BPW Week 2016 kicked off on Tuesday, October 11, with a proclamation by Mayor Tom Ashby at City Hall. Our President Michele Garrison was present with members as well as BPW week committee chairs, Jayme Godoyo and Lorraine Bassett.
Our week of events continued on Sunday, October 16, with the announcement of Woman of the Year. This year, Allison Austin was recognized as the 2016 Woman of the Year. Allison is employed at the Marion County Housing Authority and is involved in a myriad of different organizations and events throughout the community. Also recognized were Past Women of the Year.
Next up was the Boss of the Year celebration in conjunction with Business After Hours held at Centralia Estates on October 17. This year, our Boss of the Year is Traci Macz of Macz, Day, & Irvin funeral homes. Traci, too, is involved in many community service activities not only in Centralia, but throughout the entire county. It is clear she is respected and trusted not only by her employees, but also throughout the community. Also recognized were past Bosses of the Year.
On Wednesday, October 19, Jayme, Lorraine, Michele, Allison, and Traci appeared on WILY with Doug Dunahee.
Our annual Scholarship Salad Luncheon was held on October 21. Tina Suarez and Vickie McDaniel were our outstanding chairs of this event. The Luncheon was a wild success, we raised a significant amount of money for our scholarships to be awarded in the spring!
We concluded our celebrations at the annual Halloween Parade on October, 29, in Centralia. Our President, Woman of the Year, Boss of the Year, and even our State President, Susan McGarth represented us by riding in the parade. Also representing the club in the parade were Alishia Winkler and Stephanie House who carried the banner in front of the cars.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our annual BPW week. These events cannot take place with success without the participation of our club and community.