EPWA Current News
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 3:30 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Beyond the Green
    A Women-Centric, Career Development Experience for Executives and Young Professionals

    Tuesday, May 20 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Harbor Shores (Benton Harbor)

    Local Professional and Executive Women Invited to Exclusive Professional Development Experience “Beyond the Green” at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid May 20 at Harbor Shores.
    Local executive and young professional women are invited to be part of an exclusive professional development experience onsite at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. The event, held in conjunction with the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, is scheduled for May 20 (Tuesday) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at Harbor Shores.
    Speakers and panelists include:
    Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and former WNBA President - keynote speaker.
    Jenn Harris, Founder of High Heel Golfer and business golf guru
    Kim Thompson, Senior Director, Coprorate Communications, Whirlpool Corporation
    Patti Butcher, PGA/LPGA Professional, Director of Golf and Club Operations at Blythefield Country Club (Belmont, Mich.)
    Sandy Cross, Director, Women's and New Market Initiatives, PGA of America
    Central to the day’s messaging will be leadership, mentorship, sponsorship and inclusion – women helping women elevate personally and professionally, and how golf can play a role in one’s career and business trajectory.
    Click here to download the PGA of America's official evite for the event.

    TICKETS: $50
    Tickets can be purchased for $50/person and include grounds admission, a parking pass and access to the Beyond the Green event. To purchase tickets, visit with the user code PGA2014.
    *Note: this event is limited to the first 60 registrants.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:15 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Benton Harbor Event Information: Join Club members in service learning projects close to their hearts; see what it takes to excel in good character and to be a leader by being involved in our community.
    The arts: Acting, singing, dancing, visual arts. Our Club members have access to some of the best creative resources and mentors in our community and are able to produce vivid and inspiring artistic performances and pieces.  Tour the Club to see and hear first-hand some of the incredible talents of our gifted members. 

    aCadEmIC suCCEss: How much did you learn in school? How much did you retain? Match wits with our members through fun and challenging high-yield learning games and contests that will call on the basics: math, spelling, vocabulary and reasoning.

    hEaLthy LIfEstyLEs: Learn about the activities that develop our young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, live successfully as self-sufficient young people and have fun with their peers while doing so. 
    So, test your knowledge of the human body, food pyramid and finally answer the question, “Are you smarter than a Club member?”

    thE CLub ExpErIEnCE: End a week of seeing positive Club outcomes in Character and Leadership, The Arts, Education, and Healthy Lifestyles and discover the full Club experience through the eyes of our members. 

    Our final celebration focuses on the commitment made by over 300 children and teens served at the Club daily.daily toursEach day makes a difference. Which day Will be yours?

    RSVP to or (269) 363-4808.
    600 Nate Wells Sr. Drive • Benton Harbor, MI 49022 • (269) 926-8766
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:56 PM | Joan Walters
    Once again our EPWA members have donated a large amount of food to our February Food Drive.  This month our donations were given to the First Presbyterian Church in the Morton Hill neighborhood.  Rev. Laurie sends thanks.

  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:40 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Saturday, February 22, 2014   - - 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    The Orchards Mall, Benton Harbor - - 
    Mall entrance 4, between Carson’s and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts

    Lakeland’s third annual “Love Your Heart” event is filled with free information and screenings to show you how to take good care of your heart!

    FREE activities will include:
    ♥ Cholesterol and blood pressure screenings 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    Appointments are required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544 (12-hour fasting required for cholesterol screening; no food, only water). Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.
    ♥ Fitness demonstration by Benton Harbor/Benton Township Senior Services, Inc. and R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo
    ♥ Free heart-healthy classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. with chances to win prizes for attending
    ♥ Health information booths
    ~ Community Organizations and Resources
    ~ Diabetes Education
    ~ Early Heart Attack Care
    ~ Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center
    ~ Lakeland Heart Center
    ~ Lakeland Nutrition
    ~ Smoke-Free Life
    ♥ Heart-healthy Snacks for Kids 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
    Hands on class for kids and parents with a Lakeland registered dietitian.
    Registration is required.
    ♥ Love Your Heart red-themed fashion show 12:00 p.m. featuring the Blossomtime Community Queens
    ♥ Talk to a cardiologist, featuring J. Douglas Huggett, DO, Cardiology Southwest

