Monday Minute
President's Message

Dear Members and Affiliates,

Welcome to Fall!
The Fall Board registration was emailed this past Sunday. If you did not receive it, please contact me. There has been discussion in the past about the rising costs of the board meetings. Please read Susan Murphy's explanation that has been included in this Monday Minute. We welcome any comments or concerns you may have.
Please keep our member Judy Dabanian in your thoughts and prayers as she is dealing with a health issue currently. Cards can be sent to her home address 21900 Beech Daly Road, Flat Rock, MI 48134.


A special message from Site Coordinator Susan Murphy

There have been inquiries regarding the cost of the Fall Board program.

The Executive Committee and Site Coordinator reviewed five proposals from locations in the Traverse City/Bay Harbor area for a post-color Fall Board meeting. Of the five proposals, the Inn at Bay Harbor room rate of $124 plus 21% taxes was the least expensive room option. While Great Wolf Lodge came in at $125 a night, without taxes, Great Wolf Lodge wanted a $6,000 minimum food order. We usually do not even come close to half that amount for meals. The two hotels in Traverse City came in with nightly room rates in excess of $189. The Perry was not available. In addition, the Inn at Bay Harbor came in with a meeting rental space of $100 for the entire event; significantly less than the others.

The meals that were selected by the Executive Committee are the least expensive items on the hotel’s menu. The cost of meals, with tax and gratuity, is $85 per person. That leaves $30 per person to supply sufficient funds for the meeting space, speaker gifts, audio visual needs, table decorations/gifts for POA recipients, and program materials. In addition, to help keep the cost of the dinner meal for our guests to $40 per person, the balance of costs has to be borne by the membership. The Executive Committee did not believe a $50 cost for the POA dinner only would be well received.
Please keep in mind the last time visits to the Traverse City/Petoskey area we stayed at the Holiday Inn which required all outside catering and negotiations of multiple contracts for food. The Holiday Inn did not respond to the RFP on this occasion. The other location was Cambria Suites. The Site Coordinator reminded the Executive Committee that this location’s meeting space was cramped, so this site was not revisited.
Book your room for Fall Board Today!

The Fall Board Meeting & Person of Achievement Banquet event will be held 11/1/2019 - 11/3/2019 at the Inn of Bay Harbor. You can book your room at a group rate by following this link: or 800 - 462-6963.

The hotel is asking that guests wishing to book cottages or suites call Central
Reservations, due to the limited availability of these units.

Please note that after the cut-off date of 10/2/2019.

If you have any questions or need help with the link, please do not et the hotel know or our site coordinator Susan Murphy at .


This year’s theme is “All Great Achievements Require Time” by Maya Angelou.

The nominee can be a woman or man in your organization or community. 

The following criteria is recommended:

1. Be an active BPW member
2. Recognition of accomplishments
3. Outstanding dedication to BPW and enthusiastic willingness to help others
4. Contributions to the community and BPW

A personal profile and photo of the honoree must be submitted.

 Nominees are due to Sara Tackett by October 4 . Her email address is -

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.
Centennial Committee Request:
If you have any names and addresses you would like to invite to our celebration on May 15-17, 2020 in Lansing, please bring the information to Fall Board and give it to Linda Stright or by email


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.

Fair Pay is a Family Issue (News Release Example)

Downriver Michigan, April 16, 2002— Pay inequity remains a persistent problem for working women and their families. On average, women currently earn 74 cents for every dollar a man is paid. The result – the average working family loses more than $4,000 each year to the gender wage gap. 
Less income means that families have less to spend on child care, to make a down payment on a home or save for retirement. Once thought to be a women’s issue, more and more men are becoming aware of the problem.
“There is a mountain of evidence to show that pay inequity undercuts family security in two-wage-earner families,” says Clara Oser, Treasurer of Downriver Business and Professional Women “Fair pay just isn’t about the raw dollars women earn. It is the lynchpin issue that is key to multiple issues such as poverty among elderly women, child care, health care and education costs.”
The wage gap persists even though women comprise nearly 50 percent of the nation’s workforce, have attained education at least equal to men’s, and are working successfully in jobs, professions and executive positions in every field. According to 101 Facts on the Status of Working Women , published by BPW/USA, between one-third and one-half of the wage difference between men and women cannot be explained by differences in experience, education, child rearing or other legitimate qualifications.
The wage gap is an even greater threat to African American and Hispanic families. The gap is even wider as African American and Hispanic women earn 64 cents and 53 cents, respectively to a man’s dollar.
When commenting on why the wage gap still exists, Clara Oser said that there is a lack of enforcement of current laws and information about the problem. While women can bring complaints, against companies for unfair pay practices, most are unaware that they are underpaid. 
However, Clara Oser says the primary reason is that society still has a lack of respect for women’s work. Jobs that are dominated by women tend to pay less than those dominated by men. 
“Some may say women chose to spend more time with their families and therefore not working as long or hard as their male counterparts. In other words, women shouldn’t have children if they want to be paid fairly? That’s absurd. Men have children and get paid fairly,” Clara Oser said.   



