October 10, 2007 Edition

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Walnut Ridge B&PW
to celebrate NBWW

The Walnut Ridge Business & Professional Women's Club will celebrate National Business Women's Week next week, October 15-20, according to Diana Shelton, local club president.

"National Business Women's Week is an annual event to recognize and salute working women in all businesses and professions as they contribute daily to our economic, civic and cultural purposes," Diana Shelton, president of the local club, said.

The weeklong celebration will kick off Monday at 7 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast for local members at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. During the breakfast meeting, the BPW Woman of the Year will be revealed.

The annual BPW Coffee will be held Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. All area working people are invited to come by and enjoy coffee and lots of breakfast items and other goodies prepared by the BPW members. The newly selected Woman of the Year will be special guest at this event.

The Walnut Ridge BPW Club has chosen this week to also put a special emphasis on breast cancer awareness, in conjunction with October being recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"The annual coffee is a wonderful way for Walnut Ridge BPW to salute working women, honor our woman of the year and to thank the businesses in our area that have so faithfully supported our club for so many years," Shelton said. "We appreciate all the ads that have been purchased by individuals and businesses to help us have a successful annual fund-raiser, and we want to be able to give something back."

To conclude the week of activities, the group has been invited to the home of Mike and Diana Shelton for a relaxing evening of pizza, popcorn and movies.

Arkansas State BPW President Donna Hopkins will host a state event for National Business Women's Week on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Little Rock between 2-4 p.m. Special guest speaker will be State Rep. Joyce Elliott.

The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was founded in 1919 as a result of the need for a coordinated women's effort during the First World War. The Walnut Ridge Business & Professional Women's Club was founded in 1934 and remains an active, working organization for women.

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month. Guests are always welcome, and membership is open to anyone who wishes to become actively involved in issues affecting working women. For more information contact Shelton or any club member.

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