2016 – 2017 recap

The Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club finished up their year with some exciting accomplishments. Mt. Vernon was proud to have three members attend the State Convention in Champaign, Illinois, May 5-7th. Crystal Rios was awarded the Speak-Off winner with her speech on “Why Women Should be Involved in Politics”. The judges had very nice remarks regarding Crystal and her presentation. Judge Jo Beth Weber, sponsored by the Mt. Vernon Local, was one of the two winners in the Outstanding Working Women of Illinois competition. This is the Illinois Federation’s most prestigious award. Jo Beth was also the keynote speaker in the Post-Convention Meeting on Sunday morning. Mt. Vernon’s Immediate Past President, Carol Burk gave a presentation to the convention on “You Can be Superwoman” which seemed to be enjoyed and participated in by those attending. On Saturday night, Carol was sworn in as President-Elect for the Illinois Federation for the year 2017-18. Amanda Burk has assumed the role of Networking Chair for that year. What fun we had and what a busy year we have ahead.
On Monday, May 8th the Mt. Vernon Local held it regular monthly meeting with all business being suspended until June in order for accommodate the presentation of our three (3) $1,000 scholarships for 2017. The Dora E. Brydon Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Jasie Kitowski of Waltonville High School, the Wilma K. Harpole Business Scholarship was given to Jaxon Helm of Webber Township High School in Bluford and Adrienne Lyday was presented with the Ellen Ashton New Opportunity Scholarship for those who are wishing to return to college after being out of school for a period of time.
During this same meeting, Dorothy Hamson, our Installation Chair presented the ceremony to install Mt. Vernon LO’s 2017-18 officers based on our new president’s motto of “Expanding Our Horizons by Making New Connections. The 2017-18 officers are as follows: President – Amanda Burk, President-Elect – Patsy Timm, Treasurer – Crystal Rios, Recording Secretary – Marsha Webb, Corresponding Secretary – Eileen Williams, and Members-at-Large – Tana Dehart, Gwen Gross and Crystal Webster.
We have many exciting programs already planned and more in the works. Please feel free to come visit our Local at any time. Our meetings are on the second Monday of each month at the Rose Lane Community Building at 4217 Rose Lane in Mt. Vernon, Illinois at 6:00 p.m. We look forward to exchanging contacts with other locals this year as we expand our horizons.

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