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Presentation have changed, details below!***
Ilja Chapman, President
Dear Upper Keys BPW Members:
With August burning up our last vacation days, I look back wondering what happened to summer. Did you have a chance to take a break? It is so important to recharge your batteries and get a fresh view on life. Just know that it is never too late for a last-minute trip and it doesn’t hurt to use me as a sound board for ideas.
This summer, the Upper Keys BPW Board of Directors did not sit still. Have you seen the video of Jackie Harder asking for your help? Have you seen the articles in the local newspapers mentioning the Upper Keys BPW? We are preparing for many events and activities to take place in October celebrating local women in business. You can line up your own event and use the Upper Keys BPW platform to highlight your business and help our cause by fundraising for the Upper Keys BPW scholarship fund.
100 Years Strong and together we are even stronger.
I will keep repeating myself until we have reached our goal. I dare you! Help us spread the word about Upper Keys BPW, bring a friend to our monthly meetings and ask if they want to join as a member. Our goal is 100 members by October. You can make a difference.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
On that note, I look forward to seeing you at the History of Diving Museum this week and I hope you will take advantage of the October opportunities out there. The Upper Keys BPW is here to support you.
UKBPW President 2018-19
Special thanks to our FIVE Sponsors for the August Evening Event!
Paula's Skin Care, Paula Farr Esthetician
August 21:Evening Networking Event. History of Diving Museum, 82990 O/S Hwy, Islamorada. $20. Includes light munchies, wine/bubbly and a tour of the museum from 5-7 PM, and then a special presentation starting at 7:00 PM. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
September 16:Celebrate Constitution Day! Murray Nelson Govt. Center, 102050 O/S Hwy, Key Largo. Presented with Upper Keys League of Woman Voters. Featuring U.S. Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. 6:00-9:00 PM. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.
September 18:Luncheon. 11:00A-1:00 P. Holiday Inn-African Queen Room, Key Largo. This is a special "Work the Network" luncheon, part of our Mentor/Mentee Program, back by popular demand! Please be punctual. We will start eating at 11:30, and start the program promptly at 11:45. Sponsorship opportunity Available! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
October 4:Sunset Cruise with Ilja! Hosted by your local travel adviser, Ilja Chapman, on board the Key Largo Princess. Free appetizers and cash bar. $25 per person ($5 of each ticket goes to BPW Adult Scholarship Fund.)
October 16:Sip & Shop at Anthony's Ladies Apparel Key Largo! Proceeds benefit our Adult Scholarship Program. Shopping, raffles, food, wine and fun! More information coming soon. 98200 O/S Hwy, Key largo.
October 18:First Anniversary Party at Cirque Salon Studios of Key Largo! Join us as we celebrate one year in business with Cirque Salon, learn more about our Membership Drive, sign up for the Bra Walk and more! 101401 O/S Hwy, Key Largo (Publix Plaza, upstairs.) Stay tuned for more information.
October 20:Key Largo Bridge Bra Walk! American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Key Largo, starting at Gilbert's Resort. 107900 O/S Hwy, Key Largo. 8:00 AM. Join the UKBPW Team and walk with us! CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR TEAM.
October 26*:Evening Event. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Stay tuned for more info on this grand celebration event we are planning for the Woman & Business of the Year Awards, adding a new element-Woman of Distinction! Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, 103800 O/S Hwy, Key largo. Sponsorship Opportunities Available. (*NOTE this is a Saturday, not a 3rd Wednesday event.)
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! See our full event schedule and register for an upcoming event.
MAKE PLANS NOW TO CELEBRATE WITH THE UPPER KEYS BPW!
The Month of October will be full of events! Our "official" monthly event will be on Saturday, October 26th and will be a Grand Celebration! More to come!
However, some members and other women owned businesses in the community will be hosting events all through the month in honor of Women's Small Business Month.
Our contribution to your event would be free promotional opportunities through our FB page (nearly 900 followers), monthly newsletter and free e-blasts (close to 500 contacts.) We would add your event to our calendar of events.
Some of our Board Members will also attend and assist you with running the event. We do ask that you make it a fundraiser for our Adult Scholarship Fund: charge admission, hold raffles, auctions, sell your products, get creative!
Confirmed events are already on the calendar, but keep an eye out as more will be added every day!
Contact us if you are interested in hosting an October Event! email@example.com
Sponsor an Event!
If you are interested in sponsoring one or more Upper Keys BPW events in the next fiscal year, we would love to have your support! We offer amenities for your sponsorship that help promote your business to our membership and the local community. Ask about the advantages of committing to sponsor multiple events and the increased amenities you'll receive!
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 Gina Boilini
Born and raised in Key Largo, I attended Coral Shores High School and was class President my senior year, Class of 2000. The summer after graduation, I began college at Florida State University and earned a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration with an emphasis in Sports and Entertainment. I know what you are all thinking...”what do you do with that degree?!” In fact, I often just tell people I graduated with a Business Degree, to limit all the questions! In a nutshell, I learned about creating, designing and managing parks and large venues. My dream was to work for a large sports team or large event venue. My internship was with the City of Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Board the year Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl. I had a great time, but I quickly learned I missed my home and family.
I returned back home to Key Largo and almost immediately my girlfriends got me involved with BPW. I joined the organization in 2009. I became Secretary in 2010 and was honored to be the organization’s President from 2011-2016. During this time, I was awarded Women of the Year in 2011 and 2014.
