Business and Professional Women of Upper Perkiomen

P.O. Box 212

Red Hill, PA 18076

Happy New Year!


Since the late 1920s, "Auld Lang Syne" has permeated New Year's celebrations in America and other parts of the world with its beautiful tune of remembrance and friendship. No New Year's is complete without this anthem and setting resolutions. Why should it be any different for BPW?

We thrived in 2018 because of your incredible hard work, creativity, and dedication. I am personally grateful to each one of you for your tremendous efforts, and I wish everyone a rewarding, joyous new year. I look forward to working with you in 2019



Wishing you good times, good cheer

and a memorable new year.


Love Through BPW,

Jennifer Van Ingen


President's Message

Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is an intentional action of gratitude for our many blessings. Unfortunately, in today’s society, it is much like the Robert Frost Poem, “The Road Not Taken.” We are so overwhelmed with our day to day tasks, we lose sight of our many blessings. We fail to stop to and be thankful for all that we have.

Today. This moment. What are you grateful for? What has blessed your heart? Small or large, nothing is too insignificant to be grateful for. Did you receive a letter from a friend? Did you have food on the table? Roof over your head?

Pause. Take a moment to be thankful, Not to compare, or say what we don’t have, but to focus on what we do have. What is filling up our time? Between husband, kids, work, etc. we are pulled in so many directions, but we need to turn our quantity time into quality time. We shouldn’t try to cram as much as we can in a week, but rather focus on a few things and truly enjoy and appreciate those moments. Busyness is half the battle of losing appreciation. We are so focused on the next moment that we disregard the present, in our haste to survive the day.

Creating a heart of thanksgiving takes practice. It is a choice to live with the intention to seek out what you are grateful for, to open your eyes to the beauty around you. What do our eyes fail to see on a daily basis? It does not have to be a revolutionary experience but a moment to pause and reflect on the grace given. No matter how rough the day may be, find at least a few things to be thankful for amidst the chaos.

I want you to all know that I am thankful for my BPW sisters. I am thankful for the time I get to spend with all of you. I am thankful for what you teach me everyday. I am thankful for how full my heart is every time I see all of you. In all things, give thanks. 

Love Through BPW
Jennifer Van Ingen
Upper Perkiomen BPW President

Women Inspiring Women

It is hard to believe the course of events over the past year.  Women continue to work hard to break the glass ceiling for our equal rights.  I just watched a great TED talk by Sandi Toksvig, a comedian, Spokeswoman, and radio show host in Great Britain.  We often forget that we in the USA are not the only ones fighting for equal rights.  This is a Global issue.  This past presidential election was certainly a testament to our hard work.  There have been more women inspired post election to run for office than their were before the election.  So when you might think we failed think twice.  Yes, it is a fight that will go on forever.  As Sandi Toksvig reminds us it is not expected to turn the tide until after 2086.  That is if we continue at our current focus and pace.  Can we work faster, harder? You bet we can!

At Upper Perk BPW our theme for our 2017 Women's Expo on March 26th is "Women Inspiring Women."  The platform for Business and Professional Women's clubs is just that.  We advocate for women's rights, equal pay, & women in the military.   We do it every day in our communities.  Who do you inspire?  Who inspires you?  Please join us on March 26th for our Women's Expo where local businesses support programs and services for women. 

To learn more about Business and Professional Women visit a local chapter in your area.  The Upper Perk Business and Professional Women's club meets the 2nd Monday of every month.  We would love to have you join us and inspire us with your presence, your thoughts, and your actions. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

20 years ago the Upper Perkiomen Business and Professional Women's club in collaboration with the Upper Perkiomen Police force and The Open Line (now the Open Link) came together to address the issues of domestic violence within the Upper Perkiomen Valley.  The end result of the project was the formation of the Upper Perkiomen Domestic Task Force.  Today through ongoing collaboration with healthcare organizations, women's organizations, law enforcement, legal entities, and social service organizations the Domestic Task Force is stronger than ever in it's efforts to end domestic violence. 

Statistics are astounding.  85% of victims are women.  In the year 2012 over 11,000 women have died from domestic violence.  Domestic Violence is not a single event, it is a long standing issue that occurs every day, every where.  Most victims fall silent due to the fear instilled in them by the perpetrator.  When you add the presence of guns into the violence it increases the chances of death by 500%.  

It is through education that we will end the violence.  Education needs to start with our youth.  In schools programs like End Teen Violence and Dating Violence Education we can help break the cycle of violence in our homes.  Come join our Domestic Task Force.  If you know of someone subjected to domestic violence talk to them, help them get help.  A call to The Open Link in Pennsburg or the Montgomery County Domestic Task Force will begin the healing for the victim, getting them help by moving to a safe place, counseling, etc.  Don't wait another day to get help because it never gets better without help.    

This Years Theme Recognizes Alzheimer's Disease

The BPW Pennsylvania State theme for year 2016-2017 is focused on Alzheimer's awareness. There are over 5 million Americans with Alzheimers disease or a related Dementia with over 236 billion dollars spent each year caring for individuals with these diseases.  Alzheimer's and Dementia costs go beyond the financial toll.  It is the emotional toll that does the worst harm.  The affect on family caregivers is insurmountable.  

The Upper Perk BPW is focused to provide more education to our members and our community in understanding Alzheimers and Dementia. Gerry Fioriglio RN, and Certified Dementia Practitioner from Family Caregivers Network will be speaking at the BPW District XI October meeting about the affects of Alzheimer's on families and the latest research available for diagnosis and treatment.

