COSHOCTON -- Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) and Zanesville BPW hosted the Region 4 Individual Development (ID) and Young Careerist (YC) competitions at the Frontier Power building in Coshocton on Feb. 23.

Judges were Lois Bordenkircher, Elaine Lipps and Rhonda Stemmer.

Mary Mason, Coshocton BPW member and owner of Agents Realty and Auction Service, will represent Region 4 at the state ID competition on April 13. Mason was judged on a 5-minute prepared speech on pay equity, 2-minute impromptu and 10 minute interview. She was presented flowers and an engraved clock from ID Chair Marilyn Lauvray.

The Virginia Allen Young Careerist (YC) program recognizes the accomplishments of young, upcoming community leaders and it provides them with professional development and networking opportunities. Candidates are judged in the following areas: A four-minute prepared speech that relates to topics or issues that are relevant to working women, written and biographical information, and an interview with judges to see a candidate's ability to be a mentor and help others achieve. Heather Burns, Zanesville BPW member and Patient Care Assistant for Genesis Healthcare System (Morrison House) gave a speech on Relay For Life and will represent Region 4 at the state YC competition.

She was presented flowers from YC Chair Andrea Patterson. An engraved clock will be presented at a later date.

Nominating Chair Tomma Bordenkircher presented a slate of officers for 2013-2014 who will begin their term June 1: President, Kim Gress, Coshocton BPW; president elect, Linda Wiegand, Licking County BPW; vice president, Andrea Patterson, Zanesville BPW; recording secretary, Marilyn Lauvray, Coshocton BPW; and treasurer, Rhonda Stemmer, Guernsey County BPW. She also presented a change to the bylaws regarding terms for officers.

Membership Chair Liz Herrell presented each local president with a copy of Iron Jawed Angels and encouraged them to host a movie night as a membership drive. She also asked that fifty percent of the auction proceeds be sent to the state Foundation/Retirement Living, which was approved.

President Betty Duche, Guernsey County BPW, lead a discussion on ways to encourage recruitment of new members and retain current members.

Locals were also encouraged to plan an Equal Pay activity on April 9. State membership dues during the month of April will be reduced by $10 to highlight Equal Pay.

An ID Program will be presented March 2 and March 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Agents Realty and Auction Service. Program is open to the public.

Cost is $60 for members and $70 for non-members and includes workbook, lunch, snacks, and completion certificate with 1.4 CEUs.

Employers are encouraged to sponsor their employees. Scholarships are available. Call 740-622-0700 or email

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

For information, call Liz Herrell at 740-294-0199 or