Meeting Highlights

SECRETARY’S REPORT

May 2012
 
The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon, PA, on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  The meeting was called to order by Vice President Bonnie Bender at 6:45pm.    
PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Dianne Kolb from Fulton Bank.  Her presentation was on identity theft.  She shared ways to prevent identity theft and how to combat it if your identity has been compromised.  The door prizes supplied by the bank were won by Bonnie Bender, Lorraine Long, Dawn Shultz, JoEllen Litz, Marlene Bowman and Suzy Troy.
BUSINESS MEETING:  The minutes were approved on a motion by Penny Donmoyer and seconded by Judy Heagy.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion made by Janice Dishong and seconded by Suzy Troy and will be filed for audit.      
HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Janice Dishong, Maxine Maser and guest Agnes Finkle.   Carnations were presented to the members celebrating a birthday in May.  Members were reminded that all dinner reservations are now considered standing.  If you will not be attending the meeting, please call Penny to cancel your dinner reservation.        
MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members celebrating an anniversary in May.   
FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up sheet for the Lebanon Area Fair is available.  Contact Mary Blose to check on available shifts.  Hershey will have shifts in the park over the next few months.  Please contact Mary Ellen Blouch if you volunteer for a shift via the website.  
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  One of the two scholarship winners was present.  Rosemary Angel accepted her check from Janice Dishong.  She thanked the members for their assistance as she is an older student returning to college.  The other recipient – Katie Carney Blose – was unable to attend due to school commitments.  Her check will be presented at the June meeting.
PROGRAM:  The speaker for the June meeting will be Mike Ritter from Domestic Violence Intervention (DVI).   
PUBLIC RELATIONS:  The April meeting information was printed in the Lebanon Daily News on May 15th
NEWSLETTER:  All information for the June newsletter is due to Mary Blose by June 10th.     
WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The Woman of the Year luncheon is on June 3rd.
OTHER BUSINESS: 
Election of officers was conducted and the results are President-Sue Lebaron-Tonini, VP-Jennifer Eisenhauer, Secretary-Pat Firestone and Treasurer-Maxine Masar.  They will be installed at the July meeting.
NEXT MEETING:  The June meeting is scheduled for June 27, 2012. 
 
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
 
Respectfully submitted in the absence of the Secretary,
Dawn M. Shultz

June 2011

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon, PA, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.  The meeting was called to order by President Jennifer Eisenhower at 6:45pm.    

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Marcia Werner.  She is employed by Waddell and Reed Financial Advisors and her presentation was centered on planning for and funding retirement. 

BUSINESS MEETING:  The minutes were approved on a motion by Bonnie Bender and seconded by Pat Firestone.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion made by Judy Heagy and seconded by Janice Dishong and will be filed for audit.           

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Linda Plasterer, Eunice Reist and Bonnie Bender.  The centerpieces were won by Dawn Shultz, JoAnn Rager, Henri Steiner and Janice Dishong.  A carnation was presented to the member celebrating a birthday in June.         

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members celebrating an anniversary in June.   

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up sheet for the Lebanon Area Fair is available.  Contact Mary Blose to check on available shifts.  The raffle ticket project netted a profit of $915.  Hershey will have shifts in the park and the Giant Center over the next few months.  Please contact Mary Ellen Blouch if you volunteer for a shift via the website.  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  Thank you notes from Katie Carney-Blose and Jonathan Jackson were received and read to the members.     

PROGRAM:  The program for July is the summer picnic.  Members were invited to dress casually and enjoy picnic food and games.  A wish list for the food bank was given to each member and they were encouraged to bring an item on the list to the picnic.  Meetings for the newly appointed committees will also be held.      

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  The May meeting information was printed in the Lebanon Daily News on May 30th.  Jo Ellen Litz has developed a Facebook page for the chapter.  Members are encouraged to “like” the page.  We would like to have at least 200 “likes”.  In the future, the Facebook page may be used for membership information. 

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the July newsletter is due to Mary Blose by July 5th.  Any member with a newsworthy or noteworthy item for publication should submit it to Mary.  

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The Woman of the Year luncheon was a success.  A profit of $1300 was made and will be used to provide a scholarship in 2012.

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held on September 23, 2011.  The entertainment will be provided by Jessica Weidman.  Members were reminded to solicit ads for the program book.  Reservation forms are available.  Pat Firestone and Judy Heagy volunteered to be hostesses at the event.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Jo Ellen Litz and Stephany Houser were appointed to the auditing committee.

A road trip is planned for August 17th to the Timbers in Mount Gretna.  Cost is $30 per person and includes a buffet dinner, show, tax and gratuity.  Reservations may be made by contacting Dawn Shultz.

The Lebanon Community Theatre is staging a female version of “The Odd Couple”.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Please contact Jen Eisenhower for details.

Sandra Herr submitted a letter of resignation from the chapter.

Janice Dishong’s Relay for Life team is collecting change/coins.  She asked members to save change and coins in a small plastic milk or tea bottle.  She will collect the bottles next April.

Henri Steiner reminded members to complete a change of address form if they have moved since the last election and also to remind any friend or family members who have recently turned 18 to register to vote.

NEXT MEETING:  The July meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2011.  This is changed to the third Wednesday due to the Lebanon Area Fair. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40pm.

Respectfully submitted, Dawn M. Shultz, Secretary

May 2011

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon, PA, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.  The meeting was called to order by President Jennifer Eisenhower at 6:45pm.    

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Lebanon County Commissioner JoEllen Litz.  Her presentation was centered on questions from the audience.  She presented information on running for office, reassessments, the earned income tax issue and the Marcellus Shale drilling.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The minutes were approved on a motion by Bonnie Bender and seconded by Mary Blose.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion made by Mary Blose and seconded by Barbara Arnold and will be filed for audit.           

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Wilma Morrow (twice) and JoAnn Rager.  The centerpieces were won by Mary Blose, Dawn Shultz, JoAnn Rager and Marlene Bowman.  Carnations were presented to the members celebrating a birthday in May.         

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members celebrating an anniversary in May.   

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up sheet for the Lebanon Area Fair is available.  Contact Mary Blose to check on available shifts.  The raffle ticket project continues through the month of May and about half the days had winners.  Hershey will have shifts in the park and the Giant Center over the next few months.  Please contact Mary Ellen Blouch if you volunteer for a shift via the website.  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  Katie Carney-Blose was unable to attend the meeting due to work commitments and her grandmother, Mary Blose, accepted her check in her absence.  Jonathan Jackson was presented with his check and thanked the members.     

PROGRAM:  The speaker for the June meeting will be Marcia Werner.  She is employed by Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors in Reading.      

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  The April meeting information was printed in the Lebanon Daily News on May 22nd. 

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the June newsletter is due to Mary Blose by June 10th.  Any member with a newsworthy or noteworthy item for publication should submit it to Mary.  

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter will host the Woman of the Year luncheon in 2011.  Members willing to help the day of the event were asked to report to the banquet hall at 9:30am.

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held on September 23, 2011.  The entertainment will be provided by Jessica Weidman.  Members were reminded to solicit ads for the program book.    

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Election of officers was conducted and the results are President-Jennifer Eisenhower, VP-Bonnie Bender, Secretary-Pat Firestone and Treasurer-Barbara Arnold.  They will be installed at the July meeting.

Carol Edris announced that she will be retiring from her job at ASK Foods as of May 31, 2011.

NEXT MEETING:  The June meeting is scheduled for June 22, 2011. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.

Respectfully submitted, Dawn M. Shultz, Secretary

April 2011

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon, PA, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.  The meeting was called to order by President Jennifer Eisenhower at 6:45pm.    

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Karen Kleffel.  Her presentation was centered on the ABWA website and WIN.  Karen is a member of the Berkshire Charter Chapter and is an ABWA Ambassador.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The minutes were approved on a motion by Mary Blose and seconded by Lorraine Long.  One correction was made on the treasurer’s report.  The $97.00 listed under interest was actually the income from the raffle.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion made by Mary Blose and seconded by Maxine Masar and will be filed for audit.           

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Mary Blose, Janice Dishong and Marlene Bowman.  The floral centerpieces were won by Mary Ellen Blouch, Jean Cassel, JoAnn Rager and Susan LeBaron-Tonini.  Carnations were presented to the members celebrating a birthday in April.         

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members celebrating an anniversary in April.   

