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Wine Tasting Member Social

bpw-ywca-pcJoin BPW on Friday March 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at American Spirits – 230 3rd St S for member social with proceeds benefiting the YWCA of Tampa Bay. The cost is $10  to attend so please bring your friends, colleagues, clients any anyone who enjoys wine. If you need further details, please email info@BPWStPetePinellas.org

Unhappy Hour in Observance of Equal Pay Day

To recognize National Equal Pay Day and to raise awareness of pay equity and wage discrimination, Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas will hold its 14th annual “Unhappy Hour” on April 4, the symbolic day that the average woman in the United States finally earns the same amount of pay that her male counterpart earned in the previous calendar year.

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Wine Tasting benefitting YWCA

Join Business and Professional Women of St. Petersburg-Pinellas on March 24th for a Wine Tasting at 5:30 pm, location at American Spirits. This will benefit YWCA Tampa Bay.

YWCA Tampa Bay: Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, equality and dignity for all, the YWCA Tampa Bay has served women, girls and families in our community since 1919. Our local organization is a private, accredited, non-profit, 501(c)(3) member affiliate of the YWCA of the USA.

During our more than 90-year history, YWCA Tampa Bay has built a legacy of providing leadership for social change, advocating for women and families, striving to eliminate racism, helping to economically empower women, building hate-free communities, providing second chances – and creating generations of hope.

Some of the ways we have made a lasting impact on our community include:

Offering licensed, accredited, and affordable childcare
Developing initiatives that explore solutions to various challenges and issues that face women and girls in our fast-paced, ever-changing society
Providing leadership opportunities and social connections to diverse groups of women
Designing youth development programming to strengthen educational, leadership, social and community service skills in a safe, girls-only environment
Providing financial-education camps and workshops for women and girls.

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www.ywcaoftampabay.org

 

Etiquette for Interacting With Someone with a Visual Impairment

GUEST SPEAKER for March 2nd.  Adrianna Garcia is dually certified as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She currently works for Pinellas County Schools, serving students who are blind or visually impaired grades Pre-K through 12. Adrianna graduated from Eckerd College with a Bachelor’s of Art in Human Development, and from Florida State University with a Master’s of Science in Visual Disabilities Education with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility. She works with classroom teachers and therapists, like Physical and Occupational Therapists, to collaborate and create an individualized education plan for each student. As a Teacher for the Visually Impaired, TVI, Adrianna works with students to teach them how to access not only their school curriculum, but all that is available in the environment around them. Orientation and Mobility, O&M, encompasses introducing a student to a white cane and building their skill set in becoming a safe and efficient independent traveler, while working on consumer skills and navigating through various environments in the community.

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Hold your Breath and Think…

GUEST SPEAKER for January 19th. Join Isabelle Simon as she presents on “The Healing Power of Thoughts & Breath”. Isabelle is a Board Certified Nutritionist & Holistic Health Practitioner. She has been in practice in St. Petersburg for 17 years & uses her experience and expertise to educate her clients on how the body has the innate ability to heal itself , for as long as we give it the right tools to function the way it is designed to. Isabelle teaches her clients how to incorporate those tools into their lifestyle, so they become the pro-actors of their vibrant health, as opposed to the victims of their poor health.  She is passionate, knowledgeable, and has a true loyalty to help her clients regain their quality of life, naturally. Her motto is: Good health is a choice, not a chance, and it begins with good nutrition. Her first book “Pillars to Health” is scheduled to be published soon.

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Yvonne Ulmer from YWCA

GUEST SPEAKER for January 5th.

Yvonne Ulmer (President and CEO): Yvonne is a graduate of the University of South Florida who also holds a masters degree from Georgia State. She is the former Provost/CEO of St. Petersburg College’s Downtown campus and Midtown campus. Beyond her 26-year successful tenure at St. Petersburg College and running an executive coaching business, she has built a legacy of community involvement through Leadership St. Pete and the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College. Yvonne is no stranger to YWCA’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. She is a former YWCA Tampa Bay board member who has fundraised for its signature “Pearls of Wisdom” event and a sponsor of its “Legacy of Hope” video. Her goal is to establish YWCA Tampa Bay as the “go-to” resource for social justice and women and children in need of assistance in the Tampa Bay area.

