The next SBW meeting will be Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. Best Western. It is under the direction of the Music Committee, Shirley McCown, chair. We will install our 2016-2017 president, Donna Hirner-Gardner, and our new slate of officers.

Members, please let your caller know if you plan to attend. If you would like to visit a Sedalia Business Women’s meeting, please send an email to sbwmail@sedaliabwm.org no later than the Monday prior to the meeting. We welcome visitors! For a meeting schedule visit our Calendar page.


Sedalia Business Women’s Scholarships

Each year Sedalia Business Women awards scholarships based on financial need and available funds. Applications must be returned by June 30 and may be found on our Resources page.



Michelle Sparks
President 2015-2016
Embrace Our Past – Empower Our Future

I am honored to serve as your 2015-2016 president. My theme this year is “Embrace Our Past, Empower Our Future.”

Let’s start with the past when I served my first term as president two years ago. My theme was “Building a Strong Foundation… Pay It Forward.” I gained a lot of knowledge during the year I served as your president.

My goals for the upcoming year:

  • Recognize the importance of maintaining a strong membership through retention and to be “empowered” enough to reach out to prospective members for our future growth.
  • Help women who are trying to get their degree through our scholarships. I would like to see us promote our scholarship information on social networking sites and be more accessible in advertising the availability of our local scholarships.
  • Embrace our past and keep our legacy strong through continuing support of our Foundation, both State and Local, and continue supporting our community non-profit organizations through Special Projects.
  • To keep “Pay it Forward” ongoing, I have selected PROP’S. PROP exists to provide assistance to the homeless. It does this by assessing needs, developing a plan of action, providing case management, and referring/coordinating existing community resources and services. We will be collecting monthly supply donations to help those who are less fortunate.

I think now is the time we need to ask ourselves, “What can I do for SBW?” Then, consider what SBW can do for you: Networking, Contacts, Friendships, Mentoring others. Ask yourself, “Why do I stay in this organization?” Many of us have been in this organization thirty-plus years. We are the largest club in the state of Missouri. Five past state presidents came from our club first before going on to state accomplishments.

Our BWM objectives were defined in 1938 and have remained constant through the years. Our goals should be to achieve equality for all women in the workplace. We should advocate for education and information, elevate standards for all women where ever they may be employed, bring about the spirit of cooperation among all working women in Missouri, and continue opportunities for women through education and fellowship.

Again, I thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve another term as your 2015-2016 SBW president. Many ladies before me have served in this position, some even twice. I hope together, with your support, we can “Embrace Our Past and Empower Our Future.”

Michelle Sparks
SBW President 2015-16


2015 – 2016 Sedalia Business Women Officers

2015 16 officers 2 smallFront: Lori Haney, director; Michelle Sparks, president; Debbie Ulmer, secretary

Back: Amanda Davis (standing in for Donna Hirner-Gardner, president-elect); Kayla Clutter, first vice-president; Debra Andresen, second vice-president; Della Schnakenberg, treasurer.

Click here for Sedalia Business Women Committees 2015-2016

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