DuBocage AWBA celebrates 37th birthday at recent meeting


DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association recently celebrated its 37th birthday during the monthly meeting at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Rhonda Gammel, editor of the monthly newsletter, chaired the event where each member brought a birthday gift to exchange with each other. Gammel led the group in a scavenger hunt called “Purses, Pockets and Wallets”. Teams were formed based on the dining table at which they were seated. Gammel read off a list of items and each team would see who could find the items in their purse with only one member of each team required to find the item to score. The winning team won the right to pick up their birthday gifts first. There were pre-numbered gift boxes at each place setting filled with candy. The birthday gifts were numbered so the members picked up their gift using the corresponding number from their box. Christy Bush provided decorations for the party.

Ruth Morris and Tammy Kiff, Membership co-chairs, prepared and presented perfect attendance certificates to the members who had not missed a meeting during the year or made up their missed meeting by attending another ABWA chapter’s meeting. Those with perfect attendance were Elaine Roan, 39 years; Ruth Morris, 33 years; Marnelle Clement, eight years; Diane Wilson, seven years; Donna Renfro, seven years; and Joyce Ann Green, three years.

During the business meeting, Renfro announced she would be out for the next meeting and Mary Coburn as vice president would preside. It was decided by the membership that the Fall Enrollment would be held at the regular November meeting. Christa Menotti from the Children’s Advocacy Center will be the guest speaker for this meeting.

Dewanna Walters, Hospitality chair, announced that the Simmons First Classic Club will hold its Christmas party the night of DuBocage’s usual meeting in December. It was decided to change DuBocage’s meeting night from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6.

Ways and Means chair Mary Baxter announced the pecans had been ordered and should be here by the first week of November. The price this year is $9.50 for a pound of shelled pecans. Baxter already has commitments for 226 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 October and November meetings for anyone who had baked goods, books, audio books, or decorations they wanted to sell.

Walters won the Dollars Pot and the birthday gifts were won by Renfro, Bush and Green won the door prizes.