February 2017 General Meeting

During the February General Meeting of BPW of Centralia, Mike Warden was our guest speaker. Mike spoke about the 1908 Race Riot the took place in Springfield, Illinois. The riot sparked a meeting of minds and eventually the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) formed in 1909.

Mike Warder BPW Guest Speaker

As far as meeting topics went, we discussed upcoming events that BP Women is not only involved in, but also hosting. These events include; a state BPW fun day, equal pay day rally in Centralia, working the recycling center, reality store for community 8th graders, and the state convention. We then discussed what a success our trivia night fundraiser was.

A nominating committee was also appointed for the upcoming election of officers.

We would like to remind everyone that we are still accepting scholarship applications through February 28, 2017. Those applications can be found HERE.

Our next meeting will be held on March 8, 2017 at the Elks Lodge in Centralia, IL. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and the meeting will begin at 6 PM. As always, stick around afterward for networking opportunities.

Freaky Friday Trivia

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017BPW, Centralia, IL held our Freaky Friday Trivia Night on February 3, 2017. After the set back of having to postpone the original event due to weather. We are so excited that the evening was a HUGE success. We had 23 teams compete for the winning title & cash!

A great big shout out to our current Vice President, Alishia Winkler for her wonderful welcome and description of what Business & Professional Women of Centralia is all about.

In addition to the trivia game, we also held a 50/50 raffle and we also had 21 basket raffle items.


Thank you to all of our team who participated in and supported our event, we hope you had as much fun as we did! And thank you to all of our committee members that put in time to make this event the huge success we knew it could be! And thank you to our membership who either helped work the event or  formed a team!

Marcus Holland, husband of member Nikki Holland, deserves a big thanks all his own! We were so pleased to have him as our MC for the evening. He set the vibe for a fun & memorable evening. We would also like to thank the Elks for everything they have helped our club with!

We hope to make this night a yearly event & look forward to any feedback!

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

BPW Centralia Trivia 2017

2017 Scholarships – Centralia, IL


Business & Professional Women’s Club of Centralia, Illinois, proudly offers scholarships each year to a number of students in the area. We offer scholarships for graduating high school seniors, upperclassmen, as well as a 25 & up scholarship.

The club holds several fundraisers each year to support our scholarship fund. The most popular & notable event being our annual salad luncheon held in August.

A committee of members is selected to read over each application & carefully choose recipients. Our recipients are notified and then honored each April at our Guest Night.

Scholarship applications are linked below or can be downloaded HERE. Or pick one up in your councilor’s office at school!

2017 Graduating Senior

2017 Upperclassman

2017 25 & up

December 2016 Meeting

Our December meeting was held on Wednesday, December 14, at the Elks Lodge in Centralia, IL.

Our Public Relations committee, headed by Cary Day, put on an excellent Christmas party. We had an ugly sweater party and a fun ugly ornament exchange.


In addition to all the fun, we also collected for several annual donations.

Rev. Tommy Henegar accepted our donation to CCBA (Food Pantry).


Melissa Webster accepted for One Hope United.


Elizabeth Bennett accepted for The Salvation Army.

salvation-army-Elizabeth Bennett

A huge thank you to all our members for your generosity! We are certainly blessed to be able to give to those in need, especially around the holidays.

Please join us for our next general meeting on Wednesday, January 11, at the Elks Lodge in Centralia, IL.

November 2016 Meeting

Our November general meeting was held Wednesday, November 9. Gayla Harting, the City of Centralia Community development director was our guest speaker. Gayla informed our members about current events in the City as well as what her job entails to help clean up the city limits.


Member Becky Ault, PAVE president accepted our annual donation.


Kathy Donnelly accepted our donation to Home to School Connection.

Home to School

Women in Business Week | 2016

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.

October Meeting

Our October general meeting was held on Wednesday, October 12 at the Elks Lodge in Centralia. Judge Jo Beth Weber presented a program on the Jefferson County Drug Court which she established in 2013. Judge Weber stated that the mission of this drug court is to serve everyone in the county, reduce crime, save tax dollars, and insure compliance with probation and monitoring.


Patty Williams attended on behalf of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce and accepted the Chamber’s portion of the 2016 BalloonFest proceeds.


Also in attendance was Pam Byrd, whom accepted our annual donation to S.A.F.E.


We welcomed new members Christy Williams and Debra Westbrook. new-members

Our October birthdays included LaQuilla Graham and Ann Chapel.

Please consider joining us for our next general meeting, Wednesday November 9, at 5:30 at the Elk’s Lodge in Centralia!

September Happenings

At our general meeting held on Wednesday, September 14th, our membership heard from our own Tina Suarez who spoke on all of the planned events and activities of State IFBWC. Tina is currently serving as President-Elect at the state level.


On Saturday, September 24th, our members volunteered at the Centralia Recycling Center.



Our Legislation team has been registering voters at the Centralia Regional Library.

We’re busy gearing up for BPW week, October 16 – 22.

Our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, at the Elks Lodge in Centralia. We would love it if you would join us!