June 16, 2010 Edition

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Shelton installed as
state BPW president

Diana Shelton (right) of Walnut Ridge was installed as Arkansas Business and Professional Women president at the recent state convention. With her is Carol Barnhill of Jonesboro, past state president.
Gretchen Hunt

Diana Shelton of Walnut Ridge was installed as president of the Arkansas Business and Professional Women during the organization's 91st State Convention held June 4-6 at Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.

Shelton joined the Walnut Ridge BPW in 1996 and has served in many capacities. On the local level, she has been recording secretary, vice president and president.

At the regional level, she has served as a member of the state nominating committee, recording secretary, vice director and director.

She also served as president-elect at the state level, prior to being installed as president. State committees she has served on include: Nominating Committee (chair), Public Relations (chair), Membership Committee, Wilson Memorial Committee, Foundation Committee and Bylaws Committee.

As state president, part of Shelton's responsibilities will include traveling across the state to make at least one official visit to each of the local clubs during the year.

"I will also be responsible for three state meetings during the year, including Mid-Year Board, Issues Management and State Convention," she said. "This fall I will attend all three of the regional conferences and serve as keynote speaker for the Region I Conference in Fayetteville."

Shelton will also serve as representative for Arkansas Business and Professional Women at various functions throughout the year including a Women's Professional Empowerment Alliance event on July 30-31 in O'Fallon, Ill., which will be attended by women from all over the United States. At least 40 of the states were represented at last year's meeting.

"My theme for this year is, 'Our Legacy Shines On,' and I am using a diamond logo," Shelton said. "I chose the diamond because it is an enduring gem which starts out in a rough form but transforms into something beautiful. It's multi-faceted, like women, and has strength under pressure, also as women do, and it is the gem found in Arkansas - carrying a legacy of its own."

Shelton said she thinks it is important for women to remember their foremothers who worked so hard on behalf of all women.

"We need to retain that history and legacy but continue the work they started so that women of today and tomorrow will also benefit," she said. "When you learn the details of what they went through and how hard they worked for women just to be able to vote, it will make you realize the importance of continuing that work."

Shelton's installation was held June 5 and was performed by Past State President Carol Barnhill from Jonesboro.

Carol was state president when I joined BPW in 1996 and has been a special friend," Shelton said. "She used an installation script using candlelight and crystals in keeping with the diamond logo and legacy theme."

Shelton said several other Walnut Ridge members hosted a reception following the installation banquet. Those attending were Sue Sullens, Henryetta Tyler, Amber Phillips and Kari Shanks. Sullens' niece, Ann Roberts of Maumelle, catered the food for the reception.

"I consider it an honor to serve as state president and will embrace the opportunity to represent our Walnut Ridge club," Shelton said. "My sister members are excited about this honor and ready to help me at every turn. In October our local club will be hosting a coffee for members across the state in recognition of National Business Women's Week, and we look forward to having them in Walnut Ridge."

Shelton's husband, Mike Shelton, and daughter, Lara Shelton, were also in attendance for the installation and Sunday meeting.

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