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.

'It's long overdue': the first exhibition for Native American female artists

Walk into most museums and there might be something missing on the wall labels beside Native American artworks - an Apache dress from the 19th century might just read: "Title, year, materials."

What's missing?  The artist's name . Though many of the artists' names were not recorded, and will forever be anonymous, many that have been recorded are now being recognized as never before. 

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artist s  is the first ever museum retrospective of Native American and Canadian female artists. It opened at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and until 18 August, over 115 artists from 50 Native communities are being given the credit they deserve.

Why did it take so long? 

Most 19th-century art collectors were "men with a Victorian sensibility. For the most part, these men weren't interested in identifying women, or individualizing Native people. 
Upon entering the exhibition, there's a parked 1985 Chevy El Camino by Rose Simpson, a work which pays homage to the 20th-century potter Maria Martinez, the first self-identified non-anonymous Native artist. That sets the tone for the entire show, which is divided into three sections: legacy, relationships and power. The exhibition includes the work of 12 Canadian artists to trace tribes and communities that were established long before borders between the two countries.

Métis artist Christi Belcourt shows The Wisdom of the Universe, a painting from 2014 that features animals on the endangered species list in Canada, alongside Haida fashion designer Dorothy Grant, who sketches Haida artwork on to clothing, is showing her wool Hummingbird Dress from 1989, the same year she debuted her first collection.
One of the most fun pieces in the exhibit is a pair of heels by the Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock artist Jamie Okuma, who is showing her Adaption II shoes from 2012. The artist has taken a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and covered them in "Native couture" - including the likes of glass beads, porcupine quills and buckskin. The work counteracts the stereotype that Native art l ives in the past and lacks sophistication

The Creek-Cherokee artist Joan Hill is showing her 1990 painting Women's Voices at the Council, which shows the head of a tribe, a woman she refers to as the "Beloved Woman", meeting with other women as part of the decision-making for their tribe. Haida artist Freda Diesing shows Mask, Old Woman with Labret from 1974, which depicts a woman with a labret, a body modification known as "lip plugs", which were recognized as status symbols for women on the north-west coast. (Diesing was one of the few female carvers of her generation and her Haida name Skil Kew Wat means "magical little woman").

 The Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore shows Fringe, a sculpture from 2007, which draws attention to the  violence against First Nations women  with a gaping back scar the artist believes will never disappear.

Source: WISDOM September newsletter:
Courts Matter Michigan
NCJW | MI has established a coalition of diverse organizations in our community united in their efforts to ensure a well-functioning federal judiciary, composed of qualified individuals, who are committed to upholding our core constitutional values. These values include voting rights, workers rights, the right to privacy, freedom of speech, the separation of church and state, among many others.

Citizens for Peace Information

Our monthly meetings are at 
                 The Livonia Senior Center 
         15218 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48154   
          (South side of 5 Mile @ Farmington Rd)

Mission of the Citizens for Peace
Be responsive community leaders centered on learning, educating, and facilitating the practices and principles of non-violence in our world. We encourage the empowerment of an active citizenry, and support legislation and programs that would prevent violence.
Other Events Around Michigan

Inside & Outside: Touring Women's Architecture in Ottawa Hills, 1920s - 1970s
Saturday, October 5 at 1pm
Many are familiar with the beautiful homes in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood, and with architect Alexander McColl who designed many of them; but few know the stories of the women architects who lent their own design aesthetic to the neighborhood. Enter architectural researcher Pamela VanderPloeg of  Architecture Grand Rapids  and  West Michigan Modern !