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  Members were reminded to return all sold and unsold lottery raffle tickets to Barbara Arnold by Friday, April 29th.  The sign-up sheet for the Lebanon Area Fair is available.  Contact Mary Blose to check on available shifts.  Hershey will have shifts in the park and the Giant Center over the next few months.  Please contact Mary Ellen Blouch if you volunteer for a shift via the website.  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  The scholarship winners were selected.  They are Katie Carney-Blose and Jonathan Jackson.  They will be invited to attend the May or June meeting.  

PROGRAM:  The speaker for the May meeting will be Kathy Andrews, Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Lebanon County.  She will speak on healthy heart tips for women.      

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  The March meeting information was printed in the Lebanon Daily News on April 22nd. 

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the May newsletter is due to Mary Blose by May 10th.  Any member with a newsworthy or noteworthy item for publication should submit it to Mary.  

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter will host the Woman of the Year luncheon in 2011.  Dawn Shultz is heading the committee and anyone interested in helping should indicate their interest to Dawn.  The date has been set for Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Hebron Banquet facility.  We are collecting cash at the next meeting to go toward the money tree.  Members were asked to bring change or a dollar to contribute to the fund.  We will also need baskets or other items for the raffle.  Reservations are due by the May meeting.

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held in September 2011.  The entertainment will be provided by Jessica Weidman.  The chapter voted to donate $50 in cash to create five $10 door prizes.  Mary Blose will design an envelope in which to insert the cash.    

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Members were encouraged to access WIN on the ABWA website.  A reminder was made that members can be reimbursed the $15 fee each year as part of the chapter education fund.

Dawn Shultz and Mary Beth Maika reminded members to return their officer and committee interest forms.  Election of officers will be conducted at the May meeting.

Members who participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life were recognized.

NEXT MEETING:  The May meeting is scheduled for May 25, 2011. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm.

Respectfully submitted, Dawn M. Shultz, Secretary

January 2010

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon, PA, on Wednesday, January 27, 2010.  The meeting was called to order by President Roysetta Bruner at 6:45pm. 

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Debra Yates.  Debra was one of the women elected as ABWA 2010 Top Ten Women of the Year.  She spoke on the process that she completed in order to be considered for and elected to this honor   

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no additions or corrections to the minutes from the December meeting and they were approved as printed on a motion by Pat Firestone and seconded by Judy Heagy.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by Suzy Troy and seconded by Mary Blose and will be filed for audit.           

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Suzy Troy, Rose Kintzer and Maxine Masur.   Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a January birthday.     

MEMBERSHIP:  A candy bar was given to the member celebrating a January anniversary.          

FUND RAISING:  The committee has sub coupons to distribute to the members.  The coupons are to be sold for $5.00 each and can be redeemed at the Country View grocery on route 322.  A profit of $633.00 will be made if the members sell 300 coupons.  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  The scholarship application is on the website and paper copies are available from the committee.  Completed applications must be received by March 1st.  

PROGRAM:  The February program has not been confirmed.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  The December meeting information appeared in the Lebanon Daily News. 

HISTORY:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the February newsletter is due to Mary Blose by

February 10th.  Any member interested in submitting bio information for the newsletter should send or e-mail it to Mary Blose.  

ANNIVERSARY NIGHT:  All reservations are due by the February meeting.  The event will have musical entertainment.  The entrée is chicken.  Any member wishing to invite a former member is encouraged to do so.  Mary Blose will send invitations as requested.  Roysetta Bruner won the raffle prize.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  Jennifer Eisenhower was elected the 2010 Woman of the Year.

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held September 24, 2010, at the Holiday Inn at Grantville.  The chapter voted to donate five $10 cash prizes for the door prizes.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The Lebanon Valley Mall is holding Community Days February 5th and 6th.  ABWA information will be at the D’Clairs Relay for Life table. 

Lois Klinefelter has resigned from the chapter due to health reasons.  She has moved to 100 Tuck Court, Lebanon, PA 17042.

JoEllen Litz explained a Junior Achievement program – Young Womens Futures Symposium – that will be held at Lebanon Valley College next month.  She asked that the chapter sponsor one of the students at the cost of $110.  The motion was seconded by Mary Blose and ayes carried on the vote.

Bonnie Bender shared that her granddaughter is recently diagnosed with Crones disease.  She will be walking and doing other fundraising.  Her goal is to raise $1000 by June 5th.  Members were asked to support her with a pledge at www.cctakesteps.com for the team Abby’s Gang or to purchase Pampered Chef products.  Bonnie has a catalog for the orders.

NEXT MEETING:  The February meeting is scheduled for February 24, 2010

December 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon, PA, on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Roysetta Bruner at 6:45pm. 

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Pat Firestone and Judy Heagy.  Pat asked for four volunteers.  Mary Blose and Penny Donmoyer were one team and Barb Arnold and Dawn Shultz were the second team.  Pat tied the right hand of one woman to the left hand of her partner.  The team had to wrap a gift using the hands that were free.  Mary and Penny won the event.  The annual ornament exchange was held.  Judy led the group through two word games and the singing of several carols.   

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no additions or corrections to the minutes from the November meeting and they were approved as printed.  The treasurer’s report was approved and will be filed for audit.            

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Mary Blose, Lorraine Long, and Henrietta Steiner. The remaining 50/50 money was given to the waitresses as a holiday tip.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a December birthday.      

MEMBERSHIP:  Members are encouraged to bring prospective members to the next meeting or give Mary Blose their name and address so an invitation can be sent.          

FUND RAISING:  The committee distributed sub coupons to the members.  The coupons are to be sold for $5.00 each and can be redeemed at the Country View grocery on route 322.  A profit of $633.00 will be made if the members sell 300 coupons.  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  No report  

PROGRAM:  The January program will be a speaker from the Arthritis Foundation.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  The November meeting information appeared in the Lebanon Daily News twice.

HISTORY:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the January newsletter is due to Mary Blose by

January 10th.  

ANNIVERSARY NIGHT:  Jennifer Eisenhower won the raffle prize.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Judy Heagy asked that members send a card to Jeannette Zimnoch since she has been ill and unable to attend the meetings for several months.

Penny Donmoyer asked for donations for a movie basket that is being assembled for the women living at the AGAPE shelter.

NEXT MEETING:  The January meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2010

November 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Roysetta Bruner at 6:45pm. 

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Rob Lowrie.  Rob is an investment advisor for Edward Jones.  He gave a presentation on 10 tips for retirement planning.  He also said that three documents are critical no matter your age – a will, a power of attorney and a durable medical power of attorney.   

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Marcella Long shared information about her position as the group leader for the impatient phlebotomy team at the Hershey Medical Center.  She has also worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and was an in-home daycare provider until her children went to school.

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no additions or corrections to the minutes from the October meeting.  They were approved on a motion by Mary Blose that was seconded by Marcella Long.  The treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by Pat Firestone that was seconded by Judy Heagy and will be filed for audit.           

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Lorraine Long, JoAnn Rager and Janet Henning.  Janice Dishong won the vase with roses.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a November birthday.     

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members with a November anniversary.  Members are encouraged to bring prospective members to the next meeting or give Mary Blose their name and address so an invitation can be sent.       

FUND RAISING:  The committee distributed sub coupons to the members.  The coupons are to be sold for $5.00 each and can be redeemed at the Country View grocery on route 322.  A profit of $633.00 will be made if the members sell 300 coupons.  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  No report  

PROGRAM:  The December program will be our holiday celebration.  Members are asked to bring cookies to share for dessert.  Recipes are welcome to be exchanged.  The ornament exchange will also be conducted.  Please keep the value of your exchange item between $5.00 and $10.00.  Donations of canned and boxed food will be accepted for the Lebanon County Christian Ministries food bank.  Judy Heagy will lead us in games and carols.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

HISTORY:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the December newsletter is due to Mary Blose by

December 1st.  

ANNIVERSARY NIGHT:  Jean Cassel won the raffle prize.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

A thank you note from Pam Carvel was read.  Pam is the newly-elected National Vice President. 

Jeannette Zimnoch was elected chapter secretary in May, but was never installed due to illness. Dawn Shultz will resume the duties of chapter secretary effective immediately and Mary Blose will assume Dawn’s responsibility for the chapter newsletter.

Chapter members donated new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

Pat Firestone invited members to work at their Relay for Life gift wrap booth at the mall.

NEXT MEETING:  The December meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2009. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.

July 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm. 

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Pam Carvell – District IV Vice President.  Pam will be running for National Vice President at the ABWA National Women’s Conference in September.  She spoke to the chapter about the importance of WIN to all chapter members and shared some of her ABWA memorable moments.    

