By Lisa Swain
As a kid, I remember learning the meaning of RSVP the first time I received an invitation to a Birthday Party. I showed the invitation to my Mom and she explained to me that RSVP stood for the French phrase Répondez s’il vous plait, meaning “Please respond” or “Reply if you please.” Of course more often than not, I would always reply “Yes.” Who wouldn’t want to attend a Birthday Party, especially when there would be cake, ice cream, party favors and games with prizes to be won? Someone else did all the work of organizing the party. All I had to do was show up with the present paid for by my parents.
Fast forward to the present. We all have limited time due to our busy schedules. As Corresponding Secretary, I’m responsible for sending out the Punchbowl invitations for our Dinner Meetings, and turning in the headcount to The Elks. Please look for the Punchbowl invitations each month and respond as promptly as you’re able to. I’m not offended if anyone replies “No”; it is more important that I have an accurate count in order to plan the Dinner Meetings. If you respond “Yes” within the first 10 days after the Punchbowl invitation has been sent, you will receive a free ticket for our raffle at the Dinner Meeting, and you just may end up winning a nice prize!
By Ardis Bazyn
As the current Verdugo Glen Top Ten ABWA Woman of the Year nominee, I want to encourage other chapter member to strive to meet the Eligibility Requirements for the upcoming year. After hearing speeches the last few years at National Conferences, I know so many women in ABWA have very successful careers and volunteer for many worthwhile organizations. I appreciate the opportunity to compete with so many other successful and diverse women. The Judging Form gives up to 30 points for the member’s ABWA Profile, up to 15 points for Education, up to 30 points for Professional Accomplishments, up to 20 points for Career/Personal Goals, up to 20 points for Community Service, a possible total of 115 points. To even be considered for this prestigious award, the member must at minimum: be a female and currently employed (part or full-time; have been a member in good standing for at least three consecutive years as of May 15; have a primary affiliation with the sponsoring league for at least one year as of May 15; have served on the National Board of Directors and/or on the National/Regional Conference Team and/or served as an officer, committee chair, league advisor for her primary league since 2014; have sponsored at least three members since 2014; have earned at least one Apex Award as of May 15; and have attended at least one nationally sponsored ABWA event (Regional Conference and/or the National Women’s Leadership Conference) since 2014. All nominees for the Top Ten Business Women of ABWA will receive a ribbon and certificate.
ABWA has recognized hundreds of women for the coveted Top Ten Business Women of ABWA award since its inception in 1953. This award is intended to underscore a member’s professional accomplishments (career advancement and academic achievement), contributions to her community and engagement in ABWA. The Top Ten Business Women of ABWA are selected by three business women from the Kansas City area, whereas the American Business Woman of ABWA is selected by a panel of peers at the National Women’s Leadership Conference. All Top Ten Business Women of ABWA are recognized at the annual National Women’s Leadership Conference.
To sponsor an applicant for this prestigious award: A league must be a chartered league in good standing for a minimum of one year. A league must select an applicant that has a primary affiliation in their league. A league must submit a copy of the league’s meeting minutes reflecting their sponsorship of the Top Ten applicant. Her application must be signed by a league’s officer and the Top Ten Nominating Committee Chair. Submission must be postmarked on or before May 15.