2005 Meeting Highlights

December 2005

The Lebanon County Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their December meeting at Eli’s Waterfall Room on Cumberland Street in Lebanon.  President Sandra Herr presided.

Guest Speaker John Gingrich, Sr., shared information concerning the Toys for Tots Program, which ABWA supported with donations of toys and cash for the children of Lebanon County to have a happy Christmas.  Overall, the marines collected 7,159 toys of which 149 were bicycles.  Toys were distributed to 250 migrant worker’s children enrolled in Lebanon County schools as well as through Operation Santa where each child was allowed to pick three age-appropriate toys.

As part of the December program, a Christmas tree ornament exchange took place. Each member brought a gift-wrapped Christmas ornament to trade with another ABWA member.  We also explored some New Year’s trivia with Pat McAteer and obtained some new ideas on helping us keep those pesky New Year’s Resolutions.

Member Barb Silverberg passed away.

Fundraising reports on the sale of apple dumplings and cookies netted $702.20, and according to Mary Ellen Barry, the gift-wrap booth cleared $2800 profit, which is used for scholarships.  A scholarship application is available on line at http://www.abwalebanonpa.com/application.htm .

Birthday flowers were presented to:  Nori Fisher, Richelle Whitman, Heather Waddell, Carol Edris, Mary Blose, JoAnn Rager, Roysetta Bruner, & Marcella Long.

Hershey bars were awarded to Patricia McAteer for her 17-year and Gale Ehrhorn for her 4-year anniversary with the ABWA.

Josie Ames asked for donations to fill theme baskets for the Spring Conference in Hershey.

November 2005

Sandra Herr chaired the November meeting of the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association at Eli’s Waterfall Room.

Corporate Chef for Research and Development at ASK Foods, Inc., Palmyra, ( www.askfoods.com ) Jim Alston and his associates discussed food safety over the holidays and prepared and served cherries jubilee.   Jim is a graduate of the PA Institute of Culinary Arts where he also is a part-time instructor. He has worked from Manhatten to Miami. 

ABWA members brought unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program.  Marine John Gingrich collected the toys, and in December, will present a Toys for Tots program.

Sue LeBaron-Tonini asked for nominations for Leadership Lebanon Valley. Sue also announced ABWA’s 2006 scholarship program.  Applications are available online at ABWA's website, http://www.abwalebanonpa.com/application.htm , from school guidance counselors, or members of the Education Committee.

Roysetta Brunner invited everyone to bring a prospective member to a Membership Tea on Sunday, December 4 from 1 - 3 PM, at Biddle Hall, Fort Indiantown Gap.

Mary Blose shared details of the upcoming ABWA Spring Conference scheduled for March 31 through April 1, 2, 2006 in Hershey, PA.

Carnations were presented to members celebrating November birthdays:  Marilyn Leffler. Darlene Martin, Tillie Prehoda, Dawn Shultz, Lorraine Long, Millie Rittle, Jo Ellen Litz, Henrietta Steiner, and Cynthia Lighty.

Anniversary wishes were extended to:  Rhoda Lauver, 19 years; Pat Firestone, 18; JoEllen Litz, 15; Brenda Keefer, 11; Barb Arnold and Janice Dishong 10 years; Sue LeBaron-Tonini, 4; and Mary Maika, 2 years.

The next ABWA meeting is scheduled for December 28 at Eli's.  New members are always welcome.

October 2005

Sandra Herr chaired the October meeting of the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association at Eli’s Waterfall Room.



Guest speaker and interior redesigner Rita Neuman owns and operates RoomArrangements Shoppe. Rita has been decorating homes in the Lebanon/Lancaster area for over 20 years.  www.RoomArrangements.com .

Roysetta Brunner announced a membership tea scheduled for December 4 at Biddle Hall, Fort Indiantown Gap.

ABWA’s Spring Conference will be held in Hershey on March 31 and April 1, 2, 2006.  Our chapter is chairing the Ways & Means portion of the Conference, which includes the Friday Night Theme Party.  “A Chocolate Reception,” is being conducted at the Hershey Theatre where we will be treated to elegant French Pastries prepared by students from the Pastry Arts Class of the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center under the direction of Chef Brian Peffley. We will be entertained by the musical genius of Hans Gartner on the historic Aeolion-Skinner Organ, and will enjoy a guided tour of the theatre from the projection room, through the 5 floors of dressing rooms and backstage to the elegant lobbies. Tickets go on sale the beginning of 2006.  The reception begins at 8 pm for those not attending the conference and the conference attendees will begin arriving at 9 pm.  Marcella Long and Mary Blose will attend the National Conference in Grapevine, Texas to promote the Spring Conference.

