NAPW Bakersfield, CA Chapter Wrapped Up 2012 by Giving Back to 2 Local Charities at November & December Networking Events

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National Association of Professional Women Bakersfield, CA Chapter raised money for the Mendiburu Magic Foundation in December and provided 60 meals for those in need at the Bakersfield Rescue Mission in November.

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Together, enough money was raised to help provide more than 60 meals for those in need at the Mission.

Members and guests of the NAPW Bakersfield, CA Local Chapter brought 2012 to a close by giving back to the community during their last two professional networking meetings. In December, the group of professional women met at California State University where they raised funds for the Mendiburu Magic Foundation and learned more about the nonprofit organization as well as the college. In November, members and guests gathered for a luncheon at the Bakersfield Rescue Mission at Kern County, where they heard from the Director and collectively made a donation to the Mission’s Thanksgiving Campaign, helping to provide 60 meals for people in need.

NAPW Bakersfield Local Chapter President Janelle Capra kicked off the December meeting at California State University by welcoming the attendees to the event and introducing the two guest speakers, Valerie Mendiburu, Vice President of Public Afairs for the Foundation and Emily Poole, Student Affairs of California State University, Bakersfield. The meeting began with a short video about the Foundation and then a brief statement by Emily Poole who hosted the meeting in the University’s Student Union.

“The goal of this meeting was to visit our local university as well as support the Mendiburu Magic Foundation,” said Janelle. “Bakersfield Local Chapter members and guests were encouraged to take the money they would normally spend on lunch and donate $12 to the Mendiburu Magic Foundation’s 12-12-12 Campaign, which they generously did at the end of the meeting.”

Emily’s presentation included a description of the growth of the University, the addition of engineering and other studies, upcoming building of new dormitory units, and the pending transition from a quarter system to a semester system.

“California State University, Bakersfield is extremely valuable to our community. Emily reminded members and guests, ‘it’s your university’,” said the Chapter President.

Valerie Mendiburu then took the floor and discussed how the Foundation was founded, the organization’s purpose, and how it benefits children and families. Mendiburu Foundation partners with medical organizations and hospitals to provide assistance for Kern County children ages 0-17 who are facing life-threatening or catastrophic illness. It helps “make magic happen” by assisting families during a stressful time. All donations to the Foundation’s 12-12-12 Campaign go to the Foundation’s Magic Makers Patient Assistance Funds.

When the NAPW Bakersfield Local Chapter met at the Bakersfield Mission in November for a ‘Thanks & Giving’ luncheon, members and guests were also very generous when it came to donating to a local charity. While the Chapter catered a delicious lunch from The Noodle Bar, rather than charging for the lunch, the President encouraged members and guests to make a donation to support the Mission’s Thanksgiving Campaign.

“Together, enough money was raised to help provide more than 60 meals for those in need at the Mission,” said Chapter President Janelle.

The Chapter President kicked off the meeting with a gift of ‘thanks,’ a $20 gift certificate from the owners of Valentien, who wanted to thank the Bakersfield Chapter for choosing their restaurant for the Re-Launch Luncheon.

“Talk about a great reason to ‘do lunch’ again!” said Janelle.

Chapter members and guests then introduced themselves and shared business cards for a chance to win prizes at the end of the meeting. The President then introduced the guest speaker.

Tim Calahan, Director of Development at Bakersfield Rescue Mission shared with the group of professional women how the organization has grown significantly while serving Kern County over the past 60 years. He showed a video that explained the nonprofit’s history and its future with a new name, The Mission at Kern County.

“The Mission at Kern County is the place where the homeless and addicted can come not just for a day of food and a night of shelter, but Christ-centered long-term care that transforms lives,” he said.

“Tim then gave a tour of the facility and showed how resourceful they can be, even the room we had lunch in opens up to a large dining room that can feed thousands,” said Janelle.

At the December meeting, the Chapter President gave an update on upcoming monthly meetings for 2013 and announced that she had secured The Padre for every other month beginning in January to ensure more consistency in location.

“We will have the Belvedere Room and will be able to have speakers. We will travel to other organizations and charities on the ‘even’ months,” said Janelle.

Janelle also announced that Wendy Armijo, Bakersfield Chapter Vice President, was working on a Holiday Mixer to be held at The Mark on December 18th at 5:30pm. Space is available for about 20 people, and there will be entertainment and fun prizes. For the January 9th meeting, Cindy Ashton, world class singer, entertainer, and speaker will be the evening’s guest speaker.

“That same evening on January 9th, from 6:30 to 9:00pm, Cindy will provide a Girls Networking Night Out Workshop, where she will share how to mega-grow our businesses with superstar presentation skills and social media tools!” said Janelle.

The idea for a February meeting is a luncheon and a “Share the Love” vendor fair. The February meeting will be held February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, and the vendor fair will be an opportunity for last minute shoppers to purchase Valentine’s Day gifts. Suggested hours are 11:00am to 1:00pm. The Chapter President is hoping to get media coverage for hosting this event and is seeking suggestions for a location. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

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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