We're doing something a little different for the September meeting!
Join us for dinner at Marker 88 Restaurant, (inside!) MM88 Bayside, Islamorada. Three entree choices will be offered, we'll have a cash bar, and dessert is being provided by our very own past president, Laura Maupin! Thanks Laura!
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller
The definition of teamwork is the combined efforts of a group of people working together effectively to achieve a goal.
For me, teamwork has been the core of my hospitality career. I have been fortunate to lead several hotel teams in different countries and work with many departments. Today, running my business from my home-based office, I don’t have that dynamic of a team anymore but I am happy to say that Upper Keys BPW team is making up for that.
One of the greatest gifts you can give in life is your time -- #volunteer. The Upper Keys Business and Professional Women is based on volunteers and I am so excited to see the enthusiasm and involvement of more and more members in the committees to make BPW successful.
In the last few weeks, we have seen successes by the Political Forum, the Mentoring and Scholarship committees. The Scholarship Committee has determined the 2018 fall choices for the UKBPW fund and the Holly Given fund to be dispersed; we will award the recipients during the Wednesday dinner.
Thank you to all committee chairs and members for your time and for being involved with our organization. Your input will help support our members and the community.
This month we have a team of BPW members sponsoring the dinner event at MM 88. Our goal as an organization is to raise a minimum of $250 each month which goes directly to the scholarship fund. Three members will be in the spot light this month for their monetary support and our immediate past president is supporting our organization by providing desserts for our Wednesday dinner event!
In October, we have one more team opportunity. The Upper Keys BPW members will join forces and walk on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Key West to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event. Our very own Suzi Youngberg will tell us about this fundraiser at dinner tomorrow and show you how easy it is to join our team.
Looking forward to having dinner with you on Wednesday. Besides the many BPW goals we have, an important one is still to connect and share our stories during our monthly events with each other. Working and networking with this diverse group of women sure gives me energy and inspiration!
October 17:Political Forum, Evening Event. Whale Harbor. 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Meet the Candidates!
November 14:Luncheon. Holiday Inn, Key Largo. 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
The Upper Keys BPW meets once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We alternate between luncheons and evening networking events, and would love for you to join us! Click the button to see our full event schedule and register for an upcoming event.
SPONSOR AN EVENT!
If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring one or more of our lunches or evening events, let us know! More information on sponsorship cost and benefits can be found below. Help us fund our Adult Scholarship program, and promote your business.
SPONSOR AN UPPER KEYS BPW EVENT!
The cost to sponsor an event is $250.
With the sponsorship you receive the following benefits andopportunities:
Event E-vite emailed three times to a database of 500 people
Monthly BPW member Newsletter emailed a few days prior to event
Mention at Upper Keys BPW social media
One Free dedicated business E-Blast to our membership with a message your business likes to share
Display table and/or hand outs to all attendees
Banner display at the luncheon
Two FREE entrees to the luncheon
5 minute speaking time at the luncheon directed to all attendees
Meet Brenda Carr
After being frequent visitors, my husband and I finally moved to Key Largo in 2013. We were both born and raised in the southern United States, so Key Largo felt like "home" - a small rural town with friendly neighbors and lots of green space. The fact that Key Largo is also an international tourist destination surrounded by beautiful waterways, National Parks, and a Marine Sanctuary was a bonus.
I retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014 where I served for many years as an Aviation Safety Inspector. Currently, I am the President of Aviation Safety Management Systems, a private consulting firm providing regulatory and program support to organizations that hold, or are applying to hold, an FAA operating certificate.
In 2016, I heard a speaker from the League of Women Voters (LWV) explain the Amendments without telling the audience how to vote. That was refreshing. I learned that the LWV is nonpartisan, never endorsing parties or candidates, dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy. Since I believe that there is a direct relationship between the health of a democracy and the level of voter participation, I joined the LWV.
Later, I attended a Business and Professional Women's (BPW) meeting and was impressed with the grassroots mission of the BPW to support working women. Since I believe that if you change a woman's life, most likely she will share her knowledge with her sisters, daughters and friends, I also joined the BPW.
Being involved in both BPW and LWV allows me to spend time on multiple issues that speak to my heart. I believe the collaboration and information flow between the two organizations increases my ability to make a difference. And I enjoy the friends I have made in both organizations. We are people who care to make a difference.
Did you attend the August Luncheon? It was a great event with BPW Member and State Representative Holly Raschein speaking.Left to Right: Shawna Simcic, Laura Maupin, Theresa Sutter, Ilja Chapman, State Representative Holly Raschein, Miriam Lazcos, Suzi Youngberg
Atta Girl Retz Reeves! Congratulations to BPW Member Retz Reeves for the front cover picture and article in Keys Life Magazine this month! It was a really nice article about how Retz and her business partner Cale Smith are "Invested in the Community," and how Islamorada Investment Management is there to help people in the community take control of their finances.
Retz and her husband of 27 years, Randy, can be found often out and about in Islamorada when she isn't traveling abroad.
Atta Girl Sue Woltanski!
Shout out to BPW Member and newly elected Monroe County School Board member, Sue Woltanski! Sue has donated the majority of her unused campaign contributions to local schools. She was elected on June 22nd, at the end of the ballot qualifying period, when she remained unopposed in her District 5 race, and will assume her position on the School Board in November.
