WEST LAFAYETTE -- Nineteen members and two guests attended the Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) picnic on Aug. 20 at Schumaker Farms.

Guests included Jean Sharier, retired janitor from the Ridgewood School District (mother of Raine Hammond and Liz Herrell and mother-in-law of Yolanda Sharier), and Karlie Lahna, granddaughter of Tomma Bordenkircher and great-granddaughter of Eva June Kiser.

Theme of the picnic was a luau, and the best-dressed prize went to Mary Mason who was dressed in a grass skirt and a coconut top. Each attendee received a solar hula dancer, and a framed photo of Eva June Kiser in a grass skirt taken around 1942 when she was a member of the Moose Minstrel Show that entertained the wounded prisoners of World World II in Cambridge. Kiser signed each photo.

The membership discussed the budget, calendar of events, committee list, and state awards for membership and issues management. BPW/OH is reducing state membership dues by $10 for the months of October and April. Liz Herrell, membership chair, encouraged members to invite guests to the September meeting. Money was collect for First Step.

Mary Mason reported her impression of the BPW/OH state meeting she attended with Bordenkircher and Herrell, her first one.

Kim Gress encouraged members to help get cakes signed up for the seventh annual Coshocton BPW Women Helping Woman Cake Auction for First Friday, Sept. 7. Viewing and voting on the cakes for Most Unusual and People's Choice will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center on Main Street. Auctioneer Mary Mason will start the auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the auction fund two $1,000 Joan McNeely Working Woman Scholarships, Dollars for Scholars, Buckeye Girls State, First Step, 4-H Leadership Camp, Operation Sweatsuit (rape and accident victims), and Christmas Castle, just to name a few. Entry information required include individual or business name; phone number; contact person; email; list of incentives; value of incentives; cake baker/decorator; and kind of cake and description. Entry information can be faxed to 740-622-2197 or emailed to coshoctonbpw@gmail.com. She also announced that Liz Herrell had won the local membership award for the 2011-2012 BPW year and will receive a free one-year membership.

Amanda Chaney, BPW chair for Meet the Candidates night, encouraged members to wear their BPW shirts Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coshocton County Career Center. WTNS Radio will broadcast the Candidates Forum and Ken Smailes will serve as moderator. Coshocton County Farm Bureau will co-sponsor again with BPW.

For information, contact Chaney at 740-294-7614.

The 33rd annual Tri-State Ecumenical (a tradition with Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) will kick off National Business Women's Week (NBWW) on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Steubenville Country Club. Ohio will serve as host, and the theme will be "She Shall Be Called Woman." Coshocton BPW members will carpool to the event.

The next meeting will be Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at The Sportzone. The program will be Legislative and money will be collected for First Step.

BPW's mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed. Membership dues are $30. For information, contact Liz Herrell at 740-294-0199 or at coshoctonbpw@gmail.com.