The Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the organization on October 16, 2020 at the newly opened Wine Bar ‘Rumours’ in the Lemon Bay Shopping Center in Englewood. This celebration will be in conjunction with the BPWEV Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser to support their Adult Learner Scholarships and to benefit BPWEV.
Founded in 1960, then called BPW Englewood, the members of this new organization dedicated endless hours and efforts to support civic projects in this area. The first project adopted was granting scholarship loans, available to any woman regardless of age, according to her particular need. In the early ’60s, many important projects were launched that today still benefit this community, e. g., working on founding a new library, establishing a community wide sewage system, possibly creating an Englewood School System, appealing to the State of FL for a stoplight at Dearborn and SR776, and supporting the Loveland Center.
In 1962, Josephine Cortes, founder of the Pioneer Days, became the first “Woman of the Year”. Pioneer Days is a huge event now with a grand parade attended by people from local and distant communities.
In the ‘70s, BPW strongly lobbied for a High School in Englewood, which became a reality in 1979. In 1977 - 78, BPW contributed funds to establish a Manatee Community College Venice Branch, which today evolved into the State College of Florida. In 1982, when Betty Swanson was president, BPW had 173 members. In 1995, the Money for Mammogram, now Dollars for Mammograms (DFM, Inc.) was established by former BPW president Pat Newton and president Jan Birch, thanks to an endowment from a man whose wife had died of breast cancer. Today, DFM Inc serves uninsured women in Sarasota and Charlotte County. Rita Bertler is the current president.
In the mid-2000’s Englewood BPW became BPW Englewood and Venice. (BPWEV) A new website was created and the newsletter was published electronically, all thanks to the help of former BPWEV president Bobbie Marquis.
BPWEV continues holding wine tasting fundraisers for Adult Learner Scholarships. This event is becoming very popular and BPWEV hopes that you will come and join them on October 16, 2020 for a great celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the organization and at the same time support the organization’s ongoing scholarship program. Scroll down to the next article for tickets to the event and more information. The event includes tastings of a selection of wines and variety of delicious foods, chances to win beautiful baskets, plus live music with appropriate social distancing.
(Masks required when not sipping wine or enjoying the food).
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Shark Sisters, a fun local trio of female musicians. BPWEV is involved in many community activities, too numerous to mention here, in Englewood and in Venice. The members are committed to continue the legacy created by the founders and earlier members and they strive to continue with the positive impact the organization has had on our local community. Friends, former members and women interested in joining BPWEV are invited to attend this fun filled celebration.
12TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER &
“PASSPORT TO YOUR FUTURE”
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 202O RUMOURS
5:00 p.m.-8:00 pm 1807 Englewood Rd
Englewood , FL 34223
The well known and talented SHARK SISTERS will also be providing entertainment thoughout the evening.
Masks are required when not sipping the wine and enjoying the food
Advance Tickets-$35 through PayPal or Credit Card (see below) or
Make checks payable to BPWEV &
Mail to BPWEV
PO BOX 611
Englewood, FL 34295
Tickets at the door-$40
Chance tickets will also be sold to win gifts and beautiful gift baskets, and can be purchased at door or through PayPal or Credit Card.
Business and Professional Women of Englewood/Venice Women's Scholarships
To purchase online:
BPWEV is a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Non-profit Corporation, Florida Solicitation License #CH30762. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL
REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING
TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION
BY THE STATE. Division of Consumer Services may be reached at 1-800-HELP-FLA or www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com
Topic: How to deal with stress of our current pandemic situation.
Dr. Christopher Cortman has created a safe haven for emotional healing in Sarasota County, facilitating more than 70,000 hours of psychotherapy in his private practice. He specializes in treating emotional trauma, relationship issues, personality disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Awarded a Doctorate of Psychology in San Diego, CA in 1983, Dr. Cortman has been a Florida licensed psychologist since 1985. He received the first place Reader’s Choice Award by the Venice Gondolier Sun for ‘Best Psychologist’ in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. He also won the award for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Psychology in the Public’ in 2015 for the state of Florida. Furthermore, he has appeared nationwide on talk radio and television, including Disney Radio, MTV, and ABC.
Dr. Cortman is the on-call psychologist for Venice Regional Bayfront Health and continues to maintain a successful private practice while pursuing projects that enable him to meet a larger need for psychological expertise in the community. These projects include frequent public speaking with the use of ‘edu-tainment’, as he prides himself on providing an ‘educational’ experience riddled with humor that keeps the audience involved and ‘entertained.’ Dr. Cortman has spoken alongside Tipper Gore in 2009, Jane Pauley in 2011 and Patrick Kennedy in 2015 to talk about stigma and mental illness. Another project of his is the development of the Social Black Belt, a social/emotional learning program for schools and individuals of all ages.
Dr. Cortman is a published author of three books: ‘Your Mind: An Owner's Manual for a Better Life: 10 Simple Truths That Will Set You Free,’ ‘Take Control of Your Anxiety,’ and ‘Keep Pain in the Past: Getting Over Trauma, Grief and the Worst Thing That’s Ever Happened to You.’
Overall, Dr. Cortman strives to empower people to attain their most prized goal…happiness.
BPWEV meets every third Tuesday of each month at the Plantation Golf and Country Club. The public is invited to all meetings. Dinner is $23.00 and reservations are necessary. For more information go to: www.bpwev.org
The mission of BPWEV is: To achieve equity for all women through Advocacy, Education and Information. BPW celebrated its 100th birthday in 2019. The organization strongly believes in "Women Helping Women".
