Local Chapter: Member at Large
“Put forth..better impulses, straightforward.. unafraid..”. That’s what I did in 1977 when asked to join Medina BPW. 1978 transferred to Canandaigua BPW. Within 12 years and wonderful mentorship, elected local VP, President, finally culminating in ADD and DD.
As member of Canandaigua BPW, led movement to award $50 savings bond to first baby girl born at F.F. Thompson Hospital during National Business Women’s Week. Led movement to award scholarship to high school senior girl in one of surrounding high schools where our members lived.
As ADD/DD saw District 7 grow to 14 clubs. Elsie Dedrick (DD) and I created Sister Club concept to enable members to better know one another and build sense of team. Awarded Shamrock award for growth in membership.
Daughter Rachel born 1988. Continued to work on/Chair/ Co-Chair various state and district committees & meetings.
About 8 years ago, Canandaigua was going to fold, no one wanted to lead, so stepped in as President again. Introduced “shadowing concept”, where new member teamed up with seasoned member. Provided sense of immediate belonging while learning the ropes, leaving door open to changes, avoiding mantra “we have always done it this way before”.
Again elected ARD/RD. Region now has 5 locals, all very active in their communities. Two locals have held successful Youth Leadership programs each year. As Region Scholarship Chair worked with 2 PSPs to revise criteria to encourage more applications.
Personal: Administrator, Department of Medicine at University of Rochester for 38 years. Point person for HR, financial, budget and grants administration issues. Vestry member at Episcopal church for several years; made maple syrup with partner, Dan. He recently passed away so now make it with his brother David in Prattsburgh.
I never ran for state office, but now it’s time to “put forth my better impulses, straightforward and unafraid”.