November 2019

Join the Upper Keys BPW at our monthly meetings, the 3rd Wednesday of every month. 

BPW Connection | November 2019

President Message    Upcoming Events    Calendar    New & Renewing Members    Member Spotlight   
Atta Girl     Month in Review     Committee Chairs     Sponsor an Event     Adult Scholarship   
Send an E-Blast     Feed the Piggies      Membership Drive     BPW/FL      Board of Directors
Ilja Chapman, President
October was all about celebrating women in business and growing our membership. We did just that! This month we are thrilled to introduce 20 new members during our Nov. 20 luncheon. Maybe not all will be present, but we sure are looking for your support to give them a warm welcome.
Due to the high success rate of the statewide membership drive promotion last month, the Executive Committee of BPW/FL has approved to prolong the promotion until Nov. 30, 2019. This means that during November, newly enrolled BPW members will also see their renewal date extended until Jan. 1, 2021, at no extra cost.
The Upper Keys BPW board members are so grateful for your support, your enthusiasm and participation. We are an organization for women like you, supporting and inspiring women like you through advocacy, education and information. The board members and committees work hard to offer you programs to complete our mission. I encourage you to read this newsletter as it is filled with information and events for you to partake in.
As you know, we do like to give back to our community and this month you can help by bringing an item for the food bank at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church. Board members are scheduled to prepare and serve a meal at their food bank in January 2020.
Another way for us to give back as part of our mission is to provide adult women scholarships for education and career advancement. During the 100 Years Celebration Dinner, we presented Kelli Brower with a check for the bi-annual scholarships award.
Obviously, we need to constantly replenish the Upper Keys BPW Adult Women Scholarship Fund and this month you can help by purchasing an Off the Rock raffle ticket. A two-night getaway in St. Petersburg with a gift certificate toward dinner and an entrance ticket to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
This is a total value of $475 and tickets are for sale at $25 per tickets or five tickets at $100.
Being an active member of Upper Keys Business & Professional Women makes me grow every day and makes me want to grow our membership even more as I truly believe in the value and mission of our organization. I look forward to seeing you all at our next luncheon and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season.
With gratitude,
Ilja Chapman
UKBPW President 2018-19
Tel: 305-998-8348

Before lunch, SBDC at FIU will also be hosting a FREE Workshop starting at 9 AM as part of our Professional Development series.  Whether you have a startup business or have ever thought about it, take advantage of this seminar to "Step Up Your Startup" business.
Nov 20:"Step Up Your Startup" Workshop. 9:00A-11:00A. Part of Professional Development Series. Presented by SBDC at FIU. FREE. RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW.
Nov 20:  Luncheon. 11:00A-1:00 P. Holiday Inn-African Queen Room, Key Largo. Speaker Margie Smith from SBDC at FIU. SBDC at FIU is also sponsoring the luncheon. Please bring non-perishable food items for Burton Memorial Food Pantry. RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW.
Dec 18:  Annual Holiday Party. Details TBA. **We are currently researching venues. Interested? Contact us ASAP.
January 15: Luncheon. 11:00A-1:00P. Holiday Inn-African Queen Room, Key Largo. Speaker Retz Reeves from Islamorada Investment Management, who are also sponsoring the luncheon.
February 19: Evening Event. 5:30P-7:30P. Sip 'n Shop at Zero Dress Code, 82205 O/S Hwy, Islamorada.

WIN a 2 night stay at the St. Petersburg Hilton Carillon Park, plus dinner and entrance to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Proceeds benefit our Adult Scholarship Program. Winning ticket will be drawn during the Nov. 20 Luncheon.
Tickets are $25/each or $100/five (5)


Tiffany Alana – Serial Entrepreneur
Jacqueline Bobick – HP Hospitality
Kelli Brower – Monroe County School District
Vanessa J Chamizo – LoKation Real Estate
Meredith A Cline - Conchcierge to the Keys &   the Seas/Notary Niche
 Dawn DeBrule – Upper Marine Construction
Jenifer Dermer
Delana Fordham – RESF
Bonnie Gneiser – Retired Pub Owner
Stephanie Graeler – Keys Diver
Danise (Dee Dee) Henriquez – Monroe County Tax Collector
Wendy Ives
Nada Khalaf-Jones – Lovelyworld Adventure   Florida
Amber Navarette – Florida Keys Electrip Coop
Denise Nedimyer – Healthy Me
Pamela Niekamp – Phoenix Marketing Int’l
Melanie Sands – Anthony’s
Trinity Vansteenburg – Keys Planning and   Events

Dorothy Harden – Attorney at Law
Julie Johnson – Timeout Magazine
Jill Kuehnert – Seed Stories & Lucky Fish   Scuba
Pam Martin – SHINE, Alzheimer’s Assoc.,         AARP
Margie Smith – Florida Small Business   Development Center atFIU
Suzi Youngberg – American Cancer Society

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Due to the enormous success of the October Statewide Membership Drive, BPW/FL has agreed to extend for the month of November! Join before November 30, 2019 and your renewal date isn't until January 1, 2021!
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Meet Dawn DeBrule
"I moved to the Keys with my husband in 1990 and have never regretted that decision. In 2006 when our son was in middle school, I started working in the family business, Upper Keys Marine Construction. In 2007 my husband bought his father out and we have been running the company ever since. While the business kept me busy, it wasn’t necessarily my passion. I found that passion when I was asked to attend a Key Largo Chamber lunch. While listening to the presentation, I realized my position within our company allowed me to become actively involved in the future of our community. My husband used to tell me stories of the community he lived in and how neighbors were more like family and the local hardware store owner was more of a friend than simply a shopkeeper. I knew we could get better, we could get back, at least a little, to that feeling. With some prompting from some very important women in my life, I ran for the board of the Chamber. During my time on the board, I learned that while maybe some of my initial ideas were a bit naive, I could make a difference. In the 6 years I served on the board, I served on a variety of committees, worked on different initiatives, even served as Chairman of the Board. But I am most proud to say I was instrumental in the creation of Light Up Key Largo, a free community event that is now in its 10th year and still growing. I currently serve on the board of the Key Largo Community Preservation Foundation and the Key Largo Volunteer EMS Department. I volunteer for Upper Keys Habitat for Humanity and serve on the Capitol Campaign for DPMMR. This community is my home and I am proud to do what I can to make it home to everyone that lives here."
(Dawn joined Upper Keys BPW in October 2019!)