April 5, Special Projects Committee

SBW Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m.,

The March meeting will be under the direction of the Special Projects Committee, Donna Hirner-Gardner, chair and Sue Parrish, co-chair. SBW will present checks to local charities!

This meeting will be held at the Sedalia Country Club.
5074 State Hwy Y, Sedalia, MO

Members, please let your caller know no later than Tuesday prior to the meeting if you plan to attend. We must have an accurate count! 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.

2018 Legislative Conference

The 2018 BWM Legislative Conference was held March 9 – 10, 2018 at the Best Western Capitol Inn, Jefferson City. For a report on the meeting click here.


SCR41  – A Committee hearing for the New Resolution to ratify the ERA was held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Missouri State Senate, Jefferson City. Approximately a dozen supporters provided testimony before the Chair indicated time was running out and asked to hear from opponents. Three from Concerned Women of America spoke in opposition (carrying on the late Phyllis Schafley’s legacy).

Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition will keep us posted as they learn of developments on SCR41. In the meantime, please contact Committee members and share your thoughts, especially if you’re a constituent but also urging friends and acquaintances in their districts to do so.

For more information click here.

Business Women of Missouri Foundation Scholarships

Applications Closed!

Business Women of Missouri Foundation will award up to eleven $1,000 scholarships in April at their 2018 state conference. The Foundation is committed to women helping women through education, legislation and building self-sufficiency. Since 1995, the Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to deserving individuals.

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SBW pictureDebra Andresen
President 2017-2018
Holding on to Our Heritage &
Moving Forward

To my SBW sisters, it is my greatest delight for your trust and faith you bestowed in me as the incoming President of the Sedalia Business Women, and thank you!

I would also like to thank Dianne Simon for inviting me to join the Sedalia Business Women, and for being an exceptional mentor. I would also like to thank my family for all of their support in everything that I do: my husband Rick, my children Mickayla, Cody, and Chloe, as well as my son-in-law Derek.

I took several months to decide what I would like my theme to be this year. As I reflected upon the Sedalia Business Women and what this club means to me, I started looking to the history of women in the workplace and our rights that we hold dearly. As I started digging deeper, I came across a Youtube video about Suffragists, and their fight to vote. As I watched the video and saw their faces, and the imprisonment that they endured and the beatings that they took, it gave me a stronger desire to hold on to what they did for myself, my daughters, and granddaughter’s rights. My theme for 2017-18 is “Holding on to Our Heritage & Moving Forward.”

As your president, I have a strong, rich history that was established by my Great Grandmother Hazel F. Deckman Shockey. What you don’t know is that my Grandmother Shockey felt her calling from God to be a minister, but in 1960 that was not such as easy task as it is today. She had to fight to get her minister’s licenses, and ultimately became a pastor. I have an awesome example from her that we can accomplish anything if we put our mind to it, and not let anyone stand in our way of our calling. I am sure that each and every one of you have a heritage that you hold onto.

We owe it to our daughters, granddaughters, and all women to make sure that they remember all that was sacrificed for them. We need to educate, support, and move forward with Women’s Rights-not backwards. It is my goal and heartbeat to work together with all women in our community to educate and learn from each other so that we all can be successful in life.  I would like to share my goals with you this evening.

My goals for SBW for the year 2017-18 are in line with the State goals and they are as follows:

  • Empower Women through education by using the scholarships that the Sedalia Business Women award each year to help them attend college. Also keep promoting our scholarships on social media as well as in the newspaper.
  • Raise awareness of the increase in Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Child Abuse.
  • Get involved in our community; make our club visible.
  • Continue to support women and the families of Women in the Military.
  • Support both local and state Foundations. We also need to continue to support our non-for profit organizations in our community through special projects.
  • I would like to keep “Pay it Forward.” Instead of just sponsoring one non-profit organization, each month, I would like for us to bring items for the non-profit that is designated for that month. The non-profits that I would like to support are Child Safe, CASA, Literacy Counsel, Open Door, Show-Me Christian Youth Home, Meals on Wheels, and Activity Builders for Children.
  • Mentoring Goals: I would like our seasoned members to mentor our new members and help them achieve growth in our club, but also in the work place. We all have life experiences that we can share with each other. I would like for us to share information on new and upcoming technology that can help our business, or the business that we work for. Also I would like to reach out to our local high schools to start a mentoring program for the young ladies in our community.
  • Membership Goals: I don’t want us to just retain our current membership, but build upon it. Invite your friends, coworkers, the lady that you meet in a doctor’s office, or your waitress who is working her way through college. Invite them to become part of our club.
  • Finally, I would like to keep promoting our SBW scholarships and activities on social media (i.e. Facebook) and in the local newspaper while focusing on promoting who we are and our mission within our community.

Thank you again for allowing me the privilege to serve as your SBW president for the 2017-2018 year. Together we can keep “Holding onto Our Heritage and Moving Forward,” with educating and giving strength one to another.

Debra Andresen
SBW President 2017-18


2017– 2018 Sedalia Business Women Officers

Michelle Sparks, director; Debbie Ulmer, secretary; Della Schnakenberg, treasurer; Mickalya Peters, 2nd VP; Jessica Buesing, 1st VP; Donna Hirner-Gardner, president elect; Debra Andresen, president

Michelle Sparks, director; Debbie Ulmer, secretary; Della Schnakenberg, treasurer; Mickalya Peters, 2nd VP; Jessica Buesing, 1st VP; Donna Hirner-Gardner, president elect; Debra Andresen, president

Click here for Sedalia Business Women Committees 2017-18

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