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None 

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no additions or corrections from the minutes from the June meeting.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.  Maxine Maser and Stephany Houser were appointed to the auditing committee.          

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Barbara Shockley (guest), Marlene Bowman and Eunice Reist.  The centerpieces were won by Linda Plasterer, Marcella Long, Pat Firestone, Henrietta Steiner and Judy Blouch.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a July birthday.      

MEMBERSHIP:  Members are encouraged to bring prospective members to the next meeting.        

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  There are still pretzel rods available for sale.  The HersheyPark website is open and members can volunteer for shifts.  All money earned by the members will be remitted to the chapter.  The sign-up sheets for the Lebanon Area Fair were available.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  Kaitlyn Mader was presented with her scholarship check.  Member Sue LeBaron-Tonini was presented with a $1500 grant check from SBMEF.  The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the Leadership Lebanon Valley program again in 2010.  Applications are due by December 1, 2009.   

PROGRAM:  The August program has not been confirmed

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the August newsletter is due to Dawn Shultz by August 10th.   

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Radisson-Penn Harris in Camp Hill.  The entertainment will be Celtic music.  Reservation forms will be available at the chapter meetings through August.     

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Nominations are needed for the Outstanding Business Woman of Lebanon County.  They should be submitted to Marcella Long by the end of July.  Voting will be conducted at the August meeting and the recipient will be invited to the September meeting.

Dawn Shultz has contacted the Timbers Dinner Theatre in Mt. Gretna and has reserved seats for Thursday, August 13th.  The cost is $31.00 per person and includes the dinner buffet, tax, tip and the performance.  All reservations must be made by August 5th.

The outgoing officers thanked President Marcella Long for leading the chapter for the past two years.  Marcella extended her thanks to the officers, chairs and members for their support.

The next board meeting will be determined by the new executive board.

NEXT MEETING:  The August meeting is scheduled for August 26, 2009. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.

June 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 29 members and five guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Ruth Koup.  She spoke on the Dress for Success program that began in Lebanon County one year ago.  The program assists disadvantaged women with clothing and skills needed to obtain employment.    

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None 

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no additions or corrections from the minutes from the May meeting.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.          

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Jane Atkinson, Rachel Reist (guest) and Eunice Reist.  The centerpieces were won by Kimberly Yockey (guest), Lois Klinefelter, Jean Cassel, Pat Firestone and Marcella Long.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a June birthday.      

MEMBERSHIP:  Members are encouraged to bring prospective members to the next meeting.        

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  There are still pretzel rods available for sale.  The HersheyPark website is open and members can volunteer for shifts.  All money earned by the members will be remitted to the chapter.  The sign-up sheets for the Lebanon Area Fair were available and will be at the July meeting as well.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  Rachel Reist and Kimberly Yockey were presented with their scholarship checks.  The fourth winner, Kaitlyn Mader, will attend the July meeting.  The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the Leadership Lebanon Valley program again in 2010.  Applications are due by December 1, 2009.   

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book.  She will be completing this project after the July meeting. 

PROGRAM:  Pam Carvell, District IV Vice President, will be the speaker at the July meeting.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the July newsletter is due to Mary Blose by July 10th.   

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Radisson-Penn Harris in Camp Hill.  The entertainment will be Celtic music.  Reservation forms will be available at the chapter meetings through August.     

INSTALLLATION OF OFFICERS:   The officers for the 2009-2010 program year were installed as follows:  Roysetta Bruner, President; JoAnn Rager, Vice President; and Mary Beth Maika, Treasurer.  Jeannette Zimnoch, Secretary, was not in attendance and will be installed at the July meeting.

 OTHER BUSINESS: 

The Spring Conference was held in Lancaster on April 17th and 18th.  Mary Blose reported that a check for $518 will be deposited from the settle up from the sponsoring chapters. 

A thank you note was read from scholarship winner Felicia Nelson.

Stephany Houser was recently honored for 25 years of service with her employer, AWI.

Nominations are needed for the Outstanding Business Woman of Lebanon County.  They should be submitted to Marcella Long by the July meeting.  Voting will be conducted at the August meeting.

The Dutch Apple dinner theatre trip was cancelled due to the minimum number needed for the group rate not being met.  Dawn Shultz will contact the Timbers Dinner Theatre in Mt. Gretna to check on a date and costs for their buffet and show.

Barbara Arnold announced the date and time to clean the highway is Saturday, June 27th, at 8:30am. 

A site has not been announced for the 2010 Spring Conference.  Mary Blose will contact National to see if we could sponsor the event at Hershey. 

The next board meeting will be held Monday, June 29th at 6:00pm at the home of Marcella Long.

NEXT MEETING:  The July meeting is scheduled for July 22, 2009. 

May 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 26 members and two guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Sandra Jones.  She spoke on the history of Light’s Meeting House and Friends of Light’s Fort.  The building is located at 11th and Maple Streets and has a long and storied history. 

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  The vocational speaker was Judy Heagy.  Judy joined ABWA in 1984 when she was working for the Lebanon City Police Department.  She retired after 23 years of service to the PD, but remains active in not only ABWA, but with her church, the Senior Center, the Lebanon Community Band and the Relay for Life. 

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no additions or corrections from the minutes from the April meeting.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.          

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Roysetta Bruner, Stevie House and Jeannette Zimnoch.  The centerpieces were won by Maxine Maser, Linda Plasterer, Janet Henning, Janice Dishong, Barbara Arnold, Jennifer Eisenhower and Marcella Long.  ABWA travel mugs were won by Barbara Arnold and Felicia Nelson.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a May birthday.      

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating May anniversaries.        

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  There are still pretzel rods available for sale.  The HersheyPark website is open and members can volunteer for shifts.  All money earned by the members will be remitted to the chapter.  The process has changed since last year and members were asked to contact Mary Ellen Blouch prior to going to the website.  The sign-up sheets for the Lebanon Area Fair were available and will be at the July meeting as well.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  Felicia Nelson was presented with her scholarship check.  The other winners will attend the June meeting to receive their checks.  The chapter voted to make a $1000 donation to SBMEF after a motion was made by Mary Blose and seconded by Dawn Shultz.  The chapter was reminded that half of our pledge amount may be used by chapter members.  The membership also approved a grant request for member Susan LeBaron on a motion by Judy Heagy and seconded by Henrietta Steiner.  Pat Firestone reported on the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education banquet.  The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the Leadership Lebanon Valley program again in 2010.  Applications are due by December 1, 2009.   

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  No report

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the June newsletter is due to Mary Blose by June 10th.   

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Radisson-Penn Harris in Camp Hill.  The entertainment will be Celtic music.  Reservation forms will be available at the chapter meetings through August.  Judy Heagy and Pat Firestone volunteered to be the hostesses at the event.  The chapter voted to donate $40 (4 - $10 bills) to be used as door prizes.   

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The Woman of the Year luncheon for 2009 will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009.  Pat Firestone will be unable to attend due to the Relay for Life being held the same weekend.  Reservation forms are available from Mary Blose for any other members wishing to attend.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:   The officers for the 2009-2010 program year were elected as follows:  Roysetta Bruner, President; JoAnn Rager, Vice President; Jeannette Zimnoch, Secretary and Mary Beth Maika, Treasurer.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The Spring Conference was held in Lancaster on April 17th and 18th.  Mary Blose reported that a check for $527 will be deposited from the settle up from the sponsoring chapters.  The chapter also received a thank you note from National for participating.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, June 4th at 6:00pm at the Quentin Tavern.

NEXT MEETING:  The June meeting is scheduled for June 24, 2009. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary,

Dawn M. Shultz

April 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 32 members and one guest in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by W. James Schucker.  He spoke on the history of the Union Canal.  He invited the members to visit and/or attend events at the Union Canal Tunnel Park.

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None 

BUSINESS MEETING:  There were no minutes from the March meeting as no business was conducted due to the anniversary celebration.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.          

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Cindy Young, Janet Henning and Janice Dishong.  The centerpieces were won by Marcella Long, Roysetta Bruner, Jane Atkinson, Jeannette Zimnoch, Jackie Mohn and Maxine Maser.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating an April birthday.      

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating April anniversaries.        

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  There are still pretzel rods available for sale.  Mary Ellen Blouch reported that the HersheyPark website is open and members can volunteer for shifts.  All money earned by the members will be remitted to the chapter.  The process has changed since last year and members were asked to contact Mary Ellen prior to going to the website.    

