Monday Minute
President's Message

I hope you had a great 4th of July holiday. Stay tuned for a new Monday Minute next week.
Remember: May Days were Pay Days! It's June now.

Send your 2019-2020 BPW/MI form to Shirley Zeller
Help Wanted: Updated Website Information

As the organization is going through updates of the Michigan Manual and a transition period, the website will be updated before the next webmistress takes over to help with updates and otherwise. A few of you have already received personal emails from me and while I thought of it, I thought I would post here in the newsletter for information I will need ASAP.

The following information/materials are needed for website updates:
1. Picture and information of the new local president. I have not heard from Keweenaw and Ionia.
2. Any calendar of events planned for the 2019-2020 year that your local is planning.
3. Local Scholarship information - only West Branch has this posted but I'm sure other locals have information that can be shared and posted on our website.

If there have been no changes, please let me know if that is the case.

I want to get as much information from the membership so that all the information can be updated at the same time onto the website.

All information needs to be sent by July 19, 2019 .

You can send the information to be Sue Oser at

The sooner the information can be sent, the sooner the updates can happen.

Thanks for your cooperation.

BPW/MI members making it

Congratulations to Celeste Bennett, member of Eaton Rapids BPW for her lastest book release “Murder at Yarn Mansion”. It can be purchased through Amazon here along with her other novels:
 Please support this talented member of our organization. Someone from BPW Colorado ordered one of her books and got "hooked."

Octavia Turner, treasurer of Albion BPW is also a published author. It is her first book entitled expressive MOMents. It was originally released in April 2011 and she is looking to keep on with it. You can order directly from her or you can go to and find it there:

Please keep your BPW sisters in Michigan and around the world who are going through major health, death, or other tragedies in your hearts and minds. They need our sisterly strength and support more than ever.
Albion BPW Event

      It's a Euchre party, Friday, August 2, in Eckford, MI. Cost is $10 per person and includes a light meal, 50-50 drawing and door prizes. Contact Carolyn Face Gilg at 517-250-1779 or  for more details.
Wayne BPW Installation
The new Wayne EC (l-to-r) Helen Glandon (president), Judy Dabanian (vice president), Mary Ann Ellis (recording secretary, Cathy King (corresponding secretary) Kathy Mahoney (treasurer) (Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Ellis)
Bev Blankertz (pictured center) congratulating the new president Helen Glandon (left) as Mary Ann looks on. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Ellis)
Amy Allen (right) installs the new Wayne prisdent Helen Glandon (left) (Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Ellis)

Historical BPW Information

With a big centennial coming up in BPW/MI, this section will now be devoted to some of the progress that the Michigan Federation has made over the years since it's beginnings. This information comes from our Michigan Manual with snippets of other memories and information coming from the membership if you are so inspired and inclined to do so. The more that the membership contributes, the long and more enlightening we can keep history alive in BPW.

BPW/MI History Timeline - 2009-11

President Susan Murphy led the state organization following the consolidation of BPW/USA and BPW Foundation as BPW Foundation. The state federation took over receiving membership dues and maintaining membership lists at just the start of the changes along with bylaws and policies. Members learned about licensing laws and were pleased to continue as a BPW state organization once the BPW Foundation licensing agreement was reached with amicable provisions. Susan called tthe organization “Finish the Row for Alice Paul.” Committee structures resumed while goals were implemented in 2010-11 that would help BPW/Michigan continue its progress to actively recruit members while forging ahead with the mission of advocating for women.  BPW/Michigan resumed having two board meetings to keep its momentum going while including keynote speakers and training for members. Training included creating our Facebook page, twitter accounts, advocating, and, of course tax filings! We visited some new locations with local organizations hosting.  The Cancer Board made donations to state medical facilities, including Allegiance Health in Jackson, as Susan co-chaired the first Pink Ball designed to raise money for modifications to the Cancer Center. These were busy years marked by changes, growth, leadership, and philanthropy. Nationally BPW members were in a good place – President Obama had signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act we had been lobbying for in Washington, and BPW Foundation was seated at the table with many other women’s organizations helping set the administration’s policies.

BPW Food for Thought

This section not only focuses on some interesting aspect of BPW that we could all learn from, but also some words and lessons of inspiration that we all can use sometimes.

From the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

How Sustainable Development Goals Make a Difference

To WILPF, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are extremely important to achieve our goal of  building a feminist, peaceful, and inclusive world . We believe the SDGs will help protect women’s human rights and ensures gender justice. They also provide an opportunity to build feminist political economies, where funds are moved from military to social spending.
Our movement is strong and we advocate permanently for peace and gender equality at various international forums.

Do you also envision a feminist peaceful and inclusive world?
Then, use our  social media campaign  as a means to raise awareness about the importance of implementing the SDGs. 

