Monday Minute
Editor's note: The Monday Minute will continue thanks to President Jody's approval. If you have any photographs from and since our 2019 Convention, please send them to be posted in the Monday Minute, our Facebook page, and our website. You can send calendar events and articles or information you'd like to see in the Monday Minute to . - Sue Oser, BPW/MI PSP
President's Message

I'd like to ask each local to contact me anytime you have a big presentation/speaker or a special event. I'd like to use that time to visit with you and your locals.

I would also like to get in touch with committee chairs for updates as well.

This July, I hope I can visit Eaton Rapids BPW. I hope to see you soon!

If you'd like to contact me, please contact me at 210 W. Franklin #200, Jackson, MI 49201
(H) 517-529-9234 (C) 517-315-7285 (W) 517-787-5233

Remember: May Days were Pay Days! It's June now.

Send your 2019-2020 BPW/MI form to Shirley Zeller
Invitation to a Special Conference
Stronger Together --
Women & LGBTQ Justice 
Policy Updates & Ally Training
JUNE 29, 2019 
10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

Birmingham Unitarian Church
38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills

EXCITING SPEAKERS:  Rep. Christine Grieg, House Minority 
Leader; Sen. Erika Geiss, Michigan Women's Progressive 
Caucus (invited); Emily Clancy, Organizer, MI Planned 
Parenthood; Jay Kaplan, Staff Attorney, MI ACLU LGBT 
Project; Senator Jeremy Moss (invited); Dani Woods, 
Detroit Policy Department LGBT Liaison; Judy Lewis, 
Training & Education Coordinator, SAGE.

10:30 a.m. Registration; Brunch 11 a.m.; Program - Noon

Early bird registration: $20 before May 1st; $30 after

This conference is being planned and supported by over 15 women's and 
LGBTQ empowering organizations including: the Birmingham Unitarian 
Church; Planned Parenthood of Michigan; the American Association of 
University Women; United Church of Christ - Michigan Conference; Fem's 
for Dems/Fems for Change; Oakland-Macomb NOW; Equality Michigan; 
Stand with Trans; Women Organizing Michigan; Women's March Michigan; 
Inclusive Justice; SAGE Metro Detroit; Metropolitan Church of Detroit; 
UU Fellowship of Central Michigan; Northwest UU Church; and the 
Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network.   

For more Information, call Randy Block at 248-224-5572 (cell). 

Ismon Open House Celebration

       The Ismon Open House Celebration will feature the Grand opening of the 2nd Floor Zeller Community Room in honor of Bill and (BPW/MI's own) Shirley Zeller.

When : Saturday June 29, 2019, 4:00pm to 8:00pm with a 6:30pm Short Program
Where : 300 S. Clinton Street, Albion, Michigan


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 - 2005-06

President Trish Knight led the state through a year of transition from a district structure to the beginning of a regional structure, working through strategic planning and visioning to change the bylaws and governance structure. A focus was made to encourage the use of the website to read weekly board communications and extensive use of the email system was begun. The federation became more active in fighting the ballot proposal to end affirmative action and was involved in a statewide women’s task force at the governor’s request.

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.

Wise Words from History Installation Script
You all have heard the phrase “History in the making!” Well, that is what is going on right now. History is in the making. History isn’t somewhere back in 1919, history is that breath you just took and the word you just said.

It has been interesting looking into the history of BPW and I recommend that all of you do so too. But, remember, we are the history of the next years. What we do this coming year, will go down as the history of BPW. We can contribute today to the history that will be written tomorrow.

Our vision can be as great as was that of those 212 delegates of 1919. We are still struggling to achieve some of the same goals. As we continue to struggle, we need a re-commitment from each member so that another 86 years from now those BPW members will look back and thank us for our hard work and efforts, as we look back today, and are grateful for the efforts of those women in 1919.

Gail Laughlin, the first National President said: “Here is the curious thing: once women get in and they start on a certain policy, they will stick—where men won’t…they (women’s clubs) have been started and now we can’t stop them…The success of this organization will depend on every member in it
having something to do…It is through cooperation that we are going to make a success of this organization.”

She also said, “the position and opportunities which we have today are ours
because noble and courageous women have been willing to pay the price to win them for us. It has not come without strife or struggle. For what we have received, we owe a debt which we must in honor pay, by gaining greater opportunities for the women who come after us.”

Can we do less than our fore-mothers? Let us all work to make the workplace a
better place for women and for all and make the world a better place.


Other News and events around BPW/MI

Congratulations to Celeste Bennett, member of Eaton Rapids BPW for her lastest book release “Murder at Yarn Mansion”. It can be purchased through Amazon here along with her other novels:
 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 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.

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.

You can find NFPBWC online information here: , ,

NFBPWC Virtual Chapter
Update on the ERA Webinar Recording

the recording for our latest webinar (Update on the ERA) has been published. You can view it here:

Advocacy News
Nancy Werner, NFBPWC, 2nd Vice President of Advocacy

News Alert – A Coin to Commemorate Women’s History –

The 19th Amendment WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

Would you please consider supporting the Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act?

The legislation is a bipartisan measure to honor women in every state across the country by proposing a series of quarters beginning in 2021, that would feature a 19th Amendment icon on one side and on the other side a noteworthy woman, now deceased, would be highlighted. Each state and all the U.S. territories would select one of its outstanding women to be honored in this series.

The legislation is sponsored by Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16). This proposed program parallels the State quarters Program that was so well received two decades ago and the current National Parks Quarter Program. For our young children and teens, this would acquaint them with the 19th Amendment and more than 50 famous women who have made vital contributions to our country.

