Woodlawn student speaker at recent DuBocage ABWA meeting


Erica Kriner was the guest speaker for the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association meeting held recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Erica is the granddaughter of DuBocage member Donna Kriner. She is a junior at Woodlawn High School, where she has been a part of the BETA Club, Spanish Club, Student Government, and Future Business Leaders of America. She was also selected to represent Woodlawn as a national delegate to the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment and as a page at the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Erica’s real passion is the Youth Service Fund. In August, she will have spent three years as the Southeast District chairperson and was recently elected to the position of Youth Service Fund Chair of Arkansas. All of this has led Erica to pursue a career in non-profit work even though she plans on majoring in philosophy.

Erica said the Youth Service Fund is a faith-based mission fund exclusively of United Methodist Youth. The fund is money raised by the youth, spent by them to benefit future generations of youth. Seventy percent of the money raised stays in Arkansas with 30 percent going to the national organization. Erica said her chapter works with other chapters to raise money by selling sodas or candy. They raised more than $2,000 in Arkansas this year already. They help youths from across the world by sponsoring literacy projects and projects related to education and leadership. Donations are welcomed from groups or individuals.

Erica explained that being involved with the Youth Service Fund has helped her a lot by teaching her to become a leader and successful public speaker making her work hard to improve all areas of this group. She has built friendships to last and met role models that have convinced her she wants to pursue work in this field and some day start another non-profit organization.

During the business meeting Judy Conn as chair of the nominating committee presented the new slate of officers, who will take office in August. They are Joyce Ann Green, president; Tammy Kiff, vice president; Allison Yaney, recording and corresponding secretary; and Christy Bush, treasurer.

New member Suzanne Archer was installed. Archer works as a portfolio management assistant/trader for Simmons First Trust Company, NA. She lives at White Hall, has two daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter with two granddaughters. She is involved in the Optimist Club Annual Gold Tournament, Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Shoppe and White Hall Choir Parents. Archer enjoys walking, swimming, yard work and reading.

Scholarship chairman Rana McClain presented three applications for the DuBocage scholarship. Chapel Jones from Watson Chapel High School was chosen. She has a 4.225 grade point average and plans to study nursing at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Her parents teach in the public schools and she has two younger brothers.

The June meeting will be Business Associate Night with Mayor Debe Hollingsworth as the guest speaker. Anyone wishing to make a reservation for the meeting may call Judy Kittler at 870-536-2986.

Ruth Morris won the dollar pot and donated it back to the chapter. Conn, Bush, Donna Kriner, Morris, and Patsy Stone won the birthday gifts. Kittler and Archer won the door prizes.