Hilton Garden Inn Independence

Call to State Conference 2018


April 20 – April 22, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn, Independence, Mo.
19677 E. Jackson Drive

TO: Business Women of Missouri Local Presidents, State Board and Incoming State Board Members, all BWM Members

FROM: Sheila Miller, 2017-2018 State President

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am excited to issue the official Call to the Business Women of Missouri’s 97th Annual State Conference to be held April 22-22, 2018, at Hilton Garden Inn, Independence Mo., for the purpose of transacting the business of the organization as outlined in the state bylaws.

State Conference Chair Vicki Silkwood and I have planned a conference that will be fun and informative. Please join us and bring a friend for a memorable weekend with your BWM sisters!



Take 39th street exit off I-70 from any direction & take service road to Hilton Garden Inn.


A block of rooms is being held until Monday 26, 2018, at our BWM group conference rate. Rooms booked after that date will be at a higher rate. If you are willing to have a roommate to help cut the cost, or if you reserved an extra room and your plans have changed and the room is now available to other members who may have missed the deadline, please notify the BWM State Office.


The Conference package is $150.00 provided it is postmarked no later than April 10, 2018. This package includes the registration fee, all meetings and presentations, Friday night snacks, Saturday lunch and the banquet Saturday evening and Sunday morning Breakfast. Separate fees will apply for guests who wish to attend the 97th Celebration/Officer Installation Banquet on Saturday evening. (Registrations after April 10, 2018, will be accessed a $25 late fee.)

You can register online here: Register for 2018 State Conference


In accordance with BWM bylaws, any member in good standing is eligible to participate and vote at the state conference. The member’s state dues must be current to be in good standing.


The Registration and Credentials Committee will be on duty from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m. Saturday in front of the Oregon room.

It is necessary to wear name badges at all times throughout the conference. Badges will be checked at the door each time you enter a meeting or event. The badge will be coded as to whether you have paid to attend the conference events. You may have your name tag in your purse or pocket during the banquet. Please return the plastic holder at the end of the conference for reuse. Be sure to include the names of guests on your registration form.


The Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Regional Directors, and Local Club Presidents will convene at 7:00 p.m. for the pre-conference Board Meeting in the Oregon Room.

Generations Taking Charge Experience (Invitation ONLY)

Sandra Clay will be overseeing the GTC Challenge Experience in the Lewis & Clark from 3:30 p.m.-5:00p.m. Pre Conference Friday April 20th 2018. This the 4th year for this event.

Friday Dinner

Dinner will be on your own.


The President’s Reception will be in the Lewis & Clark Room immediately following the Board of Director Meeting.


The Vendors will in the hallway from the hotel to the Herford House, from 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.


The breakfast area will be open for breakfast 6:30a.m


PSP Betty Beason will welcome the first timers at 7:30 a.m. in the Hotel Fire Place Area.


The 97th State Conference will convene at 8:30 a.m. in the Oregon room. The door will open at 8:00 a.m. Our keynote speaker will be Past National President Nancy Jackson. Come join us as we officially kick off the 2018 State Conference. 


PSP Sherry Rolen, Nominations Chair, will report the list of all qualified candidates for state office during the opening session of the state conference. The names of these candidates shall be placed in nomination by the chair. Following the close of nominations, each candidate shall make a two-minute presentation. Nominations from the floor, as outlined in Nominations Appendix SECTION 6: of the state bylaws If there are nominations from the floor, all of the information specified in SECTION 3 shall be submitted to the chair no later than 2 hours before the opening session of the state conference so that eligibility may be determined.


A workshop for the 2018-2019 Regional Directors and Regional Directors Elect will be held in the Lewis & Clark room at 7:30 a.m. Melissa Moore will be conducting the workshop. She will be your contact for questions and confirmation of your attendance.


The first business session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Oregon room. In addition to conducting business, award certificates will be included in the Club Presidents’ packets to be picked up at the registration desk. If you are responsible for the names for certificates, please email or mail them to the state office by April 1, 2018.

Following the BWM Foundation annual meeting, lunch will be served in the California room. The afternoon session will include voting for election of officers, if necessary, as well as the presentation of the Board recommendations and bylaws amendments.


We will have a photographer available before and after the Banquet.


The doors to the banquet room will open at 6:00 p.m. The processional will begin at 6:30, with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. The highlight of the evening will be the Awards of the IG Program, Issues Management, Legislative, Membership, and Mentoring. Then, we will enjoy the installation of Business Women of Missouri 2018-2019 President Debra Saffer, her Executive Committee and the Regional Directors. Everyone is invited to attend the reception for the newly installed officers following installation. Dessert will be served.


The Sunday breakfast prior to the business session will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the California room. With the Foundation Quarter mania Paddle Party. This traditional breakfast is a fun way to begin the day and President Debra’s year.


The last business session of the 2018 State Conference will convene at 9:00 in the Oregon room. The excitement will continue as President Debra presents her board for 2018-2019. Come celebrate with us as we officially begin an exciting new year for Business Women of Missouri! The 97th Annual State Conference will adjourn by noon.

