The regular monthly meeting of the Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club was held on Monday, May 9th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rose Lane Community Building. President Evelyn Boswell called the meeting to order. The Collect and Pledge of Allegiance were recited. Introduction of guests present was done including past presidents Linda Trivisonno, Nancy Sodders, Melanie Andrews, Jacqueline Ross, Sherry Meadows and Dorothy Hamson. Also present was Tina Suarez – Illinois State President-Elect for 2016-17. A motion was made to suspend all regular meeting business to the June 13th business meeting after which Sherry Meadows introduced and presented the 2016 Scholarship Winners.
The 2016 Scholarship winners were: Grace Pytlinski winner of the Wilma K. Harpole Business Scholarship; Danara Jones recipient of the Ellen Ashton New Opportunities Scholarship and Kylie Newell winner of the Dora E. Brydon Health Related Scholarship.
Following the scholarship presentations, Dorothy Hamson performed the induction ceremony for two members to the Mt. Vernon BWC. Those members are Crystal Rios and Janeta Sutton. Each inductee received a yellow rose, the symbol of the Illinois Federation of Business Women, their membership pins and a gift bag.
The final order of business was for Dorothy Hamson to present the Installation Ceremony for the 2016-2017 new Mt. Vernon BWC officers. The installation ceremony was a rainbow color based ceremony with each office lighting a different color candle and agree to perform their duties. The following officers for 2016-2017 were installed; President – Carol Burk, President-Elect – Kendra Peterson, Treasurer – Connie Simmons, Recording Secretary – Marsha Webb, Corresponding Secretary – Patsy Timm, Parliamentarian – Sharon Costa and Board Members-at-Large – Amanda Burk, Eileen Williams and Gwen Gross.
After the Benediction was recited everyone refreshments.