Fran Kunath and Jennifer Utterback  collected apple dumpling bake sale orders for delivery at the November meeting.

Any member who is interested in representing ABWA in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lebanon Valley Program should contact Sue LeBaron, chair of the Education committee, or a member of the Executive committee. This program includes an overnight stay and meetings with themes like government and agriculture at least one day each month.  At some time during the yearlong program, you are asked to serve on a board for one year, or do community service for a human service organization. This is a gratifying and informative program about Lebanon County, and the tuition is fully paid for an ABWA member.

Penny Walker is coordinating the Christmas Gift Wrap Booth at the Lebanon Valley Mall from 11/25 through Christmas Eve.  The booth will be located in the main corridor to JC Penney’s.

Anniversary Wishes were extended to Eleanor DiNovo (21 Years), Carol Edris (17 Years), Sandy Herr (16 Years), and Pam Weiss (10 Years).

Roysetta Brunner will drive Josie Ames, Chapter Woman of the Year, and Jenny Murphy Shifflet, Business Woman of the Year, in the Lebanon Holiday Parade.

The next ABWA meeting, scheduled for November 16, will feature an ASK chef and a Marine who will collect Toys For Tots.

September 2005

After Sandra Herr called the meeting to order, the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association awarded the 2005 Outstanding Business Woman of the Lebanon Valley to Jennie Murphy-Shifflet, the executive director of Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center, who addressed those gathered at Eli’s Waterfall Room on Wednesday, September 28, 2005. 

Pat Firestone introduced Maureen Shaak, owner of Mo's on Main, Annville, who gave a mini-seminar on ‘A Girl's Best Friend’--diamonds. Maureen opened her jewelry store in January 2005. She has been in the jewelry business for six years and has studied with the Gemological Institute of America, earning certificates in Diamond Grading and Colored Stone Essentials. As of 2004, she is an Accredited Jewelry Professional. She is a member of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Jewelers of America and PA Jewelers Association.

Brenda Keefer reviewed her experiences in Leadership Lebanon Valley, including milking a cow, and visits to both Weaber’s Saw Mill and the capital.  Her internship project is with Bridge of Hope.


September Birthday flowers were presented to Suzy Troy, Pam Weiss, and Marlene Bowman.


Anniversary gifts were presented to Marry Ellen Blouch, Henrietta Steiner, Barbara Silverberg, Rose Kintzer, Jean Cassel, Mary Blose, Stephaine Houser, Kathleen Rhine, and Judith Heagy.


Our gift wrap booth to raise money for scholarships will begin on Black Friday, November 25th at the Lebanon Valley Mall, and run through Christmas Eve.


For anyone interested in learning more about ABWA, the next meeting is on October 26, 6PM, at Eli's Waterfall Room.

August 2005

Sandy Herr presided at the August meeting of the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association held at Eli's Waterfall room.

Audrey Folmer, Owner of Pansy Hill Coffee Company, spoke to fifty members about many aspects of coffee, from caffeine content to coffee's origin in Ethiopia.

Members elected Jenny Murphy-Shifflet as our "Outstanding Business Woman of the Lebanon Valley," a tradition we began in 1986 as a way of celebrating "American Business Woman’s Day". Jennie will attend the next ABWA meeting to receive her award.  In 1983 ABWA Day was proclaimed by President Reagan on September 22nd and is celebrated nationwide by ABWA.   Expanding the celebration, Penny Walker will also organize a lunch-hour strut at the Lebanon Valley Mall.  For a $10 entry fee, participants will receive a box lunch, and members will have booths to showcase their businesses.  ABWA will distribute scholarship applications and gift wrap booth information.  The public is welcome.

2005-2006 Committee appointments include:  Fund Raising--Co-Chairs Jennifer Utterback & Fran Kunath, Mary Maika, Lois Klinefelter, Carol Edris, Marlene Bowman, Janet Henning, Suzy Troy, Rose Kinzer, Lorraine Long, Tillie Prehoda, Henrietta Steiner, Carol Carpenter; Program--Co-Chairs Pat Firestone & Audrey Folmer,  Pat McAteer, Cindy Lighty, Janice Dishong, Barb Arnold, Mary Ellen Blouch, Christine Shaak, Julie Cheyney, Julie Cameron; Hospitality--Co-Chairs Nori Fisher & Donette Ames, Eleanor DiNovo, Carolyn DiNovo, Richelle Whitman, Josie Ames, Eunice Reist, Millie Rittle, JoAnn Francis, Kathy Rhine, Vivian Lighty,  Bonnie Bender; Education--Chair Sue LaBaron-Tonini, Brenda Keefer, Jean Cassel, Pam Weiss, Stevie Houser, Jeanette Zimnoch; History--Chair Dawn Shultz, Judy Heagy, Betty Heisey, Penny Walker; Newsletter--Chair Margie Yohn, Mary Blose, Barb Silverberg; Public  Relations--Chair Jo Ellen Litz, Rhoda Lauver. Sarah Schappell, Heather Waddell; and Membership--Chair Roysetta Bruner, Co-Chair Jen Eisenhower and JoAnn Rager.

