NAPW El Paso, TX Local Chapter Pledged Its Support of Troops Overseas at February Networking Meeting

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National Association of Professional Women El Paso, TX Local Chapter set plans in motion at February networking event to organize and coordinate sending care packages to soldiers stationed overseas.

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Our mission is for women to network, share ideas, and help each other grow professionally; however, the bottom line is to empower women.

Members and guests of the NAPW El Paso, TX Local Chapter gathered on February 19th for a professional networking meeting.

The group of professional women set the wheels in motion for sending care packages to troops in Afghanistan, including coordinating with local school children and the local Office Depot.

Vern Friday was the evening’s guest speaker. He delivered a presentation on the process of leadership and the different types of followers.

NAPW El Paso Local Chapter President Guadalupe Villarreal kicked off the meeting by welcoming members and guests to the networking event.

“Thank you for being here tonight; as I said before, you could be at home watching TV but you decided to be here tonight, this shows how professional you are,” said the Chapter President.

“Our mission is for women to network, share ideas, and help each other grow professionally; however, the bottom line is to empower women.”

Members and guests took some time to introduce themselves.

The Chapter President encouraged all attendees present to network with each other and to think of the group when they need something or when they know about someone needing resources that the El Paso Chapter can provide.

“Remember, every little bit helps,” said Guadalupe.

The President announced that the El Paso Local Chapter would begin its charity work by sending care packages to the troops in Afghanistan. The Chapter hopes to send packages to at least one company that has 180 soldiers. Guadalupe stated that the local Office Depot Manager donated envelopes and paper. The Chapter will work with a local school to have students write letters to the troops that will be included in the care packages.

The Chapter also hosted Vern Friday, who talked to the group about the importance of followership. Mr. Friday explained the different types of followers: Diehard, Participant, Bystander, Isolated, and Activist.

Chapter member Brandy Woodley received a pin and notebooks were distributed to new guests.

The Chapter President reminded members that the following board positions were open: Vice President, Secretary, and Social Media Manager.

The President provided information about the Chapter’s next meeting, which will be held on March 26th. The topic will be personal finances. Since the month of March is women’s month, Guadalupe suggested the El Paso Local Chapter recognize outstanding women. She invited members and guests to send her their nominations. She will print certificates so all members and guests could recognize women in the El Paso/Fort Bliss community for their extraordinary professionalism.

The floor was then open for ideas. The Chapter President stated that it was not only her Chapter but also everyone’s. She said the community work scheduled is her passion however; it is not all about her passion only.

“Remember, if anyone here has a passion for something else the El Paso Chapter as a group can implement it,” said Guadalupe.

Members and guests present at the February meeting were Brandy Woodley, Yvette Friday, Beatrice Middleton, Cynthia Gutierrez, Tony Benitez, Rosalyn Thornton, and Jackie Feliciano.

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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