Monday Minute
President's Message

Dear Members and Friends:

Now that we survived Thanksgiving it is onto December. Since some of us were not able to spend time with our families I wanted to share a picture of my family with you. It was taken during Christmas 2017 at my sister’s home in Wisconsin. The bottom row is my dad, sister Vicki, my mom and me. The back row is my sister’s husband Jeff, their son Jeffrey Jr. who we know as JJ (he will graduate from West Point this spring), my son Gunnar and my husband Mark.    

Along with collecting recipes, please feel free to share any family pictures with BPW!   Since we cannot be with our families let’s share the memories and happy times with one another. Thank you to Sara Tackett - Jackson BPW President - for the idea.  Please send your pictures to Sue Oser or myself. 

Have a great week! 


BPW Family Album
Jodi Snyder and her family

BPW/MI Recipe Corner

We all that favorite recipe that we like to make and share with other. With the holidays upon us, why not share your favorite recipe or a family recipe with your BPW sisters? You can send them to Jodi Snyder or Susan Oser to be included in this section.

From Celeste Bennett, BPW Michigan affiliate member
Here is one that I use when I'm hungry for pumpkin pie but don't want all the calories.

4 oz of canned pumpkin (just pumpkin, not the pie filling)
1/2 cup of evaporated milk (I use skim evaporated milk)
1 t. brown sugar and 2 t of sugar substitute -I use Stivia (or just use one Tablespoon of brown sugar)
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
Stir by hand until well mixed. Place in a custard cup and back for about 1 hour at 350 degrees F or the liquid look to the center is gone. Each serving counts as 1 milk and 1 veggie for those who count these things.

Obviously, I do up more than just one so I don't have leftover pumpkin being wasted, but I still mix each one up separately as that seems to work the best for me.

BPW/MI Happy Hour Call

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Things I've learned about myself During Zoom Happy Hours
by J. Duffy in Funny Times

My apartment is a dump
I don't wear pants
I look at myself more than I look as everybody else.
When I want to show surprise. I have to raise my eyebrows unnaturally high for them to be seen above my glasses.
I have bad facial angels and worse facial angles
Camera above: good. Camera below: bad.
A light source below my face makes me look like Boris Karloff.
Certain neck muscles, when used constantly, will slightly mitigate a double chin.
When I'm interrupted, I realize that what I was about to say was wildly inappropriate, and I don't say it.
I'm judgmental when somebody uses an animated image of the Aurora Borealis as their Zoom screen background.
I hit the mute button when I get up to do something so that I'm free to make embarrassing noises.
When a couple signs off to make dinner, I'm jealous.
When a single person sing off to feed their dog. I'm not jealous.
I feel guilty when I check my email while other people are speaking.
I feel angry when I suspect other people are checking their email while I'm speaking.
I'm the first to arrive and the last to leave.
BPW/MI Updates

2020-2021 State Meeting Schedule
      Saturday February 27, 2021 Spring Board – Strategic Planning
         Friday May 14 Centennial (+1) Celebration
         Saturday May 15 Convention

Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents our 2020 Virtual Holiday Housewalk Join us for our annual holiday fundraiser from the comfort of your home! The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce this year's Holiday Housewalk! Our annual Holiday Housewalk fundraiser is going virtual this year and you can enjoy it right in the comfort of your own home. The event premiers on December 12th with a 3 PM and 7 PM showing and will be hosted by Bay City native Eric Jylha. 

This year's Holiday Housewalk will feature three uniquely decorated homes in Saginaw's Adams Boulevard neighborhood: the home of Alan Tobias on Lockwood Street, Dan and Linda Swaffer on Storch Street, and Jim and Beth Church on Adams Boulevard. The tour will also feature the historic Old Town Saginaw District showcasing the home of Steve Snow and Kathy Fry, which is situated above the Dynamic Corvettes Auto Body Shop. Also featured are two homes in the Freeland area: the country estate of John and Brigitte Markey on Amelith Road and the home of Drs. Anthony and Claudia Zacharek located in The Grove at Apple Mountain.

Included in this year's virtual Housewalk will be an online auction, featuring merchandise from area businesses. New this year, is our Holiday How-To Tutorials that will feature six local businesses providing their holiday expertise. These tutorials will begin on October 26th and will be released on a weekly basis via Facebook. 