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December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop

December’s Philanthropic Endeavor: Christmas Toy Shop.

Please bring a brand new unwrapped toy to either BPW Meetings in December 1st or December 15th.

History: The Christmas Toy Shop originated in 1921. It was organized in 1952 at the request of The Community Welfare Council to coordinate the efforts of clubs, agencies, and individuals in toy giving. The Christmas Toy Shop was chartered by the City of St. Petersburg in 1959. Since then, many disadvantaged children in south Pinellas have received gifts to help them experience the excitement and joy of the holiday season.

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To view the whole list, click on the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/982gmxro6iyerrr/Toys%20needed%202012%20%281%29.pdf?dl=0

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Beth Houghton – Empowering Women and Good News from St. Petersburg Free Clinic

GUEST SPEAKER for December 1st.

Beth Houghton, St. Petersburg Free Clinic Executive Director, has been involved in the community for many years. After years in both the for profit and non-profit world, she is thrilled to commit her talents to the amazing work of St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

She has taken 15 mission trips to rural Honduras and currently serves as Treasurer for the Foundation for International Missions which supports a rural medical clinic.  She serves as Chair of the Hospital Board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research and Vice Chair of its Institute (Parent) Board, and is a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Beth is a graduate with highest honors from Stetson University College of Law, where she was Law Review Editor. She graduated from Tulane University Graduate School of Business earning an MBA with highest honors. Her BA is from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is licensed to practice both law and public accounting in Florida and has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law.

Ms. Houghton has received many awards for her community service, including being named 2013 Ms. Sun by the St. Petersburg Suncoasters, Distinguished Citizen by West Coast Council of Boy Scouts of America, Spirit of Service Award by the Women’s Service League, Iconic Woman (Community Service) by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Celebrity Award by West Coast Jewish Family Services, a Pearl of Wisdom honoree by the YWCA and Edythe Ibold Humanitarian Award by PARC.

Previous employment for Beth includes serving as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of All Children’s Health System. Beth and her husband, Scott Wagman are the parents of three grown children and are raising their two toddler grandsons.

 

November’s Philanthropic Endeavor: St. Petersburg Free Clinic

November’s Philanthropic Endeavor: St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Please bring items to the next meeting, November 17th and BPW will deliver. If you would like to drop off directly, below is more information.

Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging for anyone but when that is paired with low income and a major medical need, it can be a daunting task. Our neighbors in need with diabetes are facing just that challenge. To help serve this need in our community we are seeking donations of diabetic friendly food items to distribute through our We Help Services Food Pantry.

Healthy Food Item Suggestions:
no sugar-added oatmeal
low-fat, no sugar-added, whole grain cereals
low-fat, low-sugar, peanut butter
low-sugar or no sugar-added preserves, jam or jelly
low-fat, low sugar, salad dressings
white tuna in spring water
low-sodium red or black beans
lentils
dried beans
brown rice
extra-light olive oil
balsamic vinegar
Donations of all non-perishable food & personal hygiene items are accepted and appreciated.

Donations are accepted at the back loading dock of our main building Monday – Friday, 8am to 3:30pm. If you have donations in a large volume please call prior to drop off so we can make sure there is ample support to unload your donation.

863 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Shelby Willis – Issues facing women firefighters

GUEST SPEAKER for November 17th. Firefighting tends to be a male-dominated, physically challenging profession. Female fire chiefs are exceedingly rare. Shelby Willis is 5 feet 4 inches tall. But that didn’t stop her from climbing up the ranks to become Largo’s first female fire chief and the only female fire chief in Pinellas County. Willis began working for Largo as a firefighter-paramedic in 1997. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2003. She was promoted from lieutenant, to division chief, to deputy chief. In a Fire Department with about 150 employees but only a handful of female firefighters, Willis said she always held herself to the same standards as male colleagues. “You learn how to do things smartly instead of relying on brute strength,” she said six years ago when she became Largo’s first female division chief. “I have to do it in a different way.”

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