May 2020


I can't tell you how strange and surreal writing this is. This should be my final newsletter as President of BPW. 

There will not be a May General Meeting. 

We will see what June holds. Hopefully we will be able to meet and I can pass the torch off to Tammy!

I just realized that I didn't send an April newsletter out. I sent an update, but no formal newsletter. I have included April birthdays and anniversary years along with May in this newsletter.

This past Friday I sent out a pretty lengthy update email regarding the May meeting, dues, scholarships, EPD Rally, and more. I am also going to include those updates in the news letter.

It was brought to my attention that I fudged the dates for the Salad Lunched/EPD Rally. Normally our Scholarship Salad Luncheon would be held on Friday, October 23; during BPW Week. For obvious reasons we will not be having a Salad Luncheon this year. Our Equal Pay Day Rally will be held on Saturday, October 24.

Continue reading updates below,

Emily Kracht, President

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1. I have received notification that some members have received an email about their dues from State and this could possibly cause some confusion. If you have received this email please disregard and continue to send your dues to LO Treasurer, Cary Day. Please send a total of $50. (BPW Local amount $15, State $35, Cary takes care of sending the state dues in.) If you are over 80, your state dues are waived and you simply owe Cary $15 for LO dues. If you have already sent your $35 to state, please send $15 to Cary for your Local BPW dues. I apologize for any inconvenience and/or confusion this may have caused.
Cary's Address: 
1104 Eagle Crest Rd.
Centralia, IL 62801

2. Also regarding dues: If you are unable to pay your yearly dues at this time due to financial strain of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, please do not feel obligated to do so at this time. We understand these are unprecedented times and that every dollar amount in the bank is a blessing. If this effects you please reach out to Cary Day, Tammy Resch, or myself. We do not want you to feel burdened at this time. Cary hasn't been sending out dues reminders because of this reason. If you are able to pay, feel free. If you are unable to pay please reach out.

3. During the board meeting on Monday, April 27, we discussed the Scholarship Salad Luncheon. Again, due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and the extreme nature of it's affects, we feel it is best to forgo the Salad Luncheon this year. This does not mean that we will not be having a Scholarship Fundraiser. We will still have a Scholarship Fundraiser. This means that we need to be brainstorming a way to pull in $3,000 for this fund. Please contact myself or Nikki Holland with any ideas about a fundraiser. 

4. The Equal Pay Day Rally has been rescheduled for Saturday, October, 24, time TBD. We are aware that this would be the Saturday following the typical date for the Scholarship Salad Luncheon, which is why I brought it up in point 3. Please reach out to myself of Carrie Perkins-Schnicker if you have any questions or concerns.

5. As you have likely heard, the stay at home order has been extended until the end of May. This means we are unable to gather for our May General Meeting. We will see what June brings. If we are able to meet in June we will hold elections and installation, present scholarships, and recognize years of membership.

6. The scholarship committee has devised a plan for judging, we have begun going through applications. (Thanks Tischa for all of your work on this!) As we have winners selected we will notify the membership, winners, and public. 

7. I have linked the Membership Survey below. While we may still have the same slate of officers we will still need committees! Please fill the survey out and return it to myself or Tammy. 
Membership Survey

• Send your dues to Cary Day if they are due and you are able to pay.
• There will not be a Salad Luncheon in 2020
• We still need to raise $3,000 in order to award scholarships in 2021
• EPD Rally will be 10/24/2020
• No May meeting, we'll see what June has to offer us
• Scholarship committee is beginning judging on 05/02/20
• Complete Membership Survey to send to Tammy or Emily, we will still need committees!

May General Meeting:
cancelled due to COVID-19

April Birthdays
Stephanie Aarons 04/01
Miranda Hapner 04/03
Traci Macz 04/09
Natasha Kauling 04/20

May Birthdays
Katelyn Starr 05/15
Tammy Resch 05/21
Many Smith-Albers 05/24
BPW Anniversary


Rhonda Lurkins 2019
Katelyn Starr 2019

Ann Chappell 1981
Sharon Sanders 1994
Brenda White 1999
Peggy Beal 2005
Stephanie House 2011
Many Smith-Albers 2016
Jessiycka Nix-Coleman 2018
Jenna Jollif 2019
Membership Dues

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

Cary Day
1104 Eagle Crest Road
Centralia, IL 62801
Upcoming Events

05/23 - State Board Meeting // contact Tina Klein at for more information
May 2020 - Scholarship winners will be announced.
10/24 - Equal Pay Day Rally @ The American Legion.Time - TBD


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