Today is very special to me. It would have been my Aunt Clara Oser's birthday. As everyone in BPW/MI knows she was pretty active in the organization and traveled to a lot of national and international conventions. Sometimes when I go through my BPW/MI life I miss her, but also know she's watching me and guiding me as I go on my BPW journey.
Speaking of Conventions, the April 26 deadline has passed for your hotel reservation as well as your registration form. I know those forms will be coming in this week and before the next EC meeting later in the week. By that time, we will be discussing the next steps into our convention planning and getting some other small details ironed out.
Also, if you are committee chair member, local president, member of the EC, etc, please make sure to submit your reports to Jodi Snyder by May 1. She is going to help take care and organize these reports for the Convention packets. The more reports we get, the nicer the packet will be. Thank you to those who have already made their submissions.
With May coming, two big holidays will be approaching: Mother's Day and Memorial Day. I know a lot of you (if you haven't already) will be very busy with charity runs, weddings, graduations, and some first communions. Remember to be careful and most importantly, take time out for yourself. A lot of sicknesses and colds are running around right now due to the influx of temperatures, so please be prepared.
Susan E. Oser
Save the Date
ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION 2019
Chelsea Comfort Inn and Convention Center
Come join us for this year’s Convention held May 17-19, 2019 at the Chelsea Comfort Inn in Chelsea, Michigan.
Our tentative agenda is as follows:
Friday, May 17
Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theater ~ Arthur Miller’s
All My Sons
Saturday, May 18
7:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Meeting begins and runs to 4:00 p.m.
Election of Officers
6:30 p.m. Dinner followed by Installation of Officers
Sunday, May 19
7:30 a.m. Memorial Service
8:30 a.m. Full breakfast together
9:30 a.m. Meeting begins and runs to 12:00 p.m.
If anyone is interested in being a State Officer for the 2019-2020 year, please contact Nominations chair Helen Glandon for your interest. Information has been sent out and posted in our Monday Minute and on our Facebook page. Helen can be contacted at
or her cell phone at 734-748-2817
Please help me spread the word to all members by forwarding this information to members who do not have Internet or computer access, via your club email lists, and also during your meetings. The more the word gets out the better.
Donations and Condolences for Denise Garn and family
Condolences and love to Denise Garn and her family. They have suffered a great loss of little Aleese Colter.
If you would like to make donations in her memory, you can make them to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. They were so wonderful for both Aleese Colter and Denise's other great granddaughter who passed 2 years ago there.
Here is the link for donations:
Past State President Update
This is a very interesting update from our own BPW/MI past state president and NFBPWC past president Trish Knight:
"We (my husband and I) have made the move to Orlando, Florida. We are Workamping at the Lake Whippoorwill KOA - owned by Pioneers, Inc.; a evangelical/non-denominational mission organization with more than 3000 international workers operating in more than 100 countries world-wide. Proceeds from the RV park help to support their mission work. We will be here until April, 2020 - a one-year mission of our own."
Here is the website link for Pioneers, Inc.for more information as well as to make any donations you see fit to help their cause:
Michigan American Council on Education Annual Conference 2019.
The Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network Annual Conference, June 3-4, 2019, Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol.
The leadership and professional development conference theme for 2019 is
Making a Difference: Leading in a Time of Change
The MI-ACE Women’s Network’s is committed to improving the general climate and professional environment for women by identifying, developing the leadership of, encouraging, advancing, linking/networking, and supporting women in higher education throughout the state.
MI-ACE is the voice for Michigan women in higher education.
The conference offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities with members of the higher education community and academic experts from around Michigan, all focused on women’s success in higher education.
Day one is devoted to inclusion, diversity and equity sessions led by the groundbreaking Women of Color Collaborative. The Annual Policy Dinner honors Michigan Public Policy Pioneers.
Day two includes keynote speakers, Outstanding Institutional Representative Award, Presidential Panel, Distinguished Woman Leadership Award Luncheon, and more than 18 breakout sessions.
Early Bird registration for the two-day conference is $385 ($400 after May 1, 2019). The registration fee covers all sessions, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Here is the breakdown of conference costs:
Conference rates are listed below:
One Day $195, Early bird $180
Two Days $335, Early bird $320
Two Days w/ Annual Dinner $400, Early bird $385
Student One Day $95, Early bird $80
Student Two Days $185, Early bird $170
Lunch + One Session $115, Early bird $100
Lunch Only $35
Public Policy Annual Dinner $65
Historical BPW Information
With a big centennial coming up in BPW/MI, this section will now be devoted to some of the progress that the Michigan Federation has made over the years since it's beginnings. This information comes from our Michigan Manual with snippets of other memories and information coming from the membership if you are so inspired and inclined to do so. The more that the membership contributes, the long and more enlightening we can keep history alive in BPW.
