President – Linda D. Burns

Vice President – Delia Flynn

Recording Secretary – Peggy Wells

Treasurer – Angie Jackson-Wilson


“Together, We Can Make a Difference in LA!”


Post Convention Board Meeting

June 5,  2011

Mid Year Board Meeting

January 21, 2012, Lafayette, LA

93rd State Conference

June 8 - 10, 2012, New Orleans, LA


Strategic Plan and Goals for 2011 - 2012

Membership Goal:  Membership recruitment and retention

Political Impact Goal:  To continue the program of advocacy, education, and information as put forth in our State Legislative Platform.


Parliamentarian – Glenda Prechac

Immediate Past President – Peggy Wells

Past State President 1 yr – Delia Flynn

Past State President 2 yr – Corvette Kowalski

Past State President 3 yr – Peggy Wells


Auditor – Pat Moses Howard

Foundation – Iketha Williams

Public Relations – Judy Wilson

Bylaws, P&P – Delia Flynn

Pelican Editor – Rhonda Counselman

Chair of Nominations – Anne M. Storms


Agnes Morris Ed Scholarship – Linda Burns

Events Planning – Pat Moses Howard

Rules & Resolution – Lois Ferguson

Chair District Directors –

Nike Award – Stephanie Tufaro

Membership – Treasurer

Legislation/National Leg Platform – Vice President

Historian – Martha Gremillion

Chaplain – Rev. Jo Ann Cooper

ERA Chair – Camille Moran

Web Master – Edna Haden

State Conference 2012 – Events Planning Committee – Pat Moses Howard



Southwest Central:

Liaison – Lauren Gibson

Co-Directors – Linda D. Burns

Pat Moses Howard


Southeast District

Donaldsonville – Wanda Ishmael & Betty Bellina

Jefferson Parish – Harriet Haworth

New Orleans – Kaaren Montgomery-Grimes

St. Bernard –Bethanne Trahan

Southwest/Central District

Alexandria – Delia Flynn & Annie Price

Lake Charles – Lois Ferguson

Monroe/W.Monroe – Janis Guyton

Oakdale – Linda Burns


The Fleur de Lis Installation was written by Past State President Anne M. Storms and dedicated to all Past State Presidents, officers, standing and special committee chairs that have served and continue to serve the LA Federation. Past State President Pat Moses Howard conducted the Installation ceremony.  Each incoming officer was escorted into the banquet room by a Past State President.  As they were installed, each officer placed a piece of the Fleur de Lis on the board.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, a completed Fleur de Lis was displayed for the members, demonstrating that each officer has an important role in BPW/LA.

Status of Local Organizations:

Currently there are eight local organizations.  Membership total on May 09, 2012 was 154

Mid Year Board:

The Mid Year Board (MYB) was held on January 21, 2012 at the Crown Plaza Lafayette, Lafayette, LA.  Thirty-two persons attended the Mid Year Board Meeting (23 members, eight guests and a guest speaker).

The luncheon speaker, Tonya Bolden-Ball, is CEO of Renewed Perspectives, LLC a consulting company specializing in leadership, team building, networking and mentoring.  The theme of her speech was that we should be determined to make every opportunity presented to us in our personal life and career a “golden” opportunity.  Use anything that comes our way as a learning experience.


The highlight of the luncheon was the announcement of the 2012 NIKE Award winner.  The Esther Terry NIKE award is BPW Louisiana’s most prestigious award; it is given annually to a member for outstanding contributions to the State Federation, her Local Organization, and her community.  Congratulations to M. M. (Peggy) Wells, Monroe LO.


A Fleur de Lis Silent Auction raised $500 to benefit the Agnes Morris Educational Scholarship Fund.  Not only are we "Women Helping Women," but it is fact that education helps women improve their professional and personal lives, as well as the lives of their families.  Our scholarship fund enables and empowers women to do just that.

State Conference 2012:

State Conference was held June 8 -10, 2012 at the Astor Crown Plaza Hotel New Orleans, LA.  There were 46 members and one guest attending.

 The Conference opened with the keynote address Rosa Flores, of WDSU-TV in New Orleans.  The topic of her speech was “Workplace Do’s and Don’ts --Your Image As a Leader”.

The morning session of the conference began with the Presentation of Colors by the Girl Scout Junior Troop 40035 of the Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies Color Guard, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  President

Linda Burns read the welcome from the Office of the Mayor of New Orleans.  The formal business session followed. 

2011 Young Careerist Jaclyn Tubre introduced Luncheon Speaker, NOLA the New Orleans Gypsy (Dian Lusher), who spoke on “Up to My Neck in AlligatorsĀ“ a humorous look at the alligators in our lives and six techniques to communicate effectively with those difficult people.  She combines serious professional and personal developments with an exciting “N’awlins” flair.

