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NFBPWC February 2017 E-News
National Federation of Business and Professional Women
What a March and a World of Sisterhood !
The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was instituted as a postwar project in July 1919 shortly after the close of World War 1.
It is,and always has been, nonpartisan, non sectarian and self governing. From the beginning, it was active in civic and national affairs utilizing the untapped reservoir of power represented by women workers of the country and, by its first quarter of a century, had attained a membership of 80,000. After the second World War, and 25 years of the Federations' activities and accomplishments, it had awakened its membership to their civic consciousness, responsibility as citizens and its national and international outlook.
Over the years, we have accepted and become complacent with the change in national and world trends on many issues such as democracy, ethics , gender equality and climate change, just to name a few. The Women's March was thus a culmination of Women awakening and realizing that we need to become further and fully engaged on all levels to ensure that our Women's rights are considered and upheld. While our members come from diverse backgrounds of religious and political choices, our mission since 1919 remains : to be unified on all the issues that affect women in our country and the world. The Women's Marches all over our country and the world signified that awakening. We will not judge nor criticize this unbelievable outpouring of women's passions and concerns.
While some view the Women's March, and those of our members who participated in it, to be an anti President Trump march, let us be clear.... we will uphold our mission and vision for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women that we are non partisan while still recognizing that women's rights and issues cross over all political parties. We will march, to defend our fundamental values and priorities:ending discrimination, winning equality, ensuring social justice and reversing global climate change, and, we will engage and dissent with any political party which is in conflict with our goals and values.
What was most encouraging in the Women's March was that women all over the world agreed that women's rights and issues are global, and we can, and will, stand together to defend them. To this end, I urge our members to remember the words of our Collect written in 1904 by Mary Stewart fromBPW Colorado
Keep us, Oh God, from pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self seeking.
May we put away all pretence and meet each other face to face, without self pity
and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgement and always generous.
Let us take time for all things; make us grow calm, serene and gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses straight forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create differences;that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know, the great, common, human heart of us all.
And, let us not forget to be kind
ALTERNATIVE BPW INTERNATIONAL COLLECT
The following as an alternative version of the International Collect: was adopted in 2008.
We ask, That we meet together as women, Not allowing beliefs, religion, nationality, ethnicity or language to come between us. That these meetings enable us to move forward and advance the status of women throughout the world. That the value of women be recognized in our families, our communities, our workplaces, our country and the world. That we use our good ideas, our knowledge, our experience to promote the worth of women. That we combine our strengths to move forward in peace, in serenity and in love. That women of all generations will do their part to achieve harmony and equality among all human beings. by Suzanne Garant, BPW Québec,Canada.
Together we are stronger!
Our 2nd QUARTER NFBPWC ONLINE 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGis scheduled for April 11th. Please MARK your Calendars.
NFBPWC USA is hosting the XXXth BPW International Congress to be held in Orlando Florida, August 2020.
We are calling for members from all our affiliates who may wish to serve on thehost planning committee (HPC2020) to begin our planning.
Finally, I invite you to view this wonderful video from our BPW International President and her 2017 message and the International Candle Lighting Ceremony for all affiliates to use.
2017 Candle Lighting Ceremony International President’s Message
It is my pleasure and honor to greet you and to extend my best wishes to you for a successful and outstanding 2017. As we reach our 87th year BPW International has representation in over 100 countries around the globe. Our members, a diligent and dedicated group, continue working to achieve gender equality in all ways of life. For almost nine decades BPW International has advocated for equal representation in the workplace and political arena. We have brought awareness to existing inequities, have influenced laws and increased the status of women in the business world, the professions, and in society. Although there is still more to be done, we are proud of our accomplishments. We will continue our efforts to raise the standard of living for women until we reach equality for all. Read more....
Wishing you all a happy Valentines Day on the 14th!
Liz Benham President 2016-2018
Membership starts with YOU!
NFBPWC Membership is full of vibrancy and growth nationwide! Thank you to our current members for their efforts and our new members for joining.
Our Membership Challenge continues. Any member who can bring in at least 3 new members will receive a special recognition pin!
The person with the most members will receive the new BPW International scarf. The dates that will be considered are January 2016 until our General Assembly 2018.
Please email me the name and club /chapter information for each member that joined at your recommendation.
In addition, a form will be added to the website for reference.
The Women's March, in which many of our member's participated, was a huge success.
The interest and concern for women's issues is creating a 21st century movement. I encourage you to reach out to the people you've met as
you advocate for women's rights. Our organization has been active for nearly 100 years and membership connects you to a global network.
Let's continue to grow our organization. It's up to each member to reach and help the next person find their potential as a part of this organization.
