Welcome everyone to February’s newsletter I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, New Year and summer holiday. We have a great year ahead of us and don’t forget that this year New Zealand is celebrating 80 years of BPW. This will be celebrated at our national conference in April and we look forward to the book being produced by National showing our BPW journey.
This month we are acknowledging Red Bag Day and Janet from our national executive will be joining us to talk about Red Bag Day and to share information about BPW as a global organization.
We'll be having a Q & A with Dee who does all of our IT. She'll be answering your questions about creating, and running websites.
A merry summer to you all.
See you all on the 18th.
Desiree Bond - President
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Welcome everyone to November’s newsletter and welcome to our new executive we have an exciting month ahead of us :) This month is White ribbon month which makes us aware of the domestic violence in our community and further afield. Please wear your white ribbon in support of this. Hawera is hosting the White Ribbon Ride on the 21st of November meeting at 10.30am at 85 Fairfield Road, ‘The White Ribbon Ride is one of the most exciting initiatives tackling this country’s crippling domestic violence record. This week-long motorcycle tour happens every November. Join the White Ribbon Riders as they share their stories and talk about the White Ribbon kaupapa.’
We will be having a stand at the A&P Show on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of November and we desperately need your help please. Our aim is to get BPW out to the business and professional women in and around Hawera who need us, our club, our comradery and help. It can be tough out there on your own and there are so many small businesses being run from home it’s a great opportunity to try to connect with these amazing women. A roster will be sent out for volunteers to man our stand, if you can give an hour of your time that would be wonderful. We will also have a raffle like last year so can you all please donate something small for this, you can drop off your items to Sheryl at Storage and Equipment Hire on South Road.
See you all on the 19th.
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What a wonderful start to daylight savings, it makes for an easier time of it for those looking after children/grandchildren over the school holidays.
I am so fortunate to spend time with like-minded women and being surrounded by inspiring and proactive women, the sharing of ideas, networking and reconnecting with other women. It is helpful discussing our challenges, goals and sharing lots of ideas with members of Hawera BPW.
I especially enjoyed the opportunity to share the experience with our newer club members - Anna, Marissa and Andrea better after listening to them at our September meeting. They were excellent on how they influence others with opportunity by establishing needs of others, to then work towards successful outcomes……and maintain work life balance!!
A quote I was reminded of –
“Surround yourself with people smarter than you”.
See you all on the 15th.
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Dear Editor of the Taranaki Daily News,
The edition of todays newspaper made me realise that I am a very confident women too, and for the first time I feel the need to voice my opinion in public.
I have called New Zealand my home for the last ten years and have always been proud of the fact that New Zealand has a history of outstanding courageous women. Helen Clark was Prime Minister at the time and I admired her for the way she presented herself in the male dominated world of international politics. I took a great interest in the suffragettes movement, as their bravery to stand up for women’s rights was extraordinary in a time when women were expected to have children and look after their family.
So when I looked at the front page of the Daily news this morning I felt very disappointed. I expected a picture of a camelia or the 125 suffrage symbol or a picture of Kate Sheppard or at least a purple border. I looked through the rest of the paper to find the big article on the anniversary of 125 years of women’s vote, but there was nothing! Not a mention of this big event 125 years ago!
I felt outraged and immediately a picture from last Saturdays edition came into my mind. Two ladies planned a march to celebrate the efforts of the suffragettes. One lady was holding up a sign with the words: “Same Shit! Different Century – Are we there yet?”
It is not that I don’t appreciate the importance of showcasing young innovative approaches to farming in South Taranaki … but today is about celebrating the achievements of the extraordinary and courageous ladies 125 years ago, who achieved for all women in New Zealand to have the right to vote!
Would you have showcased a farming story on the front page if it was a rugby anniversary?
Have a look at the New Zealand Harold, they achieved it!
Picture from the New Zealand Geographic.
Awesome August has just flown and now we are into Super September.
Didn’t the Young ones do a great job running August... I love that BPW Hawera is rocking!! Congratulations. Racquel Cleaver was just great with her informing us about ‘We are women’ website and how to go online and get some inspiration. The amazing women Racquel has interviewed hit home to many of us that follow her webpage. As sometimes when we are working alone or facing troubles the fact that we can see that other women have been in our shoes and prospered gives us the motivation and energy to know or feel that what we are doing is right and we are on the right track. Thank you again Racquel.
