Calling all business women

Published 7:49 pm Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pike County Business Women, there’s a group calling for you.

At least that’s what the group’s past president Jodie Jefcoat said at the Pike County Business Women’s monthly meeting Wednesday.

The group, which gives a networking opportunity for professional women throughout the county, met Wednesday to kick off its new year and install new officers.

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“We meet once a month to fellowship with other business women,” Jefcoat said.

As part of the meetings, the group invites guest speakers from the community, holds panel discussions and round table groups.

Jefcoat said speakers range in people discussing community events to those who educate on finances or investments.

“It keeps us abreast about things going on and issues that face business women,” Jefcoat said.

Jefcoat and newly-installed President Amy Baker couldn’t recall exactly when the group began, but what they do know is its still serving its original purpose: “to bring together professional businesswomen who represent the diversity of the population of Pike County.”

Pike County Business Women allows an opportunity for its members to be informed on current issues facing those in the working world and network with diverse groups of women with common concerns.

Jefcoat said what is the main goal behind the group, however, is to provide a scholarship to a deserving high school senior in one of Pike County’s schools.

Jefcoat, who has been a member for the last five years, said the group has served her well.

“I’ve met a lot of good women I wouldn’t have met,” Jefcoat said.

“I met people like-minded with the same goals and challenges.”

The group is seeking members of all ages and professions. Anyone interested in joining should contact one of the group’s officers.

There is a $24 annual charge and a $7.50 charge for each lunch.

The group meet’s the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Olde Enzor Lane on Three Notch Street.

The new officers are: Amy Baker, president; Jodie Jefcoat, vice president; Billie Ann Taylor, secretary; Melissa Sanders, treasurer; Joyce Dix, chaplain and publicity/hospitality; Betty Jo Savoie, scholarship chair; Melissa Thomas, special projects chair.