Join us for this exciting event! Tickets are on sale now and are available on our website for $12 or you can upgrade to our “Cup of Holiday Cheer” option and receive a cup of hot chocolate to enjoy while watching the tour for $20. For more information, please visit our website at or email us at Happy Holidays from the SBSO!  

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Monthly Awareness: November

Each month is designated for a social, health, or other issue for not only our information but also education. This section will highlight these special themes and why we should be more aware.

National Veterans and Military Families Month

Our Nation’s service members — past and present — and their families represent the very best of America. Motivated by patriotism and love of country, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Space Warfighters serve at home and abroad with professionalism, ingenuity, integrity, and devotion. Their families always stand beside them in their missions and as they transition to civilian life. During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we celebrate the loved ones of our country’s men and women in uniform and recognize the sacrifices they have made in support of our Nation’s heroes.

So many veterans carry painful memories and bear physical and emotional scars from their service. We will never forget our veterans who are suffering from mental health issues or the military families that are left behind by veteran suicide.


Health Information

Why 'namaste' has become the perfect pandemic greeting
Jeremy David Engels

 As people the world over are choosing to ditch the handshakes and hugs for fear of contracting the coronavirus, namaste is becoming the perfect pandemic greeting. As a scholar whose research focuses on the ethics of communication and as a yoga teacher, I'm interested in how people use rituals and rhetoric to affirm their interconnectedness with one another - and with the world.
Namaste is one such ritual.

I bow to you. Originally a Sanskrit word, namaste is composed of two parts - "namas" means "bend to," "bow to" or "honor to," and "te" means "to you." So namaste means "I bow to you." This meaning is often reinforced by a small bow of the head. In Hindi and a number of other languages derived from Sanskrit, namaste is basically a respectful way of saying hello and also goodbye. Today, namaste has been adopted into the English language, along with other words from non-English sources. Many words, when borrowed, keep their spelling but acquire new meanings. This is the case with namaste - it has shifted from meaning "I bow to you" to "I bow to the divine in you."

Namaste has a sacred connotation. When you bow to another, you are honoring something sacred in them. When you bow to another, you are acknowledging that they are worthy of respect and dignity. I bow to the divine light in you

However, there are critics who say that global yogis have taken namaste out of its context. Some claim that the greeting has been infused with a religious meaning that doesn't exist in Indian culture.

 The definition of namaste as "the divine light in me bows to the divine light in you" is very much in the spirit of both Indian religions and 19th-century traditions of American spirituality.

One need not be a Hindu, or a Buddhist, or a yoga teacher to say namaste. Namaste can be as religious or secular as the speaker desires.
What matters most, is the intention behind the word namaste. When you bow to another, the question to consider is this: Do you truly recognize them as a fellow human being worthy of dignity, bonded in shared suffering and a shared capacity for transcendence?

This recognition of our interconnectedness is what namaste is all about - and exactly what we need during the pandemic.

(Jeremy David Engels is a professor of communication arts and sciences at Pennsylvania State University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service.)

LGBTQ+ News and Notes

World AIDS Day is December 1st, the global day dedicated to the pandemic of AIDS caused by the spread of HIVThis year includes special information and resources regarding HIV and COVID-19.


BPW/MI members making it

Celeste Bennett, BPW/MI member's latest  novel "Wedding Lace Murder" is now out.  

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:

Please keep your BPW sisters in Michigan and around the world in your thoughts, well wishes and prayers during this COVID-19 situation. Please be aware that we are all in this together and we need to support one another during this time. Take care of yourselves, your family, and each other. Check in on those older members of the organization and keep in touch in all forms of communication as much as you can.

Historical BPW Information

With the big centennial coming of BPW/MI (and other BPW clubs), 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.

BPWMI: Strategic Goals for 2001

“Insuring the Future of BPW”
   Improve member experience
    Recruit members who will be the future of BPW
    Retain passionate members
    Partner with community organization with like goals
    Provide an atmosphere that will provide avenue for growth and development of skills for self improvement.
Establish avenues to maintain a solid financial base for operating the BPW federation


BPW Insights

This section is designed to share personal stories of various BPW members who hold positions within the organization While the Michigan Manual gives a basic description of various positions, it does fully tell the story. Sometimes hearing the personal experience matters. That is what this column is designed to do. It will also include any reports that have been submitted into any Convention or State Board packets for your information and resource. Send any information to Monday Minute editor