October 29, 2016 is the Alzheimer's/Dementia Walk in Bethlehem, PA.  To find a walk in your local area go to the Alzheimer's Organization website.  November is Alzheimer's Awareness month.  At the Upper Perk BPW November dinner meeting will host a speaker from the Alzheimer's Association.  


So what can you do to help?  Get involved. Attend a "Walk to End Alzheimer's."  Go to the annual conference offered by our local Delaware Valley Chapter on November 16, 2016.  

Local High School Students win UPBPW Women in History Essay Contest

Upper Perkiomen Business and Professional Women’s Organization with cooperation of the History Department at Upper Perkiomen High School sponsored once again an essay contest in honor of Women in History Month, celebrated each March.  This year’s theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and resolve of women. Against social rule and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the forefront of possibilities for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, business and community leaders where their work inspires girls and women to achieve their full potential.  The contest was open to all Upper Perkiomen High School students.  Written essays were submitted to the History Department, and were judged by the committee members of the UPBPW on April 1st.  The winning entrants and family members, along with Brianne Caruso, History teacher, and fellow English teachers, Alicia Cortese and Mary Ellen Holtz were guests of the UPBPW at the April 14th dinner meeting held at the PC Pub, Pennsburg, PA.   During the Women in History Program the winners read their essays to the group.  1st place winner, Bao Do read her essay titled, My Mother, and received a $100 award and certificate.  2nd place winner, Emily Barker, read her essay titled, Miss Cortese and received a $75 award and certificate.  There were two 3rd place winners both who received $50 and a certificate; Erika Maximuck read her essay titled, Luanne B. Stauffer, and Samantha Dingler’s essay titled Mother, was read by BPW member Gerry Fioriglio, Women in History committee chair.   The women in these essays are positive role models who have taught these students the true meaning of Character, Courage, and Commitment.  Congratulations to all.  

April 14, 2015 is Pay Equity Day! Support Equal Pay for Women

A Message from President Donna: 

According to the National Committee on Pay Equality, in 2015, Equal Pay Day is celebrated on April 14th. How ironic is that? One day before Uncle Sam wants his cut of our money, we can finally know that we have worked long enough to have earned the same amount as a man earned during the entire previous year, relatively speaking. That's 77 cents to the dollar! It is up to us to follow legislation, contact our represen-tatives, and speak up within our work places to bring a more equitable climate for working people everywhere. Here's a link to the National Committee's website that explains what WE can do: 

If nothing else, Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay! It is one easy way to show support to our collective cause (and we'll look stunning, too!) 

March is Women in History Month

March is Women in History Month.  2015 is the 35th Anniversary of the National Women in History Project.   This years theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." In celebration of this landmark, the NWHP has chosen 9 outstanding women as the 2015 Honorees who have contributed to "writing women back into history."  

Each March the Upper Perkiomen High School students are asked to participate in the Women in History Essay contest.  The students are asked to choose a women who made a difference in history or in their lives and is pertinent to the theme.  The Upper Perk BPW Women in History Committee will read all of the essays and choose the top 3.  During the dinner meeting on April 13th the 3 students will read their essays to our members as a celebration for Women in History Month.  

For more information about Women in History and to read the bios of each Honoree go to the national site at:

If you are reading this blog and are interested in coming to our April dinner meeting send us a message on our contact page and a member will be in touch with you.  

Have a great March and Happy Spring!

From our President ... Strongest Pumpkin?

Recently, I searched the word "pumpkin" on the internet. By chance, I came across a very interesting quote: 


"It is not the strongest pumpkin grower that survives, not the most intelligent, but the grower most responsive to change" - Charles Darwin, Theory of Pumpkin Evolution.


 Silly, at first.  But if we replace the pumpkin with whatever product or service that each of us offers, one realizes that each of us has the ability to produce the very best.  All we must do is to be willing to listen to others' desires, and provide what is truly wanted and needed.


This month, as we observe both National Business Women's Week and our Club's birthday, as well as honor our Woman of the Year;  let us celebrate our creativity and our innate ability to seek what is needed and adapt accordingly.

2014 World's Largest Pumpkin - 2096 lbs!

We Have an Exciting Year Planned-Join Us

Our Leadership team is busy preparing for the 2014-2015 year.  Budget has been approved.  Committees have been formed.  And we are having our first event on October 21st, The Gift that Keeps on Giving, a fundraiser for the Mary Walker house which benefits female veterans. 

The PA State Theme for BPW is “Women would walk a mile for a C.A.M.E.L.” (Cure for Cancer, An end to Domestic Violence, More Support for women veterans, Equality for all Women, Legislation to empower women) – which part of the C.A.M.E.L. do you actively support and why?  Write to us and give your thoughts. 

October is also Domestic Violence Month.  Every 12 seconds a woman is battered.  What does that mean?  Domestic abuse, or “battering”, is a pattern of abuse by one partner against the other, for the purpose of maintaining power and control. Domestic abuse often includes (but NOT ALWAYS) physical abuse. Forms of domestic abuse can include:

physical abuse
sexual abuse
verbal abuse
threats and intimidation
isolation or restriction from friends, family and other support systems
destruction of property
financial exploitation
jealousy and possessiveness
stalking or monitoring of behavior

Get involved.  Support a local organization in your area and help us to rid women of this senseless act. 

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