Anniversary Wishes went to 16 Year member Richelle Whitman and  4 Year members - Nori Fisher, Darlene Martin, Eunice Reist and Millie Rittle.

On September 22nd, Mary Blose and Mary Ellen Blouch will travel to the Lancaster-York Fall Gala. The Guest Speaker is our ABWA National President Jeanne Banks. Robin Necci, District IV VP, will also be there.  We will distribute candy bars with a special wrapper inviting everyone to attend the 2006 Spring Conference in Hershey.

Birthday wishes were extended to Mary Maika, Jean Cassel, Carol Carpenter, Brenda Keefer, Cindy Young, Eleanor DiNovo, Eunice Reist, and Betty Heisey.

Lebanon Area Fair proceeds totaled $1800.

July 2005

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Horn and Horn Waterfall Room on July 27, 2005.  There were 48 members and 5 guests in attendance.

President Sandra Herr installed new members Bonnie Bender, sponsored by Josie Ames, and Julie Cameron, sponsored by Dawn Shultz.  Herr also installed 2005-2006 officers: president is Sandy Herr, vice president is Gale Ehrhorn, secretary is Marcella Long and treasurer is Cindy Young.  Then, Sandy Herr presented Dawn Shultz with the Friendship Award. 

Stephanie Blanda sent a thank you note for the scholarship she received from our chapter in June.

In lieu of a speaker, members enjoyed a summer picnic with a buffet including fried chicken and other delicious items.  Dawn Shultz provided interesting picnic facts to the group such as the first picnic held at a church in 1700.   Guessing the correct number of items in a jar, Rose Kintzer and Janet Henning won Hershey kisses, Marcella Long won caramel creams, and the Pat McAteer won M and M's.

Other winners included:  Pat McAteer, Jean Cassel, Christine Shaak, Mary Maika, Roysetta Brunner, Dawn Shultz, Linda Plasterer, Barb Silverberg, Eleanor DiNovo, and Fran Kunath.  Bonnie Bender won an extra gift donated by Gale Ehrhorn.  Birthday flowers were presented to members with July birthdays and to all outgoing and incoming officers.

MaryEllen Barry received a check for $369.89 from ‘Get The Picture’ corporation at Hersheypark for our volunteer work.  MaryEllen also circulated a schedule for volunteers to work at the Lebanon Area Fair.

Marcella Long is receiving reservation forms for the Fall Frolic, which will be held on Friday, September, 23.  Josie Ames hosted an evening where members created centerpieces for the Fall Frolic.

Member Penny Walker received a promotion at her place of employment. Pat McAteer retired Friday, August 5.  Audrey Folmer became a grandmother of a beautiful baby girl in July.  On September 22 Josie Ames will hold an open house at her business, 242 Hinkle Road, Palmyra.

June 2005

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly  meeting at the Horn and Horn Waterfall  Room on Wednesday, June 22, 2005.   There were 38 members and 5  guests in attendance.

Barbara Charles, director of Bridge of Hope of Lebanon County, informed members that the ministry of friendship for homeless women and their children is financed 100% by donations.   Families receive support and counseling from Bridge of  Hope and church families for a period of 12-18 months.

President Herr appointed Penny Walker, Mary Ellen Blauch, Barb Arnold, and Jennifer Utterback to select nominees for our Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. 

Herr also appointed an auditing committee consisting of Jen Eisenhower, Mary Ellen Blouch, and Barb Arnold.

On a motion by Mary Blose  and Henrietta Steiner, a half page ad saluting chapter woman of the year, Josie Ames, will appear in the September 23 fall frolic program.

Carol Carpenter, JoAnn Rager, Mary Ellen Blauch, Barb Arnold, Eleanor DiNovo, and Suzy Troy won prizes, and  birthday flowers were given to those members celebrating June birthdays.

Mary Ellen Blauch and Barb Arnold signed up volunteers to work at the Lebanon Fair Saturday, July 30 and Monday, August 1 thru Friday, August 5.


May 2005

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Horn and Horn Waterfall  Room on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. There were 44 members and 9 guests in attendance.

