NAPW Greater Memphis, TN Chapter Increases Membership and Presence in the Community through Monthly Networking Meetings

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National Association of Professional Women Greater Memphis, TN Local Chapter welcomed new members, collected donations for local food bank, and focused on community outreach.

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We are continuing to grow and work towards increasing our presence in the community...We will continue to seek areas where the Chapter can be present and of assistance to others...

Members and guests of the NAPW Greater Memphis, TN Local Chapter gathered for professional networking meetings in October and November at the Southaven Library. The group of professional women welcomed new members and continued to increase its presence in the community by helping out a local food bank and focusing on other ways to give back to those in need.

“We are continuing to grow and work towards increasing our presence in the community,” said NAPW Greater Memphis Local Chapter President Onika Shirley. “We will continue to seek areas where the Chapter can be present and of assistance to others.”

During the October 6th meeting, Onika welcomed all of the attendees to the networking event and introduced the two latest members in attendance to the rest of the group.

“Please give a very warm welcome to our newest members, Qualice Seymour and Wanda Banks,” said Onika. “Both of these women are a wonderful addition to the Greater Memphis Local Chapter.”

Qualice Seymour is currently employed at FedEx Services as a Senior Sales Specialist supporting the domestic sales organization. She is the Author of Be Found Virtuous. Qualice is also the Owner of a women's empowerment ministry, Be Found Virtuous Ministries. Her organization seeks to help women and young ladies build character and raise self-esteem one virtue at a time.

Wanda is a Registered Nurse Case Manager at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and Visionary/Executive Officer at Garment of Wholeness. She is drawn to and passionate about empowering women to achieve destiny. Wanda announced and shared some information on the grand opening of Shekinah Glory Empowerment Center. The mall for empowerment is a part of the three-fold vision of Garment of Wholeness Ministries.

Onika announced that the Chapter is still collecting for the Mid-South Food Bank and has tentatively planned to make the donations to the organization in December. She invited members to continue to collect and donate whatever they could.

“We have already collected canned goods and monetary donations,” said Onika. “We encourage monetary donations since the food bank is able to get more for the money. For example, for every dollar the food bank collects, it is able to purchase $4.00 worth of food.”

Onika announced that there is a number of Chapter Board positions open, including: Secretary, Event Planner, Fundraising Planner, New Member Welcome Committee, and Treasurer. The October meeting was also the first time members took turns bringing snacks. This proved to be successful and attendees enjoyed wonderful snacks and drinks.

Attendees at the October networking meeting were: Onika Shirley, April Davis, Taffy Baron, Kris Seiler, Lisette Jones, Wanda Banks, and Qualice Seymour.

The NAPW Greater Memphis Local Chapter met for another networking event on November 23rd. Chapter President Onika kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for attending. The meeting focused on discussing how the Chapter can become more involved in volunteering for and participating in different community-based activities.

The Chapter President first discussed the Chapter’s Mid-South Food Bank Contribution. Onika reminded everyone that all canned goods and monetary donations collected will be donated to the food bank in December.

“Members of the Greater Memphis Local Chapter have given graciously and I thank everyone for all they have done so far,” said Onika.

Member Kris Seiler volunteered to look into dates and schedule for volunteering during the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Onika discussed themes for celebrating International Women’s Day in 2013.

“One idea that was suggested was for us to have a cluster meeting where we will meet with other NAPW Local Chapters to celebrate this important upcoming event,” said Onika.

The group of professional women also decided to team up with organizations that are focused on identifying, developing, and resourcing the assets in each community.

“Together, we will foster environments where relationships are formed, strengths are empowered, and where the love of Jesus is present,” said the Chapter President.

The women also discussed information about the 2012 Holy Convocation that is scheduled for November 5th through November 13th in St. Louis, MO.

As members enjoyed snacks donated by other members, the group also chatted about some new things that they wanted to try, including a free mobile application that allows groups to text message.

“We signed all the attending members up for GroupMe,” said the Chapter President. “We are using this as a quick communication tool to get a quick word out via cell phone.”

For the Chapter’s upcoming December holiday blast, each member agreed to bring a dish to celebrate the holidays and the Chapter’s final meeting of 2012: April-meatballs, plates, and forks; Onika-chesse ball, drinks, and napkins; Taffy-cake; Chris-casserole of some sort and grape salad; Verna-other.

Members agreed to continue meeting at the current location unless there is an event that will require an alternative meeting location and different day of the month. The Chapter will continue to meet on the first Saturday of every month at 2:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Attendees at the November Greater MemphisLocal Chapter meeting were: Onika Shirley, April Davis, Taffy Baron, Kris Seiler,and Verna Nickelberry.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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