Thank you for allowing me to be your president for the coming year. The Board is planning on a great year for BPWEV. We have scheduled our Wine-Tasting Event for October, the date to be determined. The Florida State Conference is being held in Sarasota from June 5th to the 7th at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. There are some wonderful speakers planned for the event: Michele Covallo, BPW FL President, Liz Alpert, Mayor of Sarasota, Ron Turner, Sarasota County Supervisor of Election, and Dawn Sakes, MSW Executive Director More TOO Life. The cost for the entire event is $179.00, but you can choose to attend only one day, if this works better for you. There is a BPQ/FL Breast Cancer Bra Decorating Contest. Irene and Teresa have agreed to decorate our special bra entry to submit for the contest. Entries will be displayed during the conference. All donations will go to BPW/FL Breast Cancer Fund. Thank you Irene and Teresa.

The month of May is important for so many reasons: Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and most important Memorial Day to honor our loved ones who have passed, and those we have lost in service to our country. Please thank a veteran for their service. They have earned many accolades for keeping us safe.

One of the goals for this year is to build the membership. I am asking for everyone’s help in this endeavor. We had people that joined our LO, but never attended a meeting or participated in fundraising events. If you are interested in a committee, please call or email me and we will add your name to the list.

Our speaker this month is Judy Braham. Judy founded Gulfcoast Women in Networking in 2015. Please let us give her a great welcome by attending the May meeting.

Best Regards,
Sue Hogrefe
President, BPWEV

Business & Professional Women of Englewood and Venice
P.O. Box 611, Englewood, FL 34295
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