BPW/MI History Timeline - 2000-01
President JoAnn Dotson went full speed ahead into the future with BPW/MI's entrance into the new century. The
Michigan Business Woman
, the state newsletter at the time was available both in print and online form. BPW items were sold online for the membership to purchase along with registrations to Kids Kollege. This was the year that the organization looked to at how to move forward into the future while still keeping the BPW history in tact.
BPW Food for Thought
This section not only focuses on some interesting aspect of BPW that we could all learn from, but also some words and lessons of inspiration that we all can use sometimes.
Learning to Open Our Hearts and Minds Reimagining Interfaith: Taking Our Lead from Kids
by Vicki Garlock
The interfaith movement is all about bringing people together. Most of the time we focus on adults and social justice issues. However, I see a future generation of adults that recognizes the value of all faith traditions - a generation that has moved beyond mere tolerance toward deep appreciation.
Grown-ups have the means to bring kids of different faiths together. Adults can also facilitate meaningful dialogue and help hold the space for differing worldviews. But adults need to avoid handing down their fears and insecurities to the next generation.
To thrive in this emerging world, kids need to know something about the basic faith practices and beliefs of others, for the health of our planet and the well-being of our species.
Sharing various religious practices with kids tends to expose a common fear - that kids will end up lukewarm to their "home" faith tradition. It shows up in statements like, "One needs to be firm in one's own faith before engaging in dialogue with 'the other.'" The problem with this approach is that it excludes kids from interfaith experiences before they've even started. And that means we're setting ourselves up for yet another generation of wary and potentially intolerant adults.
Interestingly, when adults engage in multi-faith dialogue, a near-universal refrain emerges: "I realized we are more alike than different." In my experience, this sentiment is even more common in kids. Why? Because kids around the world like to do the same things! They like to play, listen to stories, create things, eat special food, celebrate special occasions, be part of a community, and have fun. All of these can and do happen in multi-faith settings, especially when kids are involved. Kids don't have to do the hard work of breaking down barriers because they don't have barriers in the first place. And this can actually make them better participants in the interfaith movement than adults.
In my experience, kids don't care much for tenets and precepts. (Truth told, many adults don't care either!) So, instead of delving into the intricacies of the Buddhist eight-fold path, you can simply share a Buddhist story. Instead of a deep dive into the differing perspectives on Jesus in the Abrahamic traditions, you can make an easy craft depicting one of the Jesus healing stories.
Why not teach kids about chakpurs, the tool used by Tibetan Buddhist monks to make sand mandalas? Why not teach them about shofars, the ram's horn blown during the Jewish high holidays? It's hard to imagine how this level of knowledge and sharing could result in a subsequent lack of faith in one's own tradition. Instead, such exposure seems to produce a level of familiarity that breeds appreciation rather than contempt.
When I "reimagine interfaith," I see a room full of children from various faith traditions sitting in a circle. They are playing, laughing, and sharing. Each one holds a meaningful item from their faith tradition - a copy of their sacred text, a ritual object, a food item customarily eaten on a particular holy day, and so on. One by one, the kids share how and why their chosen item is important. The adults, also from various faith traditions, sit behind them as they learn from the kids about maintaining a sense of love and light-heartedness.
If you want to teach kids about living in harmony with one another, give them a chance to cooperate on tasks or to play group games. Such an approach will be more effective and have a more lasting effect than any lecture. The internet is full of easy-to-manage team-building games for kids of all ages. Kids, like adults, can also be involved in social justice issues. They can pick up trash, decorate postcards for policy-makers, serve meals to the homeless, and make cards for veterans, regardless of faith tradition. So, instead of confining these activities to your own faith community, invite other groups to join in!
I see kids being an integral part of the action. I see kids who take delight in working side-by-side with their peers. I see kids who are equally comfortable attending an iftar, a bat mitzvah, a langar, a Samhain ritual, or a ceremony for Ganesha Chaturthi. And I see kids who view members of other faith groups as true community partners.
With a little encouragement and a bit of forethought, we can all begin to imagine what a true multifaith world looks like - both for ourselves and for the next generation. And wouldn't it be divine if they never needed to "reimagine" interfaith because they were simply living it?
For more information on WISDOM:
Go to our WISDOM website at
Equal Pay Day Lobby Day Event Update and Announcement
Equal Pay Lobby Day 2019
Please join the Michigan Equal Pay Coalition for the 2019 Equal Pay Lobby Day at the Capitol!