Welcome to October, which is officially National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NBCAM was founded in October 1985 in a partnership with the American Cancer Society. This is a topic which has touched many of our families, friends and neighbors and has affected many of us on a very personal level.
The American Cancer Society recommends women begin screening at the age of forty five. The Mayo Clinic, however, supports screenings beginning at age forty. Early detention and screening remain a key factor. Monthly self examinations should be performed on a routine basis. The best birthday present we can give ourselves is to have yearly mammograms done on our birth month. Many factors, including genetic background, hormone disorder and environmental impact can increase the chance of developing breast cancer. Women or men with direct family history may consider genetic testing. Those with BRAC1 gene have a 72% chance of developing breast cancer by the time they are 80. Those with BRAC2 gene have a 72% chance. Women over 50 years of age make up 77% of those diagnosed each year.
Many of our BPWEV sisters are breast cancer survivors, and to you I say, “you are loved, we support you and you are not alone”. We stand with you, celebrate your courage, strength and wish you continued good health.
The mission of BPWEV is: “To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through Advocacy, Education and Information”. BPWEV will celebrate its 60th birthday this year! BPWEV meets every third Tuesday of each month at Plantation Golf and Country Club. The public is invited to all meetings. Reservations for the dinner meetings are required. For information go to www.bpwev.org
The excitement continues to grow relating to our all day workshop "Jewels of Business". Committee members who have are anxious to begin getting attendees registered for this outstanding event. Seating is limited, so you are encouraged to act soon to reserve your seat. Any committee member will be happy to accept your payment and assure you that you will be able to enjoy the day with us. (You can pay Morina, Jennifer Mechling, Sue Hogrefe, Karen Helmick or me or order puchase tickets on the link below.)
We have several event sponsors but would love to have more. If you are interested, let one of the committee members know or sign up to be a sponsor on the link below. Thank you to our committee: Morina, Sue Hogrefe, Karen Helmick and Jennifer Mechling.
The event will be at Plantation Golf and Country Club on December 5th, beginning with registration and breakfast at 8:30. There will be six outstanding speakers who are sure to enlighten and entertain everyone. Lunch will be served as well as a mid-afternoon snack. The speakers and topics are as follows:
Cosmetic Options for Women Dr. Karen Helmick
Managing a Very Busy Life Cyndi Fredricks
Spiritual Health M.K. Mueller
How to Stay Safe Online Mark Rizzo
Secrets to Aging With Good Health Bill Mechling
Dealing with Personal Challenges Dr. Christopher Cortman
We ask that all members support this event.
THANK YOU to Our Current Sponsors:
Our Platinum Sponsors
Michael Saunders and Company-Irene Slattery Classic Creations in Diamonds and Gold Inc.
Our Gold Sponsors:
Professional Travel Services-Morina Chmielak QuickSigns-Cyndi Fredricks Gulfside Mortgage- Sue Hogrefe
Our Silver Sponsors
Healthy Body Acupunture-Dr. Karen Helmick
Purchase Tickets Here
The Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) installed the new Board Officers at their June 16, 2020 held at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice. Irene Slattery and Carol Kouba installed the new officers for 2020/2021 in the traditional BPW ceremony.
l-r: President, Morina Chmielak; First Vice President, Esther Bird; Second Vice President, Debra Straw; Secretary, Karin Drury; Treasurer, Cynthia Fredricks; Carol Kouba, Member; Irene Stattery, Installation Chair
BPWEV meets every third Tuesday of each month at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice. The mission of BPWEV is “To achieve equity for all women through Advocacy, Education and Information." Nationally, BPW celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019.
Englewood BPW was chartered in 1960. The organization believes strongly in “Women Helping Women”. To achieve this, the group offers Adult Learner Scholarships to women who are returning to college or vocational schools to achieve higher education in order to provide better for their families. www.bpwev.org
Stacey Steward Chaisson is one of three BPWEV’s Christine Davis Adult Learner
Scholarship recipients this year. Stacey is finishing her degree in Early Childhood
Education/Special Needs. Stacey received this scholarship also last year.
Stacey is a single mom and has a child with special needs. She has been employed
by Children First since October 2014. Her dedication to children, and particularly
the at-risk children, is one of the reason why Stacey is pursuing the degree she has chosen.
The other two scholarship recipients will be introduced to BPWEV
at the August 18, 2020 Dinner Meeting.
BPWEV believes strongly in “Women Helping Women”. The mission of BPWEV is: “To achieve equity for all women through Advocacy, Education and Information!” BPWEV meets every third Tuesday of each month at Plantation Golf and Country Club. For information go to: www.bpwev.org The public is invited to all meetings.
The Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) are offering Adult Learner Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each! Female applicants should be from the Englewood/Venice area, residing either in Sarasota or Charlotte County. Adult Lerners are those women pursuing advanced education or retraining in college or vocational schools. BPWEV scholarship applications and instructions and contact information are accessible online at www.bpwev.org.
BPWEV also is engaged in the national program “Joining Forces with Women Veterans and Military Spouses”. The program provides resources and online connections to the veterans and military wives to assist in their successfully obtaining meaningful employment and a career of their interest. BPWEV encourages Women Veterans and Military Spouses to apply.
The deadline for mailing applications is June 30, 2020.
BPWEV is a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Non-profit Corporation, Florida Solicitation License #CH30762. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Division of Consumer Services may be reached at 1-800-HELP-FLA or www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com.
Business & Professional Women of Englewood and Venice
P.O. Box 611, Englewood, FL 34295