BPW/MI Convention/Fall Board Reports

BPW Michigan
Finance Committee Report
October 17, 2020

In addition to the ongoing review of financial reports prepared by the Treasurer, the finance committee prepared a proposal for the BPW/MI Executive Committee (EC) related to using Sarah Hawes Trust Account to advance the Michigan Federation and assist its members. The proposal was subsequently approved by the EC with administrative edits and is as follows:

"I move that the BPW/MI Executive Committee instructs its Treasurer to manage the Sarah Hawes Trust Fund prior to July 9, 2020, by reinvesting $70,000 and setting aside the remaining $10,000 as follows:

1. $5,000 for member advancement. The funds would be administered through a grant application process not to exceed $500 per year per (9) Local
Organizations and the (1) Affiliate Organization.
2. $2,000 for federation advancement, funds to be managed by the Executive
3. $3,000 for member advancement in the form of a scholarship. The scholarship would be for reentry into the workforce or a change of careers for a BPW/MI member in good standing.

The funds would be administered through a grant application process not to exceed $300 per year per (9) Local Organizations and the (1) Affiliate Organization. The scholarship selection would be made by the LO and Affiliate Organization and the grant application would be submitted to the Executive Committee. The remaining $70,000 will be re-invested in a fiduciary instrument best able to preserve and grow the fund.

The two application forms (LO Grant and Member Scholarship) have been completed and are ready for distribution.

The 2020-21 budget was prepared for consideration by the EC.

Finance Committee Members: Kerri Sleeman, Susan Murphy, Amy Courter, Treasurer Jean Porter

Submitted by,
Barbara Henton, Finance Committee Chair
Information from other organizations with BPW/MI coalition connections and otherwise
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.

Why is the Senate important to Courts?
Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution dictates, “The president…shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall ​appoint… Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States…​”

Environment Issues


The Story of Stuff by Laurie Dameron, Colorado NFBPWC

It seems every December I’ve shared a link to “The Story of Stuff”, a groundbreaking video created by Annie Leonard (now Executive Director of Greenpeace USA) in 2007 and still powerful today. It remains one of the most informational and effective short films I’ve ever seen! short video is one of the most informational and effective short films I’ve seen. 

It also addresses our (Americans’) insatiable appetite for “stuff.” We are so used to being a “disposable society” we don’t realize the harm we are doing. We have developed the negative, knee-jerk habit of just throwing something away when it breaks and buying a new one.

Most of you know the standard three R’s for sustainability, which are, in order of importance, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Recently someone came up with two new R’s: Refuse, which comes first, and Repair, which fits after Reuse.

The fifth “R” of Repair reminded me how I was able to save a favorite pan (purchased at a thrift store) from the landfill. One day I burned something in this really great stainless steel pan, and it created a thick layer of a black, hard plastic-like substance. I first tried scrubbing and scraping with all my home cleansers. Then I soaked it overnight with a chemical product sold to me by an employee at McGuckin’s Hardware, who said it would eat through anything. Still no luck! I was about to throw the pan away, when I had another idea—what if someone could sand it out using a sander on a drill? Sure enough, I found a TBB member Harry Albert who tackled the job and my pan was like new!

And don’t forget your friends with special repair skills as well. I have a really warm down coat that’s probably only five years old, but in the last couple of years I’ve had more and more trouble with the zipper. I was ready to “throw it out” and buy a new coat, when I remembered my Boulder High School friend Bowman “Bo” Judd, who had replaced a zipper in my favorite camping fleece jacket several years ago. He has worked with an industrial sewing machine for years, creating the big balloons you see floating above businesses, like the Michelin Man. All he had to do was replace the slider and my down coat works fine now. That kept my coat out of the landfill plus avoided the environmental costs of producing a new coat—and saved me a lot of money, too! By the way, Bo is starting his own company to make really high-quality down sleeping bags, parkas and other products for mountaineering and camping. His website is forthcoming, but if you need something new or fixed, you can contact him at or 720-329-5999. 


AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program rewards affiliates (states, branches and other organizations) for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls.

AAUW of Michigan is proud to announce that six (6) Michigan branches were recently awarded stars for their hard work in Communications & External Relations, Programs, Advancement, and Public Policy and Research that exemplifies the very best of AAUW.
Read More about it HERE!

