COSHOCTON -- The Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) met Feb. 23 at National City Bank on Chestnut. Program speaker was Darren B. Tigner, Licensed Financial Consultant for National City Bank, who spoke on the stimulus package and what it means locally.

A new BPW member, Yolanda Sharier, was inducted. Sharier is a Consumer Banker Sales Specialist with National City Bank.

Shirley Norris, who has a home-based business with lia sophia jewelry, was a guest.

Tomma Bordenkircher, Region 4 President, stated seven members will travel to Boardman this weekend to support Cristie Merce, who will compete in the Region 4 Individual Development competition. Merce will give a 5-minute speech, a two-minute impromptu and a 10-minute interview for the competition. Bordenkircher also encouraged members to think about attending the 2009 BPW/OH Conference which will be held May 29-31 at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark.

Joan McNeely, 2008 Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year, announced completed scholarship forms need to be received by April 13. This year, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in May to women returning to education. Forms are available at Roma's, Pyle Financial or the Coshocton Library. Contact McNeely at (740) 622-5507 for more information or for forms. McNeely said the 2009 Joan McNeely Working Woman Scholarship Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, June 20 at River Greens Golf Course.

BPW/USA, founded in 1919, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. With 1,300 local organizations across the country and members in each congressional district, BPW/USA is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. BPW provides members with professional development programs, networking, and participation in grassroots activism.

For information, contact Liz Herrell, Membership and Marketing Chair, at (740) 294-0199 or at lizywca@columbus.rr.com.