Scholarship information for 2017

The Mt. Vernon Business Women’s club offers three scholarships every year, the Ellen Ashton scholarship is for women returning to school after entering the workforce, the Dora E. Brydon Scholarship is for students planning to obtain a degree in health related professions, and the Wilma K. Harpole Scholarship is for students planning to obtain a degree in business studies. If you have any questions regarding the scholarships or how to apply please contact any member of the club or you may email us at

2017 Candidates Forum

It is once again time for the Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club’s Candidates’ Forum. Our Forum is planned for March 7th at the Rolland W Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon City Park. The Meet and Greet will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm with the Forum beginning promptly at 6:30. All candidates running in the April election are invited to attend the Meet and Greet. Unfortunately, do to time restraints, only those candidates running opposed for a position will be asked to participate in the Forum. Included in the Forum will be candidates opposed for positions in the Municipal Election for Mayor and City Council, Mt. Vernon Township High School Board full term positions, and those challenged for Mt. Vernon and Shiloh Township positions. We apologize that we do not have time available to include all candidates in Jefferson County.

VIP Night

UPCOMING EVENT: Our February Meeting will be designated as VIP night. Each member is to bring someone or someone(s) that have played an important role in your life and you wish to show your appreciation to. Our speaker topic for the night will be the August 21st “Great American Eclipse”. Please R.S.V.P. Your number of guests to Amanda Burk or Carol Burk.

Hope all of you will come join in the fun and show someone just how important they are to you!

Christmas Party

The Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club will hold our annual Christmas Party on Monday, December 12th at 6 p.m. at the Rose Lane Community Building, 4217 Rose Lane, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

We will be having a potluck meal with the meat, table service, and drinks being furnished. Please bring a side dish.

Everyone is asked to bring two dozen cookies for a cookie exchange. Various games and lots of visiting among good friends will be included. Please come join our fun celebration.

Remember our community project for this month is donations for the Casey Care Closet. Be sure to bring your contribution of items.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

December Community Project Information

Good Afternoon, Members,

Our Rada knife order has arrived. It is all pre-sorted by seller. I have not opened individual packages to see if it is sorted by buyer, but my guess is, that it will be.

At BWC Board Meeting, last night, it was decided that our community project for December would be to support the newly launched Casey Care Closet. This project is aimed at helping meet the basic needs of low-income students at Casey Middle School.

Through the effort, organizers hope to provide the school with backpacks, T-shirts, sport bras, shoes and personal care items like soap and deodorant.

If teacher or counselor recognizes a student is in need or the student asks for help, they can receive items. The supplies will be placed inside a backpack or bag so the student can discreetly take them home without other students knowing.

This project is similar to the one we sponsored for Melanie Andrews for the Regional Superintendent of School’s Office a few months ago. but will be for the Casey Middle School children.

Principal Mary McGreer states that 85% of District 80 students are lacking of the very basic items.

The Women’s Leadership Council is partnering with the United Way on this project. Their mission is to help support women and children and if nothing else, to raise awareness in the community as to how large the need actually is

Please bring stocking hats, gloves, scarves, hair items, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and/or any other item an average items a family with children this age might need. It is unbelievable what some families must do without. A quick trip to the Dollar Store or other inexpensive store and for less than $10 you can make someone’s life much happier. A story is told of a young child who ask for a mechanical pencil for Christmas.

This is a very worthwhile cause.

Amanda will be contacting your regarding what you volunteered to bring for the potluck. If you did not sign up, please contact her to see what is still needed. The potluck is at 6 pm at Rose Lane Community Building, in Mt. Vernon.

I hope you will be able to join in our Christmas fun. Don’t forget your two dozen cookies for the cookie exchange.

If you are not a member but are interested in our organization and what we do, please contact us today. We are always open to new members and new ideas. Come for a visit. Join as a friend.

Merry Christmas. God bless you all.

Carol Burk
Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club

Candidates Forum

The election is right around the corner. It is every registered voter’s right to express their opinion by casting their ballots.

The Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club will be holding a Candidates Forum next Wednesday, September 28th at the Rolland Lewis Community Building at the Mt. Vernon City Park. A “Meet and Greet” session will be from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Promptly at 6:30 p.m. the official forum will begin. THIS IS NOT A DEBATE! It is an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and their platforms. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to turn in questions for review and discussion. Please come and join us at this informational meeting. WMIX will also be broadcasting the Forum live on 940 AM radio.

Be prepared and when Election Day rolls around do you civic duty and VOTE! Make your choices known.

September Meeting

The Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club held their regular monthly meeting on September 12, 2016. Our guest speaker for the month was Cpl Travis Chapman of the Mt. Vernon Police Department. He spoke with us about being aware of your surroundings, and some different self defense techniques. He was very informative and stressed that if at any time someone is making you uncomfortable or something does not seem right, follow your instincts and you can always call the police department for help. September is a very busy time for the club, we have lots of activities going on and would love to have any guests come and see what we are about! We recently helped work the gates at the Cedarhurst arts and craft fair and enjoyed seeing everyone in the community coming out and enjoying the day. Also we will be having a pumpkin contest at the Mt. Vernon Fall Festival that we would love everyone to participate in, there will be more information about that shortly. Also the Candidates forum will be coming up on the 28th of this month. All of these events will be held before our October regular meeting. We would love to hear from anyone that wants more information on who we are or what we do so please do not hesitate to contact one of us or follow our Facebook page!

August Regular Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club will be held on August 8th at 6 p.m. at the Rose Lane Community Building at 4217 Rose Lane. The guest speaker will be Judge Jo Beth Weber. Judge Weber will speak on the Drug and Appellate Courts. Our Community Activity for August will be a “Sponsor a Child” Program to benefit the Kare Program at the Mt. Vernon Township High School. Each member is asked to sponsor a child in the amount of $20. This money will be handled by member and Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools, Melanie Andrews in the purchase of supplies for high school age children. Announcements will be made regarding the Official Fall Festival Guide Book and the Fall Festival Pumpkin Decorating Contest. State President Susan McGrath and IFBWC President-Elect Tina Suarez will be attending our meeting. President-Elect Suarez will be giving an update on IFBWC State activities. We are always looking for new members and should you be interested, you are invited to attend any of our meetings as our guest. Information on joining can be found at our website or by contacting a member. Hope to see you there. This is an especially busy time of the year for the Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club and we would love for you to be a part of our activities. Hope to see you at our meeting.

Fall Fest Ad book

Mount Vernon Business Women’s club’s ad book is the official Fall Fest guide book this year! We will have a fest map and schedule of events along with all of your ads! This is a great opportunity to get your information to a lot of people at very little cost to you! Please contact a member of the club for more information or any questions you have. Also please feel free to email and we will certainly get back to you! We look forward to hearing from you and helping you reach more people in our community!

July Picnic

The BWC July picnic will be held July 11th at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 6 pm. We will be having dinner and an auction, and the Harmony Roses will be performing. We would love to have guests join us! Please feel free to come, or contact us with any questions you may have! We can be reached at or you may call any member.