Michigan Women Foward

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:

Amid a year full of challenges, your support didn't waver. 
You stepped up to help MWF revive over 200 businesses during the COVID-19 crisis with recovery grants and microloans. 
You volunteered as grant reviewers for the Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund, "Boss Women" mentors for girls in the summer camp programs, coaches for the Pitch Competition, and judges for the Women's Hall of Fame.
You cheered from your living rooms for the 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2020 Women of Achievement and Courage. 
You celebrated the centennial celebration of women's suffrage with us and encouraged women to vote. 
You followed and shared our stories of hope and resilience on social media. 
You believed in the power and the potential of Michigan women and girls and you donated to make an impact. 
You believed in MWF. 
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support this year. We will never forget it, and neither will the women whose lives you've transformed.
I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and know that we are grateful for you. 
Sincerely,Carolyn Cassin
MWF President + CEO

League of Women Voters

It is said that timing is everything. The earliest the Census Bureau is planning to finish putting together the #2020Census apportionment counts is 1/26/2021. That's 6 days after the Trump administration ends.
Equal Pay Day Coalition News

The Michigan Equal Pay Coalition is working to raise awareness of the wage gap between men and women and call for action from policymakers.

MI Equal Pay Day Coalition website

Facebook link



From AAUW:
What’s Missing in Mississippi. Much of the progress toward closing the gender pay gap is happening at the state level. Currently, every state except Mississippi has at least some basic equal pay protections. Read more.

The 2020 update to The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is now available. It focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s economic security, the projected rate of change for the closing of the gender pay gap based on race, and the work that must be done by policymakers and employers to accelerate that narrowing.

A grim test case on how paid-leave and child-care policies failed to close gender pay gap. Women typically need at least one extra degree to earn as much as their male colleagues. Read more.

Planned Parenthood Update

Giving Tuesday is one week away. Please consider supporting Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan by becoming a member for as little as $10. As a member, you will provide critical support to PPAM as we work to protect reproductive rights and fight for proactive policies to expand access to health care.

Links to Planned Parent Hood Michigan -

More Michigan Women in the News and History -- Women in Politics

Mary E. McCoy
(1846 – 1923)

Born in an Underground Railroad station in 1846, Mary McCoy rose from slavery to become a philanthropist, organizer, and leader for the advancement of women. McCoy, referred to as the “Mother of Clubs,” was a leading clubwoman who helped organize the Michigan State Association of Colored Women with Lucinda Thurman. This organization worked to improve the health, education, and economic development of African Americans. McCoy also served as Vice President of the Lydian Association of Detroit, a mutual beneficial association that paid sick benefits, provided burial funds, and supported charitable endeavors in the community. She was the founding President of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Association of Michigan created to honor Truth and to establish scholarships for children of former slaves so that they could attend the University of Michigan.
Mary McCoy worked tirelessly to serve Michigan’s women and children during the Jim Crow Era. In 1897, McCoy organized Detroit’s Phyllis Wheatley Home for Aged Colored Women and served as the Home’s Vice President. Under her leadership the Home purchased an 11-room house in 1901 and by 1915, more than 40 women had resided there. McCoy was also a leading financial supporter of the McCoy Home for Colored Children, an orphanage that also provided much needed daycare for the children of domestic servants and washerwomen.
Although her husband, the renowned inventor Elijah McCoy, received much recognition, it was Mary who worked behind the scenes, using her influence to improve the lives of others.

Women's Suffrage HERstory

The first Black woman to express an aspiration to be Vice President was Charlotte Rollin, a race leader, suffragist and socialite who joked that she would be a great VP pick for the 1872 election. Time

Live with The 19th: What to Make of the Women's Electorate
Our friends at The 19th News are hosting a post-election event to discuss the 2020 women's electorate in back-to-back discussions with Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, and Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to President Donald Trump. The conversations, led by The 19th's Errin Haines and Amanda Becker, will take place on Friday, December 4th at 1pm ET. Learn more, register to attend, and submit questions for Jarrett and Conway here.

