Executive Women Raise Money For Scholarships - Chattanooga Times Free Press by Hannah Campbell, Community News Writer

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 9:08 AM | Anonymous
The members of Executive Women International now have approximately $18,000 to use toward scholarships for single mothers earning a bachelor's, master's or associate's degree following the group's 13th annual Barnyard Auction at the Doubletree Hotel downtown, where the organization holds its monthly meetings.

“It's just women coming together, exchanging ideas and doing things for the community,” said treasurer Kristina Smith, of Ooltewah.

Scholarships of varying amounts to the University of Tennessee at Chattaooga and Chattanooga State Technical Community College will be awarded in December. Last year eight scholarships were awarded. “A lot of times they're the first person in their family who will go for higher education, and they'll tell their story and there's lots of crying and tears,” said Signal Mountain resident Carolyn Stringer, who joined EWI when the local chapter was chartered in 1987. Since chartering, the local chapter has disbursed more than $130,000 in scholarships. “It's an easy sell for me. I believe in it because we promote the company,” said Stringer, who has won the membership drive three years in a row. She said she'll pitch EWI in the elevator or walking down the street. “We promote the business. We promote professionally the person who is the representative,” she said.

Appointed representatives to the non-competitive organization range from clerks to small-business owners to CEOs, who can all earn continuing education credits at the Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting and the Academy of Leadership courses. “When you tell people that they say, ‘Oh, wow. That's wonderful.' And it really is,” Stringer said.  “So many people say, ‘I can hear the enthusiasm in your voice when you talk about it.'”

EWI also holds Reading Rallies at area schools once a year to help boost local literacy. “It is so awesome,” said Kathy Lee, of Ooltewah. “We just read stories to try to help students learn. They're just so sweet.” One EWI member dressed up like a tooth reads about brushing teeth. Another dressed like a duck discusses litter and recycling, and the Tennessee Aquarium brings animals, like snakes and turtles, to talk about their habitats.

EWI meets the second Tuesday of the month for dinner at the Doubletree. Monthly projects have included book drives, care packages for troops and fundraisers for local women's shelters. Featured speakers have included 11-time Pro Bowl selection Anthony Munoz of the Cincinnati Bengals. “There's always some kind of cause that we're bringing something a little extra for each month,” Lee said.

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