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BWM Remembers Past State President Nancy Gass

In January of this year, we learned of the passing of one of our Past State Presidents, Nancy Gass, of our St. Louis Metro local club. Nancy provided exceptional service to our organization serving in the not only the highest State-level office, but also as President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Finance Chair, Issues Management Chair, Bylaws Chair, Legislation Chair, and District Director. She also served a series of roles on her local club level from President to multiple chair positions during her tenure.

Foundation Donations In Memory of Nancy Gass

Nancy’s passion within Business Women of Missouri was the BWM Foundation that serves scholarships to students. She was proud to support this cause. Our organization recognizes donations to the scholarship foundation in Nancy’s memory to our Elizabeth Halpin Scholarship, as after the death of Elizabeth, Nancy along with Elizabeth’s family established the Scholarship in Elizabeth’s name.

Nancy Gass’s State President Tenure History

During’s Nancy’s tenure as State President during 1990-1991, her theme (as each President assigns a theme for the year) was “BPW Formulas for Success.” Please note that during Nancy’s tenure our organization was the Business and Professional Women organization and was later changed.

Below is an excerpt from Nancy’s own report of her tenure:

Our theme for the year has been “BPW Formulas for Success.” The working of the Federation can be compared to laboratory experiments, some come out successful the first time, others require more work and research and some blow-up. We always need to weight out the right portion on the balance, ground them properly in the mortar and mix them together correctly to have a “Formula of Success.” This is a big requirement to reach success but the MO/BPW seems to find a way to obtain it.

We are grateful for Nancy’s service to our organization, her community, her state, and her impact on women everywhere.

Nancy’s Award-Winning Fudge Peanut Butter Bars

During our State Conference in April 2018, we learned that Nancy had been honored as a Top 100 finalist during a Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1972. Here is a copy of her recipe:


1 cup Pillsbury Best All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt


1/4 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Pillsbury Best All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Chocolate Syrup
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
3oz package Cream Cheese, softened


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup for the topping. Press remaining crumbs in ungreased 9-inch square or 11×17 inch pan. In the same bowl, combine all Filling ingredients. Blend until smooth. Spread carefully over crust; sprinkle with the reserved topping crumbs. Bake 30-35 minutes until lightly browned.

Makes about 2 dozen bars.