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  • Monday, October 09, 2006 10:03 AM | Anonymous
    Hoot It Up at EWI Chattanooga Chapter 9th Annual Barnyard Auction October 19, 2006

    Get caught up in the fun of the 9th Annual Barnyard Auction on October 19, 2006, sponsored by Executive Women International® (EWI) - Chattanooga Chapter. There are no "stuffed shirts" at this blue jean event to raise scholarship funds for recipients of the Jean Bradford Scholarship at UTC and Chattanooga State. "The Barnyard Auction will be held in the Imperial Ball Room at the Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo this year with the preview of items beginning at 5:30 p.m.," says Nancy Harrison, EWI president, representing the Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley.

    "This is our biggest fund raiser of the year with nearly 300 people attending from some of Chattanooga's largest and most influential employers," says Tanya Travis, vice president, representing Miller & Martin PLLC. Tickets, which include dinner, are just $35.00 each or $300 for a table of 10. Over $20,000 worth of donated goods and services will be auctioned, including overnight stays in some great cities, electronics including an HD TV, golf packages, sports packages, spa packages and more. Bids start at $1!

    We invite one and all to join in the fun and help make a difference. "Our members and their guests look forward to this event every year," says Karen Hannifin, EWI director-at-large, of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union. Call 423-493-0553 or 423-634-2277 for tickets. For more details see ewichattanooga.org.
  • Friday, October 06, 2006 10:02 AM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International (EWI), a Chattanooga organization for networking and leadership development, has installed new officers. Karen Hannifin, of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, out-going president, turned the gavel over to President Nancy Harrison of the Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley.

    Other officers include Vice President Tanya Travis, of Miller & Martin PLLC, Secretary Sue Moore of BI-LO, Inc., Treasurer Jody Hermann of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., Sergeant At Arms Lori Pruett of FedEx Kinkos, Membership Director Carolyn Stringer of The Krystal Company, Program Director Kelly Puckett of Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson, LLC, Publication Director Denise Reed of The Concierge Level, LLC, Ways and Means Director Margaret Browning of Chattanooga Coca-Cola. Karen Hannifin was installed as Director At Large.

    EWI's mission is to bring together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting Member Firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement. The philanthropic focus is on scholarships for women at UTC and Chattanooga State.

    EWI is a nonprofit organization of leading business, service and professional companies. It is unique in that the firm is the member, as opposed to the individual. Membership is by invitation only. For more information call Carolyn Stringer at (423) 757-5641.
  • Friday, October 06, 2006 10:01 AM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International ® (EWI), Chattanooga's premier organization for networking and leadership development recently installed officers. Karen Hannifin, of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, out-going president, turned the gavel over to President Nancy Harrison of the Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley.

    Other officers include Vice President Tanya Travis, of Miller & Martin PLLC, Secretary Sue Moore of BI-LO, Inc., Treasurer Jody Hermann of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., Sergeant At Arms Lori Pruett of FedEx Kinkos, Membership Director Carolyn Stringer of The Krystal Company, Program Director Kelly Puckett of Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson, LLC, Publication Director Denise Reed of The Concierge Level, LLC, Ways and Means Director Margaret Browning of Chattanooga Coca-Cola. Karen Hannifin was installed as Director At Large.

    EWI's mission is to bring together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting Member Firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement. Our philanthropic focus is on scholarships for women at UTC and Chattanooga State.

    EWI is a nonprofit organization of leading business, service and professional companies. It is unique in that the firm is the member, as opposed to the individual. Membership is by invitation only. For more information please see our website at ewichattanooga.org or phone Carolyn Stringer at 423-757-5641.
  • Friday, March 03, 2006 7:58 AM | Anonymous
    Recent graduate and single mother Amanda Ray is looking ahead to beginning work on a Master's degree in August. When she looks back, this twenty-year old alumna can be proud of all she has accomplished against difficult odds.
    Ray was the recipient of the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship. With free assistance from the UTC's Center of Community Career Education Educational Opportunity Center, Ray received the educational counseling, advising, and ultimately, the recommendation needed to secure the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship.

    The Chattanooga Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) recently made a contribution to the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. The criteria specifies special consideration be given to displaced homemakers and single mothers who wish to return to school in pursuit of enhanced career opportunities. Preference is given to those like Ray, who have gone through UTC's Center of Community Career Education Educational Opportunity Center under the direction of Cynthia Wallace.

