Jennifer Snoddy, a district winner in a Business and Professional Women's competition, joined several members of the Brazil club who attended their annual spring district meeting in Sullivan at the 50+ Club on March 1.
Those in attendance included President Nina Blackwell, Deneta Campbell, Linda Colter, Kathy Deal, Mabel Kidwell, Lori McCullar, Hazel McDermont, Rose Mary Price, and Jennifer Snoddy.
Members of local BPW clubs from Crawfordsville to the southern tip of Indiana were among the guests. The morning program featured a speaker, professor Judith Jenkins of DePauw University, who spoke on the topic of Title IX: The equality of girls and boys in sports.
Thirty years after the passage of Title IX, there are 55 million women regularly participating in sports and fitness, and in the U.S., there are more females participating in sports and fitness than men.
Title IX states: "No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Following the morning speaker, Shelly Hunert, an eighth-grader from Plainville, Ind., shared her district-winning essay. She will compete against district winners at the April state convention. Then, candidates for the Young Careerist competition gave their four-minute speeches.
Jennifer Snoddy of Brazil was announced the winner of the YC competition and she will go on to compete with other district YC winners for the state title also in April. Snoddy competed against Maisha Smith of Terre Haute in personal interview, roundtable discussion, and speeches.
The district raised funds with their annual spring auction followed by a catered lunch. The keynote speaker in the afternoon was the BPW/Indiana Executive Director Kathie Wiley, who is retiring in May after a long career serving the local clubs across the state of Indiana at the home office.
She shared many stories about her experiences with BPW/Indiana and especially noted the many wonderful memories she has had with members of the Brazil local. The business meeting followed.
The merger of two BPW districts came to be a reality during the meeting. Districts 4 and 7 merged to become the new District V under this leadership team for 2003-4: District Director Tammy Hanselmann of Jasper, Assistant District Director Anita Peters of Greencastle, Ind., Secretary Diane Fisher of Crawfordsville, Treasurer Therese Miller of Terre Haute, Member to the State Nominating Committee Coloma Miller of Terre Haute, and Alternate to the State Nominating Committee Betty Tarr of southern Indiana.