Ken Shultz sang patriotic songs including "God Bless America" and "God Bless the USA".  Dawn Shultz presented interesting facts about how to handle and display the U.S. flag.  The program ended with all members and guests singing "America the Beautiful".

New officers were elected for the 2005-2006 year. President will be Sandy Herr; vice president, Gale Ehrhorn; treasurer, Cindy Young; and secretary, Marcella Long. In other business, a motion made by Mary Blose passed unanimously to host the 2006 Woman of the Year luncheon.

Prizes were awarded to Mary Blose, Suzy Troy, and Barb Arnold.  Jean Cassel, Cindy Root, and Rose Kintzer received table decorations. Also, table decorations were given to each of our scholarship recipients.  Birthday flowers were presented to those members celebrating a May birthday.

Anniversary candy bars were presented to members celebrating a May anniversary.  We installed three new members into our chapter-- Donette Ames sponsored by Josie Ames, Audrey Folmer sponsored by Jen Eisenhower, and Jennifer Utterback sponsored by Mary Blose.


Scholarship recipients were presented with their checks, including:  Katelyn Haley along with her mother Theresa Haley, Amber Smith and her father Ken Smith, and Stephanie Blanda and her mother Terry Blanda.

ABWA will work at the Lebanon Area Fair.  Shifts are 4:00 - 6:30, 6:30 - 9:00 or 4 - 9.

Also, ABWA will work the GTP booth at Hersheypark.                  

Finally, Henrietta Steiner reminded members to vote.

April 2005

The Charter Chapter of the American Business Women met on April 27 at the Allen Theater where owner Skip Hicks provided a tour and history of the theater.  President Sandy Herr outlined the “High Five” initiative.  Successfully sending five members to conferences and recruiting five new members in both the spring and fall will earn the chapter special State recognition.

Carol Edris, Eunice Reist, and Jennifer Utterback won prizes.

April showers bring May flowers, and Penny Walker presented umbrellas full of flowers to Marlene Bowman, Brenda Keefer, Dawn Shultz, Mary Ellen Blouch, and Pat Firestone.

Birthday flowers were presented to:  Cindy Root, Josie Ames, Sue LeBaron, Rose Kintzer, Jennette Zimnoch, Carolyn DiNovo, and Julie Cheyney.

Jen Eisenhower recognized ABWA anniversaries including:  19th Joanne Francis, 10th Julie Cheyney, 10th Josie Ames, 2nd Marilyn Leffler, 1st Vivan Lighty, and 1st Cynthia Lighty.

Brenda Keefer announced scholarship winners:  Katelyn Haley from Annville Cleona, Stephanie Blanda from Cedar Crest, and Amber Smith from ELCO.  The three young ladies will attend a future chapter meeting.

Carolyn DiNovo reported on the successful fashion show where over 100 people attended the Country Club.

Judy Heagy invited everyone to hear the senior choir at the 50+ festival.

Jo Ellen Litz encouraged members to become ambassadors for Lebanon County during national Horse Progress Days to be held in Lebanon during June.  Jan Zimnock, Josie Ames, Gale Ehrhorn, and Audrey Folmer volunteered as ambassadors.

Mary Blose announced that the Spring Conference is in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the National Conference is in Grapevine, Texas.

March 2005

During March 2005, the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women celebrated their 34th Anniversary at Eli’s Waterfall Room.  During the evening, Kevin Freedman and Mandy Kuhn of the PA DanceSport ballroom both demonstrated and provided instruction on ballroom dancing--the swing, fox trot, and cha cha—to more than 80 people in attendance.

 Woman of the Year, Josie Ames, was honored.

Member Rhoda Lauver was awarded a $1200 SBMEF scholarship to attend seminary.

Charter members celebrating their 34th anniversary year with ABWA included Roysetta Bruner, Betty Heisey, Lorraine Long, Tillie Prehoda, Sandi Rossi, Christine Shaak, and Suzanne Troy.  In addition, Marlene Bowman and JoAnn Rager celebrated 32 years; Lois Klinefelter 30 years; and Carolyn DiNovo 22 years with ABWA.

26 members received Perfect Attendance awards:  Jennifer Eishenhower, Nori Fisher, Marcella Long, and Mary Beth Maika, 1 year; Janice Dishong, 2 years; Sue LeBaron, 3 years; Millie Rittle, 4 years; Cindy Young, 7 years; Barbara Arnold, 9 years; Carol Edris, 10 years; Pat Firestone and Sandy Herr, 13 years; Judy Heagy and Kathleen Rhine, 18 years; Carolyn DiNovo, 19 years; Eleanor DiNovo and Lois Klinefelter, 20 years; Rose Marie Kintzer and Lorraine Long, 24 years; Suzanne Troy, 28 years; Mary Blose and Mary Ellen Blouch, 29 years; Marlene Bowman and JoAnn Rager, 32 years; and Christine Shaak, 34 years. 