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  The members voted on the scholarship applicants.  The winners were Kaitlyn Mader, Felicia Nelson, Rachel Reist and Kimberly Yockey.  They will be invited to attend the June meeting. 

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  The May program was not confirmed as of the April meeting.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the May newsletter is due to Mary Blose by May 10th.   

FALL FROLIC:  The Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Radisson-Penn Harris in Camp Hill.  The entertainment will be Celtic music.  Reservation forms will be available at the chapter meetings through August.  Judy Heagy and Pat Firestone volunteered to be the hostesses at the event.   

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The Woman of the Year luncheon for 2009 will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009.  Pat Firestone will be unable to attend due to the Relay for Life being held the same weekend.  Reservation forms are available from Mary Blose for any other members wishing to attend.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The Spring Conference was held in Lancaster on April 17th and 18th.  Mary Blose reported that ten members of the chapter attended.  Marcella Long reported that the chapter will receive a patch for our banner for being a sponsoring chapter.

Marcella Long reported that the nominating committee has received interest from one member to run for office and from two members to chair committees.  Members were encouraged to complete their interest form and return it to the board immediately. 

A discussion was held on the WIN – Women in Technology – fee.  The fee is optional for members age 65 and older and is required for others in addition to the national dues.  Mary Blose stated that the $15 fee can be paid by the chapter and considered a scholarship.  She made a motion that the chapter reimburses each member paying the $15 WIN fee.  The motion was seconded by Judy Heagy.  Ayes carried. 

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, May 7th at 6:00pm at the home of Marcella Long.

Henrietta Steiner reminded everyone to vote in the PA Primary Election on May 19th.

NEXT MEETING:  The May meeting is scheduled for May 27, 2009. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55pm.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary,

Dawn M. Shultz

February 2009

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, February 25, 2009.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 25 members and one guest in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was presented by Susan Spahr.  She spoke on the importance of excellent customer service – both giving and receiving it.    

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  The vocational speaker was Fran Kunath.  Fran spoke on her career in nursing.  She currently is employed at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon and has been there since 1983. 

BUSINESS MEETING:  Vice President Cindy Young conducted the business meeting.  The December meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.  Please note that the chapter did not meet in January 2009 due to inclement weather so minutes and financial reports were not prepared for January.        

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Rose Kintzer, Roysetta Bruner, and Eunice Reist.  The centerpieces were won by Nancy Thompson, Nori Fisher, Jeannette Zimnoch and Mary Blose.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a December, January or February birthday.  The members discussed the date for the December 2009 meeting.  A motion was made by Janet Henning and seconded by Henrietta Steiner to hold the December meeting on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.  Ayes carried.    

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating January and February anniversaries.   Perfect attendance awards will be presented next month at the anniversary celebration.  Members were reminded that local monthly dues increased to $2.00 per month.     

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  There are still pretzel rods available for sale.  The daily number raffle continues through February.  About half of the days required a payout.  The other numbers were on tickets that had not been sold.    

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  The members will vote on the scholarship applicants in April.  The committee has received more applications this year than last year.  The deadline to submit an application is March 1st and more are expected.  A motion was made by Pat Firestone and seconded by Mary Blose to award four $1000 scholarships this year.  Ayes carried.

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  The March meeting will be the anniversary celebration with chapter awards and musical entertainment by Starlight Express.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the March newsletter is due to Mary Blose by March 10th.   

FALL FROLIC:  Fall Frolic meetings have resumed for 2009.  Mary Blose and Barbara Arnold are representing the chapter.  The chapter will need to donate five door prizes.  The entertainment will be Celtic music.  The Fall Frolic will be held at the Radisson-Penn Harris in Camp Hill.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  Pat Firestone was elected chapter Woman of the Year for 2009.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Information is available for the Spring Conference that will be held in Lancaster in April 2009.  Mary Blose was able to secure a discount on registration for our members since we are one of the sponsoring chapters.  We will need to sell five ads for the program book and donate a basket for the raffle that is worth at least $50.  Stevie Houser has donated a Longaberger basket.  The basket will be filled with items from Lebanon County.  Mary is also coordinating the Friday luncheon and asked for assistance at the event from the members who will be attending the conference.

The anniversary night raffle was won by Mary Blose.  Donations of raffle baskets for the anniversary night event are needed.  A motion was made by Mary Blose and seconded by Henrietta Steiner to dispense with the business meeting at the March meeting.  Ayes carried.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, March 5th at 6:00pm at Ruby Tuesday’s.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.           

December 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, December 17, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 31 members and one guest in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The program for the evening was the annual holiday celebration including the ornament exchange, the singing of the 12 Days of Christmas, games and singing carols.  Members also brought canned and boxed foods to be donated to the Lebanon Rescue Mission.  

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None

BUSINESS MEETING:  The November meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.       

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Barbara Arnold, Jackie Mohn and JoEllen Litz.  The centerpieces were won by Gale Ehrhorn, Rose Kintzer, Cindy Young, Sue LeBaron and JoEllen Litz.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a December birthday. 

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a December anniversary.      

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  Additional pretzel rods from Gardner’s Candy were distributed.  The daily number raffle tickets for February were distributed.  All raffle stubs and money must be returned at the January meeting.  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  The scholarship information and application forms have been distributed to the schools in the county.

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  The program for January will be an ABWA information module presented by Dawn Shultz.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the January newsletter is due to Mary Blose by January 10th.    

FALL FROLIC:  Fall Frolic meetings will resume in January 2009.  Mary Blose and Barbara Arnold will be representing the chapter.  The chapter received a check in the amount of $150 from the Fall Frolic committee.  Excess funds in the Fall Frolic treasury were divided among the participating chapters.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The chapter will elect a new Woman of the Year in January.  Any member who would like to nominate someone for the honor should see Mary Blose. 

Information is available for the Spring Conference that will be held in Lancaster in April 2009.  Our members will be able to receive a discount on registration since we are one of the sponsoring chapters.  We will need to sell five ads for the program book and donate a basket for the raffle that is worth at least $50.  Stevie Houser will donate a Longaberger basket.  Members will be asked to donate items for the basket.

The anniversary night raffle items were won by Mary Blose and Marlene Bowman.

Arlene Fies, a former charter member, recently passed away.

Cindy Young reported on the plans to attend the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in the spring.  Show and cost information will be made available at the January meeting.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, January 8th, at 6:00pm at Ruby Tuesday’s.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The January meeting is scheduled for January 28, 2009. 

November 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, November 19, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 28 members and two guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The speaker was Debbie Bertolet from the Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts.  She spoke on the activities of the council and the events that are held in their building on Willow Street.  

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None

BUSINESS MEETING:  The October meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.       

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Judy Heagy, Bonnie Bender and Mary Beth Maika.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a November birthday. 

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a November anniversary.      

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  Additional pretzel rods from Gardner’s Candy were distributed.  The daily number raffle tickets for February were distributed.  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION):  The chapter does not have a candidate to attend Leadership Lebanon Valley in 2009.  Several members were interested in being considered, but have conflicts with the schedule.

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  The program for December will be the annual Christmas party with the ornament exchange and collecting canned goods for the Rescue Mission.  A list of needed items was distributed to the members and will be published in the December newsletter.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the December newsletter is due to Mary Blose by December 3rd.  

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower reported on the closing retreat that was held at Camp Baeshore.  She thanked the chapter for sponsoring her for this program.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The chapter will elect a new Woman of the Year in January.  Any member who would like to nominate someone for the honor should see Mary Blose. 

Information is available for the Spring Conference that will be held in Lancaster in April 2009.  Our members will be able to receive a discount on registration since we are one of the sponsoring chapters.  We will need to sell five ads for the program book and donate a basket for the raffle that is worth at least $50.  Stevie Houser will donate a Longaberger basket.  Members will be asked to donate items for the basket.

Carolyn Elman will be resigning her position in the National office as of January 1, 2009, and will be replaced by Renee Street.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, December 4th, at 6:00pm, at the Quentin Tavern.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The December meeting is scheduled for December 17, 2008.  This is the third Wednesday of the month due to the Christmas holiday.

October 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, October 22, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:45pm.  There were 40 members and two guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The speaker was Cindy Heisey from Stony Bridge Garden Center.  She spoke about the care of houseplants, particularly those that are out for the summer and brought back into the home for the winter.  She also talked about “green” items for use in the home including pots, chemicals and organic products.        