See you on the 17th at our super duper meeting.
Yours in kindness
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Welcome! Although the rain keeps pouring down, there is a glimmer that better weather is looming: the days don't feel so cold, the evening daylight is longer, daffodils are starting to flower and Spring is coming.....
Wow, how was Mamma Mia in place of our July meeting!!!! Fantastic night with nearly a full house at the theatre, about 134 tickets sold. The movie was great, the food was great, the wine flowed, raffles sold, with three winners - Donna Griggs, Fiona Hicks and Tracey Nielsen, congratulations. And a thankyou to Meredith Pick for doing a redraw.
Thankyou to Anita and Desiree who drove this and all the other help behind the scenes that went into making it such a success.
From the evening we made a profit and had two ladies join our club the next week!!!! We now have 37 members.
August Dinner Meeting
On Monday the 20th, our dinner meeting is being run by Hawera's Young BPW members. So you need to bring along all your under 35 year old women you know and see what fun we are in for. Picture of Vivien, our Mrs Asia Pacific Young BPW.
19th July - Chick Flick Movie night is our monthly meeting for July - $30 and you get a movie, nibbles and a drink. Please invite somebody as this is our fundraiser to help a woman back into study. More details here and get your tickets from Hawera iSite.
I am very mindful of how busy you all are in the day to day busy life you all have and how you are finding yourself often stretched and maybe a little stressed out? You are being pulled in different directions with various demands and priorities.
Then take a pause, a deep breath, focus first on your breathing then once you are relaxed you can then focus on the rest of this month’s newsletter!
I like things that are simple, speedy and free, like the latest hottest trend in business known as “Mindfulness meditation”. Other words are you in the here and now or is your mind also thinking about your endless to do list and 20 thousand other things.
Mindfulness meditation focuses on improving work-related stress, work-life balance and self-care.
We like things that are clearly helpful and good for wellbeing, that also help keep one focused on the here and what is important right here right now.
Here are three exercises (from a much longer list) that you may like to try. Why not give one or two ago?
And don't forget yoga is great for the mind, body and soul.
Yours in kindness
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Welcome to Joyous June
Well it’s the start of winter and what better way to enjoy the season then with each other at Tairoa Lodge. This month we have Candle Lighting, when we celebrate the formation of BPW and acknowledge the women who came before us. This is a wonderful event which allows all our new members to gain knowledge about BPW and to renew our bonds with our sisters around the world. If you have anything from your travels that you would like to share with us then please bring it along.
Our Southern Regional Meeting is being held in Foxton on the 30th of June, we encourage you all to attend. Please fill out your registration forms and email them to us or bring them along to our June meeting, cost is $30.00 per person.
BPW Hawera Vice President
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Hawera Wins Awards
Congratulations to us, we won several top awards at this years BPW National Conference held in Warkworth:
Welcome to Magnificient May
Wow couldn’t believe it when we were being called up to accept these awards at conference from all of your hard work. Thankyou so much you great club!
BPW Hawera President
About the awards we won.
BPW NZ Executive instituted Club of the Year Award to commence at Conference 2007, and is given to the club that has best demonstrated the BPW International Aims over the previous year. The Harrison-Lee Membership Award is made annually at Conference to the club that has had the highest percentage increase in membership for the calendar year ending 31st March prior to Conference. And the Brooker Marketing Award is a trophy presented at Conference each year to a Club that has been the most effective in marketing BPW through an activity they have completed during the previous year.
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Anzac Day is another biggie this month and we are celebrating it with an important woman. So wear your badge and bring a guest and enjoy the evening.
Here we are in April already with the lovely foolish April weather. Apparently it stems from April fool’s day or rather April fool’s day stems from it. As the nights cool and the days shorten, there’s no denying that autumn is here.
Armed & Feminine – Our fighting fit female
Women have played many roles in the military, from ancient warrior women like the Amazons to the women currently serving in conflicts in the Iraq War.
Despite various roles in the armies of past societies, the role of women in the military, particularly in combat, is controversial, and it is only recently that women have begun to be given a more prominent role in contemporary armed forces…
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