Monday Minute
President's Message

Dear Members & Friends:
Please stay warm and be careful this season!


Testimonials wanted

Your editor is looking for BPW testimonials/stories. What brought you to BPW? What has BPW done for you? Why do you recommend BPW to other women/men? etc.? Since this is a big year in our organization, why not do something to celebrate ourselves and inspire others to become a member or continue their membership. Send your stories and testimonials to . We look forward to your writings.
Important BPW Michigan dates to Remember

March 28, 2020 - Spring Board Strategic Meeting, Albion
May 15, 2020 - Centennial Celebration at the Michigan State Capitol
May 15-17, 2020 - BPW/MI Convention

BPW/MI members making it

Celeste Bennett, member of Eaton Rapids BPW wrote “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, 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:

Did you know that our own Anita Aeillio wrote a book? It's under the pen name Anita Owen. It's called the House on Pepper Street and you can purchase it here:

Bonnie Albert's sister Ruth Rondon is an eLearning Co-Author of W.A.R. on Slavery. You can find information here:  Cell - 616-813-6733

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 Carolyn Gilg at


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. The more that the membership contributes, the long and more enlightening we can keep history alive in BPW.

From Michigan Business Women - March 1974

"An Objective " View

Being middle-aged or older isn't so bad, especially when one considers the opinion of not growing old. It is bad, however, when it becomes a state of mind which separates us from youth.

It's eve worse when it becomes a state of BPW clubs separated from young women. We all express concern about the back of younger women in our clubs but what do we really do to challenged our "middle aged or older" image?

It has already been suggested that one of the big reasons women don't join BPW is because we don't ask them to. Could this be especially true for young women and if so why?

One answer most often given to the "why" is that a young woman would look at our "middle aged" group and be scared away. The old "generation gap" theory. Well, psychologists tell us this gap no longer exists. But more significantly, young women are telling us that they do not want to be segregated, but rather included in a club where they can associate with women whose professional experiences and maturity can add great dimensions to their own development.

Possibly there's another fear operating when we consider mixing age with youth in BPW. This might be called the old "communication gap" theory. We "are afraid we can't relate to a generation that seems so removed from ours. This is an unfounded fear. Our young people have learned a degree of tolerance and respect for all individuals which opens communication lines for them that have been closed for many of us all of our lives. Consequently, they can and want to talk to us and to learn from us. If we can't talk we can always listen and learn.

Fortunately, some clubs are blessed with young members and chances are they are clubs who orient them well, keep them involved, respect their ideas, have dynamic programs and enjoy their friendship.

Ask young women to join your club so that we will always have our "middle aged or older."


This section will give you information about some of the functions of BPW that are not only listed in our Michigan Manual but also as a refresher in case you forgot your role in the organization. The more you know about what positions make BPW the organization it is, the more you might understand how you can make a difference.

BPW Officers - Treasurer

The treasurer is the money person. She takes care of any bills and statements of the organization or federation. She will authorize payments that need to be made for events, donations, and any monetary transactions that will be a benefit to the organization. She will also maintain all financial documents to make sure they are orderly and maintained properly. Each month she creates a financial statement for the finance chair and meetings. She also presents a report at all state (and/or local) meetings.

The treasurer is the main signatory on all bank accounts and prepares payroll tax forms as required.

At the state level, she supervises the finance committee, membership, any funding development, etc.

At the local level, she performs much of the same duties according the needs of the local organization as well as what the local by-laws state.
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.

#CourtsMatter to LGBTQ Equality
On January 15, US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan (nominated by President Trump and opposed by many on this listserv) issued an opinion that, among other things, insulted and demeaned a transgender litigant’s dignity and right to be addressed by the correct gender pronouns. In the opinion, Duncan even insisted on using the wrong gender pronouns, claiming that to do otherwise would constitute bias toward a transgender litigant’s legal position. Read more about this abhorrent decision in PFAW’s  Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears series  and in  this Twitter thread .
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.

