DuBocage ABWA gets update on upcoming events at recent meeting


The DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association recently held its monthly meeting at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Georgia LaGraves, a member of Progressive ABWA Chapter, was the guest speaker.

LaGraves was born and raised in south Texas, moving to Pine Bluff in 2000 after marrying. She has worked since age 5 when she worked with her family as migrate workers in the cotton fields. She has worked in the food industry, cosmetics, with the elderly (which she found most rewarding) in retail sales, as a seasonal employee for H&R Block, and is also very active in helping the Hispanic community.

Invited by Ann Douthit in 2004 to join ABWA, LaGraves has been a member ever since. She has served two terms as president and as treasurer, and was Woman of the Year in 2007-2008. She is responsible for her chapter’s fall scholarship auction that has been held every October since 2007. This year it will be held at the White Hall City Hall on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The auction was what LaGraves spoke about, saying there would be casseroles for sale that you can just pop in the oven and have a night off from cooking. A lot of the local merchants donate items for the auction such as jewelry, hunting supplies, quilts, restaurant gift certificates or even clothing store gift certificates. Everyone is invited to attend and there will be lots of food and drinks at no charge.

During the business meeting conducted by Mary Coburn, vice president, it was announced the ABWA City Council had been dissolved with the remaining funds held by the council distributed equally to the three chapters.

The November regular meeting will serve as the fall enrollment event with Christa Menotti from the Children’s Advocacy Center as the speaker. Each member is encouraged to invite co-workers to attend this meeting.

The January meeting date was changed to Jan. 8, due to the first Tuesday falling on January 1. The December meeting had already been changed from the first Tuesday to the first Thursday due to a conflict with someone else meeting at the Country Club on the first Tuesday.

Ways and Means Chair Mary Baxter announced the pecans had been ordered and should be available by the first week of November or maybe last week of October. The price this year is $9.50 for a pound of shelled pecans. Baxter already has commitments for 534 pounds and encouraged members to reserve theirs if they hadn’t done so. She also said there would be a White Elephant Table set up at the November meeting for anyone who had baked goods, books, audio books, or decorations they wanted to sell.

Joyce Ann Green read a thank-you note from Ella Dodson who had been ill.

Baxter won the dollars pot and the birthday gifts were won by Hellen Kennedy and Judy Kittler. Elaine Road, Diane Wilson and Donna Kriner won the door prizes.