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:,,

Hollywood Business Professional Women invite you to a special celebration of the presentation of our Susan B.Anthony Award to Nan Johnson.
Time: Dec 2, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

NFBPWC-NYC Invites you to
Event to be held at the following time and date:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
 NFBPWC-NYC is proud that the first event to be hosted by the newly elected Board will showcase Jackie Adams and Bonita Stewart, authors of this seminal work. They will present the findings from their proprietary research in a conversation that is both important and very timely.
A Blessing offers a playbook to help Black "unicorns," successful business women like themselves, team up and find innovative ways to support one another as they climb the lonely, stressful, jagged, yet ultimately rewarding ladders of opportunity. It is filled with personal anecdotes and reflective experiences from the authors and accomplished women business leaders across industries based on their respective careers in the technology, brand marketing, and national media sectors and serves as a framework for women of color to work together, team up and shed the cloak of invisibility and aloneness. At the close of each chapter, readers will have an opportunity to create their own personal journals of reflections in what the authors call the “Living Log” as readers answer critical, insightful questions that help them see themselves - their hopes, ambitions and desires – much more clearly and defined.
We encourage you to attend the event and read the book, and to invite others to do as well, because not only will this make the perfect holiday gift, but we also seek to support local businesses and business women.

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

BPW INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP SERIES BPW International has a Leadership Series their latest webinar deals with starting an online club. Below are links to see this presentation. It is now online: We will now publish it to all members, via our FB page:

Reminder: Submit your projects to the #SDG Impact Awards for a chance to connect with innovative leaders from all sectors (and win cool prizes along the way!) For more information, visit
Deadline: December 2020.

BPW International COVID-19 Rescue Fund
Since the end of 2019, the world is facing a health and economic crisis due to the spread of COVID-19. As of 28 August 2020, there are over 24 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. BPW affiliates are working within their own countries to help the people in their countries. BPW International COVID-19 Rescue Fund is set up to support BPW COVID-19 projects.
Once sufficient fund is raised, BPW affiliates can submit COVID-19 related project request to apply for funding support. Recognizing that BPW members are impacted by this pandemic as well, BPW affiliate from one country can also donate fund to help BPW club in another country to meet specific needs. The fund raised and the progress report will be post on BPW International web site accordingly.

Virtual Open Forum - All Forms Of Violence
Hosted by BPW Dominica
Online Event
An Open Forum featuring panelists from Dominica, Barbados, St. Martin, Cayman Islands and St. Kitts, discussing issues relating to all forms of violence.
Webinars/Presentations of Interest
Join the Ford for a festive evening of
history and wine tasting...
Friday, the 18th of December
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST
Wine and the White House: A History
presented by Frederick Ryan Jr.
with guest sommelier, Adam Fortuna

From Inaugural celebrations to state dinners to world-changing diplomatic events, wine has long played a role in the history made at the White House.

Join us to hear fascinating tales dating back to George Washington from Ryan's latest book, Wine and the White House: A History.

You can sip from home right along with the program as Adam Fortuna
will be on hand to provide tasting tips and notes from a selection of wines.

How to Participate:

  • Join the Live Zoom Event: Register by clicking below and we will send you the link to join this festive and free event on 12/18. You may also register by email:

  • Purchase an At-Home Tasting Kit: Want to sip along at home during the event? After you register, purchase a $75 at-home tasting kit from Rishi International Beverage. Kits include three specially selected bottles of wine curated by Adam Fortuna. Kits can safely be picked up curbside at store locations in Grand Rapids or Cascade. To order, call 616.942.7240 (Grand Rapids) or 616.954.0262 (Cascade) by December 4th. Please mention the Gerald Ford Foundation event kit when ordering. (Shipping is available; delivery dates and rates vary; contact retailer for more information.)

  • Get Your Own Copy of Wine and the White House: If you'd like to learn how to obtain a complimentary copy with your Friends of Ford membership, contact Kristy Lecceadone at Books may also be purchased at retail price by clicking the link below.

All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote
Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time

Marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Ms. Kumin, author of All Stirred Up (Pegasus Books; Aug. 4, 2020), will discuss the influence of American suffragist cookbooks on popular opinion, concurrent with a revolution in the kitchen leading to the start of domestic science.
We ask that those who plan to attend enter their name and e-mail address here
in order to receive the Zoom details one hour before the program starts

CAWP will be joined by ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis, the 2020 Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership, for our annual Lipman Chair lecture. The event will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET on December 2nd and will be livestreamed on Webex. The Lipman Chair was established in 2000 when Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed legislation that had been sponsored by legislative leaders in both parties and passed in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature without opposition. The Legislature generously continues this support two decades later.

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

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

Time to rejoice…and mobilize.
It is up to us to make clear that THIS is the moment and respectfully but firmly request that the Archivist be directed to publish the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution on January 27th of 2021.