 The date of the Equal Pay Day event is Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
We will be meeting at the Central United Methodist Church for our morning session instead of the Episcopal Church. Our original date, April 22nd is Earth Day, so there will be a lot happening in and around the Capitol. Also, the Capitol steps were not available on that date, but both the Methodist Church and the Capitol steps are available on April 29th.
Michigan Women Forward Update

Michigan Women Forward is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for Michigan’s women and girls through philanthropy and investment. In response to a compelling need that exists still today for women to further advance their social, economic and professional well-being to an equitable level in society, MWF and its partners and supporters have committed financially and intellectually to leaving this world a better place for women and girls.

Michigan Women Forward through its statewide presence, is known as “The foundation on which Michigan’s women and girls thrive.” Its work, through philanthropy and investment in high impact initiatives, supports Women Entrepreneurship and the next generation of Women Leaders, while advancing Michigan’s Women’s Agenda. MWF is led by recognized professional and volunteer leaders and has a well-earned track-record for success.

Those interested in supporting and/or volunteering in these efforts may contact MWF at 313-962-1920.

For more information:

Determined to Rise: Panel Discussion on Women’s Suffrage
Date: March 19, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Michigan Historical Center 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915

More Michigan Women in the News and History

 Sylvia Granader (1920 - 2016)

From the age of 10, Sylvia Schwartz Granader developed a love of planes, watching them depart and land from her aunt’s Detroit coffee shop across from City Airport. In her senior year as an art major at Wayne University, she got her chance to fly, when she was one of only two women to be accepted into the Civil Air Patrol Program and got her pilot’s license in 1941.

Sylvia then taught art in public schools and aeronautical engineering at Wayne University until she had accumulated the 75 solo flying hours necessary to be accepted into the Women Air-force Service Pilots (WASP) program in 1943. She received her training in Sweetwater, Texas (two months primary training, two months basic training, and two months advanced training) before being sent to a base in Wilmington, Delaware.

Subsequently, she was stationed at Waco, Texas and assigned to towing planes as targets, which were shot at by sailors on offshore boats as part of target practice. Because the sailors used live ammunition, this was a risky undertaking for the pilots; four members of her group were killed during that time from bullets that hit their planes instead of the targets.

At that time, women received the same training as male Army pilots and got their wings, but no rank and no pay. As the WASPs were not considered a branch of the military, there were no survivor benefits and no death expenses. When a female colleague was killed, the WASPs passed the hat to return the fallen woman’s body back to her family.

Sylvia married Harry Granader, whom she had met while in the Civil Air Patrol, in 1943 and raised five sons. She and Harry were founding members of Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park, Michigan. In 1959, Sylvia received her MFA in Weaving at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In the 1980s, the Granaders purchased a ranch in Gold Creek, Montana and donated 87 acres to found Camp Make-a-Dream, a cost-free camp for children whose lives have been touched by cancer. The camp opened its doors in 1991 and has grown every year. In 2010, at the age of 90, Sylvia took her final flight when she flew to Washington, D.C. to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Barack Obama.


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: , ,

The call to Congress is on the International website. You can also make your hotel reservations at this time. See this link for more information .


The XXX International Congress will be held August 21 to 25 in Orlando, Florida. As part of the work of the Congress will be amendments to our Governance, Resolutions and the Election of Officers and Chairs.
If you have any Amendments or Resolutions that you would like to submit, please send them to the NFBPWC Executive Committee by February 5th.
If you are interested in running for office or a chairmanship, you must complete an application. These applications must be submitted by the National Organization.

The offices are President, Vice President Membership, Vice President United Nations, Executive Secretary, Executive Financial Officer, Regional Coordinator and Young BPW Representative.

The Standing Chairs are Agriculture, Business Trade & Technology, Environment and Sustainable Development, Legislation, Public Relations, Arts and Culture, Development and Training and Employment, Health, and Projects.

If you are interested in running for one of the offices or chairmanships, please contact the NFBPWC Executive Committee and we will send you the application.

All completed applications must be received the NFBPWC Executive Committee no later than February 15 so that we can ensure that they are submitted in a timely manner.

If you would like more information as to what is required of officers or chairs, please click on the link below to learn more.

Any questions, please contact the NFBPWC Executive Committee.

Best Regards,
Sandy Thompson
President 2018-2020

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 .