    Ray recently expressed her appreciation for the scholarship and the assistance of the Educational Opportunity Center:

    "At the age of 14, I became pregnant with my son. When he was born, he suffered from several health problems that prevented him from attending daycare.
    In eleventh grade, I was able to take solely college classes on the campus of Chattanooga State and substitute them for high school credit. In 2003, I graduated from Middle College with my high school diploma and also 60 college credits. This allowed me to enter into UTC as a junior.

    By the time I turned 16, my son's health had improved. I went to work on my 16th birthday and since then I have never been without a full time job. Most of the time I have also had a part time in addition to a full time job. I just turned 20 years old in October and I have graduated with my Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

    As a single parent, I can never fully express the extent of my gratitude. My son is now four years old. He is very talented and I am extremely proud of him. He deserves the best in life and I will not settle for anything less. This scholarship helped me continue to provide him with his daily necessities. It eased both of our lives, and for that I am thankful.

    It has not been easy working two jobs, going to school, and raising my son on my own. I knew that one day my perseverance would pay off.

    I plan on returning to UTC in August 2006, to begin pursuing my master's degree. I know that education is the key to success. I have come too far to quit now. I will prove all of those wrong who doubted me and I will make those who believe in me have that much more faith.

    I once read a bulletin that said, 'If better is possible, good is never enough.' That is now my motto. I will never settle for less. I know what I am worth and I will make sure to utilize all of my potential.

    To those who have funded the scholarship and those who staff the Educational Opportunity Center, thank you for your consistent support in my life and also the life of my son."

    Twenty awards have been made since the establishment of the scholarship fund, providing opportunities for women. Sherrell Jordan and Rachel Eggensperger were also awarded the scholarship this year.

    EWI was established in 1938 as an association of businesswomen dedicated to personal and professional growth. Chapter members come together for networking, recognition, exchange of information and ideas, leadership and service opportunities. The Chattanooga Chapter has 46 member [firms].

     
    Presentation of scholarship check to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Pictured, from left, are Barbara Verhine, administrative coordinator to the chancellor, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Marvis McKeldin, program coordinator, Chattanooga African American Chamber of Commerce; Delores Lewis, associate campaign director, United Way of Greater Chattanooga; Karen Hannifin, business development manager, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union; Dr. Roger Brown, chancellor, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Jan McAfee, administrative assistant, RiverCity Company; Catherine Cox, administrative assistant, Lyndhurst Foundation; Nathaniel Pinkard with The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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  • Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:56 PM | Anonymous
    The Chattanooga Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) has presented its annual scholarship to benefit a female student with financial need at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

    Karen J. Hannifin, president of the chapter, said, "Executive Women International members from some of Chattanooga's premier businesses are motivated every year to see the positive changes that take place in our scholarship recipients. Our scholarship dollars are designated for displaced homemakers or single women with children returning to start or complete a degree. It's great to know we are making a positive difference."

    Dr. Jim Catanzaro, president of the college, said, "Chattanooga State recognizes how very important the support of distinguished groups such as Executive Women International is to ensuring that deserving students receive their education. This gift truly will transform someone's life."

    Executive Women International was established in California in 1938 when Lucille Johnson Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association of key women working with their executives to promote their firms and improve their community.

    The Chattanooga EWI chapter was chartered in May 1987. The first scholarship at Chattanooga State was awarded in 1997 and continues through the efforts of the members of Executive Women International. The local EWI chapter has more information about its scholarship programs at ewichattanooga.org.

    Over 3,000 companies and 3,500 representatives are members of EWI today in 75 chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms.


    Pictured, from left, are Margaret R. Browning, administrative assistant, Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Barbara Morgan, administrative assistant to the president, Chattanooga State; Nancy Collins, legal assistant, Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley; Karen Hannifin, business development manager, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and EWI president, presenting to Consuelo O'Neal, vice president for student affairs; Foster Chason, special assistant to the president and Fannie Hewlett, vice president for academic affairs, all from Chattanooga State.

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  • 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.

    THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE CORPORATE NEWSLETTER WHEN EWI OF CHATTANOOGA WAS CHARTERED
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