We hope you will join us for the Annual Holiday Party!
Thank you Theresa Sutter for opening your home to us once again! It will be a night of networking, friendship, fun, laughter, gift giving and celebration of the Holiday Season! Bring your favorite dish and drink, bring an ornament for the gift exchange, and feel free to bring your spouse or a friend!
*Once you RSVP, you will be sent the physical address*
Ilja Chapman, President
Happy Holidays Upper Keys BPW Members!
‘Tis the Season of decorations, Christmas music and mulled wine. We look forward to seeing you all at the BPW Holiday Party and sharing theholidaycheer. I especially look forward to the traditional tacky ornament exchange. It is true that I bought my ornament back in October. I love traditions like this!
Since December is the last month of the year, it is good practice to stop, reflect on our achievements, and look forward to new exciting things to come. My recommendation is for everybody to do this,personally and professionally.
Whenlookingbackonthe 2018 Upper Keys BPW year,we can be very proud of what we achieved. We reached our financial goal of being able to give out the UKBPW scholarships twice this year and we areon track withour budget. Our vision to create more value for the members is shaping up nicely. It is not too late to share your voice by partaking in the online poll we sent out.
In January, we are kicking off the Professional Development Series during our luncheon followed by training sessions in February and March. Topics covered will help our members develop professionallyand personally. A mentorship program is almost ready and will be launched in the New Year too.
But most important is still the networking opportunity and the sisterhood amongst Upper Keys BPW members. Familiarize yourself with the businesses represented in our membership database who can help you in your business and development. Call me if need help navigating the website or need help with your login.
Our slogan standsstrong: Supporting WOMEN is just GOOD BUSINESS Period!
I wish you a MagicalHoliday Season and hope you will ring in the New Year with apositivebang!
December 19:Annual Holiday Party, Theresa Sutter's Home, 5:30-7:30. Potluck & Tacky Ornament Exchange in keeping with tradition. RESERVATIONS
January 16: Luncheon. 11:15-1:00. Location TBA. Sponsorship Opportunities Available.
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 THE JANUARY LUNCH!
We are offering a unique opportunity for sponsorship of the January Luncheon. Instead of one sponsor for the full $250, we are offering three (3) businesses or individuals the chance to sponsor the luncheon for only $100 EACH. You will get all of the benefits listed below (except for the free attendance) for a significantly reduced rate! Contact us ASAP if you are interested!
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 Carlee Waack
I feel both proud and lucky to have been born and raised in Key Largo. I'm sure my passion for the water and need for warmth are a direct result of growing up here.
After Coral Shores, I went to school in San Diego, CA studying Landscape Architecture. My love for nature is closely accompanied by my ardor for culinary adventures and my affection for family and friends.
I am fortunate to have three jobs to invest my time in. My full time, and newest position, is as a salesperson with Al’s Carpet and Home Decorating Center. They are family owned and operated with 42 years in business. The DeGraaff's have been helping me grow in the trade since employing me after Hurricane Irma. My longest held position is with Chef Andrew Tsang. His company, Chef Drew’s Island Catering, continues to be an especially fulfilling endeavor for me. Finally, being a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant has been an inspiring step in my life. Surrounding myself with such a driven group of women has helped me push my boundaries and find success.
Joining the BPW, and being part of THIS group of incredible women and men, has also given me much to be thankful for. The comradery, sense of community, personal support, and endless smiles keep me excited for every monthly meeting. I am quite shy in public speaking forums, but catch me one on one and I’m sure we’ll have lots to talk about. I appreciate this opportunity to share some details of my life with all of you. Thanks so much!
Atta Girl to BPW Board Member Wendy Coffman
Congratulations to Wendy on her new appointment to the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Board! She was inducted at a chamber ceremony on December 12th.
Way to go Wendy!
Atta Girl to BPW Member Trinity Van Steenburg
Congrats to Trinity on how successfully she juggles weddings and catering at Caribbean Catering. If you have been to an event around town lately, you have probably seen her. She is everywhere!
Great job Trinity!
Atta Girl to BPW Board Member Pam Martin
The Weekly Newspapers recently recognized our own Board Member Pam Martin for all the wonderful things she does in an issue about heroes in our community!
Well deserved recognition for all the work she does helping seniors in the community, and also for her amazing holiday decorations!
We love you Pam!
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 & RENEWING DECEMBER MEMBERS
Please help us welcome new and renewing members!
Christine Wilson Florida Keys Mediation
Trisha Woods Ocean Studies Charter School
Ginette Hughes Marine Resource Development
Ask us about the benefits of being a member!
November was a busy month for the Upper Keys BPW!
We Voted in the midterm elections, and elected a record number of women to serve in congress!
We inducted Allison Fisher (new member)
at the November Luncheon!
And, we made Cake Pops for the Key Largo Chamber CookOff!
Thanks Shawna Simcic for your idea, your recipe, your kitchen and your patience! It was fun and we enjoyed being part of the event!
MARKETING COMMITTEE MEMBERS WANTED
Upper Keys BPW is looking for members with experience in marketing & public relations to join a committee that will help create a strategic marketing plan for the Upper Keys BPW, working towards a goal of increased membership and community awareness.
Interested members should call Ilja Chapman at 305-998-8348.
APPLY FOR AN UPPER KEYS BPW ADULT SCHOLARSHIP
The Upper Keys's BPW Adult Scholarship program is about women helping women! Apply for the Upper Keys BPW Adult Scholarship and the UKBPW-Holly Given Memorial 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
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
If you would like to attend with the Board and other Members, let us know!
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.
Congratulations BPW/FL on their 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!