Monday Minute: The Year Ahead

Hello Ladies. This week, I'm going to let Immediate Past State President Carolyn Gilg give you an update on the Centennial Committee. I am currently busy getting everything ready for our Spring Board Conference Call on March 15, 2018 at 7:30pm ET. For those non-voting board members who plan on attending, I hope you can attend to learn about what's going on, get updates, and get information. Please see information below.
Century. Aeon. Centennial. No matter how you say it, 100 years is a really long time and should be celebrated. That’s why at last year’s convention a committee was formed to organize a celebration.

Our committee has had several conference calls, organizing a celebration for our 100th convention. Among the things we have planned, a slide presentation of BPW/MI throughout our 100 years, filled with photos and memories from our members. To that end, we sent out a request to all of you: send us 5 – 7 photos from your club, showing your members at a convention.

To date, only two clubs have sent photos to go along with photos from my personal collection. That’s not enough to represent our organization through the years. I realize we have lost many, many clubs along the way. But many of those members are now affiliate members and I was hoping that someone from a now defunct club had possession of the memorabilia from that club and could share some of those photos.

This is my plea: I’m asking – again – for each club who has not already sent in photos, to look through their photos, or talk to their historian and ask them to send photos for us to use at convention. We will try and use as many photos that are sent to us without making the slide presentation overly long. Any photos not used in the slide presentation, may be brought to convention and put out on display for members to stroll down memory lane.

How can you send the photos? There are two ways: Via email (electronically) or a copy of the actual photo through the mail. If you choose to send them electronically, they must be in what is known as .jpg format. Otherwise they are harder to retrieve and the quality isn’t guaranteed. If you choose to send a physical copy, please don’t send the original if you don’t want it back. Make a copy of it at your nearest drug store/department store and send the copy to me. Also, if possible, please identify all persons in the photograph, keeping in mind that while it’s obvious to you who everyone is, the rest of us may not be blessed with your memory.

Now, to get to the most important part; how to get the photos to me. My email address is My home address, for things sent via the post office it’s 16445 29 Mile RD, Albion, MI 49224. And that’s it; it’s that easy. Please send everything so that it can reach me by April 15th. That ensures that I have time to edit the photos and get them in a slide presentation for convention, which is the first weekend in May (in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last nine months). That’s all there is to it; it’s that simple. Now, start looking!

Thank you Carolyn. If any other EC member or Past State President would like to be the feature article for a future Monday Minute, please send your article to me at
BPW/MI Help Wanted!
We regret to inform the resignation of Deb Francis, By-Laws Chair. She needed to step down for personal reasons. A replacement is needed ASAP. If you believe you can fulfill her role as well as work with Susan Murphy on any reviews, please me know at Your time and talents would greatly be appreciated.
BPW/MI Announcements
Eaton Rapids BPW
The Eaton Rapids BPW club will award two $1,000. scholarships. To be eligible the student must be a female at least 24 years of age, a resident of the Eaton Rapids area school district, and have maintained a minimum C average in an accredited college or vocational program. Also required with the application is a copy of their most recent transcript. The deadline for submitting the scholarship application is March 31, 2018. The scholarship application can be downloaded from the City of Eaton Rapids website:
Denise Garn Program Chair:
 The Program Committee is looking for locals to send Denise information on their past ID & or YC representatives. We would like to know what they are doing, how BPW helped them in their endeavors and if any became members. We would like to do a little "where are they now" at State Convention. Even the YC & ID participators themselves and can send me
Terri Borowski, Cancer Board of Overseers Chair 
The BPW Michigan Cancer Fund has not had any request for money. If you know of a member who needs some assistance, we would be more than happy to help them. Please call Teresa Borowski for any application at 989-793-9494. More information on the Cancer Board and application requirements can be found in your Michigan Manual.
Equal Pay Day Coalition News
Equal Pay Day Eventbrite registration page is up.  
Michigan Equal Pay webpages have also been updated with current dates and times. 
A registration link has also been added the MI Equal Pay Facebook page.
Below is the link for the Equal Pay Day Proclamation that you can send to your city and state officials:
BPW Event Updates
BPW/Michigan Spring Board Conference Call is Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m. If you are unable to participate in the call, you need to designate an alternate for voting participation. Here is the information for the conference call:
Dial-in number: (605) 472-5466
Access code: 263724
NFBPW Biennial National Federation General Assembly and IFBPW Triennial North American and Caribbean Regional Conference will be in Orlando FL on 20-23 July 2018.
 Registration is now open on the website.
To place hotel reservations online use the following link (the entire URL must be used for it to work properly: you prefer to book your reservation over the phone, please contact central reservations at: (855)-757-4984 and reference NFBPWC General Assembly and Conference Special Rate.
Early Bird Registration Closes March 31st.
Legislative Heads up
Tuesday, March 6, the full Michigan House considered SB 353, the salary question preemption bill, on second reading. The same amendments as offered in Committee were offered again on the House floor and defeated by the majority Republicans. 
On Wednesday, March 7, the bill was scheduled for third reading (final passage) in the House. 
 The Governor then has 14 days to sign or veto it. You can communicate with the Governor to urge a veto at his communications Web page here. The earlier in that 14 day time period, the better since this is one of those anti-employer mandate bills that most Republicans love. Your message should be something like this:
Please veto SB 353, a bill that would prohibit local government from passing their own laws to prevent sex- and race-based discrimination in pre-employment job interviews. State law already bans local governments from setting job application standards different from state or federal law. Local governments shouldn’t be prevented from trying to advance equal employment opportunity in their own communities.
Women's History FYI
Elaine Brown
Elaine Brown was the first and only chairwoman of the infamous Black Panther party. She was in this position for at least 3 years and sought to decentralize the dominating male forces that had existed prior to her chairmanship. She made sure that black women were in big positions and that their voices were recognized. She never backed down despite any disagreements against her or the sexism that she faced. After finishing her term as Black Panther party chair and eventually leaving the group, she was very active in speaking out against the US prison system and founded Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice, the Michael Lewis Legal Defensie Committee, and co-founded the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform.
BPW/Michigan would like to honor the following February/March Birthdays:
March 11 - Valeria Herr, Jackson BPW
March 15 - Darlene Powell, Ionia BPW
March 25 - Sara Tackett, Jackson BPW
March 26 - Anna Dancy, Jackson BPW
March 28 - Judy Dabanian, Wayne BPW
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February - Black History Month, American Hearth Month
March - Women's History Month, Craft Month
March 12-23, 2018 - CSW62 New York City
March 12, 2018 - Girl Scout Day
March 14, 2018 - White Day (Japan and South Korea), Pi Day
March 15, 2018 - Spring Board Conference Call, 7:30pm ET
March 17, 2018 - St. Patrick's Day
April 1, 2018 - Easter, April Fool's Day
April 10, 2018  Equal Pay Day
May 5-7, 2018 - 100th Annual State Convention
July 20, 2018 -
NFBPWC 2018 General Assembly Orlando, Florida
July 31, 2018 - Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
September 25, 2018 – Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day
November 2, 2018 - Latina Equal Pay Day