Northwest Region Fall Conference
September 23, 2017
Registration begins 9:00 a.m., meeting begins at 9:30
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112th St
Kansas City MO
Deadline September 12
Northwest Region Inspiration Breakfast
Saturday March 18, 2017
First Christian Church
400 South Independence
Hosted by Harrisonville & Cass County Business Women
Lanea Furst welcomed BWM members and guests to the 2017 Northwest Regional Inspiration Brunch.
The guest speaker was Renee Smith of Bright Futures. She spoke about the good work the organization does to help children succeed. The Work 4 What You Want program allows kids to earn funds for extra-curricular activities. Bright Futures offers dozen of programs to make life better for children in the community. Their counterparts offer similar programs in other communities.
2016 Northwest Regional Conference
On Saturday, September 17, BWM members belonging to the NW Region met to conduct their annual business meeting. Northwest Regional Director Lanea Furst opened the meeting by welcoming attendees. After the Collect and pledge of allegiance, Northwest Regional Director Elect Michelle Sparks introduced guests, recognized past state presidents, and state board members. She introduced the speaker, Linda Fisher, from Sedalia BWM.
The presentation “One Woman Can…Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” covered strategies for aging well though what we eat (diet and nutrition) and drink (healthy vs. unhealthy), and by being merry (social, physical, and cognitive). EAT: Food is fuel for the brain–whether you use good fuel or bad fuel is your choice. DRINK: With the help of Donna Hirner-Gardner and Michelle Sparks, both from Sedalia BWM, Linda presented a “sugar shocker” scenario of drinking sugary drinks throughout the day. Michelle converted the grams of sugar in the drinks to sugar packets and Donna counted the packets and placed them in a container. BE MERRY: For a healthy lifestyle, cognitive, social, and physical activity are essential.
The group was treated to a preview of the new Individual Growth program under development. Courtney Cole explained how the program has been updated and will be an asset local clubs can offer to their members and their communities. Attendees completed Module 2, and received certificates.
Past State President Angie Moran encouraged attendees to volunteer for a two-minute impromptu speech. A speak-off between Jane Miller and Melissa Moore nearly resulted in a tie–with only a one-point difference! The Northwest Region would be proud to have Jane Miller the winner or Melissa Moore first runner up to represent NW at the State Conference in April.
Betty Beason led an exercise in recruiting new members. After breaking up in groups of three, person #1 tried to convince person #2 to join BWM. Person #3 observed the discussion. This exercise gave us an opportunity to learn how to highlight the strong points of our great organization in order to encourage new membership.
During the Business Session, the NW Region donated $300 to the BWM Foundation for scholarships and, in turn, challenged the other regions to do the same.
Jane Miller was elected secretary and Betty Beason, treasurer. An audit committee was selected.
After club announcements, the meeting ended with the Emblem Benediction.