Thursday, October 31, 2013

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

The Guest Night Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club hosted the October 10, 2013 meeting which was held at Brethren Retirement Community’s Brick Room.

Diane Delaplane and her committee members Bev Delk, Phyllis Miller, Andria Haworth and Kaye Moore planned an informative meeting with a focus on breast cancer to recognize October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. Kathy McDonald, RSN, RN, CBHN from Reid Hospital along with Claudia Anderson, RN, BSN, Physician Relation’s Manager were present. McDonald who is a breast navigator spoke on breast cancer awareness and the BRCA test. This is a breast cancer (BRCA) gene test that is a blood test to check for specific changes (mutations) in genes that help control normal cell growth. Finding changes in these genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, can help determine your chance of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Costs for these tests have recently been reduced in price.

Pamela Spitler from Pamela’s Intimate Apparel located in downtown Greenville spoke on what she has available in her store for women who have gone through breast cancer. Bra gadgets that are available in Pamela’s store were on display. Marilyn Emmons from The Cancer Association of Darke County had a display table exhibiting the services they offer. Reid Hospital provided a table manned by Claudia Anderson with information on services offered by the hospital. Reid Gift shop also provided a gift basket that was given away that evening.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Gail Snyder at 937/423-4854.

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