Megan Shellman NFBPWC VP Membership
According to an Article in the January 22nd SACRAMENTO BEE by Randall Benton “The Women's March on Saturday drew historic participation across California, with 50 cities each drawing more than 100 protestors. Crowd estimates put the cumulative turnout in California between 531,000 and 1.2 million, according to nationwide data compiled by Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman of the University of Connecticut. The estimates came from police, media and other public sources. The midpoint of those estimates would put attendance at 880,000, the equivalent of one out of every 45 California residents. That's also larger than the population of the city of San Francisco.” The rally that I attended in Pasadena, CA had an estimate of between 700 and 1,500. The estimate for Los Angeles was 200,000 to 750,000. Our member who was there in Los Angeles thinks it was 750,000. The estimate for Denver where the Colorado Federation participated was 100,000 to 200,000. Colorado BPW used the march to recruit members for BPW. 1st Vice President Megan is involved in the follow-up to the march in Denver. The estimated attendance for the U.S. was between 3.2 million and 4.7 million.
HJ Res. 53 Speier (CA-D) and SJ Res.5 Cardin (MD-D) would remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment has been introduced in the 115 Congress. HJ Res 53 has 138 co-sponsors (all Democrats) and SJ Res 5 has 27 co-sponsors (one Independent and the rest are Democrats). SJ Res. 6 Menendez (NJ-D) has been introduced to start over with the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. It has eleven co-sponsors (all Democrats). HJ Res. 33 Maloney (D-NY) would be a start over on the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, but with a rewording on Sections 1 and 2. 'Section 1. Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Section 2. Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Sharon Simmons, Colorado BPW Legislative Chair, and her committee have been spearheading "Cities for CEDAW" in Colorado.They are working on getting a resolution in six cities.They already have it in one city.The second Virtual Conference on Cities for CEDAW was December 9, 2016. To hear the recordings of the conference see the below message from Kathy Kelly.
Commission on the Status of Women 61 (CSW61) will be March 13-24 in New York City. The theme is “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work.” The review theme will be “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session).” The emerging issue is "The empowerment of indigenous women." BPW International has selected five representatives from North America and the Caribbean to D20. It is free for people to attend the main events. There will be more than 20 UN delegates from BPW International and typically more than 100 members fly in from around the world. The highlight is the BPW International Gala dinner. There is more information at www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017 The Leaders Summit is March 10-11 – right before CSW 61.
Contributors to the National Women’s History Museum received a quarterly publication entitled “A Different Point of View.” The issue which came out in December is on “Women in Business.” In the article on p.5-7 they mention the National Business and Professional Women's Clubs. Pages 13-14 have a biography of Lena Madesin Phillips.
Linda Wilson NFBPWC VP Advocacy
From the Treasurer
All affiliates need to urgently report their year end membership numbers that are continueing for 2017. Please advise your club treasurer asap that you are renewing your membership for 2017 so that they may notify us to manage our reports and finances.
Gloria Flores -NFBPWC Treasurer
United Nations Corner
Antonio Guterres, the new UN secretary-general, is the former prime minister of Portugal.
On January 1, the 5 year term of the ninth Secretary-General,Antonio Guterres, has begun.
Knowing of the strong campaigns that took place to have a woman S-G, mr.Guterres described himself as a feminist and in his acceptance speech he highlighted the importance of gender equality, calling it a priority commitment of the UN to protect and empower women.
Although the General Assembly will not convene till September 1, the coming months the delegates will be busy with the forming of new committees, new positions, new plans for the SDG's, climate change.With our new President, the U.S.Mission at the UN will have many changes, not only in personnel, but also in policies. It is our big loss that Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S.Permanent Representative to the UN, is leaving. She was well-known and highly regarded and gave a moving farewell speech at the Security Council. I like to quote some of the final words: "Keep pedaling. Do not give up, even when it seems hard. Make sure that the principles in the UN Charter light up. Do not let them go dark for the people who count on us". And her Cabinet Exit Memo for the U.S.Mission, 10 pages long, gave an excellent oversight of the eight years of work and accomplishments of our country at the UN.The new Ambassador is Nikki Healy, the former governor of South Carolina.Elizabeth Vanardenne- NFBPWC United Nations Liaison
NFBPWC - Young Members
Affiliate presidents please kindly connect me with your Young NFBPWC members so that we can engage together
Young NFBPWC Representative
Following up on the Environment - UN SDG Goals (UN Sustainable Development Goals)
For many of us, recycling can be so confusing. Even the experts seem to get mixed up at times. I called Waste Management in Denver with some questions and they didn’t know the answers. They even connected me to the supervisor for their single-streamed recycling plant in Denver and she couldn’t answer my questions! In contrast, whenever I call Eco-Cycle in Boulder, if the person that answers the phone doesn’t know the answer, he/she directs me to a specific page on their website or connects me with someone who does have the answer.
