COSHOCTON — Business and Professional Women (BPW) met April 16 at Grace United Methodist Church.

Program speaker Gretchen Vannice, head of Global Nutrition Education at Wiley’s Finest, talked about the benefits of fish oil and vitamin K.

Vicki Casey, First Step Executive Director, thanked members for their past donations and support over the years and asked for help with the new building. Nick Zeti, Coshocton Environmental and Community Awareness, encouraged members to become informed about Buckeye Brine and to attend the mandated public hearings and make their voices heard.

Equal Pay Chair Samantha Shell reported on a Mayor Proclamation and the Unhappy Hour held at Yucatan. A letter was composed with statistics and mailed to legislators encouraging their support of Equal Pay legislation.

Members were encouraged to donate door prizes to the First Step Administrative Professionals Luncheon and to attend on April 25.

Dr. Kat Blust was to represent Region 3 on Saturday, April 21 at the State Individual Development Speech Competition in Ashland, Ohio.

Members were encouraged to attend the State Conference May 18-20 at the Berlin Grande in Holmes County. Emily McBurney was nominated for the Distinguished Member Award. McBurney, a 10-year member, was the 2014 Coshocton BPW Woman of the Year.

Mary Mason said Meat Bundle Raffle tickets can be picked up at Fortunes Boot Shop.

The Scholarship Committee will meet soon. The winners will attend the May 21 meeting to receive their $1,000 scholarships.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. at Schumaker Farms on May 21. The public is welcome to attend.

BPW, founded in 1919, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. BPW is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed and who support the legislative platform. For more information contact Samantha Shell at 740-610-4989 or at