EWI Welcomes - Chattanooga Chapter by Ann Chapman

Wednesday, May 13, 1987 9:55 PM | Anonymous
Chattanooga, a beautiful southeastern Tennessee city nestled along the Tennessee River, became the 84th Chapter of Executive Women International on May 13, 1987. Chattanooga's 34 member firms and outstanding executives and representatives joined in the chartering activities at the lovely, renovated Radisson Read House, an EWI member firm.

Before official chartering activities, multiple media interviews were held with officers, executives and EWI Corporate Board members. Some 110 guests attended the lovely reception, hosted by Chattanooga Chapter firms. Letters from President Reagan, Senators Gore and Sasser, Governor McWherter and Congresswoman Lloyd were displayed along with numerous letters, beautifully bound, from across the EWI family and Corporate businesses.

Ann Chapman, Organizing Officer, Nashville Chapter, welcomed the assembled guests, including EWI Corporate President Dolores Griffin and EWI Corporate Board members Jackie Airhart, Helen Seefeldt, Belinda Crowell and Lynn Howe, together with Mary Johnson, Executive Director/Annual Meeting - Convention Coordinator.

Chattanooga EWI firms were introduced with resounding response from executives who identified their counterparts of this prestigious organization. The $500 Charter fee check from the Nashville Chapter was presented to incoming Chattanooga President Nancy Templeton.

The invocation was given by Charles Chitty of The Lupton Company - a member firm. A delicious dinner was served as media coverage continued. Neil Thomas, President of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce - a member firm, enthusiastically welcomed the new Chapter to the city.

Corporate Vice President/President Elect Jacqueline Airhart provided a warm and informative presentation of "What EWI Means to the Representative," followed by Nashville executive Milton Austin providing an insight into "What EWI Means to the Firm."

Corporate President Dolores Griffin installed the new Chattanooga Chapter officers and offered encouraging words of support. Nashville Chapter Board members in attendance presented each new officer with a rose signifying the support of the entire Nashville Chapter. Chattanooga President Nancy Templeton accepted the gavel and President's pin from Corporate President Dolores Griffin. Following brief remarks and announcements, the program was adjourned to an after-dinner reception hosted by Corporate President Dolores Griffm. A large percentage of the guests attended and again enthusiastically enjoyed the fellowship and sharing that EWI provides.

Besides a large group from the Nashville Chapter, other Chapters represented were Seattle, San Jose/Santa Clara Valley, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Birmingham, and San Fernando Valley (two came just for this event).

The Chattanooga chartering took many months and hours of labor on the part of many people. Community involvement is a major factor in the life of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Chapter will play a vital role in their community and in the community of EWI. You can look for good things from them in the future.


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