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Please join the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County on

February 19th at 5:30p.m. in the Northern Queen dining room
for this month's program:

Experience a better understanding of the personal impacts of climate change.
Explore the actions you can take personally as a congregation and nationally, to make a difference.

97% of scientists agree that the planet is warming and that humans are contributing to this change. Although many of us have been doing our part to reduce greenhouse emissions as individuals, we can also take action with national legislation that addresses the problem at the source. 
Lani is a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) presenters team. CCL’s goal is to ‘create the political will for a livable world.’ CCL membership reflects a strong, inclusive, bipartisan constituency whose belief is that there is a moral obligation to safeguard the climate, not only to protect the vulnerable today, but for future generations.

Come and discuss solutions that are good for people and good for the planet.
Rev. Lani Howard is a second generation San Franciscan. She received a BA from U.C. Berkeley, a Masters of  Science in Systems Management from the College of Notre Dame and a Masters in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute. After a 30 year career in Information Systems, she became a minister in 2004. After 4 years in Corte Madera as an assistant minister, she became the pastor of the Sierra Center for Spiritual Living in Grass Valley. She retired in 2018 and is now a minister at-large focusing on solving the climate change challenge. She is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Energy Action Plan Working Group in Grass Valley.
Deadline for reservations is
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 5:00p.m.

Newcomers and guests
are always welcome!
Want to showcase your business or organization?
We encourage members and guests to bring business cards, flyers or pamphlets to place on the sign-in table at each dinner meeting.

We are always happy to have you dine with us before the meeting but you are quite welcome to attend just the program portion of the night for only $5.00. Coffee or tea is available for you.   
5:30p.m. Socializing + Networking
6:00p.m. Dinner

$22.50/person for dinner
or $5 for program only

If you are requesting a vegetarian meal,
please denote so in the "Comments" s
ection when you RSVP.

Wine will be available to purchase for $4/glass with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
Interested in joining our dynamic group of women?
Want to take on a lead role in our organization?

We need active members who have time and interest
in being a board member: president, vice president, secretary,
treasurer or program committee.

For only a few hours a month you can guide future endeavors of our great group. Please contact Mary Sivila at 530-346-7192 or email her at to discuss the great possibilities!

President's Message

When I first moved to Grass Valley from the Bay Area five years ago I became aware of the dramatic temperature change. I commuted on the weekends for a year. My son reported to me that it got up to 99 degrees that day. When I arrived at my home in GV it had gone down to 59 degrees. Not cold for 10 o’clock at night but it sure was a dramatic change in temperature for us! Forty degrees in just one day is amazing! We are in the foothills not the desert where I expect the temperatures to fluctuate greatly.

Maybe the new wave is not just a graduation in temperatures throughout the day but higher temperatures for longer periods of time. The summer of 2019 was hot enough that we visited the pool every day! We are hesitant to use the air conditioner because of the high electrical cost. Our house just sucks up air in both the summer and in the winter. We have fans but find that drawing the shades helps keep the heat out and reduces our cooling bill. And in the winter we use energy logs in our fireplace more than the propane powered furnace. A fire and two big furry dogs keep me warm while I read on the couch.

I think about the rain and floods we are having around the world and imagine that I must visit Venice, Fiji, and New Zealand in the next decade. I had Australia on my list but who knows when that will be a pleasant place to visit. So sad……. I look forward to learning from Lani what we might do to make our world be a better place to be for our next generation. You?

Moving Forward,

Mary Sivila

Gail Parle
Our lovely Gail was born in Santa Rosa and grew up in San Francisco, Crockett, Rodeo and other northern California spots.

Her first job was as a movie usherette. She worked her way through two years of college at UC Davis and got married. She then went to work at the college in the viticulture and animal husbandry departments. Gail’s first child was born at Davis, her second in San Bruno and her third in Los Angeles and while in Los Angeles she worked for the Department of Employment in Glendale. She and her husband owned a pet store for a short period of time, she was a secretary for a CPA and Realtor in Granada Hills and had a successful business raising tropical fish called Killifish. Unfortunately, all was lost in the 1971 southern California earthquake. Gail and her husband again tried to be entrepreneurs and built a huge tropical fish business in a warehouse in San Fernando. While there, she joined San Fernando BPW in 1975.

Gail and her husband moved to Grass Valley in 1978 where Gail began a job as Secretary to the Director of the County Mental Health Department. She was there for 17 years. It was then that Gail joined the, then named, Grass Valley BPW. In 1982 Gail became President of BPW for one term. Gail SAYS she prefers working in the background instead of in the forefront. So says Gail. But, remember our wonderful Christmas Elf. She’s a natural on stage. Gail has served in almost all BPWNC offices and chairs and as permanent historian until 2018. Gail was co-instructor for BPW Individual Development courses, focusing on developing confidence, leadership principles, parliamentary procedures and speech-making techniques. She also served as Secretary at the District level several times.