    For more information, call the Margaret Beckley Upton Center for Health Enhancement of Lakeland HealthCare at (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544 or visit for event times and details.
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    Saturday - MAY 31, 2014 - 6:00PM - 10:00PM * * * Fernwood Botanical Garden
    13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120            COCKTAILS, FOOD, MUSIC, ART

    Watch artists create original works of art as you stroll, eat, drink, listen to music and have a ton of fun.
    If you attended this unique event last year, you know it's not to be missed. If you missed out last year, don't make the same mistake twice!
    Proceeds will benefit disaster relief efforts and Service to the Armed Forces programs for the American Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties.
    For more information, call 269-556-9619.
  • Monday, February 10, 2014 5:30 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    What: The Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center Government Contracting Orientation ClassWhere: Cornerstone Alliance, 38 W. Wall St, Benton Harbor, MI
    When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Cost: FREE

    The government purchases billions of dollars in goods and services each year. Would you like to be on their vendor list? The Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses who want to sell products or services to the federal, state or local governments. PTAC counselors are trained to help you navigate this market.

    If your company is considering government contracting, this FREE seminar is the first step in learning how to sell products and services to the federal, state, and local government. You will learn:
    How PTAC Works
    What it takes to become a successful government contractor
    Which services and resources are available to businesses pursuing the government market
    State of Michigan Government Contracting
    Federal Government Contracting
    Laws and Regulations
    Small Business Goals and Set-Asides
    Anyone is welcome to participate. Management and personnel who support and facilitate government contracting within your company will find it most beneficial.
    Preregistration is required; deadline to register is Monday, February 17, 2014. To register online, please visit the PTAC website; call PTAC at 269-553-9588; or email
  • Friday, February 07, 2014 6:00 AM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)

    Developed by women who have discovered the keys to success, presented by women who will inspire and invigorate you designed with your success in mind

    In The Conference for Women, you'll learn...
     - Leading projects and people
     - Standing up for yourself and resolving conflict
     - Creating a powerful, positive image
     - Developing a passion for your work

    This special conference is designed to help you develop yourself professionally and find fulfillment in everything you do! There are absolutely no limits to what you can achieve … especially when you’re equipped with the right tools, the right plan and the right attitude, and that’s what this conference is all about. You’ll spend the day with the most inspiring professional women trainers you’ll ever hearundefinedand network with women who are facing the same life situations you are. It’s a day full of meaningful insights you won’t soon forget!
    Program Hours: 9am-4pm CPE Credits: 5.5. Field of Study: Communication

    Seminars found within 100 miles of 49085 
    Oakbrook Terr, IL Feb 26, 2014
    Schaumburg, IL Feb 27, 2014
    South Bend, IN Apr 22, 2014
    Grand Rapids, MI Jun 5, 2014
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:30 PM | Joan Walters
    EPWA Members and Local Business Women.  Don't forget the opportunity tonight to be a part of the focus group to BEND YOUR POLITICIANS EAR!.  This focus group will provide input to the candidates and current politicians in Michigan letting them know what you would like to see in Michigan's future.  Co-sponsored by EPWA and WMU Southwest.  
    5:30 - 7 at WMU Southwest - Napier Road - Benton Harbor.  email: to reserve your seat!
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:24 AM | Joan Walters
    EPWA MEMBERS - Congratulate yourselves for your generous food donations at our January meeting.  We collected enough food to fill my backseat.  The food bank in the greatest need this month was Benton Harbor Street Ministry.  I delivered it to Rev. Hester who expressed great appreciation.  

    Remember we will continue to collect food donations at our February and March meetings.

    Joan Walters, President
  • Monday, January 20, 2014 5:58 PM | Jo Ann Bertrand (Administrator)
    When: March 14-16
    What is it? A women's weekend in downtown St. Joseph, stay tuned to St Joseph Today ( for more information!
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