NAPW Montgomery, AL Local Chapter President Kate Rudd Named Yvonne Messer as Chapter’s New Vice President and Welcomed Birmingham, AL Local Chapter President Tammy Shaw

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National Association of Professional Women Montgomery, AL Local Chapter President Kate Rudd named Yvonne Messer to the position of Chapter Vice President. The September networking meeting was also attended by Birmingham, AL Chapter President Tammy Shaw who sought advice on Chapter meetings for upcoming launch.

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Some of the goals for the Montgomery Local Chapter include expanding our Chapter and as the new Vice President, Yvonne Messer will assist with contacting new members to grow our Chapter...She will also help in other areas, as needed.

Members and guests of the NAPW Montgomery, AL Local Chapter gathered on September 20th for a professional networking meeting at Panera Bread in The Shoppes at Eastchase. It is the Chapter’s usual venue for all of its meetings and allows members and guests the option to enjoy dinner during the networking events.

At the September meeting, NAPW Montgomery Local Chapter President Kate Rudd named Yvonne Messer as the new Chapter Vice President, welcomed new members along with Birmingham, AL Local Chapter President Tammy Shaw, and led discussions on Chapter’s goals. She also distributed NAPW welcome packages to new Chapter members.

“Some of the goals for the Montgomery Local Chapter include expanding our Chapter and as the new Vice President, Yvonne Messer will assist with contacting new members to grow our Chapter,” said Kate. “She will also help in other areas, as needed.”

The Chapter President briefly spoke about the meeting agenda and opportunities and events published on the NAPW Website such as the upcoming NAPW Convention in Atlanta, GA, the most recent NAPW Newsletter, and Lenovo discounts offered to NAPW members. Other items attendees discussed during the meeting were developing a volunteer system, engaging prospects, and increasing awareness about NAPW among companies, agencies, and organizations.

“We also want to become a part of local charities by volunteering and possibly doing some fundraising,” said Kate. “The members decided to focus on supporting local groups involving women in need.”

The Montgomery Chapter President then acknowledged Tammy Shaw, President of the NAPW Birmingham, AL Local Chapter and introduced her to the group.

“Tammy is trying to launch a Birmingham Chapter so I invited her to join us and I also shared some Presidential duties with her,” said Kate.

To make even more of an impact on Montgomery and surrounding areas, a discussion took place about the two Chapters getting together with the Tuscaloosa Chapter for meetings perhaps in Clanton and working on charity events as a team. Working with Habitat for Humanity for the upcoming Christmas holidays was mentioned as a possibility of charitable involvement for the Chapters.

Before closing the meeting, Chapter President Kate Rudd reminded attendees that the Chapter meetings are posted on the Montgomery Chapter Page on the NAPW Website for future reference. Meetings are set for October 18th and November 15th and will be held at the Panera Bread in Eastchase.

Members attending the September Montgomery Chapter meeting included:
Yvonne Z. Messer, CFP, ChFC, a Franchise Owner and Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, which specializes in financial planning and investment services. Yvonne’s areas of expertise include retirement planning and helping women achieve their financial goals. She is currently involved with The Financial Planning Association and The Estate Planning Council.

T. Millen, a new Chapter member who currently works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her professional title is Residential Reentry Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which specializes in Law Enforcement and Reentry. Her hobbies and interests include spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling. She is drawn to charities such as St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as local schools and churches.

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.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Montgomery, AL Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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