The Williamsport Chapter of the American Business Women's Association held its May meeting at Hoss's Steak and Sea House, during which the chapter presented an educational grant and listened to a presentation on a national program the association offers.
Billie Stone, professional development chairwoman, presented the 2011 grant recipient Kara Miller with her check. Kara is a junior in the nursing program at Messiah College. Stone introduced her parents, the Rev. Michael and Carol Miller.
The program for the evening was an explanation and demonstration of the basics of "WIN," or the Women's Information Network, using a power point presentation. WIN is available to all association members over the internet. Keir Scholes gave an overview of the program, including how to navigate through the site; Jill Morrissey explained some of the many programs available and how to search through the content. It has always been the mission of ABWA to give women opportunities to grow personally, as well as professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition, speakers said. Making certain women continue to move forward, understand new technology, embrace new concepts and improve their leader skills - they are the goals of ABWA and such goals are far more feasible now with the addition of WIN, according to a news release about the chapter's meeting. ABWA was the first association to deliver such a comprehensive learning and communication platform to its members in 2009, and continue to expand the reach through 2011. Some of the information available by chapter: status of tutorials they've completed; surveys that were completed; Membership reports; the roster, and the team board where you may share things with all the chapter members. They also have training courses, such as: managing team conflict; making group decisions; goal setting and measuring results; facilitating team interactions and creating a team charter.
Several of the members volunteered to attend local High School graduations to present the $100 scholarship to the recipients to the following schools: Williamsport, South Williamsport, Loyalsock, Jersey Shore and St. John Neumann Regional Academy.
There were 13 members and 9 guests present. In addition to the Millers, guests were Paula Robinson, Patty Rafferty, Loren McDonald, Ann Baker, Jeff Stone, Bob Butters, Barrie Edmonds and Shelly Hittle.
The next meeting is on June 21 at Hoss's Steak and Sea House program will present Jason Yorks, resource recovery manager for Lycoming County Resource Management Services. For reservations, call Peggy Shultz 368-2937 by Friday, June 17. For information on membership, contact Evelyn Free at 323-4223.