NAPW Jacksonville, FL Local Chapter Raised Money for Girls, Inc. with a “No Bake” Bake Sale at June Networking Event

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National Association of Professional Women Jacksonville, FL Chapter continued its charitable endeavors with a creative fundraiser in June and plans for a larger fundraiser in September.

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The winning recipe was a flourless chocolate cake, submitted by Kelly Bush. The group raised $173 to benefit Girls, Inc.,

Members and guests of the [NAPW Jacksonville, FL Local Chapter gathered on June 10th for a [professional networking meeting.

The Chapter, which was recently recognized by at the National Networking Conference with a Charitable Acts Award, continued its philanthropic work by holding a successful “No Bake” bake sale to benefit Girls, Inc.

The group of professional women also continued donating to their Change for Change Jar and made plans for a larger fundraiser in September.

Chapter President Jenni Edwards shared exciting news she learned while attending a recent Strategic Planning Session in New York City with Spokeswoman Star Jones, the corporate team and other top Local Chapter Presidents.

“It’s great to see everyone again, especially all of the new faces!” President Jenni Edwards exclaimed as she kicked off the meeting.

The Chapter President thanked Chapter Vice President of Finance Charu Raheja and Chapter Secretary Leah Zimmer for organizing the May meeting in her absence.

She spoke about her attendance at a strategic planning meeting and told member and guests how the organization is committed to the Local Chapters.

“Due to the growth and community involvement of the NAPW Jacksonville Chapter, I was invited to participate in a strategic planning session in New York City with Star Jones, leaders from NAPW Corporate and three other top Local Chapter Presidents from around the country,” President Edwards told attendees.

Numerous programs and policies were discussed at the session, said the President, including the addition of Chapter resources, updates to the website to make it more user friendly and the potential introduction of exciting new initiatives. Ideas included a wireless App, local and national outreach, additional events, forming strategic alliances with like-minded organizations and much more.

The Chapter President then facilitated a discussion on the Chapter’s involvement in a number of charitable causes.

“Due to the charitable efforts of the Jacksonville Chapter, we were awarded the Charitable Acts Award at the NAPW National Conference in April,” said President Edwards. “It was decided the $5,000 prize will be used to host an event in September that will raise money for our 2013 Focus Charity, Girls, Inc.”

The September event, “Corks & Forks 2” will be a food and wine pairing featuring a four-course meal at Black Finn American Grill and wine selections from PRP Wine. The focus of the event will be to increase awareness and benefits of the Jacksonville Chapter, as well as an opportunity to raise money for Girls, Inc.

This month, the Chapter held a “No Bake” Bake Sale, which was proposed by Chapter member Kelly Bush earlier in the year, meeting attendees were asked to bring monetary donations to the June meeting in lieu of purchasing ingredients and spending time baking an item.

The group of professional women was asked to include photos of the dessert their donation represented, in order to vote on the “best/tastiest dessert.”

“The winning recipe was a flourless chocolate cake, submitted by Kelly Bush. The group raised $173 to benefit Girls, Inc.,” said President Edwards. “In addition, the Change for Change Jar was quite full, having raised $23.59 at the night’s meeting. That brought the quarter total to $57.59 to benefit Hubbard House.”

Members and guests also participated in a fun networking exercise.

The Chapter President handed out a recent Forbes article on networking, as well as contact capture forms. She instructed everyone to spend 15 minutes networking with the goal of completing all blanks for as many people as possible, and challenged the group to follow up with each person within 24 hours.

The person with the most contacts filled out would then win a gift bag containing a $50 gift card for Sara Blaine for Willow House, a $25 gift card to Carrabba’s courtesy of CBC Benchmark, and a $45 Godiva Chocolate Basket courtesy of Abby Feame Custom Creations.

The winner was Chapter member Anita Zori. Since her company, Abby Feame Custom Creations, had donated part of the prize, she gave the chocolate arrangement to runner-up, member Sheila Brown-Jefferson.

The Chapter President announced that the maintenance Jacksonville Chapter Page has been transitioned to a new Chapter member, Bobbi Nagle, and will include many updates. The site will feature links to social media, an interactive calendar, photos and a member directory.

Chapter members were asked to email the President any information they would like included in the directory.

President Jenni Edwards updated attendees on the status of the Chapter’s Facebook Page, which has increased to 320 followers.

“The Chapter Facebook is such a great way for member to interact with the page by ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ posts, and the power of Chapter members’ ability to share and promote their businesses, and each others’, as well,” said President Edwards.

Jacksonville Chapter Members were encouraged to attend an upcoming networking event, ‘The Little Sundress Summer Fling’ at Black Finn on June 20th. Chapter member MaryBeth Murray will be at the event as a vendor, displaying Sara Blaine for Willow House.

The Chapter President also mentioned the Chapter’s Quarter Three Newsletter will be published July 1st, so anyone wishing to be included should submit articles to Angela Brown.

She also asked that attendees think of low-cost “summer fun” ideas, for kids or adults, and to email them to her before the next meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chapter President once again thanked everyone for coming. The group of professional women gathered for a quick group photo and spent more time networking.

Upcoming Jacksonville Chapter meeting will be held on Monday July 8th at 6:00pm at Coldwell Banker Commercial Offices, 4348 Southpoint Blvd. Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

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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