Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"New Year, New You" Was the Theme for the NAPW Memphis Local Chapter's January Meeting

NAPW Greater Memphis Local Chapter met on Saturday, January 7th at 2:00pm for a "New Year, New You"-themed monthly networking meeting where members learned how to create clear goals and implement the plans necessary to achieve those goals.

Onika Shirley, Chapter President, kicked off the meeting by welcoming members and thanking them for attending after such a busy time of the year. The group talked about the holidays and Onika shared that she had been promoted to Production Manager at her job. She was warmly congratulated for her accomplishment. The chapter also welcomed a new member in attendance and so all of the members briefly stated who they are, what they do, and what they hope to accomplish as an NAPW member.

New member Verna Nickleberry was a great asset to the meeting. Verna is the CEO/Editorial Director for VEMASHE Enterprises (Ordinary People Magazine). Verna shared that her company's principle product is a print publication for "Ordinary People Magazine." It is an inspirational magazine that is released quarterly. Verna shared free copies and gave each member additional copies to share with their families or friends. Verna said she joined NAPW "to meet with other like-minded women." She also expressed a desire to network more and meet with different people. Verna is a busy woman with VEMASHE Enterprises; however, she has held a full time position at a military processing center for more than twenty-five years.

The theme of the Memphis Chapter's January meeting was "New Year, New You." Chapter President Onika spoke with the group on thinking about a "new you" from the inside. She expressed that while people tend to think about their hair, nails, makeup, and clothing as a portrait of themselves, women also need to make sure they spend time thinking about their dreams, desires, and spiritual selves. "We need to consider where we want to go and then draw out a plan to actually get there," she said.

The chapter discussed planning a Greater Memphis Local Chapter weekend getaway. They will continue to discuss these arrangements and will finalize details within the next three months. Members discussed the possibility of meeting with another chapter in the state to share ideas and chapter goals. Attending members discussed the possibility of meeting with other networking groups to broaden their networking circle. One event mentioned was "Networking in Memphis!" which will be held on January 25th at 6:00pm at The Brass Door on 152 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.

The monthly door prize was provided by Kris Seiler. The winner for January's door prize was Verna Nickleberry. The winner each month will be responsible for providing the door prize at the next monthly meeting. The Door Prize value is approximately $5-10.

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for February 4th at 2pm. The topic will be 'Greater Memphis Chapter Goals' and will include creating a vision and mission statement for the local chapter. The group plans to vote for new and replacement office positions so the chapter can continue to grow and move forward. The meeting with be held at April Davis' house in Cordova and directions will be forwarded to members who RSVP.

Email reminders will be sent to Chapter members at least ten days in advance of monthly meetings, with venue and monthly topics noted by the Chapter Secretary, Gayle Anthony. Members are advised to check their NAPW inboxes.

Members who attended the January 7th meeting included Greater Memphis Chapter President Onika Shirley, April Davis, Vice President, Kris Seiler and Verna Nickleberry.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas fashion coats online , educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Memphis Local Chapter and/or NAPW please visit http://www.napw.com.

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