Gail retired from her county position in 1994 but continued working in medical transcription for a psychiatrist and therapist for a couple of years while she helped  her mother. Gail and her husband divorced in 1997 and Gail took care of her mother until she passed away in 1999. Enterprising Gail then purchased an RV and went traveling and camping for the next five years. Gail must have itchy feet, as she has traveled to Bermuda, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and many other places.

Nothing stops Gail. She has accomplished the following bucket list items: stayed in a hostel, attended an Elder Hostel class on the Oregon coast, took Zumba classes, drove a race car, took a balloon ride, rode an elephant and river rafted. Still to do: visit the Grand Canyon, the area around Four Corners and maybe travel across Canada and see more of the east coast.

Gail has three children, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She says she spends her time joyfully alone. We believe her, but we don’t REALLY know if that’s totally true, since she is unbelievably busy in our and many other organizations. Gail is a treasure and we are fortunate to have her as a colleague and friend.
ERA Update
Today (1/15/20), Virginia became the 38th State to ratify the ERA on a vote of 38-12 in their Senate and 59-41 in their House. BPW has fought for this since 1937. In the 1970s and 1980s BPW donated $250,000 to this effort. BPW hired a national political consulting firm to evaluate campaign strategies. At the consultant’s recommendation, BPW helped organize an umbrella association comprising groups that supported the amendment. Founded in 1976, ERAmerica eventually including more than 200 organizations in the campaign. In 1975 a bylaws amendment provided that $1.50 from each member's annual dues be used for the ERA Ratification Fund, which amounted to more than $250,000. This money was used to fund coalitions which sprang up practically overnight in unratified states to push ratification efforts.

We are not done yet. The David S. Ferriero, the U.S. archivist, who is supposed to verify the ratification, asked the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel for an opinion on the deadline. Please note: the ratification of amendments is under the domain of the Legislative Branch – not the Executive Branch. The archivist is supposed to declare the amendment ratified when he receives the required number of States for ratification. The Office of Legal Council said that the deadline is passed so the amendment can no longer be ratified. To combat this we may need the House to pass HJ Res 79, which would eliminate the deadline, and the Senate to pass SJ Res 6, which does the same. On January 7th the group EQUAL MEANS EQUAL filed suit in Massachusetts maintaining the Equal Rights Amendment should be fully ratified as soon as the 38th state approves it. The EQUAL MEANS EQUAL lawsuit seeks to void a 1979 deadline Congress set for states to ratify the amendment. ERA supporters maintain that the deadline imposed by Congress was not included in the text of the three sentence amendment – and therefore is not constitutionally binding.

Also, three Attorney Generals (Alabama, Louisiana and South Dakota) charge that five States have rescinded their ratification. The courts should throw this one out as previous amendments have been rescinded (e.g. 13th Amendment), but there is no procedure for this so the first vote to ratify counts. 

As you can see, the amendment will probably end up in the courts so we are not done yet.

January Program Recap

At our January 15th meeting, three panelists took part in a lively discussion about their careers, their organizations and opportunities for community involvement. 

Kari D’Aloisio, Nevada County Business Service Representative for the Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. (formerly One-Stop), described her own path to her career following a serious injury that took five years to overcome. She explained how the Alliance for Workforce Development supports women who need training to enter or re-enter the workforce and gave some moving examples of their successes.

Jasmine Aebersold, Mentoring Leader for The Friendship Club alumnae, shared her personal story as a “Friendship Club girl” who would have been lost without the support of the organization which became a second home to her during turbulent years. She described her current position as her “dream job” and emphasized that for girls (and now boys) who are often adrift, the Friendship Club is the one stable part of their lives. She discussed the wide range of services the Club offers from mentoring to tutoring and spoke of opportunities for community members to become involved.

Carly Pacheco, Deputy Director of FREED, Aging and Disability Resource Connection, described her move from part-time receptionist (after a lengthy administrative career in similar organizations) to Deputy Director of FREED. This organization which is largely grant-funded, serves women and men in the community who have a vast number of mental and physical disabilities and seeks to accommodate their needs in creative and supportive ways. 

What we learned: As an organization we were educated about the incredibly dedicated and flexible ways in which all three organizations step up to help. We were impressed by the enthusiasm shown by each speaker and her desire to bring that enthusiasm to our group. We found that there are ways that we can access assistance for ourselves, family members or friends, and there are opportunities to volunteer. We learned that the best way to show our appreciation for this panel of career women is to spread the word about their organizations and to get involved. 

Club Business
We want to thank our members, guests and friends for their generosity in supporting our Dolores (Dee) Eldridge scholarship fund and our Helga Rohl Encouragment Award. During 2019 you donated $478 to Good$Bad$; $254 for wine donations; and the holiday auction sales totaled $504. Thanks to everyone for investing in women and their education!
 ~ The Education Fund Committee.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Business and Professional Women of Nevada Countyis to support and promote equity for women in all aspects of their lives.
~ To promote personal and professional development for working women.
~ To advocate on National, State, and Local legislative issues of importance
to working women.
~ To support the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
~ To promote the education of our members and the community in matters of women's equality as it relates to economics, employment, health, education, housing, civil rights, and other issues of equal opportunity.
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