Recently I was part of a study down at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that had to do with medications and food. One morning the guy brought me my meal, along with coffee in a Styrofoam cup. A discussion ensued and when I told him the recycling plants here in the Denver area don’t recycle Styrofoam cups, he argued with me, pointing out that it had a number 6 recycle symbol on the bottom and said, “Hey, if it’s got a recycle symbol on it I’m putting it in the recycle.”
When I got home, I sent him a couple of links: “The Easy Way to Tell Which Plastics Go in the Recycle Bin,” available at http://greenopedia.com/plastic-recycling-codes, and “The Numbers on Plastic Bottles: What Do Plastic Recycling Symbols Mean?” available http://naturalsociety.com/recycling-symbols-numbers-plastic-bottles-meaning. I explained that “contamination” (putting the wrong items in the wrong bins) is a huge problem and sorting correctly is so very important. He wrote me back and was very appreciative; he said he’d be more careful in the future.
I also tried researching if there is anywhere on the planet that DOES recycle Styrofoam cups. I found a link to a map of the USA showing drop-off centers that collect the number 6 Styrofoam. But when I clicked on the links in the Denver area, visited their websites, and read the fine print, I found that they do NOT accept the Styrofoam cups! More confusion!
I did find that Polystyrene is Styrofoam, which is notorious for being difficult to recycle and bad for the environment. It also has many toxic chemicals that can leach, especially when heated, which is what happens in a landfill. Moreover, Styrofoam takes 100 years to decompose! You may find that number 6 recycle symbol on Styrofoam plates and to-go containers, though they are NOT recyclable. Along with your reusable shopping bags, how about keeping small containers in your car for leftovers at restaurants?
The other thing I noted when on the Anschutz Medical Campus was that the university is still using the corn compostable cups. Back in 2012, I had visited a friend of mine who was a patient there and noticed that the hospital was providing the compostable cups. At first I was excited to see this, but then found out they don’t collect compostables! Again, the whole purpose of compost is to keep it and organic materials out of the landfill because they create methane, which is over 20 more times potent than CO2.
It took me a while to find the right person to speak with about it and when I called, I was as soft-spoken and kind as I could be when I explained to him the facts on composting. He began yelling at me and demanding to know what organization I was with. I told him, “I’m just a concerned citizen.” Long story short, I followed up with him several times to no avail.
I recently got a “Corn” compostable cup that had green markings around the sides, and it clearly said it was compostable, but on the bottom, it had a recycle symbol. I know for a fact that compostable items do not go in the recycle. More confusion!
Since I was elected to be the chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Committee for Business and Professional Women in the summer of 2015, I have been racking my brain trying to think of legislation on environmental issues that would be important. Well, this is it! I am starting to research this to see if there are already any bills out there that would make companies more responsible in labeling. I received an email about the Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides,” saying that these rules are already in place. However, it says right in the guides that it doesn’t necessarily hold companies responsible.
Even so, I am so excited because I think I just found the best resource on this: the Recycle Across America (RAA) organization. See its helpful page at http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org/us-recycling-collapse. This nonprofit is committed to making recycling easy. By visiting its website, I learned, unfortunately, that the largest trash hauler in the U.S. has just recently closed 25% of its recycling plants. In addition, California (which is very progressive environmentally) shut down over 450 recycling plants last year. Why? Aside from the profitability factor, the main reason is “contamination.”
According to RAA, “Everyday, the public throws millions of tons of garbage (food waste, diapers, plastic bags, wrappers, Styrofoam, coffee cups, plastic straws, garden hoses, etc.) into recycling bins. That 'garbage' contaminates the good recyclables, hence the term contamination.” RAA also notes, “Contamination cripples the economics of recycling. The process to remove contamination reduces profitability, driving up the cost of recyclables, thereby preventing many manufacturers from reusing recycled materials. As a result, they continue to deplete finite natural resources at alarming levels.”
I am convinced that legislation is needed and, of course, environmental and climate literacy is SO important! By the way, the founding organization of Earth Day (Earthday.org) has declared that Environmental and Climate Literacy is to be the theme for this year’s Earth Day.
So yes, it’s all so confusing, and sometimes I feel like just giving up. Some days I get so overwhelmed and just don’t care, but then Bill McKibben’s words echo in my mind: “We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.”
Please join me in the biggest war this planet has ever seen!
or visit www.LaurieDameron.com
YOU ARE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!!!
Chair NFBPWC Environment and Sustainable Development Committee
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