Would you please ask your Representative to cosponsor and support the H.R. 1023, the Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act?

This information is from the League of Women Voters and their President Chris Carson. Thank you for your support to move this partisan-neutral legislation forward. We can honor the women who fought so hard to ensure the rights to vote and celebrate the work that others continue to do include the inclusion of women.
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.

For Online BPW news, please visit BPW International web site , International Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Facebook and BPW International’s facebook .

Events around IFBPW

BPW London’s Annual June Dinner Fundraiser is a 3-course dinner at  Forrat’s Lounge Masonville , June 18. RSVP deadline is June 11th a noon to Complete details here.

Join BPW Ontario Members across Ontario on July 30 at an ONroute near you as we celebrate the finale of the Human Sex Trafficking Awareness Project ONroute Campaign. Complete details, including how to rsvp:

BPW London will be returning to the patio at downtown's Ale House for a casual social, the evening of August 20.

Upcoming IFBPW events scheduled

  • 27–28 June 2019  BPW Spain’s Leader Summit and General Assembly, Spain
  • 4-6 July 2019 Global Summit of Women Basel, Switzerland
  • 10–11 August 2019 BPW Canada Annual General Meeting Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 13–15 September 2019 Latin America Regional Conference Quito, Ecuador
  • September 2019 BPW Italy General Assembly Italy
  • 2-5 October 2019 2nd WIN Congress and 25th BPW Barcelona Anniversary Barcelona, Spain
  • 15-17 October 2019 Africa Regional Conference Khartoum, Sudan
  • 2-7 November 2019 USA 100th Anniversary Cruise Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos Islands
  • 11 November 2019 Autumn Conference 2019 Switzerland
  • 30 November 2019 – 2 December 2019 BPW International East-Asia Sub-Regional Conference Tokyo, Japan

Legislative Update

ERA Update
By Laura Carter Callow

This year has seen considerable efforts on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Missouri all had ERA ratification bills this year. They were either bottled up in committee or failed to get the necessary votes. North Carolina’s legislature is still in session and the ERA could be brought up any time.

Virginia nearly ratified in 2019. The Senate approved the ERA with bipartisan support. There was enough bipartisan support in the House of Delegates to also ratify but it was not brought for consideration.

The ERA was sent to the unfriendly Privileges and Elections Committee in the VA House of Delegates. There a subcommittee voted it down four to two. It was also voted down in the full committee twelve to ten. Both times, all Republicans against and all Democrats for. An attempt to get the full House to consider the ERA also failed.

Now ERA advocates have decided that if they can’t change minds, they will change seats. Virginia will be electing their entire legislature this fall. With several vulnerable seats, ERA will definitely be a campaign issue as advocates work to elect ERA friendly legislators. If successful, Virginia could well become the 38th State to ratify.

Even when the 38th State ratifies, the ERA will face an uphill battle. This became clear on Tuesday. April 30th when the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held the first hearing on the ERA in 36-years. April 30, 2019 Committee on the Judiciary.

The false claim was made that the ERA is about abortion. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) immediately responded by saying abortion is already a constitutional right decided under the right to privacy. The ERA won’t change that.

Most of the hearing was centered on the Time-limit. The majority of those present argued that the deadline was arbitrary and should be removed. Furthermore, if Congress has the power to add a Time-limit, it has the power to remove it.

Currently there are two bills that Remove the Time-limit they are H.J.Res 38 and S.J.Res. 6. You can help further this great cause by letting your congressional representative know of the need for the ERA and for removing the ERA Time-limit.

All Democratic members of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation are co-sponsors. Please thank them. So far, no Republican members of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation have become cosponsors. We need their support as well. Please let them know you support the ERA and ask them to co-sponsor H.J.Res. 38.

Presently, H.J. Res. 38 has 188 cosponsors in Congress. Only two of them are Republican. The ERA is a non-partisan issue that needs bipartisan support.
It is also a matter of justice that is long overdue.
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.

Albion BPW - Meets 4 th Monday 6:30 p.m., Sheridan Twp. Hall (no Jan/Feb)

Eaton Rapids BPW - Meets 3 rd Monday, 6:00 p.m., dinner meeting $15 @ Miller House (no Jan./Feb.)

Ionia - Meets 2 nd Monday, noon

Jackson BPW - Meets 2 nd & 4 th Tuesday, Cascades Manor House 

Keweenaw - Meets 4th Tuesday 6:00 pm

Saginaw - Meets 4 th Tuesday  

Traverse City - no formal meetings

Wayne - Meets 4 th Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Wayne Public Library

West Branch - Meets 2 nd Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Other Information

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 June Birthdays :

June 10 - Susan Murphy, Affiliate
June 14 - Vicki Seltz-Barnes, West Branch
June 16 - Barbara Smith, Jackson
June 30 - Ingraham, Imogene, Eaton Rapids

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.
If you have a special announcement or gathering you'd like the membership to know about, please email them to: or

June - National Safety Month, Men's Health Month, LGBT Pride Month

June 14 - Flag Day

June 16 - Father's Day

June 21 - Summer Solstice

October 24, 2019 - Michigan Women's Foundation Dinner

August 21-26, 2020 - BPW International Conference, Orlando Florida
Michigan Federation Business Office
Jodi Snyder
210 W. Franklin #200, Jackson, MI 49201
(H) 517-529-9234 (C) 517-315-7285 (W) 517-787-523 3