Fran Valencic is the social columnist for the Venice Gondolier Sun.
She started out as a volunteer writing about fun things happening at Taylor Ranch Elementary School and more than 20 years later is still writing.
Fran is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but after 38 years in Venice considers herself pretty much a native. She has a daughter and son and 2 terrific granddaughters. She is a double Gator Grandma.
Fran loves baseball. She sees most Venice High School games and has been at every championship game. She continues to be faithful to the Cleveland Indians but these days is an avid Ray's fan.
After retiring from teaching Fran considers herself blessed to have a perfect retirement job documenting all the great people and events in Venice.
On June 27-29 in Punta Gorda the Business and Professional Women of Florida gathered at their annual state conference to celebrate 100 years! This event was attended by six of our members: Syd Gibson, Debi Straw, Cyndi Fredricks, Carol Kouba and Morina Chmielak.
Come to the meeting on July 16 to learn about the conference and discover the secrets to our excitement. You'll hear about the motivational speakers, the hawg calling luncheon, the great awards ceremony, the installation and learn why we are personally planning to "do it again" next year.
This conference made us excited and enthusiastic about how we can proceed to make our Local Organization stronger and better. At the July 16 meeting, you will hear what makes the BPWFL conferences worth attending. CLICK HERE to Register
l to r: Esther Bird - Scholarship Committee, Allison Hinshaw, Christine Pomerleau, Oksana Zimin, Stacey Chaisson - Scholarship recipients, Katie Malloy, Natalie Bloom, Carol Kouba, Karin Drury, Scholarship Committee
Four lucky ladies were awarded the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) Christine Davis Memorial Adult Learner Scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each this year. They are Allison Hinshaw, Christine Pomerleau, Oksana Zimin,and Stacey Chaisson. Two are attending State College of Florida, two Florida International University. Their field of study varies from nursing, to early childhood education to school administration. Recipients have to either reside in Sarasota or Charlotte County. The BPWEV members worked hard raising the money for these scholarships through several fundraisers, the annual Wine tasting/Auction and a Hats off to Women Workshop being the most popular ones. BPWEV meet every third Tuesday of each month at the Left Coast Seafood Restaurant in Venice.
The public is invited to all meetings. The mission of BPWEV is: “To achieve equity for all women through Advocacy, Education and Information."
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.