December is a wonderful time of year. We get together with friends and family. We reflect on the year past and start looking to the next year. At BPW Saskatoon we also celebrate our membership. December’s meeting is about recognizing our long term members and having the opportunity to celebrate all the things that our members and BPW have accomplished. We also get to learn more about the different committees within BPW. It is one of my favorite meetings because it is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
In preparation for the December Meeting, at our November board meeting we reflected on how being a part of BPW has benefited us individually. It was inspiring to hear all the tangible benefits we have experienced by being a part of BPW and talk about how we can pass those on to YOU, our members. I would like to share a few with you here:
- Board and Volunteer Experience: BPW has provided us with an opportunity to sit on a board and volunteer with professional committees in a safe and supportive environment.
- Expanded Network of Advocates: Through BPW, we have experienced what we call “Networking with Heart.” It is networking that goes one step farther. We’ve gotten to know each other and BPW members on a deeper level and with that it’s been easy and felt good to refer business to them.
- Advocacy Platform: BPW Saskatoon has been a safe platform in which to advocate for and impact social issues that matter to us.
- Professional Development: Our meetings have featured speakers and guests who have provided us with tools to better ourselves in both our business and personal lives.
These are just a few of the ways being involved with BPW has impacted our lives – and we’re working hard to make sure you have the chance to have the same experience. I strongly encourage everyone to bring a guest to our meeting in December. It is the perfect opportunity for an evening out and to introduce her to BPW.
The December Member Celebration evening is also a great way to learn about the different capacities in which you can be a part of BPW. I will never forget my first meeting in which the President at the time, Tammy Richmond, stated that you will get out of BPW what you put into it. It was what encouraged me to volunteer on the Marketing Committee. Through my volunteerism I got to meet some incredible women on a deeper level than just the regular meetings. I gained a supportive network of women that have been there with me as I traversed my new career and struggled with work/life balance. A network of women who I have no problem referring my clients to. A network of women who gave me the support and platform to stand on to advocate for those who can’t. So take it from me, even if it is in a small capacity it is worth it to give some of your time to BPW Saskatoon.
BPW Saskatoon President