Women’s club learn how to be balanced…in workplace, life

GREENVILLE — The Membership Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the April 14 meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community. The committee consisted of Brenda Miller and Diana Frazier.

The program for the evening focused on how to “be balanced…in the workplace and in life” with an emphasis on being healthy, being savvy, being mindful and being flexible. Speakers were BPW members Deb Smith, Susan Fowble, Jane Carroll and Brenda Miller. Smith spoke on being ‘healthy’ both physically and mentally and how important it is to find a balance between work and fun. Fowble talked about being BPW savvy by having a good practical understanding of BPW’s goals and mission.

“To be a ‘savvy’ woman in any field, you need to be professional in your talk, your appearance and your attitude,” she said.

She feels by setting priorities and making commitments and making time for ‘you’ will put balance in a busy woman’s life.

Being ‘mindful’ was the topic discussed by Jane Carroll. Always an interesting speaker, she encouraged everyone to learn to be present or open up to the present to deal with the ‘hundreds’ of thoughts going on in your head. She encouraged guided journaling as a way to deal with getting your extra mind matter in writing and out of your head.

Miller concluded the presentation urging everyone to have flexibility in their life. She talked about a fine line between being a doormat and being flexible.

“If you are flexible you can be open to being mindful, savvy and healthy,” Miller said.

She feels BPW gives you the opportunity to’ be flexible,’ ‘be healthy,’ ’ be mindful’ and ‘be savvy’,” she said.

Four new members were inducted into the club by President Deb Smith. The club welcomed new members Peggy Foutz, Erica Wentworth, Karen Sink and Vicki Cost.

Also present were the BPW Scholarship winners Jessica Ahrens and Kayli Duncan. They were invited to the meeting with their parents to be recognized as the 2015-16 scholarship winners.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. The club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Brenda Miller at 937-996-1741 or through [email protected]

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