VanderPloeg has discovered several women architects working in and around the Ottawa Hills neighborhood, and well beyond it! You might remember her article on  Louise Gilleo  featured in one of our recent newsletters or the brief introduction we posted about  Marion Blood . Vanderploeg will further introduce us to these women architects, and a few others, on  Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1pm in the Klise Memorial Chapel at East Congregational Church at 1005 Giddings SE.

After a presentation, we will embark on a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Ottawa Hills and adjacent East Grand Rapids streets where several 1920's era homes are attributed to women architects. Tour participants will also enjoy a look at the interior of two of these lovely historic homes!

Mark your calendar and join us for new look at the architecture in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood!

Registration is required for this free event.   Click here to Register!

Michigan Women Forward Update

All of us at MWF are thrilled to announce that Vernice Davis Anthony, Terry Blackhawk, Gilda Jacobs and The Sister Survivors of Larry Nassar will be the contemporary inductees into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame on November 7 th  at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The historical honorees are Martha Baldwin, Margaret Kirchner, and Lucille Watts. Together, they have shown us what courage, commitment, and conviction look like and how their actions have advanced so much, for so many. One hundred years from now, their names and their accomplishments must be remembered. 

Please join us in celebrating these extraordinary Michigan women by becoming a sponsor of this prestigious statewide celebration. 


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: , ,

Support the Votes for Women float by buying a yellow rose for friends or relatives to celebrate the victory in 1920

It takes thousands of roses to decorate a 55-foot long and 18-foot wide float in the Rose Parade® resented by Honda. And our float will be covered with yellow roses to pay tribute to the women who struggled for 72 years to win Women’s Right to Vote. To celebrate that victory, our rose vial program allows you to do the same. Just purchase a rose in a vial and we will put the name of someone you want to honor on that vial, which will hold a rose, that will be used to decorate the Votes for Women Centennial float.
For $20.20 per flower, you will have your chosen names on vials, holding a rose, riding down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA, on New Year’s Day in the parade. Flower vials make fun and easy gifts that support our float and make it possible for you to be a part of history by knowing your contribution made a difference. You can purchase up to 10 vials at a time, with different names. Just go to their website for the Rose Vial at:  The link will take you to an online form to complete.  

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

Nomination for BPW Power to Make a Difference 2017-2019 is now open. All BPW affiliates world-wide are invited to submitted their nominations. To download brochure and nomination forms in all 3 categories: Leadership, Advocacy and Action, please visit…/BPW-Power-to-Make-a-Dif… The submission deadline is 10 January 2020.

On 30-31 October 2019 BPW Thailand will be hosting the first "Women CEOs Summit" in ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand. Many distinguish speakers who are women CEOs in ASEAN will be participated in this event. BPW members are welcome to attend this event.

On 29 September 2019 BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour and BPW UN Rep. & Chair of NGO CSW Susan O'Malley attended the High Level Panel of Women Head of States promoting the UN Women new campaign "Generation Equality" during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), at the United Nations in New York, USA. At this High Level Panel many Women Presidents promoting the Campaign, including their Excellencies President of Croatia, President of Estonia, Prime Minister of Iceland in presence of Women Leaders from all over the world. It was great to hear about their support to the campaign and their personal stories as Female Heads of States.
President Amany spoke to their Excellencies promoting BPW International and the role of BPW Affiliates in their Excellencies countries.
For more details of this UNGA, please click on link

Upcoming IFBPW events scheduled

  • 2-5 October 2019 2nd Win Congress and 25th BPW Barcelona Anniversary Barcelona, Spain
  • 27-29 October 2019 BPW International Africa Regional Conference Cairo, Egypt
  • 2-7 November 2019 NFBPWC USA 100th Anniversary Cruise Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos Islands
  • 11 November 2019 Autumn Conference 2019 Switzerland
  • 15-17 November 2019 2nd Mediterranean Symposium Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 30 November 2019 – 2nd December 2019 BPW International East-Asia Sub-Regional Conference Tokyo, Japan
  • 2–5 April 2020 10th Anniversary BPW (Valletta) Malta Conference Valletta, Malta
  • 23-25 April 2020 Global Summit of Women 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
  • Summer 2020 BPW Canada Convention Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; XXX BPW International Congress in Orlando, Florida, USA
  • 16-19 October 2020 BPW Australia National Conference Adelaide, Australia

ERA News

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is launching Woman’s Journal 2.0. The original Woman’s Journal began as a weekly newspaper in 1870, and was instrumental in mobilizing people across the country to support the 19th Amendment. We hope this new iteration will inspire people nationwide to support the Equal Rights Amendment.
Kamala Lopez and Natalie White, directors of EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, along with women’s rights attorney Wendy Murphy (@WMurphyLaw) will co-host and interview guests on a variety of topics related to women’s civil and constitutional rights, and the ERA.