Today I am the owner and manager of Doc’s Diner in Key Largo. We are a family restaurant open 7 days a week from 6 am to 2 pm daily; serving breakfast all day. We are only closed on Christmas. Running a restaurant has its challenges, but I love it! I was successful at managing the family business and my parents brought me in as a partner six years ago. That same year, the Diner was honored with BPW Business of the Year! The plaque is on the wall, I am proud of that!
In 2016, I took a break from BPW. I was ready to have kids with Frank, my best friend and love of my life. We were blessed to have two boys: Frank II who is 3 and James who is 22 months. I am thankful every day for my two boys and that I am their momma!
I absolutely love being a mom and being involved with our local community. Balancing home life, work life, and community involvement can be a challenge, but my secret is dedication to a schedule. This includes waking my boys up every morning with my signature wake-up song, and making my boys breakfast. I value the time we share with our kids and family. It is true quality time, making memories together as a family. When we are home, you will find us teaching the boys to swim, on a bike ride, boat ride, playing outside, or watching a movie.
Recently I have started to get involved with BPW again. It started with the BPW Scholarship Committee, where for the last two years, I have been a part of helping women of our community to achieve more academically and to be strong role models for the current and next generation of working women. This year (2019/2020), I am the Scholarship Chair, and I encourage you to apply if you are ready to expand your education and empower women. The scholarship application cycle is open now until August 15th.
I have also been involved in the Political Forum Committee since 2012, and was the Chair of last year’s event. We brought candidates from all sides to educate our members and other voters in the community so that they feel confident casting their vote on Election Day. Right now I’m the Upper Keys BPW Public Policy Chair, and a member of the BPW Florida Public Policy Committee, monitoring the issues and policies that affect the lives of working women, and standing by BPW’s bipartisan values.
At this year’s 2019 BPW State Conference I was elected to the BPW Education Foundation Board of Directors, as Secretary. I am very excited, to be a part of BPW on the State level. Being on the BPW Education Foundation Board, I look forward to expanding my knowledge of BPW, and bring that knowledge to our Local Organization.
I am proud to be involved with BPW. I truly believe together we are a positive voice for working women. For me, I have been able to balance my family, a successful business, and my community involvement with the support of other working moms and business owners, many who are members of BPW. If you aren’t a member, what are you doing? JOIN!! And if you are a member, join a committee! For example, as an Upper Keys BPW Public Policy committee member, you could be a part of a National movement to make a difference in the lives of working women as we work together to create the changes needed for equitable work environments and supportive communities. Let’s educate and raise awareness together!
Atta Girl to BPW Member Paula Farr
Paula Farr, of Paula's Skin Care, is now certified in Micropigment Permanent Makeup, Eyeliner and Lips! Paula also provides full service facial services and more, including discreet and affordable services for breast cancer survivors, post reconstruction, with 3D nipple and areola tattoos.
Way to go and keep up the good work Paula!
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
Businesswomen’s group makes first mentoring match
Two local educators who are passionate about creating new generations of environmental stewards have signed up to be part of a first-ever business mentoring program in the Upper Keys.
Ginette Hughes, CEO of Marine Resources Foundation/Marine Lab, and Ocean Studies Charter School Principal Trisha Woods are the first matches for the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) mentorship program.
Woods reached out to Hughes to partner in the program.
“I met Ginette through the BPW luncheons and the Professional Development series and quickly realized that our students frequently visit her at the Marine Lab,” she said.
“The focus of our organizations are aligned and as a new resident of the Keys and principal of Ocean Studies Charter School, I believe that her insight and experiences will help me to grow as a professional and learn about how I can protect our environment and in turn impact the learning of our students,” Woods said.
As for her part, Hughes said she hadn’t considered mentoring until she was approached by Woods.
“I hadn’t really thought about it before that, but upon reflection, I decided that it was an excellent opportunity for my own growth and would be helpful to Trisha as well,” Hughes said. “So, I’m glad to share any experience and expertise I have, I’m paying it forward!”
Both women are relatively new members of BPW, which this year is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding as a national organization supporting working women.
The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote nationally was ratified on August 18, 1920, but it took until August 26th for it to be certified by the correct government official. On August 26, 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, signed a proclamation behind closed doors at 8 a.m. at his own house in Washington, D.C, ending a struggle for the vote that started a century earlier.
That is why Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26th each year. In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug championed a bill in the U.S. Congress to officially designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The bill says that “the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote.”
Please honor the women who fought so hard for our rights by voting! Become informed on the candidates and issues and exercise your right to vote in each and every election. Vote for candidates who support women's rights! Vote for candidates who support Women's Equality!
Join the Upper Keys BPW Team and walk with us in the Key Largo Bridge Bra Walk, supporting the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in the Florida Keys!
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
$50.00 - Political
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.
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. Log in at https://bpwfl.org/members-only-documents/
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!
BPW/FL proudly administers a Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund, which provides $250 scholarships for men and women fighting breast cancer. Through a legislative advocacy program as well as monetary support to breast cancer patients, BPW not only makes a positive impact on the present, but on the future as well.
Any BPW/FL member in good standing may request a disbursement for any person, regardless of BPW membership, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, in accordance with the approved guidelines.