COSHOCTON — Sandy Jenkins, Buckeye Girls State (BGS) Chair for American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Post 65 was the program speaker at the Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) meeting on Monday, March 19.

Jenkins introduced two recent graduates, Erica Schwartz and Cassie Mladek, who shared their experiences.

Buckeye Girls State (BGS) is 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, June 10-16, 2018. Cost is $275.

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.

To attend, eligible girls must have completed their junior year in high school, 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.

Girl 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.

Jenkins stated BGS participants are almost guaranteed admission to colleges.

Samantha Shell announced the Equal Pay Day activity "Unhappy Hour" will be on Tuesday, April 10, 6-7 p.m. at Yucatan Restaurant (back room by the bar). Participants will brainstorm ideas and draft a letter to send to state legislators. Members and guests are asked to wear red to bring awareness to unequal pay. This will be a self-pay event and open to the public.

The State Leadership Training Meeting and Individual Development (ID) and Young Careerist (YC) Competitions will be held on April 21 at the Ashland Holiday Inn Express in Ashland, Ohio. Dr. Katherine Blust will participant in the ID Competition.

The BPW/Ohio Conference will be May 18-20 in Berlin, Ohio. Cristie Merce, 2017 Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year, was submitted for the 2018 BPW/OH Distinguished Woman of the Year award. President Carla Fowler is the Conference Chair and would like members to attend since it is so close.

A paper drive and a collection was taken for First Step Family Violence.

The deadline for the Joan McNeely Working Woman Scholarship is April 15th. Scholarship forms can be obtained at the Coshocton Library, Jacobs Vanaman Insurance, OSU Extension Office, Baker’s Foods, Buehlers or The Coshocton Beacon. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship at the May 21st Scholarship Banquet at Schumaker Farms.

The next meeting will be Monday, April 16, 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Meal cost is $10 and reservations are required by April 13. April is Membership Month and dues for new members will be reduced by $10.

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