COSHOCTON -- Sandy Jenkins, American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State (BGS) chair, was the program speaker for Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) March 18 at Edie Ryans.

Kristi Timmons, Pomerene Center for the Arts Assistant director and owner of Unique Videography, attended as a guest of Emily McBurney, and Jenna Guthrie, paralegal for Frase, Weir, Baker and McCullough attended as a guest of Yolanda Sharier.

Jenkins stated the next BGS is scheduled for June 16-22 at the University of Mount Union in Alliance. Only girls who are a junior in high school are eligible to attend. Delegates learn more about city, county and state government in one week than they will learn in an entire semester of high school. The American Legion Auxiliary and BPW will sponsor the $275 fee for interested girls. Girls State is a nationally recognized program. Past participants have included a former Texas governor, a U.S. congresswoman, a national newscaster, a former Miss USA and a Brigadier General, just to name a few. Jenkins said the participants do not have to be local to be considered for sponsorship.

Marilyn Lauvray reported an Individual Development (ID) Class will be April 6 and April 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Agents Realty and Auction Service. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Reservations are required. The 14 modules will cover creating and giving oral presentations, understanding human behavior, networking, interviewing, negotiating, leadership skills, parliamentary procedure, business etiquette, legislation, and media relations.

The next state meeting will be the Individual Development (ID) and Young Careerist (YC) Competitions on April 13 in Boardman. Mary Mason will represent Coshocton BPW and Region 4 in the ID competition.

Tammi Rogers, Scholarship chair, announced the scholarship application deadline is April 19. The Joan McNeely Working Woman Scholarship Banquet will be May 20. They will also support Dollars for Scholars with a donation again.

Emily McBurney invited members to attend the annual Victims' Rights Week Luncheon on April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Reservations are required.

Karen Fry said the Administrative Professional Luncheon will be April 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Roberta's. Cost is $18 and reservations are required. Promotional items are needed for the table favor bags.

Members donated several items and $45 to First Step.

Members voted for a Nominating Committee to include Liz Herrell as the Chair plus Amanda Chaney and Yolanda Sharier. A slate of officers for 2013-2014 will be presented and voted on at the April meeting. The new term will start June 1.

BPW is the leading women's organization for working women. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed.

The next meeting will be April 15 at 6 p.m. at Edie Ryans. Theme will be "BPW Boot Camp -- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about BPW." Members and guests can order from the menu. New members will be inducted. There will be a drawing for a free membership. State dues for the month of April will be reduced by $10 resulting in $27.50 for membership dues.

For information, call Liz Herrell at 740-294-0199 or coshoctonbpw@gmail.com.