Our social media campaign showcases how WILPF sections all around the world are implementing the SDGs through their work in the local communities.  Help us grow the feminist movement and have a meaningful impact on peace by sharing our #WomenLead2030 visuals. 

Stay informed about the latest High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development updates by following us on social media!

WILPF Facebook Page:


The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's clubs (NFBPWC) develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through education, advocacy, networking, mentoring, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects.
The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) of the United States of America is an affiliate of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, which spans across five regions and over 110 countries of the world. In 2017 we celebrated 98 years of empowering women through our mission which is to develop the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through education, advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects.

You can find NFPBWC online information here: , ,

Advocacy News
by Nancy Werner

Equal Rights Amendment

Have you ever received a text telling you to turn on the TV and listen to a personality named John Oliver, the comedian? Now, I have turned the TV to hear him before but today he was talking about the Equal Rights Amendment. I wondered what he had to share.

I listened intently as I knew that I had another article coming up for the E News. But I was spellbound. He knew his information. He did his homework. He started with how rough these past few years have been for the women of this nation.

Here it was June 4th which marked the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th amendment, securing women’s right to vote. But the landmark date only highlighted the absurdity of failing to achieve another crucial milestone: the ERA which states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the ERA Mission drafted by Alice Paul in 1923.

He cited the 2015 survey of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality who shared that 80 percent of us already believe that it is in the Constitution. Now back in 1972 the amendment passed Congress and all that was needed was 38 states to ratify. Well, Oliver put it on the line how tantalizing close we are at 37 states. You would think that one of the 13 remaining states would want to make “history.” Oliver also discussed laws can be rolled back by an act of Congress.

Policy guidelines can go away based on who’s in charge. That is happening right now with Congress letting the Violence Against Women Act expire and the Trump Administration has rescinded more than 20 policy guidelines on the Title IX anti-discrimination laws. A Constitutional amendment like the ERA is more stable because constitutional amendments are safe. The 14th Amendment guarantees individuals equal protection under the law, and since the 1970’s the Supreme Court has interpreted it to cover gender discrimination. But not all justices prevail to agree with this finding.

He also discussed the ERA deadline that passed in 1982 but bills have been introduced this year in the House and the Senate. All with bipartisan co-sponsors aiming to change or remove the timetable. He gave kudos to Nevada and Illinois for stepping up and ratifying the ERA in the past few years, but he really let the remaining 13 states know that they are on “notice.”

What an honor it would be to be recognized in the history books as being the 38th state that ratified the ERA. I was impressed with John Oliver’s delivery and his passion and purpose to showcase this important issue on his TV show. BRAVO! 
International BPW News

What is BPW International?
The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) was founded by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips in 1930. 

BPW International is one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in over 100 countries in five continents. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young business and professional women.

BPW develops the professional, business and leadership potential of women through skill building, networking advocacy, mentoring around the world.

For Online BPW news, please visit BPW International web site , International Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Facebook and BPW International’s facebook .

Events around IFBPW

On 1-2 July 2019 BPW International President Dr.Amany Asfour attended the Ministerial Meeting of Ministers of Gender during the African Union Summit in Niamey, Niger. She gave an intervention on the role of BPW International for advocacy with Governments for the Economic Empowerment of Women through Government Procurement and Financial Inclusion.Great advocacy pillars of BPW International. President Amany also met the Ministers of Gender of Algeria and Zimbabwe to form BPW Affiliate Clubs in these countries also.

During 4-6 July 2019, BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour attended Global Summit of Women 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. She had the pleasure to be accompanied by her executive committee VP Susan Jones, VP Catherine Bosshart, Executive Finance Officer Giuseppina Seideita, PIP Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, and ASEAN Sub-Regional Coordinator Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya. President Amany was very glad to meet BPW delegates from around the world such as from Switzerland, France, Korea, Thailand, Malta, and Grand Cayman. Moreover, one of the speaker was BPW Thailand member Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. She is the CEO of Toshiba Thailand.

BPW Panama City is pleased to announce the celebration of its 50th Anniversary / 1969 - 2019. The Club was founded in 1969 by outstanding Panamanian professionals. It is a non-profit organization whose main objectives are, among others, to promote high quality in the services of professional and business women, contribute to the overcoming of women of limited economic resources, as well as work in favor of better opportunities and conditions for women in general.
In its mission to work for the development and integral improvement of women, it maintains a "Program of Scholarships for University Students" of low economic resources that reach high academic indexes. Through it, he has contributed to the development and training of more than 100 young women who today work as professionals in our country.
For more than 10 years, she actively collaborated in helping women in the grassroots through training for women entrepreneurs started in 1992. Although that program has ceased, it left a legacy to more than 5000 Panama City and neighboring areas.
In addition, it has developed other personal growth activities for its members, as well as community development.