FOUNDATION Quarter Mania Paddle Party

This year the Foundation has requested that each Local Club donate a basket with a value of $25.00 to $50.00 that will be auctioned during the Sunday breakfast by holding a Paddle Party auction. The breakfast will be held in California room and will start at 7:30 a.m. 


The suggested clothing attire during the board meeting and conference business sessions is “business casual”. Preferred attire for Saturday night’s celebration is cocktail or formal for Local Presidents, PSPs, and Executive Committee, as we will be taking group pictures. All other attendees are left to personal choice.

State Conference Chair PSP Vicki Silkwood and I want you to enjoy a memorable 2018 State Conference. Treat yourself to a fun weekend with your BWM sisters!

Sheila Miller, State President

December Board Meeting Scheduled for 1st-2nd in Branson

Will We See You In Branson?

By popular demand, the Grand Plaza in Branson is the site for the December Board meeting December 1-2. Save your calories on Friday so you can indulge with the Executive Committees Open House. They are making promises of soup, sandwiches and totally sinful desserts.

Of course we will once again hold the Foundation’s Annual Christmas Auction, where yours truly will be the auctioneer on record. Branson is an exciting place in December, so come early and stay a couple extra days to enjoy the Christmas festivities, unique to Branson. See a show or do some early holiday shopping.

Times for Friday and Saturday

Be there at 6:30 Friday night to join the group for the Open House followed by the Foundation Auction. Saturday morning you will enjoy an amazing hot breakfast buffet which is included in your room rate. You will then head to the Board of Directors meeting. Registration begins at 8:30 and the meeting at 9:00. There might be more goodies to share at that time as we exchange Christmas cards.

Room Reservations

Remember the reservations for the Grand Plaza Hotel are made through the Branson Tourism Center and must be placed by November 4, 2017. You can bring the family and spend an extra day or two. The rate is good for additional nights; just let the Tourism Center know when you make your reservations. The room rate is all-inclusive. NOTE: Calling the hotel directly will not get you the BWM rate but something much higher.

Foundation Auction

What’s in that beautifully wrapped package? Can you decipher the cleverly written clue to determine what it holds? We think the Foundation Auction will be the highlight of the December Board Meeting!

Once again, the Foundation will hold an auction on Friday night during the Christmas Open House. The Foundation asks everyone to bring a wrapped gift with a clue to the contents. The gift should be new or gently used, and something you would like to receive. The clue may be funny, mysterious, or to the point. Remember, the money raised contributes to the Foundation Scholarship Fund, which aids deserving women to further their education. We appreciate the EC and all BWM sisters who help the Foundation award scholarships.

Here’s What You Need To Do

  1. Register for the Board Meeting
  2. Reserve Your Room through the Branson Tourism Center
  3. Bring a Wrapped Gift for the Auction with a Clue
  4. Bring Your Puzzle Piece from the State Conference (We want to put the puzzle together!)
  5. Bring any Christmas Cards or Goodies You’d Like to Share with Fellow Members

We’re excited to see all of you!

— Mary Clark and BWM Foundation

Note: The above information can be found in the Fall Edition of the Missouri Business Woman Magazine.

Issues Topics 2017 2018 Business Women Missouri

BWM Issues Topics for 2017-2018

Every year, our organization sets goals and topics for the year that we are striving to accomplish. For the 2017-2018 year, and under our President’s them “Piecing Lives Together” we are focusing on the following topics in the various programs we run all year long:

Issues Management Topics 2017-2018

Piecing Lives Together:

  1. Request a speaker to raise awareness on the topics of domestic violence, human trafficking and child abuse, and provide support to the agencies working with these individuals.
  2. We can support women in the military serving and their families.
  3. We can mentor and empower women through education and support our Business Women of Missouri Foundation.
  4. We can expand, encourage, and invite others in our communities to increase our membership.
  5. Encourage members to become more involved in the community to make your local more visible.

This can be achieved by inviting guest speakers, advertising monthly meetings, and sending photos to local newspapers with information highlighting the work of each local. Keep President Shelia’s goals in mind to accomplish this.

Individual Growth Topics 2017-2018

  1. How can I piece lives together by encouraging my club to get involved in our community and as a result making our club more visible.
  2. Piece lives together by raising of Human Trafficking.
  3. Piece lives together by promoting the BWM Foundation to empower Women through education.

Generations Taking Charge Topics 2017-2018

  1. How can I make difference in awareness of the increase of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Child Abuse?
  2. What would the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment mean for me, and how can I help to achieve ratification?
  3. What will I take away from taking part in the Generations Taking Charge program?

Mentoring Topics 2017-2018

  1. Have each Club implement a plan to have older members mentor the newer ones.
  2. Have each Club implement a plan to contact/mentor club members that are absent from meetings.
  3. Have each Club implement a plan to get involved in the Community to make BWM more visible.

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.

piecing lives together business women missouri logo

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

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
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
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

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
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



  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


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.