Governor Whitmer, state legislators, a representative from U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s office, and others will be featured presenters to give us updates on state and federal efforts to close the wage gap. Twenty-two bills to strengthen Michigan’s equal pay laws will be introduced that day. After a box lunch, we will visit targeted legislative offices to distribute information about Michigan’s pay gap and how legislation could help to narrow it.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – The anniversary of Michigan’s ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment in 1972
Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
** Wear red on that day to symbolize how women’s pay is in “the red.” **
$15 registration fee made out to Equal Pay Coalition and send to Dana Management, P.O. Box 1764, East Lansing, Mi 48826-1764. Sponsored by the Equal Pay Coalition.
2019 Equal Pay Days
September 23 Native women’s Equal Pay Day
April 19 White women’s Equal Pay Day
November 29 Latinas’ Equal Pay Day
Other News and events around BPW/MI
Please support this talented member of our organization. Someone from BPW Colorado ordered one of her books and got "hooked."
Octavia Turner, treasurer of Albion BPW is also a published author. It is her first book entitled expressive MOMents. It was originally released in April 2011 and she is looking to keep on with it. You can order directly from her or you can go to Amazon.com and find it there:
Please keep your BPW sisters in Michigan and around the world who are going through major health, death, or other tragedies in your hearts and minds. They need our sisterly strength and support more than ever.
Women in Poetry
In honor of National Poetry Month, this column will honor some great poetry and lyrics written by women. Hopefully this will inspire you to write in your own song.
This poem is an excerpt from a Dream Poem Installation of BPW officers.
Poem for Incoming Officers
Success Has No Limits…
There are no limits
To what you can do.
Your talents and abilities,
Your uniqueness and warmth,
Your strength and dedication,
In everything you do-
All of these will help you
Reach your dreams.
There are no limits
To what life has to offer you.
The world is full of possibilities,
Just as you are filled with promise.
Seek, discover, and embrace with openness,
The richness of experience.
Believe in yourself
And you will always know success.
Our theme is year is
Common Cents - Our Personal Economy.
Every year Mothering Justice heads to the capital to increase visibility for mama’s of color.
Let's let legislators know that we show up, we vote, and we matter.
Join us in Lansing, MARCH at the capital, and talk to our legislators.
We hope you and your members can make it!
The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's clubs (NFBPWC) develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through education, advocacy, networking, mentoring, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects.
The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) of the United States of America is an affiliate of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, which spans across five regions and over 110 countries of the world. In 2017 we celebrated 98 years of empowering women through our mission which is to develop the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through education, advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects.
Ashley Maria – North American Young BPW CSW-63 Report
By: Ashley Maria Young BPW Chair, NFBPWC
Ashley Maria is the North American Young BPW delegate to this year’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. She shares with us some of her lessons-learned from her experience.
My experience at this year’s BPW International Leader’s Summit and the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women was, in a word, life-changing! It was an honor to engage with BPW and its goals on an international level.
My world opened up to the actions other members are taking to progress toward gender equality, and we brainstormed how we could help each other nationally, and then internationally.
BPW International has taken on the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (plus one more - how to keep BPW sustainable for generations to come) as a guideline to get its members creating a better tomorrow. Basically, the SDG's break down the issues of the world into digestible action plans, everything from No Poverty to Reduced Inequalities to Climate Action, and offers guidance for how the individual can help.
For the Young BPW members at this year’s Leader’s Summit, we came up with an action plan to keep BPW thriving. Each one of us talked about how we would bring the SDG's into our community. Young BPW members talked about offering seminars in women’s heart health, educating their community on unpaid care work and its effect on women’s retirement; and, for me, offering my documentary film “Pioneers in Skirts” as a tool to help get more women to the decision making table.
The week progressed with intense international talks of what women are dealing with on a global level. BPW members joined in on the conversation by holding their own packed panels. Delegates came to the UN wanting solutions they can bring back to their own countries. I even witnessed Ireland's realization that Uganda had a much better tactic for bringing more women into a company - they only receive government funding if the company is gender equal. Ireland may implement this in their own funding process now!
Again, I’m honored to have had this experience to witness and join in on conversations for women on a global scale. I now see how my role as a filmmaker can have a larger impact. It takes each one of us choosing to take action in order to influence a cultural shift. Sure, we’ve heard the quotes or seen the memes telling us “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead.
I felt the call to action while I was in New York City, and I’m bringing this feeling back with me to spread to all of you!
Keep updated on my personal progress on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and please contact me directly if you’d like me to speak at your club or organization!
International BPW News
What is BPW International?
The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) was founded by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips in 1930.
BPW International is one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in over 100 countries in five continents. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young business and professional women.
BPW develops the professional, business and leadership potential of women through skill building, networking advocacy, mentoring around the world.
Events around IFBPW
BPW International Africa Regional Conference
will be held in Khartoum, Sudan on 15-17 October 2019 under the theme “Women Economic Empowerment for Achieving Peace and Sustainable Development”. BPW Sudan and Hawa Society for Women, which will host this event, warmly welcome BPW members to exchange experiences and knowledge as well as exploring ancient civilizations once located in the land of Sudan.
