NAPW Salem, OR Local Chapter Held its Inaugural Networking Meeting in October

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National Association of Professional Women Salem, OR Local Chapter discussed goals and future plans and networked at first meeting in Salem.

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The ability to make new friends, gain business contacts, get involved with community, and have fun, were just some of the answers I heard when we discussed what we hoped to accomplish/experience from Salem Chapter membership.

The NAPW Salem, OR Local Chapter held its inaugural professional networking meeting on October 24th. The Salem, OR Local Chapter President Artemiza Hernandez welcomed members and guests as they gathered for dinner at the Keizer Applebee’s, 2625 Liberty NE, in Salem to network and discuss plans and goals for the Chapter.

Artemiza distributed NAPW Pins to all new Salem Chapter members and offered NAPW Notepads as welcome gifts. She briefly spoke about the Salem, OR Chapter meeting agenda, upcoming opportunities, and the events and resources published on the NAPW website.

“To kick off the inaugural Chapter meeting, I invited members and guests to introduce themselves and exchange business cards,” said Artemiza. “I also asked them to talk about why they joined NAPW and what they would like to gain from our Chapter meetings.”

The Chapter President then led a number of lively discussions on a variety of topics concerning the Chapter’s future plans and goals. When asked about their decision to join NAPW, many attendees cited the opportunities to network and meet new people through social exchange.

“The ability to make new friends, gain business contacts, get involved with community, and have fun, were just some of the answers I heard when we discussed what we hoped to accomplish/experience from Salem Chapter membership,” said the President.

A discussion about what the Chapter could do to better promote NAPW while reaching out to the local community led to the following constructive suggestions: adopt a family for Christmas; join National Realtor’s to aid disadvantaged families; adopt a street in Salem; work with a local community garden to grow food for Marion County Food Share; and work with HOME (drop-in Teen Day shelter).

Artemiza announced the date for the next Chapter meeting would be November 14th at 6:00pm (1/2 hour earlier than tonight’s meeting) at Keizer Applebee’s, 2625 Liberty NE, Salem. The proposed meeting agenda includes:

  • How we do our Jobs - Share details of what we do to perform our jobs
  • Brainstorming - Making a difference - Members to present information on a single charitable organization to support by our Chapter for consideration by members
  • Select Salem, Or Local Chapter Board of Directors

Positions to be filled: Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Business Person/Advocate
The following new members were present for the inaugural meeting:

Patricia J. Wronski is a Receptionist for the Oregon Department of Energy. Pat has over 25 years clerical experience and ten years working as a Graphics Technician in the printing industry. Her professional goals are to build a self-employed business involving Desktop Publishing that she can run from her home after retirement.

Sedonia Harsh is a Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed. For the past nine years, Sedonia has been helping people identify and work toward the most important goals in their lives-whether those include a comfortable retirement, higher education, or long-term investment planning.

Sue H. Walker is a Distribution Sales Manager at Don Pancho Mexican Foods. Sue’s skills and areas of expertise include distribution and a number of miscellaneous duties. Sue is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations, such as ELKS.

Jacquie Acosta is a Broker for John L. Scott Real Estate. Jacquie is new to Oregon and desires to network and get involved in the community.

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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