You are all invited to the Orlando Congress. Please visit   and Facebook . The online registration for Orlando Congress will open on 10 February 2020. For any inquiries about congress matters please e-Email:

Online registration is now open for BPW Leaders’ Summit 2020 (6-7 March 2020), Claire Fulcher dinner (8 March 2020) prior to UN CSW 63rd session (9-20 March 2020) in New York, USA.

During CSW64 and Leaders’ Summit 2020 BPW International have a special price discount for BPW members at the Westgate Resort Hotel in New York, USA. The room block will end on January 31, 2020. So hurry up to make reservations in this great hotel. Please contact VP Catherine Bosshart for the special keyword to sign in under : .

A preview of BPW webinars coming in 2020:
*January: Members: Attracting, Engaging, Retaining
*February: BPW and the Use of Technology
*March: Women on Boards: How to Serve
*April: A Strong Budget: Building, Maintaining
*May: Strategic Twinning
*June: Mentoring Models and Programs
*July: Successful Advocacy
*August: Serving as a Congress Delegate
Bonus videos to be added to our YouTube channel:
*BPW Constitution: A Primer
*Networking with Other Organisations
*Public Relations: Media and Social Media
*Project 5-0
*Our Global Projects
*Sustainability and Succession Planning
*Equal Pay Campaigns
*Motivating the Demotivated Club
*BPW: The 5 Regions
**And, "Part II" in-depth followup to prior webinars.

Join us! See the recorded webinars online -- and share with all BPW members!

Upcoming IFBPW events scheduled

  • 6-7 March 2020 BPW Leader's Summit 2020
  • 9-20 March 2020 UN CSW 63rd Session
  • 27-28 March 2020 11th Equal Pay Day Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 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

The ERA Coalition /Fund for Women's Equality was founded in 2014 to bring concerted, organized action to the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Comprised of nearly one hundred organizations across the country, the Coalition provides education and advocacy on Constitutional Equality. The ERA Coalition’s groundbreaking research indicates that more than 94% of all Americans want an Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition/FFWE has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

Mark Your Calendars!
Women's Equality Day Luncheon
Saturday August, 22, 2020
11:30am -2:30pm
Celebrate 100 years of Women's Suffrage

Eileen Davis, a leading member of VAratifyERA will be the featured speaker.

Press Contact Marianne Stack 804-405-1678
For more information about the Equal Rights Amendment and ERA Coalition, please visit our  website .

Other Legislative Updates

Residents in Michigan will soon have access to a statewide mental health hotline, thanks to legislation recently passed by both chambers of the state Legislature, the  Associated Press  reported on Tuesday.
The legislation would create a telephone hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help anyone in the state experiencing a mental health emergency. Those calling the hotline, expected to cost roughly $3 million to create, operate, and maintain, would be referred to a mental health provider.

A hotline could "make people more willing to talk about" suicide or other mental health issues, Michael St. John, a program supervisor at Pathways Community Mental Health, told a  Michigan NBC affiliate .

Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the measure .

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 birthdays :

January 27 - Pat Rudden, affiliate
January 28 - Kathy Odell, Eaton Rapids BPW
Januar y 29 - Michelle McClellan, Jackson BPW

February 2 - Jeanie Deckert, West Branch
February 6 - Katherine Beenie, Wayne
February 9 - Margaret Landsberger, Keweenaw
February 12 - Anna Petrou, Wayne
February 17 - Lisa Coe, Ionia
February 20 - Jean Porter, affiliate
Heather Neihaus, West Branch
February 21 - Cheri Lynn Lampian, Keweenaw
February 24 - Diane Adams, Ionia

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.

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
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.

January - National Mentoring Month; Cervical Health Awareness Month; National Blood Donor Month

January 24-27 - Chinese/Korean New Year

February - Black History Month, American Hearth Month

February 1 - National Freedom Day

February 2 - Ground hog Day, Superbowl

February 4 - World Cancer Day

February 6 - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation History

February 7 - Go Red for Women - Women's Heart Health - Wear Red Day

February 11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 15 - Susan B. Anthony's Birthday

February 17 - President's Day

February 20 - World Day of Social Justice

March - Women's History Month

March 8 - International Women's Day; Wordl Overain Cancer Day

March - Spring State Conference

May 13-15 - Michigan Centennial Celebration and Convention

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

August 22, 2020 - Womens Equality Day Luncheon
Michigan Federation Business Office
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