Membership: 1985 to 2004
Secretary: 6 years
Professional & Personal Insight:
- Community Development Adviser
- VCC to the Office for Senior Citizens
Ethel Simmonds – Her Story:
- Highlights of being a BPW member:
The opportunity to learn and make a difference in my community
Participating as a member of a local, national and international women’s group
The chance to network, the friendships formed and the fun.
- National representation:
Representative at the Executive table, Conference, 2000
Was Minute Secretary for the Auckland Conference, 2003.
- What made BPWNZ different for Ethel:
BPWNZ’s strength as an international organisation with spheres of influence to improve the status of women in the world
Leadership qualities of those involved in BPWNZ
The focus and strategic framework of BPWNZ – health, justice, education, employment
The opportunity to consider insightful and significant remits to influence New Zealand society and thus make a difference to the lives of women.
- Past BPW Whangarei Club Projects:
Women’s Dinner to encourage more women to become involved in Local Body and Central Government Politics
Working with other BPW Clubs in Northland (Kerikeri, Warkworth and Kaitaia), BPW Whangarei to host the BPWNZ National Conference in 2000
Women in Business Award for local business women
Scholarships for Women returning to tertiary study
reports going from the mundane to superb presentations
Serious debate on how to make a difference.