Here is how we are going to do it:
Starting today we will post a video daily directed at the incoming administration with the same message: Direct the Archivist to Publish ERA on January 27th, 2021. These videos will feature diverse persons and represent multiple points of view and sectors of our society – including YOU!
The videos will be posted by EME, our members, our allies, our organizational and corporate amici, and others that you reach out to in your networks through our Slack Channel

 What you can do:
1. Make your video statement ASAP and send it to: using the following language:
Congratulations to the new Biden/Harris administration! I’m [__name and title__________]
On behalf of __constituency, group, org, family, individual__________ we/I call on President-elect Biden to declare his commitment to the full constitutional equality of women and all persons by promising to direct the Archivist of the United States to publish the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
American women have fought for two hundred and forty-four years for equality. Over the past four years, we have succeeded in completing ratification of ERA. We have worked hard for you to be able to now take the reins. We urge you not to ask us to wait a moment longer for our hard-won equal rights.
On January 27th, please thank the women of America for their support by announcing the publication of the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and finally legalizing our equality.
Feel free to personalize but keep the main “ask” in your statement as written.

2. Don’t forget to join our Slack Channel to be notified of new content and actions.

3. Reach out to your networks and spread the word - ask them to send us their videos, join the Slack Channel and post our videos too.

4. When you get your daily notification from Slack, please click the link, grab the package (video, graphic, hashtags and tags to the transition team) and post on all your social media channels.  

5. You can check the #PublishERA calendar here to see what day your video will be posted.

We need tons of videos supporting ERA publication! Let’s see how many slots we can fill with great people ASAP.

We are so close now. Let’s keep the pressure up. Every day. Until they #PublishERA

Legislative Updates

Tell Lawmakers: Support SB 241
Access to water is essential to human life at any time, but even more so during a public health pandemic when washing our hands and bathing is critical to limiting spread and exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses and bacteria. As of right now, Michigan water utilities are allowed to shut off water to customers for non-payment. The Michigan legislature needs to take action on SB 241, which would ensure water is not shut off to anyone. Take Action to Support SB 241

Support Renewable Energy:
Remove the Cap
SB 597 removes the current 1% limit on distributed generation. UPPCO has already exceeded this cap, and the major utilities (Consumers and DTE) are well on their way to hitting it. If we do not remove the cap, this will stifle and kill jobs in the state’s solar industry as the clean energy sector tries to recover from significant pandemic-related job losses and will leave customers with few options to participate in rooftop solar. We need urgent action from legislators in the upcoming lame-duck legislative session to take action on this bill.

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

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

Ionia - Meets 2nd Monday, noon

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

Keweenaw - Meets 4th Tuesday 6:00 pm

Saginaw - Meets 4th Tuesday  

Traverse City - no formal meetings

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

West Branch - Meets 2nd Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
BPW/Michigan would like to honor the following birthdays:

26 - Jessica Embury, Jackson

2 - Heidi Wenzel, Ionia
4- Judy Jove, Jackson
6 - Cheri Poynter, Keweenaw
8 - Andrea Barbb
15 - Beth Shafer, Jackson
17 -Penny J. Larsen, affiliate
20 - Joann Dotson, affiliate
30 - Karen Richard, Jackson
Helen Glandon, 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.

What Readers are saying about Monday Minute

Thank you! I always say I'm going to do the Zoom meeting and then things come up. :( 
I love the recipe exchange.
-- Celeste Bennett
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.

November - Nanwrimo; National Diabetes Month; Lung Cancer Awareness Month; National Adoption Month; National Native American heritage Month; National Veterans and Military Families; National American History and Founders; National Family Caregivers;
28 - Small Business Saturday
30 - Cyber Monday; Remembrance Victims Chemical Warfare Day

December - Universal Human Rights Month; Safe Toys and Gifts Month
1 - World AIDS Day; Giving Tuesday
2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; International Civil Aviation Day
8 - Genocide Prevention Day; Anti-Corruption Day
9 - Human Rights Day; First day of Hanukah
12 - International Universal Health Coverage Day
15 - Bill of Rights Day
18 - International Migrants Day
20 - International Human Solidarity Day
21 - Winter Solstice
25 - Christmas
26 - Boxing Day' Kwanzaa Starts
31 - New Year's Eve

Michigan Federation Business Office
Jodi Snyder
210 W. Franklin #200, Jackson, MI 49201
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