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None

BUSINESS MEETING:  The September meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.  A thank you note was read from Pamela Tricamo, the Chapter’s Outstanding Business Woman of the Lebanon Valley.     

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Jennifer Eisenhower, Janice Dishong and Gale Ehrhorn.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating an October birthday.  Centerpieces were won by Pat McAteer, Sandy Herr, Mary Maika, Carolyn DiNovo, Eunice Reist and Bonnie Bender.  One additional prize donated by Barbara Arnold, a pen and pot commemorating breast cancer month, was won by Jennifer Eisenhower.  Kathy Rhine has resigned as co-chair of the committee and from ABWA.  She will be replaced by Jackie Mohn.

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating an October anniversary.      

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  Mr. Sticky buns were distributed.  A profit of $776.50 was made.  Pretzel rods from Gardner’s Candy were distributed.  The chapter will hold a Community Night at Hoss’s restaurant on November 18, 2008.  The daily number raffle tickets for February will be distributed at the November meeting.  Shifts will be available at the Giant Center for November.  A check for $200 was received for members who worked at HersheyPark.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): Discussion on the selection process for the scholarship recipients was conducted.  All chapters have the option of sending money to SBMEF and having the applicants apply directly to National.  A written ballot was conducted and the chapter decided to continue to select the recipients locally on vote of 37 to 2.  The chapter needs to select a candidate to attend Leadership Lebanon Valley in 2009.  Any member interested in being considered should contact the President.  The vote will be held in November. 

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  The speaker for November will be Debbie Bertolet from the Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts.  The December meeting will be the annual Christmas party with the ornament exchange and collecting canned goods for the Rescue Mission.  A list of needed items will be published in the December newsletter.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the November newsletter is due to Mary Blose by November 10th.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower reported on the October luncheon and reported on the project she is working on at the Lebanon County Historical Society.

FALL FROLIC:  Marcella Long has resigned as one of our Fall Frolic representatives.  Barbara Arnold has volunteered to replace her. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The bill for the website was clarified.  The cost for the domain name is $70 for five years and the cost for the internet is $120 per year.  The two were interchanged at last month’s meeting.

The will elect a new Woman of the Year in January.  Any member who would like to nominate someone for the honor should see Mary Blose. 

Vice President Cindy Young reported on the survey that was distributed for social activities.  The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre received the most votes followed by the Hershey Theatre, a trip to Washington DC and a trip to Atlantic City.  Cindy will check with the Dutch Apple for their show schedule for 2009 and report to the membership.

Pat McAteer announced that cookies are being accepted for Hospice patients and should be delivered to the Hospice office by December 15th.

Members were reminded to vote in the National election on November 4th.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, November 6, at 6:30pm, at the home of Marcella Long.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The November meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2008.  This is the third Wednesday of the month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary, 

Dawn M. Shultz

September 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long at 6:40pm.  There were 35 members and one guest in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The speaker was Pamela Tricamo, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in Lebanon County.  She shared that Habitat has built 15 news homes and rehabilitated six since they started in Lebanon County.  The potential homeowners are required to work at least 500 hours of “sweat equity” during the building of their home.  Each home receives a donation from Whirlpool of a stove and a refrigerator.  The mortgage payment covers only the costs incurred to build the home and the payment is calculated as 30% of the homeowner’s income.  Volunteers and family members provide the labor.      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Stephany Houser spoke about the changes in the accounting field since she started her career 33 years ago.  She is currently employed at AWI as the Director of Accounting.  She also works part time for Weight Watchers.

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE LEBANON VALLEY Nori Fisher presented the award to Pamela Tricamo, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in Lebanon County.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The August meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.     

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Fran Kunath, Roysetta Bruner and Jackie Mohn.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a September birthday.  Centerpieces were won by Joann Rager, Judy Heagy, Pamela Tricamo, Janell Shaffer-Yoder and Mary Maika.

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a September anniversary.  Members were reminded that to obtain perfect attendance they must eat dinner, be present for the speaker and remain for the entire business meeting.  One guest was present for the membership event prior to the chapter meeting.    

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  There are currently enough caps to redeem for $75.00.  Mr. Sticky buns order forms were collected.  The buns will be delivered at the October meeting.  Pretzel rods will be ordered from Gardner’s Candy.  The rods are dipped in chocolate and individually wrapped.  The sale was approved by the membership on a motion made by Pat Firestone and seconded by Nori Fisher.  The chapter will hold a Community Night at Hoss’s restaurant on November 18, 2008.  Plans have been made to sell daily number raffle tickets for February and apple dumplings for April.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): The chapter needs to select a candidate to attend Leadership Lebanon Valley in 2009.  Any member interested in being considered should contact the President.

HISTORY:  Any pictures of events throughout the year may be given to Lorraine Long for the next book. 

PROGRAM:  The speaker for October will be announced in the next newsletter.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the October newsletter is due to Mary Blose by October 10th.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower reported on the September class – a tour of the state capital building.  Class members also met with Mauree Gingrich and Mike Folmer during their visit.

FALL FROLIC:  The annual Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 26th, at the Holiday Inn at Grantville.  The entertainment will be Quittie Creek.  Marcella Long will be resigning as one of our Fall Frolic representatives after the October wrap-up meeting.  A new representative will be needed to join Mary Blose in attending the meetings. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The bill for the website is due.  The chapter will have significant savings if it is paid for five years rather than yearly.  This was approved on a motion made by Judy Heagy and seconded by Pat Firestone.

The Berkshire Charter Chapter will celebrate their silver anniversary on October 21st.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, October 9, at 6:00pm, at the Gin Mill restaurant.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The October meeting is scheduled for October 22, 2008.

July 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, July 23, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 45 members and two guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The speaker was Stephanie Harmon.  Stephanie works for the Lebanon County Conservation District and is their watershed specialist.  Her presentation was based on a quiz entitled “How Much Green Do You Know?” and three members were awarded prizes for the most correct answers.  She gave many great ideas to live “green”.      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Jane Atkins was the vocational speaker.  She primarily worked in nursing, massage therapy and real estate over her working life.  She is currently a distributor for Reliv products and explained the purpose of their nutritional products as well as the focus of the company in the US and foreign countries.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The June meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. 

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Stevie Houser, Bonnie Bender and Lois Klinefelter.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a July birthday.  A Mary Kay cosmetic prize donated by Gale Ehrhorn was won by Barb Arnold.  Centerpieces were won by Mary Maika, Fran Kunath, Alyson Wattai, Linda Plasterer, JoEllen Litz, Jean Cassel and Joanne Francis.   

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a July anniversary.    

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up board for the Lebanon Area Fair was available to sign up for shifts.  Anyone interested in working at Hershey Park should contact Mary Ellen Blouch.  Future projects include selling Mr. Sticky buns, daily number raffle tickets and apple dumplings.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): The fourth scholarship winner – Alyson Wattai - was in attendance and was presented with a certificate and her check.  Chapter member Sue LeBaron was presented with a $1500 grant check from SBMEF.

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long. 

PROGRAM:  The speaker information was not available.  In lieu of a vocational speaker, committee meetings will be held at the August meeting.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the August newsletter is due to Mary Blose by August 10th.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower reported on the June class – touring and meeting with officials in the City of Lebanon.  The July class included tours of the Lebanon County Historical Society, Union Canal tunnel, the Women’s Club of Lebanon, the Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts and the Cornwall Furnace.    

FALL FROLIC:  The annual Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 26th, at the Holiday Inn at Grantville.  The entertainment will be Quittie Creek.  Mary Blose has reservation forms. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

A discussion was conducted concerning the gift wrap booth and the supplies that were remaining.  A motion was passed at the June meeting to give all supplies to the D’Clairs Relay for Life team and have them make payment for the supplies after the gift wrap booth is completed.  A new motion was presented by Mary Blose and seconded by Stevie Houser to donate the supplies to the team and not charge them.  Ayes carried.  The D’Clairs team will accept any help to man the booth for the holiday season.  Please speak to Penny Donmoyer or Pat Firestone if interested.

A social outings survey was given to the members.

A discussion was held on increasing the local chapter dues to $2.00 per month beginning in 2009.  A motion was made by Bonnie Bender, seconded by Nori Fisher and ayes carried.

The chapter received an invitation to the 25th anniversary celebration of the Berkshire Charter Chapter.  It will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, in Reading.

