Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) met at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 20 at Jerry's Great American Restaurant. Guests included Wendy, Bailey and Kelsie Bowman; Rachel Courtney; Lexi Davis; Molly Baylo; Nancy McClain; Jamie Henderson and Charlotte Crawford.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 65 member Char Crawford talked about the Buckeye Girls State (BGS) program. Coshocton BPW President Carla Fowler presented her with a check for $300 to sponsor a girl for BGS.

Buckeye Girls State (BGS) is a week-long program designed to educate Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. By getting involved in the process, Delegates learn more about City, County and State Government in one week than they will learn in an entire semester of high school. BGS will be held on the campus of University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio June 11-17, 2017. Cost is $275.

To attend eligible girls must meet the following criteria: have completed their Junior year in high school, be an American citizen, have an interest in government and current events, have high moral character, and have strong leadership abilities. Auxiliary Units are required to interview all candidates.

Buckeye Girls State is a nationally recognized program. Past participants have included Jane Pauley, newscaster and Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas, as well as a former Miss USA, a country music performer, a Brigadier General and a U.S. Congresswoman. BGS participants are almost guaranteed admission to colleges.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 65 and Coshocton BPW each sponsor scholarships for girls to attend BGS. Donations are collected to fund additional scholarships if more than two girls apply. To help sponsor one of the girls or for more information on BGS contact Sandy Jenkins at 740-622-9900, or call the American Legion Post on Main Street.

A "paper drive" for First Step was held plus monetary donations were collected.

Bailey Bowman, an 8th grader at River View, presented her plans to start a "Nike Club".

Sheri Fortune will host a movie night for members on March 30th about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Equal Pay Day will be April 4th. Pay Day candy bars with facts about equal pay will be handed out to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. A "mannequin challenge" will be filmed at Lake Park at 6 p.m.

A Membership Drive will be held the month of April. Dues will be reduced by $10 for new members.

Carey McMasters will represent Coshocton BPW and Region 3 at the BPW/Ohio

Leadership Meeting on April 22nd at the Sheraton Suites in Columbus, Ohio in the Individual Development (ID) Competition.

Scholarship Forms (two $1,000 scholarships) are available at Jacobs Vannaman Insurance, Coshocton Beacon, COTC and the OSU Extension Office.

BPW Foundation promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. For information on BPW, contact Samantha Vincent at 740-610-4989 or at coshoctonbpw@gmail.com. Membership is open to women and men, employed and unemployed.