Current IFBPW events scheduled in Europe
- 4 May 2019 20th Anniversary BPW Club Vorarlberg, Austria
- 24–26 May 2019 16th European Conference and Young BPW Symposium, Galway, Ireland
- 22 June 2019 Charter of the Girls’ Rights in Livorno Club, Italy
- 26 June 2019 BPW Switzerland Delegates' Meeting 2019, Switzerland
- 27–28 June 2019 BPW Spain’s Leader Summit and General Assembly, Spain
Federal Judges Rule 34 Michigan Districts
Are UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Must Redraw
Gerrymandered Maps by August 1st
On Thursday, April 25th, a panel of three federal judges ruled 3-0 that Michigan must redraw dozens of Congressional and state legislative districts for the 2020 election because they unconstitutionally "advantaged Republicans and disadvantaged Democrats". Judy Karandjeff, President of the Michigan League of Women Voters, which filed this lawsuit, declared that this ruling was a "great victory for the voters of Michigan and for our democracy".
The three federal judges reportedly based their decisions on emails and other records produced during the closed door redistricting process that was managed by Republicans and their consultants. One consultant said, "We've spent a lot of time providing options to ensure that we have a solid 9-5 (congressional) delegation in 2012 and beyond." A Republican Congressional aid said that the process "in a glorious way makes it easier to cram ALL the Dem garbage in Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb counties into only four districts". For more information, click
The ruling requires the GOP legislature to re-draw boundaries for 9 of 14 Congressional seats and 25 of 148 State legislative districts by August 1st. The number of changed districts, however, would be larger because of the impact on adjacent districts. Governor Gretchen Whitmer's signature would be required for this plan. If this new map isn't agreed upon by August 1st, the federal judges ruled that they would create the map that could affect races for both Congress and the Michigan legislature in the 2020 election.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has said "we will comply with this most recent ruling while we await the outcome of the appeal". The state Republican party has said it will appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court to "uphold the will of the people". Currently, the Supreme Court is ruling on two gerrymandering cases in North Carolina and Maryland. One source indicated that the high Court could rule by the end of June.
BPW Local Meeting Dates
If you are interested in travelling to a local BPW meeting in your are or another part of Michigan, please be mindful of their meeting, dates and times.
Monday 6:30 p.m., Sheridan Twp. Hall (no Jan/Feb)
Eaton Rapids BPW
Monday, 6:00 p.m., dinner meeting $15 @ Miller House (no Jan./Feb.)
Tuesday, Cascades Manor House
Meets 4th Tuesday 6:00 pm
- no formal meetings
Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Wayne Public Library
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
If any other EC member or Past State President would like to be the feature article for a future Monday Minute, please send your article to me at
All of you should've gotten the membership form that Shirley Zeller created for us. If not, please let me know and we can get a copy to you to print out and distribute to your membership. If you need a .pdf copy, please let us know! It's now July. Shirley is reporting at least 1-2 renewals/new memberships coming in almost everyday. Keep them coming! It looks like we have a nice roster of people
The BPW Michigan Cancer Fund has not had any request for money. If you know of a member who needs some assistance, we would be more than happy to help them. Please call Teresa Borowski for any application at 989-793-9494. More information on the Cancer Board and application requirements can be found in your Michigan Manual or on the BPW/Michigan website.
BPW/Michigan would like to honor the following May Birthdays
May 1 - Tony Ann Buys, Ionia BPW
May 3 - Kim Sass, Affiliate member
May 6 - Kim Curtis, Jackson; Kerri Sleeman, Keweenaw
May 9 - Samantha Browning, Jackson
May 12 - Pamela Hilts, West Branch
May 18 - Angela McIntire, Wayne
May 24 - Leighanne Rappaport, Jackson
If you want your birthday to be recognized, make sure to write it down when you renew or apply for membership. You just might get a nice card out of it.
Who is getting the Monday Minutes in your local? Are those without email access staying informed to the latest? Please help in passing along information to those members via your local meetings or otherwise. If you know someone who is not getting a Monday Minute or other email information, please let us know how we can help.
- May - National Fitness and Sports Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, Lyme Disease Awareness Month
May 1 - May Day
May 2 - Holocaust Remembrance Day
May 5 - Cinco De Mayo
May 6 - Start of Ramadan
May 12 - Mother's Day
May 18 - Armed Forces Day
May 17-19, 2019 - BPW/Michigan State Convention - Chelsea, MI
May 18 - Armed Forces Day
May 27 - Memorial Day
October 24, 2019 - Michigan Women's Foundation Dinner
August 21-26, 2020 - BPW International Conference, Orlando Florida