Member Doris Ulrich has been ill and is recovering.  Cards would be appreciated and may be sent to her home address.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, August 7, at 6:30pm.  The location is to be determined

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The August meeting is scheduled for August 27, 2008.

June 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, June 25, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 42 members and nine guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  The first speaker was Emily Gibble.  Emily is employed as a vision rehabilitation therapist for the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired.  She described her duties in working with her clients and the education that was required for her position.   The second speaker was                    .  She is also known as the baklava goddess.  She spoke on the process of making baklava and the many types that are available in different areas.  She also provided delicious samples!      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  None 

BUSINESS MEETING:  The May meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. 

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Christine Shaak, Susan LeBaron-Tonini and Jackie Mohn.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a June birthday.  Centerpieces were won by Cindy Young, Barbara Arnold, Henrietta Steiner, Maxine Maser, Nancy Thompson and Janet Henning.   

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a June anniversary.  Extra membership books are available.  Cost is $1.00 each. 

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up board for the Lebanon Area Fair was available to sign up for shifts and will be brought to the July meeting as well.  Anyone interested in working at Hershey Park should contact Mary Ellen Blouch.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): Three of the four scholarship winners - Kaitlyn Mader, Kayla Miller and Emily Sechrist - were in attendance and each was presented with a certificate and their check.  The fourth winner will attend July’s meeting.

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long. 

PROGRAM:  The chapter picnic is scheduled for July.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the July newsletter is due to Mary Blose by July 10th.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The annual Woman of the Year luncheon was held June 14th at the West Shore Country Club.  Mary Blose, Carol Edris and Dawn Shultz attended.  Mary thanked the chapter for paying for her lunch and stated she had a “delightful” time.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower was not in attendance and will give her report at the July meeting.    

FALL FROLIC:  The annual Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 26th, at the Holiday Inn at Grantville.  The entertainment will be Quittie Creek.  Our chapter needs to sell one more ad for the program.  Mary Blose has reservation forms. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The officers elected for the 2008-2009 program year are the four current officers and they did not need to be installed.

A discussion was conducted concerning the gift wrap booth and the membership continuing to keep it as a fundraiser.  Since the chapter shared the booth with the D’Clairs Relay for Life team last year, it was decided to turn the booth over to the team.  Cindy Young made a motion that we turn over the remaining supplies to the team and that they can make payment for them after the holiday season.  The motion was seconded by Henrietta Steiner.  Ayes carried.

A discussion was conducted concerning the Best Practice Award given by National.  Two of the three requirements of the award are to print the ABWA Code of Conduct in the monthly newsletter and adopt the code in the standing rules.  A motion was made by Nancy Thompson and seconded by Susan LeBaron-Tonini to approve the Code of Conduct inclusions.  Ayes carried with two dissenting votes.  The third requirement is to send six members to Spring or National conferences during the program year and pay their full registration.  A motion was made by Henrietta Steiner and seconded by Barbara Arnold to table the vote on this pending more information and details.  It will be on the agenda for the July meeting.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, June 26th, at 6:30pm at the home of Marcella Long.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The July meeting is scheduled for July 23, 2008.

May 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, May 28, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 45 members and two guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  Barbara Grandia was the speaker.  She is employed at HACC-Lebanon Campus as a counselor and advisor to the students.  Her topic was career transition and she shared that many people are working longer due to longer life spans.  Many choose to work part time after retirement from a career full time job.      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Penny Donmoyer was the vocational speaker.  She shared her job duties and experiences from her varied positions with the PA Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. 

BUSINESS MEETING:  The April meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. 

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Jane Atkins, JoEllen Litz and Barbara Grandia.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a May birthday.  Penny donmoyer donated bunches of wooden roses – one bunch per member in attendance.   

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a May anniversary.  Extra membership books are available.  Cost is $1.00 each. 

FUND RAISING:  The members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up board for the Lebanon Area Fair was available to sign up for shifts and will be brought to the June meeting as well.  Anyone interested in working at HersheyPark should contact Mary Ellen Blouch.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): The scholarship winners were contacted and were invited to attend the June or July meeting.  Sue Lebaron-Tonini submitted a grant application for SBMEF.  The application was approved on a motion by Nori Fisher and seconded by Pat Firestone.  Mary Blose made a motion that was seconded by Judy Heagy to donate $1000 to SBMEF.  Ayes carried.    

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long. 

PROGRAM:  The program scheduled for June is to be determined.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the June newsletter is due to Mary Blose by June 10th.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The annual Woman of the Year luncheon will be held June 14th at the West Shore Country Club.  Mary Blose has reservation forms.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower reported on the May class which was Rural Issues Day and included a tour of a farm, the Lebanon Agricultural Center and Weaber’s sawmill.    

FALL FROLIC:  The annual Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 26th, at the Holiday Inn at Grantville.  The entertainment will be Quittie Creek.  Our chapter needs to sell one more ad for the program.  Mary Blose has reservation forms. 

REPORT OF SPRING CONFERENCE:  Mary Blose attended the meeting in Niagara Falls and shared her experiences.  She reminded members that the National meeting will be held in Covington, KY, in October.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Members were reminded to complete their committee selection sheet and to indicate if they are willing to serve as a chairperson.  Completed forms should be returned to the Executive Board by the June meeting.

Officers were elected for the 2008-2009 program year.  The four current officers were reelected to their positions.

A thank you note was received from the DiNovo family thanking the chapter for the gift made in memory of member Eleanor DiNovo.

The highway cleaning is scheduled for June 21st.  Barbara Arnold is the contact person.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, June 5th, at 6:00pm at the Inn 422.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The June meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2008

Dawn M. Shultz

April 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, April 23, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 34 members in attendance.

PROGRAM:  Janelle Sheaffer-Yoder was the speaker.  She spoke on growing grapes for winemaking and provided samples of the wine that is made on their property.  The steps from growing the grapes through processing the wine were followed.  She and her family do all the work at their vineyard.      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Bonnie Bender was the vocational speaker.  She shared her job duties and experiences from her positions in accounting and finance over the years she worked.  Her employers included the Good Samaritan Hospital, several local doctors and the Lebanon Country Club.  She recently retired but still works seasonally for H&R Block.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The February meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. 

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Dawn Shultz, Jackie Mohn and Carol Edris.  The centerpieces were won by Jennifer Eisenhower, Janice Dishong, Suzy Troy, Bonnie Bender, Janell Sheaffer-Yoder, Jane Atkins, Jean Cassel, Carol Edris, Mary Blose and Josie Ames.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating an April birthday.   

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating an April anniversary.  Jackie Mohn and Janell Sheaffer-Yoder were presented with perfect attendance awards.  They had been omitted in the list that was printed in March. 

FUND RAISING:  Apple dumplings were distributed.  Members were asked to continue to save Moo Money caps from Turkey Hill milk bottles.  The sign-up board for the Lebanon Area Fair will be available at the May meeting.  Anyone interested in working at Hersheypark should contact Mary Ellen Blouch.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): Voting for the scholarship winners was conducted.  The winners are Kaitlyn Mader, Emily Sechrest, Kayla Miller and Alyson Wattai.  They will be invited to attend the May meeting. 

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long. 

PROGRAM:  The program scheduled for May is the baklava goddess.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the May newsletter is due to Mary Blose by May 10th.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The annual Woman of the Year luncheon will be held June 14th at the West Shore Country Club.  Mary Blose has reservation forms.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower reported on the February class which was Education Day and included a tour of the new Annville-Cleona High School and the Lebanon Career and Technology Center.  The March meeting was Law Enforcement Day and the class spent the day at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility.  She was unable to attend the April meeting because she was traveling out of the state.   

FALL FROLIC:  The annual Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 26th, at the Holiday Inn at Grantville.  The entertainment will be Quittie Creek.  Our chapter needs to sell five ads for the program.  Carol Edris and Jennifer Eisenhower volunteered to be our chapter’s hostesses.  Mary Blose has reservation forms. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

The nominating committee is contacting members concerning running for the chapter offices.  The final slate will be published in the May newsletter and members were reminded that nominations will also be taken from the floor.  Members were reminded to complete their committee selection sheet and to indicate if they are willing to serve as a chairperson.  Completed forms should be returned to the Executive Board by the May meeting.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, May 1st, at 6:00pm at the home of Marcella Long.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The May meeting is scheduled for May 28, 2008.

Dawn M. Shultz

March 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their 37th anniversary celebration at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, March 26, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  Secretary Dawn Shultz introduced the 46 members and 19 guests in attendance.

