Professional Women of El Paso, TX Pledged Support of U.S. Troops and Other Charities at January NAPW El Paso Chapter Event

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National Association of Professional Women El Paso, TX Chapter discussed sending care packages to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and supporting a local women’s shelter and pregnancy resource center at January event.

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There are over 700 soldiers overseas and although we are unable to reach out to all of them, we are hoping to send enough care packages to one company that has about 180 soldiers,

Members and guests of the NAPW El Paso, TX Local Chapter gathered on January 8th for a professional networking meeting.

The Chapter discussed ways it could support U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a local women’s shelter, and a local women and teen pregnancy resource center.

The group of professional women also participated in a creative team-building activity led by Chapter member Yvette Friday.

NAPW El Paso Local Chapter President Guadalupe Villarreal kicked off the networking meeting by welcoming members and guests and thanking them for attending.

“You could be been at home watching TV, but instead chose to be here tonight, this shows how professional you are,” said the Chapter President.

“After all, NAPW is an association where professional women get together to network, share ideas, and help each other!”

The President went on to distribute NAPW Pins to Chapter members Beatrice Middleton and Yvette Friday and offered welcome gifts of NAPW Notebooks to members and guests. She also reminded the group of professional women that a number of key Chapter Board positions were still open.

“The El Paso Chapter has the following board positions available: Vice President, Secretary, and Social Media Manager,” she told the group.

“Remember, an association can’t be run by one person and I could certainly use your help. Please consider taking on one of these positions.”

Guadalupe then led a discussion about the various charitable organizations and groups the Chapter would be supporting.

The group of professional women agreed to assemble care packages containing such items as toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, gum, mints, cookies, etc., which will be sent to the troops in Afghanistan.

“There are over 700 soldiers overseas and although we are unable to reach out to all of them, we are hoping to send enough care packages to one company that has about 180 soldiers,” said the Chapter President.

“I will contact local schools to ask children to write letters to the soldiers that we could include in the packages.”

In addition to supporting our troops, the El Paso Local Chapter also pledged to help some local charities, including a battered women’s shelter and a women and teen pregnancy resource center.

The group of professional women discussed creating gift baskets that would be raffled to raise funds for the organizations, and providing some type of professional development for the women.

The President opened the floor to members and guests, encouraging them to suggest other ideas, projects, and events for the Chapter.

“The work we are doing in our community is my passion; however, this is not only about my passion,” she told the group.

“If anyone here is passionate about something else, please let us know and the Chapter as a group will implement it.”

El Paso Local Chapter member Yvette Friday next provided the group of professional women with a team-building activity, Murder Mystery Discover.

Members and guests enjoyed playing detectives and all agreed it was a fun, creative way to connect and support each other.

The following were present at the January meeting: Letty West, Cynthia Gutierrez, Cecy Pacheco, Yvette Friday, Beatrice Middleton, Carolyn Mack, and Rosalyn Thornton.

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 El Paso, TX Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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