Legislative Update

Governor Whitmer  Makes Appointments to Michigan Women’s Commission, Announces New Executive Director

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmerannounced the following appointments to the Michigan Women’s Commission and the selection of Cheryl Bergman to serve as the Commission’s Executive Director. 
Cheryl Bergman, of East Lansing, is currently the owner of Bergman, Inc., fundraising consulting firm, and senior advisor for Whitmer for Governor. Her clients have included Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator Debbie Stabenow, The White House Project, Communities in Schools of Michigan, Michigan’s Children, and Children’s Trust Fund. Prior to starting her own consulting business, Ms. Bergman served as the agency relations director for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center, and as the program administrator for the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University.  
Ms. Bergman serves as an advisory board member and chair of the external relations subcommittee for the Potter Park Zoo in Ingham County. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University.  

 JoAnn Chavez, of Ann Arbor, is the senior vice president, deputy general counsel, and the chief tax officer for DTE Energy, and a former international tax partner with KPMG, LLP. Ms. Chavez is the Michigan Hispanic Fund President, and a member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Board. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Ms. Chavez is appointed to succeed Jan Peabody, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. 
Charity R. Dean, of Detroit, is the director of civil rights for the city of Detroit and the former director of the city’s Bridging Neighborhoods Program. Mrs. Dean is an advisory council member for the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network, a board member for Youth Works Detroit, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Mrs. Dean is appointed to succeed Joanne Dawley, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. 
Whitney B. Gravelle, of Brimley, is the tribal attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the former chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Ms. Gravelle is active in the tribal community mentoring indigenous youth through the Boys & Girls Club Tribal Youth Program. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Gravelle is appointed to succeed Nicole DeMarco, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. 
Muna Jondy, of Flushing, is an attorney and owner of her private practice, The Law Office of Muna Jondy, and a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Flint. Ms. Jondy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves as the media liaison for the Flint Islamic Center. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Manitoba Law School and Master of Laws in Public Law from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Jondy is appointed to succeed Kathleen Vogelsang, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. 
Geneva Williams, Ph.D., of Detroit, is the chief executive officer of Dr. Geneva Speaks, LLC., where she provides leadership and personal development coaching and nonprofit consulting. Dr. Williams was the first female executive vice president for the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, and a co-founder and former president of Black Family Development, Inc. She earned her Doctor of Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Public Policy from Wayne State University. Dr. Williams is appointed to succeed Mary Templeton, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. 
The Michigan Women's Commission was created by statute in 1968. The Commission’s duties include reviewing the status of women in Michigan, directing attention to critical problems confronting women, recommending ways of overcoming discrimination, enabling women to develop skills, conducting surveys, and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to Michigan. 
Appointments to the Michigan Women’s Commission are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

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 September/October Birthdays :

September 30 - Dana Ashlock, Jackson
October 2 - Dawn Stiles, affiliate
Cathy Cowles, Eaton Rapids
October 4 - Kathy Mahoney, Wayne
October 6 - Jodi Snyder, Albion/Jackson
October 12 - Amy Allen, Wayne
October 13 - Lynn Card, West Branch
October 15 - Maxine McCabe, Keweenaw
October 30 - Donna McEachern, Wayne
October 31 - Linda Vollworth, Keweenaw

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

September - National Preparedness Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Suicide Prevention Month

October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month/Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 2 - International Day of non-violence

October 7 - Children's Health Day

October 10 - World Mental Health Day

October 11 - International Day of the Girl/ National Coming Out Day

October 14 - Columbus Day/ Canadian Thanksgiving

October 15 - International Day of Rural Women

October 24 - United Nations Day

October 31 - Halloween

November 1-3 - BPW Fall Board Meeting, Bay Harbor, Michigan

November 3 - Daylight Savings Time

November 7 - Michigan Women's Foundation Dinner

August 21-26, 2020 - BPW International Conference, Orlando Florida
Michigan Federation Business Office
Jodi Snyder
210 W. Franklin #200, Jackson, MI 49201
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