The Portsmouth Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Club recently held an installation of new officers and directors at Gatti’s Pizza.
Karen Evans of BPW told the Daily Times, a meeting was held and Anita Thompson was installed as president; Irma Switalski became vice-president/secretary and Evans was installed as treasurer.
“It’s a group of ladies that include some that are still working and others who are not,” Evans said. “We have business and professional women like (Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge) Marie Hoover – she’s a member. (former Scioto County Treasurer) Margaret Gordley. We’ve got several nurses that are retired. There’s Portia Williams with the Daily Times and we’ve got several ladies that have moved out of town due to their age, but they still keep in touch with us.”
Evans said BPW supports different community organizations such as the Domestic Violence shelter, the Shriners, who also host the BPW’s Christmas party in December at the Shriner’s.
“We give a donation to them to help support taking children to the Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati,” Evans said.
Another known event sponsored by BPW is the annual Tour of Churches on the second Friday in December (Dec. 9).
“We tour five churches,” Evans said. “We go from the (Scioto County) Courthouse, where we have entertainment, sometimes children and sometimes Trent Williams with the brass band, down to First Pres(byterian). There they have punch and cookies. It’s being active in the community.”
Evans said the organization is having a membership drive on Oct. 13. Anyone desiring to join BPW, retired or actively employed, should come to the October meeting at Gatti’s at 5:30 p.m. or they can call membership chairman Anna Cardenas at 740-353-7326. The prorated membership fee is $20. The usual fee is $40.
Evans said the BPW awards a $500 scholarship each year to a college student who has been in college for a year.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.