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November BPW Meeting

Date: November 20, 2014
Time: 5:15 p.m. (Dinner 6:00 p.m.)

Topic: Wine Pairings

Speaker: Joyce Colmar
(Owner of Vino Loco) 

Our monthly dinner meeting is held at Boca Royale Country Club and guests are always welcome. Click for Map
Reservation Deadline 11/16/14
at 5 p.m.

Women in BPW

You Are Invited!

BPW Englewood/Venice

BPW is not like any other organization.

This organization was founded in 1919 and is unique in that it has a long history of advocating for women and is still passionately and effectively engaged in assuring equal rights, equal pay and equal opportunities in the workforce. Every working woman has benefited from the efforts of this organization in Education Foundation, Scholarships, Public Policy, Equal Pay and Lobbying for Women's Rights.

We invite you to attend one of our meetings, learn more and join us!


Our Officers

Officers 2014

"The Passport to Your Future" Review PDF Print E-mail
Passport to Your Future Wine Tasting Event

l to r: Joyce McCaffery - "Passport to Your Future" Wine Tasting and Auction Chair, Mary Morris - Manager of the Venice Art Center, Maryann Terry - President of the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice.

The Business & Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) held their 6th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser at the Venice Art Center on October 24, 2014.

"The Passport to Your Future" Wine Tasting and Auction was well attended. Wanda Cook, musician and songstress entertained the guests. A variety of fragrant red and white wines were served, and were also for sale, by Dana McLean-Kuhn from the Masciarelli Wine Company. Complementing the selection of wines were delicious appetizers provided by many local restaurants and members of BPWEV. (Allegro Bistro, Aston Gardens, Blue Island Bistro, Boca Royale Golf and Country Club, Café Venice, Obee's on the Island, Thai Spice in Bird Bay Plaza and West Coast Realty) Daria Nafziger, owner of Ciao Gelato, tempted the guests with her authentic Italian Gelato that she served in many yummy flavors.

The proceeds of this event will fund Adult Learner Scholarships to be awarded to women living in either Sarasota or Charlotte County.

Woman of the Year Award PDF Print E-mail
Jennifer Perry and Rita Bertler

l to r: Jennifer Perry, Rita Bertler

At the October 16, 2014 meeting the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice presented the Woman of the Year Award to one their members. This year the recipient is Jennifer Perry who joined BPWEV in 2008 and has served as treasurer and finance chair for several years. Jennifer is well known in the community. She manages the Elsie Quirk Public Library, writes a weekly column for the Sun Herald Newspaper, deeply cares about our community and is always willing to help. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Membership Spotlight: Irene Slattery PDF Print E-mail

Irene SlatteryIrene is a Native New Yorker from Westchester County and has been a SW Florida resident for 35 yrs. She obtained her degree in Business Administration from S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill before moving to Englewood in 1979.

A familiar face in the banking industry, Irene has 28 yrs. banking experience in the Englewood community. She is employed with Stonegate Bank formerly Florida Shores Bank as Vice President and Br. Sales Mgr. of the Englewood Office.

Irene volunteers her time and talents to many local non-profits currently serving as a Board Member of The Lemon Bay Conservancy. She is currently and 18 yr. active member of the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice, the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce serving on various committees, a supporter of Dollars For Mammograms, Inc. and has her Real Estate Salesperson’s license.

In her spare time she enjoys playing golf with her husband Gene and spending time with her grandchildren.

Welcome to our new member: Tamra Weber PDF Print E-mail
Tamra Weber

l to r: Tamra Weber, Rita Bertler

At the October 16, 2014 meeting the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice welcomed newly installed member Tamra Weber.

Tamra has more than 20 years experience in the financial industry and was recently promoted to the Retail Banking Office, as Branch Manager of Englewood Bank's main office. Tamra also served as treasurer and as president to the Placida Rotary Club. She has volunteered with the March of Dimes, Englewood Chamber of Commerce and Englewood Area Cancer Foundation.

Joyce Colmar - Speaker on November 20 PDF Print E-mail

joyceOwner, Vino Loco
Dearborn Street

Joyce Colmar moved to Englewood in 2006 after practicing as a civil trial lawyer in Atlanta for 31 years. Joyce handled contested probate cases, family law matters, medical malpractice, workers compensation matters, and also handled mediations. She also served as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School. When she left Atlanta she was not ready to retire, so followed her passion: food, wine and travel.

Joyce attended the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) school in Atlanta, which is the oldest wine school in the world. At WSET she attained a Level 3 advanced accreditation. She opened the Vino Loco wine store, tapas bar and restaurant on Dearborn in 2006. Our own Bobbie Marquis prepared her website.

She also runs the Dearborn Street Market which is open on Thursdays on Dearborn Street from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Joyce is involved in our community and the Dearborn area. She also loves to read and to write.