Treasurer Barbara Arnold introduced Quittie Creek, a five member singing group, as the entertainment for the evening.  They performed patriotic and home-themed musical selections.

Vice President Cindy Young recognized those members having perfect attendance during the past year.  They are:  2 years -  Millie Rittle;  4 years – Marcella Long, & Mary Beth Maika;  7 years – Janet Henning; 12 years – Barbara Arnold;  13 years – Carol Edris;  15 years – Jean Cassel, & Roysetta Bruner;  16 years – Sandra Herr;  17 years – Dawn Shultz;  21 years – Judy Heagy, & Kathy Rhine;  27 years – Rose Kintzer, & Lorraine Long;  32 years – Mary Blose,  & Mary Ellen Blouch;  35 years – Marlene Bowman, &  JoAnn Rager and 37 years – Christine Shaak.

Mary Blose was honored as the 2008 Chapter Woman of the Year.  The 2007 Woman of the Year, Roysetta Bruner, presented Mary with a gift and a plaque.

Members with March birthday celebrations were presented with a carnation and members with chapter membership anniversaries were presented with a specially-wrapped Hershey bar.

Raffle drawings were won by Liz Wentling, Judy Blouch, Christine Shaak, Carolyn DiNovo, Mick Schauer, Tillie Prehoda, Barbara Arnold, Penny Donmoyer, Mary Blose and Pat Firestine.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary,

Dawn M. Shultz

February 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, February 27, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 41 members in attendance.

PROGRAM:  Dawn Shultz, Chapter Secretary, was the speaker.  She shared the duties and benefits of serving as a chapter leader including information about the four officer positions and the committee chairs.  Members were encouraged to run for office and/or be willing to chair committees for the 2008-2009 program year.      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Roysetta Bruner was the vocational speaker.  She shared her job duties and experiences from her 32 years of service at Fort Indiantown Gap working in the Veteran’s Affairs office for the Commonwealth of PA.  Since her retirement from that position she has been working for the PA National Guard Association.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The January meeting minutes were approved.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.  Carolyn DiNovo presented Gale Ehrhorn with her past president’s scrapbook.

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Pat Firestone, Mary Blose and Marlene Bowman.  The centerpieces were won by Erma Rohrer, Mary Blose, JoEllen Litz, Jean Cassel, Gale Ehrhorn, Millie Rittle, Carol Edris, Judy Blouch, Judy Heagyu, Barb Arnold, Marlene Bowman and Roysetta Bruner.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a February birthday.  Members were reminded that dinner reservations must be made by noon on the Monday prior to the meeting.  Late reservations will no longer be accepted.  Members will be permitted to substitute a chicken breast for any meat that is served with a meal.  Anyone wishing to do this must contact Kathy Rhine by the deadline date.  Stevie Houser recently had surgery.  Cards and notes would be appreciated.  

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a February anniversary.  Members are asked to check with Roysetta Bruner if they are unsure of their status for perfect attendance.  Spring enrollment period is from March 1st through May 31st.  A spring enrollment event will be planned.  Membership books were distributed.  Please note that Pat McAteer’s e-mail address is jamcateer@comcast.net.  Dawn Shultz’s work extension is 1206. 

FUND RAISING:  Forms to sell apple dumplings were distributed.  Order forms are due in March for delivery at the April meeting.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (EDUCATION): Scholarship applications were distributed to the schools and are available on the website.  Only 12 applications had been received.  Deadline is March 1st.  The members voted to award four $1000 scholarships this year. 

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long. 

PROGRAM:  No program is scheduled for March since it is the Anniversary Celebration and awards presentation.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the February newsletter is due to Mary Blose by February 10th.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  The annual Woman of the Year luncheon will be held June 14th at the West Shore Country Club.  Mary Blose has reservation forms.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower was not available to report on the February class. 

ANNIVERSARY NIGHT CELEBRATION:  Reservation deadline is March 15th.  Members are asked to donate or solicit gift baskets or gifts with a value of $30.00.  The baskets will be raffled that evening. 

FALL FROLIC:  The annual Fall Frolic will be held on Friday, September 26th, at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National.  The entertainment will be Quittie Creek.  Our chapter needs to sell five ads for the program.  We voted to donate five $10 cash prizes for the door prizes rather than soliciting items from the members.  We voted to place a half page ad in the program.  Half of the ad will honor the woman of the Year and the other half will be in memory of Eleanor DiNovo. 

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Treasurer Barbara Arnold suggested closing the savings account and opening an Add-To CD account in its place.  It will have a better interest rate and the chapter will still be able to use the funds as needed.  A motion was made by Roysetta Bruner, seconded by Gale Ehrhorn and approved by the membership to accept this suggestion.

A nominating committee was elected.  Lorraine Long, JoAnn Rager and Janet Henning will serve on the committee.

Pat Firestone received three thank you notes for the packages that were sent to the troops.

The next board meeting will be held Thursday, March 6th, at 6:00pm at Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant.

Fran Kunath and Carolyn DiNovo thanked the members for their cards during their recent life events.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

NEXT MEETING:  The March meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2008.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary,

Dawn M. Shultz

January 2008

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, January 23, 2008.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 46 members and one guest in attendance.

PROGRAM:  Sue LeBaron-Tonini, Education Committee Co-Chair, was the speaker.  She shared the educational programs on both the local and national levels.  The chapter determines the local awards and national determines their awards through SBMEF.  Four of the national awards vary yearly depending on field of study.       

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Lorraine Long was the vocational speaker.  She shared her job duties and experiences from her almost 20 years of service at Fort Indiantown Gap.  She has also owned her own retail business and currently works as a Mary Kay consultant.

BUSINESS MEETING:  The December meeting minutes were approved with one correction.  Jennifer Eisenhower’s name was spelled incorrectly.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.  Two new members, Doris Ulrich and Jane Atkins, were installed.  Both were sponsored by Margie Groy.

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Maxine Maser, JoEllen Litz and Nori Fisher.  The centerpieces were won by Barb Arnold, Nori Fisher, Lorraine Long, Marlene Bowman, Sandy Herr, Linda Plasterer and Sue LeBaron-Tonini.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a January birthday.  Members were reminded that dinner reservations must be made by noon on the Monday prior to the meeting.  Late reservations will no longer be accepted.  Members Eleanor DiNovo and Fran Kunath recently had surgery.  Cards and notes would be appreciated.  

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a January anniversary.  Members are asked to check with Roysetta Bruner if they are unsure of their status for perfect attendance.

FUND RAISING:  The gift wrap booth netted a profit of $838.22.  Any outstanding lottery raffle tickets must be returned to Jennifer Eisenhower or Bonnie Bender by January 30th.  Forms to sell apple dumplings were distributed.  Order forms are due in March for delivery at the April meeting.

EDUCATION: Scholarship applications were distributed to the schools and are available on the website. 

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long. 

PROGRAM:  The February meeting will be a presentation from Secretary Dawn Shultz.  She will share a topic from the ABWA module collection. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the January newsletter is due to Mary Blose by January 10th.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  Mary Blose was elected the Chapter Woman of the Year.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  Jennifer Eisenhower attended the opening retreat on January 14th and 15th

ANNIVERSARY NIGHT CELEBRATION:  Mary Blose will be chairing the event.  Members are asked to donate or solicit gift baskets or gifts with a value of $30.00.  The baskets will be raffled that evening.  Please provide Mary with names and addresses of former members and officers so that they can be invited to the event.

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Standing Rule number 13 was amended to include requirements for being eligible to participate in Leadership Lebanon Valley.  Members must be an active member for a minimum of two years and be current with both local and national dues to be considered.

The motion was made by Jennifer Eisenhower and seconded by Henrietta Steiner.  Ayes carried.

A motion was made by Nori Fisher and seconded by Pat Firestone to suspend the business meeting at the March anniversary celebration.  Ayes carried.

The next board meeting will be Thursday, February 7th, at 6:30pm, at the home of Marcella Long

NEXT MEETING:  The February meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2008.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary,

Dawn M. Shultz

December 2007

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their monthly meeting at the Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon on Wednesday, December 19, 2007.  The meeting was called to order by President Marcella Long.  There were 41 members and three guests in attendance.

PROGRAM:  Carla Hartman from Dream Dinners was the speaker.  She shared the benefits of using Dream Dinners.  The customer gets to prepare the meals at the store and take home complete meals that will go from freezer to table.  There are several plans available.  Carla offered a free dinner to any ABWA member who signs up for January.      