Upcoming IFBPW events scheduled

  • 10–11 August 2019 BPW Canada Annual General Meeting Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 13–15 September 2019 Latin America Regional Conference Quito, Ecuador
  • September 2019 BPW Italy General Assembly Italy
  • 2-5 October 2019 2nd WIN Congress and 25th BPW Barcelona Anniversary Barcelona, Spain
  • 15-17 October 2019 Africa Regional Conference Khartoum, Sudan
  • 2-7 November 2019 USA 100th Anniversary Cruise Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos Islands
  • 11 November 2019 Autumn Conference 2019 Switzerland
  • 30 November 2019 – 2 December 2019 BPW International East-Asia Sub-Regional Conference Tokyo, Japan

Legislative Update

From the Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus:

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of Michigan ratifying the 19th amendment and we are thrilled to commemorate this historic occasion by celebrating '100 years of making our voices heard' during our summer listening tour. Spanning across our state, tour stops will offer Michigan women a forum to voice their concerns and ideas about the most important issues of today. 

We invite you to join us throughout the summer at the following tour stops:

Thursday, July 11
Hosted by Representative Donna Lasinski
Where:  Scio Township Hall
827 N. Zeeb Road in Ann Arbor
6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 22
Hosted by Representative Angela Witwer
Where:  Delta Township District Library
5130 Davenport Dr. in Lansing
5:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 1
Hosted by Representative Laurie Pohutsky
and Senator Dayna Polehanki
Where:  UAW Hall
35603 Plymouth Road in Livonia
6 p.m.

Thursday, August 8
Hosted by Representative Lori Stone 
Where:  UAW Region 1
27800 George Merrelli Dr. in Warren
6 p.m.

Monday, August 12
Hosted by Representative Sheryl Kennedy 
Where:  Mott Community College - Northern Tier
4082 W. Vienna Road in Clio
5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 20
Hosted by Representative Kyra Bolden
and Senator Rosemary Bayer 
Where:  Birmingham Public Schools Education and Administration Center - Hawthorn/Sycamore Rooms
31301 Evergreen Road in Beverly Hills
6 p.m.

Thursday, August 22
Hosted by Representative Rachel Hood
and Senator Winnie Brinks
Where:  Broad Leaf Local Beer
2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE in Kentwood
Tentative start time at 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to join us at these tour stops, please note that additional dates will be added. For more information, visit our website or check out our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter

BPW Local Meeting Dates

If you are interested in travelling to a local BPW meeting in your are or another part of Michigan, please be mindful of their meeting, dates and times.

Albion BPW - Meets 4 th Monday 6:30 p.m., Sheridan Twp. Hall (no Jan/Feb)

Eaton Rapids BPW - Meets 3 rd Monday, 6:00 p.m., dinner meeting $15 @ Miller House (no Jan./Feb.)

Ionia - Meets 2 nd Monday, noon

Jackson BPW - Meets 2 nd & 4 th Tuesday, Cascades Manor House 

Keweenaw - Meets 4th Tuesday 6:00 pm

Saginaw - Meets 4 th Tuesday  

Traverse City - no formal meetings

Wayne - Meets 4 th Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Wayne Public Library

West Branch - Meets 2 nd Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Cancer Board Information

  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 or on the BPW/Michigan website.

BPW/Michigan would like to honor the following July Birthdays :

July 8 - Tereasa Borowski, Saginaw
July 17 - Hailie Patterson, Ionia
July 20 - Pamela Manor, Jackson
July 22 - Donald Crawford, affiliate member
July 24 - Jeanne Hudson, Ionia
July 25 - Roselyn Argyle, Saginaw
July 27 - Caroly Beck-Blundy, Ionia
July 28 - Mary Ann Ellis, Wayne
July 30 - Darlyne Rozenbaum, Wayne

If you want your birthday to be recognized, make sure to write it down when you renew or apply for membership. You just might get a nice card out of it.

Who is getting the Monday Minutes in your local? Are those without email access staying informed to the latest? Please help in passing along information to those members via your local meetings or otherwise. If you know someone who is not getting a Monday Minute or other email information, please let us know how we can help.
If you have any photographs from and since our 2019 Convention, please send them to be posted in the Monday Minute, our Facebook page, and our website (which will be updated this summer). You can send calendar events and articles or information you'd like to see in the Monday Minute to . - Sue Oser, BPW/MI PSP

July - National Parks Month

July 27 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 30 - International Day of Friendship; Day Against Trafficking in Persons

October 24, 2019 - Michigan Women's Foundation Dinner

August 21-26, 2020 - BPW International Conference, Orlando Florida
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