the competing neighbors in the movie, “Deck The Halls.”

Address:
2008 E Cambridge St.
Springfield, Missouri

Old Christmas Time – Branson

Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

Old Christmas Time in Silver Dollar City is known as one of the best light displays in the country! And lucky for us, it’s located right in Branson.

Address:
399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy
Branson, MO 65616

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays!

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How the President of the United States is Elected

Start with the Constitution. The basic process of selecting the President of the United States is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, and it has been modified by the 12th, 22nd, and 23rd amendments. Many additional steps have been added over the years, by custom and by state law — the process has changed quite a bit over time.

Who Can Run? The President and Vice-President are elected every four years. They must be at least 35 years of age, they must be native-born citizens of the United States, and they must have been residents of the U.S. for at least 14 years. (Also, a person cannot be elected to a third term as President.)

How Do the Political Parties Choose Their Candidates? That’s up to the political parties. Most political parties hold conventions, which are large meetings attended by “delegates.” Some delegates are selected by state “primary” elections, some are selected by state caucuses (very much like primaries, except with public voting instead of secret ballots), and some are chosen for their prominence in the party. A majority of delegate votes is needed to win the party’s nomination. In most cases, the delegates let their chosen presidential candidate select a vice-presidential candidate.

Candidates for President and Vice-President Run Together. In the general election, each candidate for President runs together with a candidate for Vice-President on a “ticket.” Voters select one ticket to vote for; they can’t choose a presidential candidate from one ticket and a vice-presidential candidate from another ticket.

The Electoral College. The national presidential election actually consists of a separate election in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia; in these 51 elections, the voters are really voting for “electors” pledged to one of the tickets. These electors make up the “Electoral College.” (In most cases, the names of the electors aren’t written on the ballot; instead the ballot lets voters choose among “Electors for” each of the tickets, naming the presidential and vice-presidential candidates each slate of electors is pledged to.)

Each state has the same number of electors as it has senators and representatives (there are two senators from each state, but the number of representatives depends on the state population in the most recent census). The District of Columbia, although it isn’t a state, also participates in presidential elections — it currently has three electors.

The People in Each State Vote for Electors in the Electoral College. In most of the states, and also in the District of Columbia, the election is winner-take-all; whichever ticket receives the most votes in that state (or in D.C.) gets all the electors. (The only exceptions are Maine and Nebraska. In these states, just two of the electors are chosen in a winner-take-all fashion from the entire state. The remaining electors are determined by the winner in each congressional district, with each district voting for one elector.)

The Electoral College Votes for the President. The Electoral College then votes for President and for Vice-President, with each elector casting one vote; these votes are called electoral votes. Each elector is pledged to vote for particular candidates for President and Vice-President. In most elections, all the electors vote in accordance with the pledge they made; it is not clear what would happen in the unlikely event that a large number of electors violated their pledge and voted differently.

Normally, one of the candidates for President receives a majority (more than half) of the electoral votes; that person is elected President. That candidate’s vice-presidential running mate will then also receive a majority of electoral votes (for Vice-President), and that person is elected Vice-President.

If There’s No Electoral College Winner, the House of Representatives Chooses the President. In the rare event that no presidential candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes, then the President is chosen instead by the House of Representatives, from the top three presidential vote-getters in the Electoral College; each state delegation in Congress casts one vote. (The Vice-President would be chosen from the top two vice-presidential vote-getters by the Senate.)

This is bizarre! Does it really work this way? Yes. There are many arguments pro and con the Electoral College, but this system does guarantee that the person elected President has substantial support distributed throughout the U.S. The Electoral College has also been a major factor in the United States’ long-term political stability.

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NEWS RELEASE: Sharron Sutton 2016-17 BWM State President

 

Sharron Sutton 2016-17 BWM State President

Sharron Sutton, Joplin, was installed as president of Business Women of Missouri at the April 22-24, 2016 Annual State Conference, Camden on the Lake, Lake Ozark, MO.

Ms. Sutton, a member of Joplin BWM Club since 1993, held the local club’s offices of recording secretary, vice president, president elect, and is currently president. At the state level, she has served as Bylaws chair, Nomination chair, Individual Growth chair, State Conference chair, parliamentarian for board of directors meetings, regional director, and served on the BWM state executive committee.

Sutton chose “Just One Woman Can” as her logo to focus on women helping women. Her colors represent red for women’s health, pink for breast cancer, yellow for uniting military women, purple for domestic violence, and green for the BWM logo.

A 29-year employee of Pennington Drug-Amerisource Bergen, Sutton worked in the Data Processing and Customer Service Departments. After Amerisource closed the Joplin office, she worked at H&R Block for ten years. She has been an active member of the Blendville Christian Church for 35 years, where she has served as primary Sunday school teacher, the Fellowship Committee Chair, and most recently fixed lunches for the teachers and staff at Irving/Emerson Grade School for Teacher Appreciation.

Sutton has one son Randy, four grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Her grandson Gatlyn will graduate from high school in 2016.

Business Women of Missouri was established in 1921 and celebrated its 95th annual state conference. BWM state conferences feature dynamic speakers, recognition of members, awards, installation of officers, and meetings to conduct BWM business. BWM’s mission is to empower women personally, professionally, and politically. For more information about Business Women of Missouri visit businesswomenmo.org

Submitted by Linda Fisher

BWM Publicity Chair

lfisher@lsfisher.com

660-281-4371