The November meeting of Centralia Business and Professional Women met on November 8 at the Centralia American Legion at 6:00 p.m. Members feasted on a delicious Thanksgiving dinner catered by President Stephanie House, her sister, Tammy Resch, new member Elle McClelland, Shelly Day, Becca Deomes and hot wassail provided by Mary Jones. President Stephanie House welcomed members and guests Siera Stoffel, Tammy Wendling and Lisa Guthrie of the Centralia Library, Rob Schnicker of Mission Centralia, and Stephany Slininger. She then began the meeting with the reciting of the collect and pledge of allegiance.
Dawn Cleary presented the treasurer’s report along with the presentation of bills. Finance Chair Nancy James collected funds from members wishing to make brags and also sold 50/50 tickets. Winner was Nancy James, who donated her winnings to purchase food for the Little Pantry located on the East side of the Centralia Library. Three members were chosen to conduct the semi-annual audit.
Per updated bylaw changes, honorary memberships will be awarded to current members Karen Rogers, Lorraine Bassett, Norma Rueter, Bev Virobik, Anna Humphrey and Michele Garrison.
President Stephanie House presented donations to the Centralia Regional Library and Mission Centralia. Both groups gave a brief presentation on current activities and work being done (77 completed handicap ramps). BPW members continued the act of giving by participating in making cash donations for gift cards for residents at One Hope United and also for gifts to be purchased for the BCMW Adopt a Family program.
Members are encouraged to volunteer at the annual Choral Society Christmas Concert to be held City Hope Church auditorium on December 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Patty Brough, trivia committee chair, announced the annual trivia event will be held on January 27 at the Centralia American Legion. Featured theme will be All About TV. For flyers, to make a raffle donation, be a sponsor or for more information, please contact Patty at 618-322-7886.
No meeting will be held in December as members and guests will enjoy an annual Christmas party. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Centralia Elks.
For more information about BPW, please contact President Stephanie House 618-533-5758 or membership chair Karen Walsh 618-967-3919 or any other BPW member.
Pictured above are several members who helped with the group’s Thanksgiving dinner: Tammy Resch, Stephanie House, Mary Jones, and Becca and Eden Deomes.