Carnations were presented to ABWA members celebrating March birthdays, including:  Diana Hartman, Janet Henning, Gale Ehrhorn, Stephany Houser, and Barbara Arnold.

The public is invited to a spring fashion show on April 24th at the Lebanon Country Club.

Beginning at 6PM, interested persons are welcome to attend the April 27th dinner meeting at the Allen Theater in Annville.


February 2005

President Sandra Herr called the February meeting of the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association to order in the Waterfall Room  of Eli’s Catering on Cumberland Street in Lebanon. 

Guest speaker Alice M. J. Weber, a Registered Nurse who runs the Alzheimer’s Support group at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, shared information on the signs of Alzheimer’s and the roll of caregivers.

Members appearing in the last issue of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce newsletter included:  Brenda Keefer, Penny Walker, Nori Fisher, Cynthia Lighty, Jen Eisenhower, Josie Ames, Heather Waddell, and Cindy Young.  The edition with special meaning for ABWA will be forwarded to the national headquarters.

Christine Shaak celebrated her birthday, and Carol Carpenter achieved her seven-year anniversary as an ABWA member

Janice Dishong, Sue LeBaron, and Mary Ellen Blouch won prizes.

Members voted to award three $1000 student scholarships in 2005.  Applications are on-line at http://www.abwalebanonpa.com/Scholarships.htm .  Completed applications should be forwarded to Brenda Keefer by the March 31, 2005 deadline.

The nominating committee will consist of Jen Eisenhower, Nori Fisher, and Gail Ehrhorn.

March 30th, the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of ABWA will celebrate their 34th Anniversary at Eli’s.  Cost is $15.

April 24th, doors will open for a lunch and fashion show at the Lebanon Country Club.  Cost is $20.  Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

Cindy Root reminded everyone that the April 27th meeting will be held at the Allan Theater in Annville.

For information on events or to learn more about becoming a member of ABWA, contact president Sandra Herr at 865-2977 or visit http://www.abwalebanonpa.com .



January 2005


President Sandra Herr called the January 2005 Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women to order at Eli’s Waterfall Room in Lebanon.


Josie Ames was chosen as Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter’s Woman of the Year.  In 1995 Josie started her membership with ABWA.  She has served as both secretary and vice-president of ABWA and chaired the program committee.  Josie sponsored three members.  Professionally, Josie started J.C. Cleaning Services in 1987, and eventually incorporated Ames Services, LTD with a staff of over 60 employees and 30 vehicles to service customers.  She volunteers time in the community and has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Lebanon Rescue Mission, and Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Chapter Woman of the Year may compete Nationally, if she chooses.  Chapter Woman of the Year has the option to attend the National Convention or Spring Conference,



Tina Gienow, YMCA trainer, led women in exercises that can be completed at work. 


Birthday wishes were extended to Penny Walker, Pat Firestone, Barb Silverberg, Sandi Rossi, Rhoda Lauver, and Janice Dishong.


Dawn Shultz was recognized for her seventeen years of service to ABWA.


Mary Ellen Blouch reported a tentative profit of $3414.43 from the gift-wrap booth.  Money is used to fund scholarships and education.


Carolyn Dinovo, Henrietta Steiner, Eunice Reist, Mary Blose, Lois Kleinfelter, and Cindy Young were presented with prizes.


Dawn Shultz invited everyone to be part of ABWA’s investment club that meets the second Monday of each month at Edward Jones from 5:30-7:30PM on Poplar Street, Lebanon.  Twenty-six members are currently investors.


Results of a member survey were distributed.


Brenda Keefer announced that scholarship applications would be distributed and posted to the web.  Applications can be found at www.ABWALebanonPA.com 


Carolyn DiNovo distributed spring luncheon and fashion show tickets for April 24th at the Lebanon Country Club.


Dr. Heather Waddell invited attendees to the Lebanon Valley Mall History Fair Saturday, January 29 from 10AM –9PM


Spring conference will be held May 13-15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


The next meeting of ABWA is February 23, 2005  at 6PM.  Meals will cost $12.  Location:  Eli's Waterfall Room, Horn & Horn Diner, 1352 Cumberland St., Lebanon PA  17042.

A ‘30th Anniversary Celebration’ that is scheduled for March 30th at 6PM at Eli’s Waterfall Room will cost $15.00.  Guests are welcome.

2004 Highlights