January 2021

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Welcome to BPW 2021-2022

 "Never Stop Dreaming"

Greetings, Sisters. Well, we have come to end of another year. I'm very proud of everything we have accomplished this past year. It just goes to show the power, strength, resilience, love, generosity, kindness, and beauty of women who come together for a common goal. You are all truly amazing and I'm proud to know you. 

Being President has definitely clued me in on some things about BPW that I didn't know. For example, I will never again complain or be frustrated by the Member Book not being done in a timely manner! It has been a struggle for me, and I do apologize for not having it done yet! I have canceled some of my obligations and set aside January to complete it. Also this experience has allowed me to learn more about each and every member, which has been one of the best parts of being president. 

This has been the busiest year that I have had in a very long time! It felt like it did when I was a single Mom, working three jobs, and going to college! I was so busy this fall that I never got my tree decorated for Christmas! This is a first for me and has never happened in all of my 60 years! For those of you who don't know, I'm one of those people who puts their tree up the first week in October! It was devastating for my psyche, and I'm not sure I'll ever get over it! I guess I'll just have to set it up extra early next year!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and got to visit with family and friends. I was so glad that we got to have our Christmas party in-person this year! it was so much fun, and I enjoyed it tremendously! We went live on Facebook for a short time, and it seemed that many of you who couldn't attend enjoyed that. So we will be going live for a short time at 6pm for our January meeting. If you can't make it, go to our Facebook Page at 6pm and check it out. We are trying to include everyone and keep us all connected whether you are staying home because of COVID, traveling, spending time in warmer climates (I'm so jealous of you), or those who can't attend for whatever reason. In addition we will record the live event and it will be on our page for you to view at any time.            

Just a few more things we need help with this year. I will be appointing an Audit Committee. Stephanie House has graciously volunteered to be on the committee. I will need two more ladies to help audit the books. So if you are willing to volunteer, please let me know. We are also planning a "Celebrating 95 Years" Recognition Night. We are looking for some volunteers for the committee. So if you'd like to help plan this celebration please let me know. It will be a fun time planning and a fun celebration too!  

Lastly, we are still needing teams for our Trivia Night Fundraiser. In addition to teams, we are in need of gift baskets for our raffle. So if you or your business would like to donate a gift basket it would be greatly appreciated! We depend on this fundraiser for scholarships, so any help is greatly appreciated. You can bring the basket to the meeting next week, or let us know and we'll pick it up. Check out the info in this newsletter for more information on the event. I hope to see you all at the meeting next week, and I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Until we meet again, 
Carrie Perkins-Schnicker, President

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It was amazing that we were able to give so many wonderful presents to two teenagers in our community for Christmas. This is the best thing about all the ladies in our organization! You are all so generous with your time, talents, and money. Making a difference, and helping our community has been so important to our organization since it's beginning. It's staggering to think about the impact we have made in our community and how many people we have helped throughout our 95 years!! Here's hoping that we have 95 more!   

Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser Info
This fun night supports the club’s activities with local schools and programs, plus funds our community donations and projects.
Join us:
Saturday January 29, 2022
American Legion
117 S. Poplar, Centralia, IL
This year’s theme is: Lights, Camera, Action!
Doors open at 6:00 pm and game play starts at 7:00 pm.
Team Entry Fee is $80. Teams can have up to 8 members. $100 team fee if paid at the door and not in advance.
The top 3 teams win CASH!
We will also have mulligans available for sale($10), 50/50 tickets, basket auction tickets, bonus round plays, door prizes, and much more!
A cash bar will be available and teams are welcome to bring snacks. The best decorated team table will also win a prize!
Reserve your team today by texting Trivia Night Chair Cary Day at 618-315-8479 or emailing her at caryday27@gmail.
We have it on good authority that Santa is a huge BPW fan.  And we are very lucky to have Mrs. Claus as a member! 

One Hope United Christmas Project 
THANK YOU to my BPW sisters for your continued support of the One Hope United Christmas Project. Because of your AMAZING generosity we were able to get $10 McDonald's gift cards for all the youth for stocking stuffers, AND, additional $10 Sonic gift cards for the staff to use as incentives and rewards during the year!  Thank you again for your love and support of these youth! 
May you be blessed in 2022 with happiness and success.

Lorraine Bassett
 January General Meeting
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Host Committee:  Trivia Night

Menu:  Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Roll, Dessert.  These will be plated meals for $15 (tip included) and an RSVP by the 9th is required. You will be receiving an email to RSVP with. Please state whether you will be eating at the meeting or only attending. There will be tea and water included with your meal. The bar will also be available to order soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. If you RSVP and are unable to attend the meeting, please make arrangements for someone to pick up your meal. We have to pay for the meal if a reservation is made whether you attend or not. We have Board Members that have volunteered to pay for your meal and deliver it to you after the meeting if you can't attend. You can then reimburse them for your meal. Sorry for the inconvenience, but unfortunately, this is the reality for our meetings now because they don't serve meals to the public on Wednesdays so we are responsible for paying for meals that are ordered. 
Program:  A guest speaker will provide information on Marion County CASA IL. 


The "sign-in" sheet will be available. Please sign in no matter what time you arrive - it still counts!

January Birthdays
Carrie Perkins-Schnicker 1/02
Mary K. Davis 1/23
Sally Tiemann 1/27
Carol McCrary 1/30
Norma Rueter 1/30
January Anniversaries
Norma Rueter 1/81
Connie Schwartz 1/89   

Membership Dues

Yearly dues are $50.
Checks are to be made payable to Centralia BPW and mailed to:

Nancy James
544 Oakdale
Centralia, IL 62801

Upcoming Events 
01/12 General Meeting
01/29 Trivia Night-American Legion
01/31 Board Meeting-Host Legislation Committee
Get Well, Thinking of You, & Congratulations

Get Well
Tammy Resch

Emily Kracht Haake on her Wedding!

With Sympathy
Emily Kracht Haake for the passing of Ryan's Grandma



Visit it often to stay informed on happenings around the state.

The website has been updated with the new Leadership Guide, OWWI application, the LO Excellence Award information, and much more.
Visit today.


Order of Events

5:30pm Sign-in and Eating
5:50pm Brags
6:00pm Business Meeting

December Minutes-Here's the link for the minutes of the December Meeting. If you have trouble opening this please let Carrie P-S know and it will be emailed directly to you. 

BPW December Meeting Minutes 21 .docx
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