Friday, September 25, 2015

Greenville BPW Kicks off 2015-2016 Business Year

Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club kicked off the new 2015- 2016 business year by holding their first meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Center. The meeting was hosted by the Legislation Committee consisting of Diane Delaplane, Miriam Knick, and Andria Haworth.

Darke County Commissioner and BPW Member Diane Delaplane was the featured speaker. Delaplane is the first women elected to county commissioner and is currently in her second term in office. She is also the Neave Township Fiscal Officer. Her interest in legislation started when she became a member of the farm bureau in 1976. She spoke on the three State Issues that are on the ballot in the upcoming November election. She urges everyone to educate themselves to make an informed vote on the issues. As a commissioner they are required to serve and be active on many boards in the community. Darke County is the 8th largest county (land size) in the state, has the most road miles and is the number one producer of eggs in the state AND nation. The commissioners are in charge of 15 different properties. Currently there is much emphasis on work force development in Darke County. There are job opportunities in the county and she encourages students to stay in Darke County. Delaplane will be concluding her career as county commissioner with her term ending December, 2016. The early announcement was to allow possible candidates to register/file by the December, 2015 deadline.

Plans are being made for the next meeting which is the annual guest night on October 8th to raise scholarships funds. The theme is ‘What a Girl Wants’ to include a silent auction, a super raffle, and vendors.

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 Darke County senior high school girls and young women furthering their career. 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 Brenda Miller at or 937/996-1741.

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