COSHOCTON -- Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) met May 20 at Schumaker Farms for the Joan McNeely Working Woman Scholarship Banquet. Guests included Nita Selders, Katie Snider, Carly and Lily Griffith, Kay and Paige Bowman, Mary Pierce, and keynote speaker Mindy Fehrman, director of Coshocton Job and Family Services.

Scholarship Committee members Doris Parkhill led The Collect and Dorothy Camp gave the blessing.

Mary Pierce, retired principal, explained how much her mother enjoyed being a BPW member, and how much she and her mother valued education. She presented President Emily McBurney with a check for $200 for the Scholarship Fund.

Keynote speaker Mindy Fehrman recalled her education journey with touches of humor which was very encouraging and entertaining.

Kay E. Bowman and Carly C. Griffith each received a $1,000 scholarship from Scholarship Committee Chair Tammi Rogers.

Kay E. Bowman works full-time at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) as a phlebotomist. She is currently enrolled at Ohio University-Zanesville with a 3.5 GPA to attain a BS in Nursing and anticipates graduating in 2014. Bowman wants to work in emergency medicine as a flight or trauma nurse. Her community/volunteer work includes being active in several work groups at CCMH, fund raising for Ridgewood cheerleaders, 4-H, and the Village of West Lafayette (Homecoming). She has two daughters, Shyanne and Paige.

Carly C. Griffith works full-time at Coshocton County Head Start as the Family & Community Partnership manager. She is currently enrolled at Muskingum University with a 4.0 GPA to receive a MS in Information Strategy, Systems and Technology, and anticipates graduating in 2014. One of her personal goals is to set an example for her daughter to understand and appreciate the value of education. Her community/volunteer work includes board member for Coshocton County Family PACT and active photographer for the Coshocton County Fatherhood Initiative. Griffith is married and has one daughter, Lily.

Both ladies exemplify the Joan McNeely Working Women Scholarship objectives and Coshocton BPW members are honored to help them further their education.

Liz Herrell, Marilyn Lauvray and Tomma Bordenkircher reported on the 93rd State Conference held in Canton at the McKinley Grand May 17-19. Coshocton BPW was recognized for contributing to BPW Foundation, recruiting and maintaining members and issues management. Marilyn Lauvray volunteered to serve as a Doorkeeper during the business sessions. As a member of the 2013 Conference Committee, Liz Herrell gave the Invocations for all meals. For the 2013-2014 year, Tomma Bordenkircher will serve as the BPW/OH Individual Development (ID) Chair, and Liz Herrell will serve as BPW/OH Foundation Chair and will serve on the 2014 Conference Committee as Invocation Chair. Kim Gress was honored as a Distinguished Woman nominee, and will serve as the 2013-2014 Region 4 President.

A total of $46 was collected for First Step.

Next meeting and installation of officers will be June 17 at 6 p.m. at Heritage Vineyard Winery in Warsaw. Members to be installed are President Emily McBurney (Victim's Advocate, Prosecuting Attorney's Office); Vice President Amanda Chaney (owner, Sears, Roebuck & Company); Treasurer Yolanda Sharier (PNC Bank); Recording Secretary Marilyn Lauvray (Marilyn's Natural Foods); and Corresponding Secretary Doris Parkhill (Retired, JII). New members to be inducted are Carey McMasters, Jacobs Vanaman Insurance and Karen Moran, River View School District.

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

Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed. BPW's mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. BPW is women helping women.