From:                              Anna-Maree Colvin [] on behalf of Anna-Maree Colvin []

Sent:                               Sunday, 26 July 2015 10:46 p.m.

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Subject:                          BPW Gisborne August Newsletter





August Newsletter


Diane's Message

We are fast approaching August and the momentum is growing as we build up to the Gisborne launch of WEP’s - Women’s Empowerment Principles.  For those that have not already emailed Catherine Crisp it is not too late.  A few hours out of your morning is all you need.  
For me as your club president it  has truly been inspiring being part of the WEP committee and team of extremely capable women who have put so much energy and commitment into organising this event.  The time been sacrificed and the willingness to make this event the success that it will be is something that ever one of us can be very proud of.       
Even though I am a small business owner of Survey Gisborne Limited with a few staff we intend to use the principles as guidance for best practices and empowerment for us all.  For the members within our BPW club whose businesses have signed up so far – well done.
The BPWNZ website also has lots of information about Women’s Empowerment Principles for businesses all over the world.  I challenge you to check it out and have a read.   Vicky Mee our National BPW President will also once again be joining us for our club meeting dinner and will have some more to share. 

How effective are we in our leadership and the statements about our standards and principles.  If you believe in something stand up and make it clear.  I have worked in various large organisations that have had values displayed up on the wall.  The big question is often how well are they practiced in real life.  How often is too difficult to be the one that will take a stand out of respect.  Maybe we don’t always say the things that perhaps we should.  



Quote for the Month



July's Meeting

At our meeting we will be having Kath Kitchen and Sherryll Markie-Brookes share a little about themselves in their member profiles.  We will also have Vicky Mee (BPW NZ President) and Hellen Swales (BPW NZ Vice President) briefly speak to us about the Women Empowerment Principals (WEP's).

Our guest speaker this month is...


Dame Bronwen Holdsworth

Dame Bronwen Holdsworth will be speaking about her achievements and successes to date.





BPW Financials

July's Financials will be tabled at our August Meeting.






July's Meeting


Our July guest speaker was Billie –Jean Potaka-Ayton, principal of Kaiti School since 2009. Billie-Jean had 20 years teaching experience before coming to Gisborne. She is part of the first Maori family in NZ to grow kiwifruit and her connection with the land is strong. Her philosophy is that the kids come first and whanau involvement is important for the school.
In 5 years she has turned Kaiti school around – the roll in 2009 was 130 and is now 319 and teacher numbers have climbed from 13 to more than 35. Parents and whanau were encouraged to be involved in coming up with the values and aims for the school and now in addition to improved learning, they have a Health Hub 3 days per week, overseas trips and a Whanau Ora programme, which was runner up in the Prime Ministers excellence awards, beaten by Gisborne Boys High School.

To our members celebrating a birthday this month





President: Diane Taylor - Ph: 021 361 826 E:
Treasurer: Lynn Omer - Ph: 867 3517 E:
Technology: TBC
Secretary: TBC - nominations welcomed

Membership & Apologies:  Alison Crosswell Ph: 862 5800
National Communications: TBC
(Marketing / PR): TBC
 Anna Maree Colvin - Ph: 2140 165 E:
Advertising: TBC
Achievement Awards: Alison Crosswell Ph: 862 5800 E:




• To stimulate and encourage women to realise and accept  their  responsibilities in the community – locally and internationally.
• To work for higher standards of education and training for business and professional women.
• To work for equal opportunities and status for women in business, trade, the professions and in economic, civil and political life.
• To work for the removal of discrimination.
• To promote co-operation amongst business and professional  women throughout the world.

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Announcements by
Club Members

If you have any announcements about business or other matters to make at meetings, please let the President know well in advance of the meeting. Otherwise it will be at the President’s discretion.
Resigning from the club: If you wish to resign from our club you must do so in writing. Until you do so you remain a member whether or not subs have been paid and will be charged for meals if you haven’t put in your apologies.

Remember: If you are aware of any member who may need a helping hand, a listening ear or may be going through sad times, please inform a committee member.

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