“I am grateful for the tremendous community support I received during my campaign and wanted to be sure my unused campaign funds were put to good use,” Sue stated.
Multiple schools and programs were recipients. Read the full press release here:
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW DESERVES AN ATTA GIRL, PLEASE SEND US THE INFORMATION AND WE'LL MAKE SURE YOU/THEY ARE RECOGNIZED! firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW SEPTEMBER MEMBERS
Please help us welcome new and renewing members!
Jordan Budnik with The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehab Center
Inducting 3 new members at the August meeting
Ask us about the benefits of being a member!
Submit your questions for the candidates! Our Political Forum is coming up on October 17th, and we need your help. The Upper Keys BPW's political forum has a reputation for the most relevant questions and topics, and that is thanks to our members! Please submit your questions for specific candidates running for office in November. Stay tuned for a list of exactly which candidates will attend the forum, but you can still submit your questions to:email@example.com, subject: POLITICAL FORUM QUESTIONS.
The Upper Keys's BPW Adult Scholarship program is about women helping women! Apply for the Upper Keys BPW Adult Scholarship and the new UKBPW-Holly GivenMemorial Scholarship. The specifications and applications can be found on our website. Applications are accepted all year round, and are reviewed on March 15th and August 15th annually. Scholarships may be used for certifications, training classes, or classes and required materials for higher educational degrees.
For more information, or to download the application, click the button below.
Sending an E-Blast to Upper Keys BPW email recipients is a great way to get your message out. Members and non-members alike are invited to use this forum for events, specials, sales and general advertising.
Let the Upper Keys BPW help you spread the word about your business!
Our E-Blast prices are as follows:
$15.00 - Members
$30.00 - Non-Members
$50.00 - Political Ads
Proceeds from E-Blasts go toward our Adult Scholarship Fund.
Simply send us your message, along with your name, business name and billing information to: BPWupperkeys@gmail.com
America was founded on the principal of equality for all and derives its strength from individuals working together for a common good. This public policy platform is BPW/FL’s blueprint for our work in respect, justice, and equality for working women. Women should have the opportunity to be well educated, healthy, economically strong, secure, and their families should be able to live and work in communities that are environmentally clean.
This public policy platform represents a vision based on supporting and defending American values as they specifically relate to working women’s hopes and dreams for the future. We will work with elected officials and activists to achieve this vision in government and in our communities.
On the BPW Florida website you can find wealth of information about our organization and we now encourage all members to take advantage of the resources. The members-only login section has been improved and we ask you, the member, what you would like to see in this section for your benefit. Log in athttps://bpwfl.org/members-only-documents/
Congratulations BPW/FL on their new E-Newsletter, BPWInsider. There is a lot of good information and the first issue gave a shout out to the Upper Keys BPW as their Highlighted Local Organization! We thank them for their recognition and their leadership!
It's easy to feel like the Lone Ranger in the Keys, away from big cities and traditional paths to professional growth. Last month, Upper Keys BPW announced a mentoring program for women that can help. To make it successful, we are asking for your assistance in one or more of the following ways.
Serve on the committee. We've got a great start on the research. Now we need people to help us build a program that works for us, our members and our community.
Be a mentor. Mentors share knowledge and experience, and contribute to others' personal and professional growth.
Be a mentee. If you want to learn about new opportunities, develop leadership skills, learn new skills, move up the ladder, pump up your business, or something else, mentoring can help.
If you want to get involved in this mentorship program, or have questions, contact Upper Keys BPW VP of Development Jackie Harder by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Got questions? We'll do our best to answer them!
Help us Fight Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Upper Keys BPW has joined the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer by forming a team to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk!
We will be raising money and awareness to fund cutting edge research to find a cure, and also to provide support services to women right here in our community who are being treated for breast cancer. Transportation and lodging assistance for those who must travel for treatment, 24/7 support and information through the toll free hotline, free wigs and bras, and more. And, through the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) the advocacy side, ACS lobbies for rights and benefits for cancer patients, including free mammgrams in Florida for those in need. Call 800-227-2345 or go to cancer.org to learn more.
Fund Mary Brogan To Save Lives
Florida women need access to mammograms. When it comes to a cancer diagnosis, early detection saves lives!
Each year, the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides more than 14,000 low-income, medically underserved Florida women access to cancer screening and diagnostic testing services. Florida ranks second in the nation in the number of breast cancer deaths and it is crucial that our state deepens its investment in this life-saving program.
Join/donate to ACS CAN to help urge the Governor and state legislators to provide $2.6 million in state funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
Congress holds the purse strings to cancer research funding
ACS CAN and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer are teaming up to urge Congress to put the ‘Power of the Purse’ behind research. By joining ACS CAN, you are becoming part of a movement to help influence lawmakers to maintain funding levels for cancer research. This research could lead to improved screenings, treatments, and care for breast cancer patients. Join ACS CAN for a $20 donation, and get the 2018 collectors Purse Pin. Suzi Youngberg will have membership forms and purse pins available at the September meeting, or contact her at email@example.com.