Members and guests of the Progressive Chapter, American Business Women’s Association, met recently at the Harbor Oaks Restaurant for their monthly meeting and Business Associate/ Woman of the Year Banquet.
Linda Eifling, chapter president, conducted the business meeting. She assigned Nancy Rosen to be chairman of the Nominating Committee to get officers for 2013-2014. Other members of the committee are Brenda Doucey and Floretta Scott. An Audit Committee was assigned.
Linda Hurd, Ways and Means chairman, reported that she was seeking additional scholarship donors for the chapter’s scholarship fund.
Jan Adam gave an update of the year’s activities. Over the years, Progressive Chapter has given approximately 35 scholarships. Lauren Burgess, Whitney Erwin and Anita Butler have been selected to be Progressive Chapter’s 2013-2014 scholarship recipients. In addition to giving scholarships to deserving women, the chapter does a lot of community service as well as taking day trips. Some of the community service projects that the chapter has done are collecting school supplies for Neighbor to Neighbor; collecting non-perishable food items for two food banks in White Hall; providing a Thanksgiving meal for a needy family; adopting two angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree; and helping a student make the transition to college by helping him purchase school supplies and other essentials.
The chapter aims to take monthly day trips. In keeping with the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration, the chapter traveled to many Civil War sites. Some of them were the Old State House Museum, Mac Arthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Plantation Agriculture Museum at Scott, Jackonsville Museum of Military History, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, and Pea Ridge National Military Park. Other trips were made to Memphis to visit Graceland (home of Elvis Presley), Hot Springs and Camden.
Floretta Scott presented a plaque to Mike Adam the 2013-2014 Business Associate of the Year. He was born in Spur, Texas and raised in Chicago. He is a Vietnam veteran. He has a degree in business administration and accounting with a minor in chemical engineering. He and his wife, Jan, moved to Pine Bluff in 1971 and started a motorcycle repair business. This business has grown into Cycle and Marine Supercenter. He and his wife, Jan, have three children — Jeffery, Michele and John, and eight grandchildren. Photography is his hobby, and several years ago he started free lancing for the Pine Bluff Commercial. He attends Watson Chapel Baptist Church. He faithfully donates to the Scholarship Fund and is also an ad donor for the chapter. He donates supplies for the chapter’s monthly newsletter and lets the chapter use his office as a meeting place for board meetings. He is an important part of the activities of the chapter.
Scott, 2012-2013 Woman of the Year, also presented a plaque to the 2013-2014 Woman of the Year, Betsy Foster. Foster is endless in her commitment to ABWA. She is a charter member and has served the chapter in every capacity. She currently serves as vice president and chairman of the Scholarship Committee. She is always jovial and willing to help others. She loves to bring food to members who are sick.
Foster is the widow of Zane Foster. She has four children — Randy Foster of Salina, Kan., (deseased), Vicki Foster of White Hall, and Joel and Noel Foster of White Hall. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She is a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of White Hall. She volunteers at the White Hall Food Pantry and the White Hall Museum.
Foster, scholarship chairman, presented certificates to Lauren Burgess and Whitney Erwin. Anita Butler was unable to attend.
The dollar pot was won by Chuck Erwin. Door prizes were won by Margie Murphy, Hurd, Scott and Mike Adam.