COSHOCTON -- Three Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) Marilyn Lauvray, Tomma Bordenkircher and Liz Herrell attended the 93rd annual BPW/OH State Conference May 17-19 at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton.

Liz Herrell served on the Conference Committee as the Invocation chair, and gave the invocation before all meals. Friday morning Legislative Representatives from each Region approved the 2013-2014 Legislative Platform. Friday's luncheon speaker was FBI Special Agent Vicki D. Anderson. Anderson, an agent for over 13 years is assigned to the Cleveland Division and currently serves as spokesperson for the FBI's Northern District of Ohio. The dinner speaker was Melony J. Butler, executive director, Dress for Success Cleveland who explained how the organization not only dresses clients for an interview but also provides an outfit for each day of the week complete with shoes and accessories after they accept a position. Shoe boxes of new high heels used has center pieces were donated to Dress for Success after the luncheon. The U.S. Marine Corps posted the colors at the Opening Business Session. A $100 donation was made to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Margaret Richardson, senior vice president and Chief Operating officer for PNC Investments was the keynote speaker. Marilyn Lauvray volunteered as the doorkeeper for the business sessions.

Saturday's breakfast seminar was titled "Everything You Wanted to Know About BPW But Were Afraid to Ask."

Members asked a panel made up of the BPW/OH President, President-Elect and the Parliamentarian frequently asked questions about BPW. A

fter breakfast members toured the First Ladies Education Center and then attended a seminar by Damon S. Litsey, D.P.M. "Healthy Feet, Foundation of Your Life." Saturday's luncheon speaker Bette Lou Higgins, Artistic director, Eden Valley Enterprises told the story of Alta Weiss who put herself through medical school playing professional baseball on a men's team in the early 1900s, from the Big Book of Storytelling "You Can't Play Ball in a Skirt."

Before the business session Berea BPW member and business owner Mary Wright-Ally told her emotional personal experience with domestic violence. Coshocton BPW received a certificate for donating to BPW Foundation.

They also received a check and a certificate for recruiting and maintaining members. At the evening banquet, Julie Vavra Daley, Ohio Valley BPW, Region 3 and BPW/OH Young Careerist Runner-Up gave her four-minute speech. Nuha Nawash, Berea BPW, Region 2 and BPW/OH Individual Development (ID) Winner gave her five-minute speech. Kim Gress was recognized as a nominee for the Distinguished Woman award. Tomma Bordenkircher was inducted as the 2013-2014 BPW/OH Individual Development (ID) Chair before installation of the 2013-2014 officers.

At breakfast Sunday morning, Coshocton BPW received a check and the Alice Paul award for Issues Management.

During the Mariwyn Heath Memorial Service Tomma Bordenkircher brought forward a yellow rose in memory of Millie Yager, and Liz Herrell brought forward a yellow rose in memory of Lori Hahn.

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.