VOCATIONAL SPEAKER:  Jennifer Eisenhauer is currently working as the store manager of the Turkey Hill in Jonestown.  She shared that she has a varied list of duties including hiring, training, stocking and customer service.  She also shared the history of Turkey Hill beginning with its start as a dairy in 1931 and its present-day operations.

BUSINESS MEETING:  November meeting minutes were approved as written.  The treasurer’s report will be filed for audit. 

HOSPITALITY:  Winners of the 50/50 drawing were Barbara Shockley, Henrietta Steiner and Lorraine Long.  The centerpieces were won by Stevie Houser, Chris Shaak, Kathy Rhine, Suzy Troy and Lorraine Long.  Millie Rittle won the $10 Turkey Hill gift card donated by Jennifer Eisenhauer.  Birthday flowers were presented to members celebrating a December birthday.  Members were reminded that the dinner price will increase to $14.00 in January.  

MEMBERSHIP:  Candy bars were presented to members commemorating a December anniversary.  Members are asked to check with Roysetta Bruner if they are unsure of their status for perfect attendance.

FUND RAISING:  We will continue to collect Turkey Hill “Moo Money”.  Tickets and money for the cash raffle based on the evening daily number for the month of February are due at the January meeting.  The gift wrap booth continues through December 24th.

EDUCATION: Scholarship applications were distributed to the schools and will be available on the website. 

HISTORY:  If you have any pictures to share from this year’s events, please give them to Lorraine Long.  A digital camera is being purchased and will be available for the committee’s use in January.

PROGRAM:  The January meeting will be a presentation from Sue LeBaron-Tonini of the Education committee.  She will share the education opportunities that exist in ABWA.  Lorraine Long will be the vocational speaker.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:  No report

NEWSLETTER:  All information for the January newsletter is due to Mary Blose by January 10th.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  A new chapter Woman of the Year will be elected in January.  Please give all nominations to Roysetta Bruner by January 15th.

LEADERSHIP LEBANON VALLEY:  No report

OTHER BUSINESS: 

Pat McAteer thanked the members who baked and donated cookies for the GSH Hospice.

The annual ornament exchanged was held.  Janet Henning won the candy in the guessing contest.  Judy Heagy led the group in carol singing.  The members were thanked for the large amount of items that were brought for the HOME project for the troops.

NEXT MEETING:  The January meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2008.

Respectfully submitted by the Secretary,

Dawn M. Shultz

May-June 2006

While the May meeting was held at Lebanon Valley College, the June 28, 2006 meeting of the Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association was called to order at Hebron Fire Hall by vice president Gale Ehrhorn. 

Sue LeBaron presented checks to scholarship recipients--Rachel Reist, who will attend the University of Delaware as a chemistry major; Michelle Dusel from Northern Lebanon High School; and Jennifer Leeper from Cedar Crest High School.

Dr. Fisher, an Allergy & Asthma Center specialist from Norman Drive, Lebanon, discussed women’s allergy and asthma issues.

Two new members were installed--Linda Plasterer, sponsored by Sandy Herr and Patricia Pittinger, sponsored by Millie Rittle.

Members signed up to work the Lebanon Fair.

April 2006

The April 26th meeting of the Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association was held at Eli’s Waterfall room.  Sandra Herr presided.

The Pastry Arts Class of the Lebanon County Career and Technical Center decorated a cake, sculpted roses, and designed spritz cookies. This class is under the direction of Chef Brian Peffley. The students in this class also did an outstanding job preparing the pastries and serving them at the Hershey Theater for ABWA’s Spring Conference Chocolate Reception.

 

The annual FASHION SHOW will be held Sunday, April 30th, at THE LEBANON COUNTRY CLUB. Doors will open at 12:30 PM, and lunch will be served at 1:00.  Tickets are $25.00, and can be obtained by calling Carolyn DiNovo at 273-1804. 

Anniversary chocolate bars were presented to Janet Henning 28 Years, Fran Kunath 22 Years, Margie Yohn and Sarah Schappell 4 Years, and Heather Waddell 2 Years.

Mary Blose congratulated all members on a successful Spring Conference.

Members cast mock ballots on Lebanon County's new voting machines.

For the May 24 program, we will travel to Lebanon Valley College where we will meet in the Mund College Center beginning at 6:00PM.  The program will include a tour of the college.

March 2006

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The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of American Business Women’s Association extended a warm welcome to our members and  guests as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary. We honored Marcella Long, our 2006 Woman of the Year, as well as our members with perfect attendance this past year.

 

Vania and Zanetta (ages 16 and 12, respectively), both homeschooled, were born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Vania began taking hula lessons at age 4, performing with her Christian halau (hula group) for hospitals, nursing homes, lu’aus and hula shows as an outreach ministry in Hawaii, and other islands in the South Pacific. When she and her family moved to Pennsylvania, she began to teach Zanetta. The sisters continue in their hula tradition here, performing for churches, nursing homes, lu’aus and parties on a voluntary basis throughout the Lebanon and Philadelphia areas.  In her spare time, Vania enjoys playing music, writing and designing graphics and websites.  Zanetta enjoys music, knitting, sewing and reading.

Members with perfect attendance were honored:

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1 Year - Marcella Long & Roysetta Bruner

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2 Years - Mary Maika, Gale Ehrhorn & Jen Eisenhower

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3 Years - Fran Kunath

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8 Years - Cindy Young

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10 Years - Barbara Arnold & Henrietta Steiner

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11 Years - Carol Edris

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13 Years - Sandra Herr

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14 Years - Pat Firestone

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16 Years - Dawn Shultz

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18 Years - Stephany Houser

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19 Years - Kathleen Rhine & Judy Heagy

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20 Years - Carolyn DiNovo

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21 Years - Eleanor DiNovo

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25 Years - Rose Marie Kintzer & Lorraine Long

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29 Years - Suzanne Troy

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30 Years - Mary Blose & Mary Ellen Blouch

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33 Years - Marlene Bowman & JoAnn Rager

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35 Years - Christine Shaak

Anniversary Wishes to Charter Member Tillie Prehoda,  Christine Shaak,  and Suzanne Troy,  as well as to: 35 Years - Roysetta Bruner,  33 Years - Marlene Bowman, JoAnn Rager, 31 Years - Lois Kleinfelter, and 22 Years - Carolyn DiNovo.

With flowers, birthday wishes were extended to Diane Hartman, Janet Henning, Gale Ehrhorn, Stephany Houser, and Barb Arnold.

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February 2006

In February, Gale Ehrhorn, Vice President of the American Business Women’s Association of Lebanon, conducted the business meeting. 

A Spring Membership Campaign will run from March 1, 2006 to May 31, 2006, to provide the opportunity to extend support of the National Organization of ABWA to other working women, including those who have taken time away from the workplace to care for their families.

Libby Kishbaugh, Master Gardener with Penn State Agricultural Extension Office, discussed perennial gardens. 

Sue LeBaron Tonini reminds applicants for scholarships that the deadline is March 1.  Applications are online at http://www.abwalebanonpa.com/Scholarships.htm .

Anniversary candy bars were presented to Carol Carpenter and Donette Ames.

A birthday flower was presented to Christine Shaak

ABWA’s 35th Anniversary will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2006.

The ABWA Spring Conference will be held on March 31, April 1, 2, 2006 in Hershey, PA.

Carolyn Dinovo recruited models for our annual Fashion Show, which will be held at the Lebanon Country Club on April 30, 2006.

January 2006

President Sandy Herr chaired the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association monthly meeting at the Horn and Horn Waterfall Room on January 28, 2005.

Members selected Marcella Long Chapter Woman of the Year.  She will either take a trip to a Spring Conference or National Women’s Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA in

November and attend the local Woman Of the Year Luncheon on June 3, 2006 at the Quality Inn-Lebanon Valley.

Bill Lingle from JC Ehrlich Company--“911 of Pest Control”—spoke about an epidemic of bed bugs, and how stop them from spreading.

Information about the Spring Conference is posted on the ABWA website.  Go to www.abwalebanonpa.com and select “Spring Conference” on the main menu.  The conference is schedule for March 31, April 1, 2, 2006 in Hershey, PA

ABWA’s 35th Anniversary will be held in March, where members, who have perfect attendance for the past twelve months, will receive a pin.

Stephany Houser presented Sue LeBaron Tonnini with a scholarship.

Dawn Shultz celebrated her 18-year anniversary with ABWA.

 

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