Past State President and Secretary Peggy Wells presented “What BPW/LA Can Do For You.


The afternoon Keynote speaker was Margaret Boley, Forest Supervisor for the Mississippi National Forest.  Her topic was “Women in Non-Traditional Careers”.  She serves as Forest Supervisor of the 1.2 million acres of national forest land in Mississippi, comprising of six National Forests covering 32 counties. 

State Conference is a business meeting when membership reviews the administration activities of this organization.  Committee Chairs and elected Officials are held accountable for the work performed.  Challenges in the membership growth and retention under the re-organization of BPW Foundation will plague us for several years.  Retention will be helped by the passage of lower dues and growth will come not from just a lower dues fee, but the value of this organization and what it offers new members.  Election for the coming year was conducted and another year passed to the history file.

President’s Message:  (June - May 2012):

My year as President began with Installation at State Conference at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center in Monroe on June 4, 2011.

In September, I attended the 3rd Annual Louisiana Women’s Conference in Baton Rouge.  This was our second year as a sponsor and was attended by nine BPW/LA members as well as professional women from throughout the state.

We set up, published, and mailed out the fall issue of the Pelican.  Members with access to the internet received their Pelican as an e-mail.

In October, I attended the SW/C District Meeting at Logan’s Roadhouse in Alexandria.  The guest speaker was B. J. Gallent, CASA Volunteer Director.  She challenged us to “Make a Difference in the Life of a Child” through representation in court cases and home visits for a foster child.  She presented material for recruiting volunteers in an upcoming training session.

In November, I attended the SE District Meeting held at the St. Bernard Council on Aging in Chalmette. Peggy Wells, YC Chair, presented a training session on “Networking and Mentoring” for the YC Program.

In January, we had Mid-Year Board at the Crowne Plaza in Lafayette.  In addition to conducting BPW business, members actively participated in a Fleur de Lis Silent Auction and we raised $500.00 for AMESF.  Our luncheon speaker Tonya Bolden-Ball was inspirational and dynamic.  Of course the BEST part was when Peggy Wells received the 2012 NIKE Award. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Peggy speechless!

In February, I headed to the Southeast District and attended a couple of LO meetings.  On the 27th I attended the St. Bernard Meeting at the St. Bernard Council on Aging building in Chalmette.  On the 28th, I attended the New Orleans LO Meeting at the Market on Olive Street.

On March 10th, I attended the SE District Meeting held at the Cypress Restaurant in Donaldsonville.  Their guest speaker, Renee Pastor spoke to members about “Women and Finances”.  Members in attendance discussed plans for the upcoming state conference.  On the 17th I attended the Jefferson Parish LO Meeting at the Pii Restaurant.  I also attended the LA Legislative Women’s Caucus Breakfast held at LSU.  At the end of the month, I attended the NAWBO “Women for Economic Growth” Luncheon held at Harrah’s.

In April, I attended the SW/C District Meeting held at Logan’s Roadhouse in Alexandria.  The guest speaker, Amie Starks. RN told us “We Can Make a Difference: Watch Your Health!”.  We set up, published, and mailed out the spring issue of The Pelican.  Members with internet access received The Pelican as an e-mail.  Peggy also set up a plug so that members could print it from the website.

In the spring, in spite of bad weather for two of the three meetings, we met with the ladies in the Baton Rouge area who were interested in starting a new LO.  We met on March 3rd , April 21st, and had their first official meeting on May 19th.  They voted to accept their bylaws, officers were elected, and committee chairs were appointed.  They will accept their LO Charter at the Installation Banquet.  They will have their next meeting on June 16th.  If you’re in the area and wish to attend, they meet at La Madeline’s (7707 Bluebonnet/ Perkins Row) from 9:30-11a.m.

During the months of April and May, members of the Executive Committee met with PRN Coach/Dr. Vid Babber for planning tips on State Conference.

The Executive Committee meets monthly by teleconference.  In May, we discussed the Agnes Morris Education Scholarship applications and picked the 2012-2013 scholarship recipients as well as the Fall 2012 STEM applicant for BPW Foundation.

 I feel we had a great year and that with your help-

“Together, we DID Make a Difference in LA!”

Monthly communications have been sent to the membership every month during 2011-2012 since July.  Those members with e-mail addresses have received these communications via email; others have received a hard copy via U.S. Mail. 

The Executive Committee met via teleconference (toll-free number) in January, February, and March; a face-to-face Executive Committee meeting was held prior to Mid-Year Board in January.  The Events Planning Committee met via teleconference (toll-free number) in January, February, March, April, and May; there were two meetings held in May. 

This concludes the history report for 2011-2012.

Martha Gremillion                                  Date:  January 8, 2013                                      

Martha Gremillion, Historian

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