Farewell & best wishes to former President of the Bethlehem Chapter, Cordie Lacey. Given increased demands in her responsibilities as an entrepreneur, Cordie has chosen to step down and pass the torch to Nicole Buck of Allentown, PA.

Stay tuned for announcements from Nicole during this month’s meeting, scheduled for October 10th at 6:00 p.m. Nicole will be facilitating next month’s meeting at:

Hilton Garden Inn, Address: 1787 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109, Phone:(610) 443-1400

Feel free to contact Nicole with any questions you have:
===> http://www.napw.com/chapter/148/bethlehem/

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FREE School Supplies, Leadership Changes & More!

NAPW Bethlehem Members,

Given the increased demands of my role as a full-time entrepreneur, I will be stepping down as President of the NAPW Bethlehem Chapter as of September 30, 2013.  I will, however, remain a member of the NAPW Bethlehem Chapter.

Note, that the School Donation Drive & Distribution Event will be the last event that I will facilitate as President of the NAPW Bethlehem Chapter.  Please join us Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. as we partner with the East Side Youth Center to distribute school supplies and get the word out regarding our local chapter, the businesses and professional women that make up our chapter and upcoming workshops at the East Side Youth Center.  Remember, you too can still volunteer to be a workshop leader at the center, while increasing visibility for yourself as an expert and go-to person in your field.  I will continue to be the contact person if you wish to volunteer as a workshop leader at the center.   Also, limited, free vendor tables/space is available this Saturday, first-come, first served.  (See the flyer further below which is currently in distribution).

Filling the President’s role in my place will be Nicole Buck, who is currently President of the Allentown Bethlehem Chapter.  Please join me in wishing Nicole well and supporting her as she transitions into this role.

As we move into the new season, Fall 2013, we can be proud of what we as members of the NAPW Bethlehem Chapter, having started with NOTHING have been able to accomplish to date:

* Membership Growth:  62% increase in Membership since December 2012.

* Monthly Member Meetings:  Consistent Meetings, with attendance every 2nd Thursday

* Created Social Media Presence in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (Over 125 Followers & Growing)

* Creation of our Own Blog (napwbethlehem.wordpress.com) (317 view in 2 months)

* Facilitated Our First Speed Networking Event

* Spearheaded Donation Drives for Two (2) Charitable Causes:

1) My Sister’s Closet – Donations from 11 members
2) School Donation Drive – Donations valued at over $1000 from members and the community (to be distributed Saturday, Sept 28 at the East Side Youth Center)

Stay tuned for announcements from Nicole concerning next month’s meeting, scheduled for October 10th.  Nicole will be facilitating next month’s meeting at:

Hilton Garden Inn, Address: 1787 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109, Phone:(610) 443-1400

Feel free to contact Nicole with any questions you have.  Here is a link to her page on the NAPW website.  http://www.napw.com/chapter/133/allentown/

In the meantime, hope to see you this Saturday!! (See flyer below) – Click on the flyer to ENLARGE.

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Best regards!

Cordie Lacey
President, NAPW – Bethlehem Local Chapter
Mobile:  973-223-1309
Twitter:  @Ms_Cordie
About Cordie:  http://mscordielacey.wordpress.com
Catch Cordie on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/cordie.lacey
Twitter: @NAPWBethlehem
NAPW Bethlehem Web:  http://www.napw.com/chapter/148/bethlehem/
NAPW Bethlehem Blog:  https://napwbethlehem.wordpress.com
NAPW Bethlehem Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NAPWBethlehemChapter

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Monthly Meeting – 9/12/13 @ 6:00 p.m.!

Welcome back!  Our next meeting is this Thursday, August 12, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (Every 2nd Thursday as previously published).

I hope you had a great Summer.  The school donation drive has been a wonderful success so far, resulting in school supply and uniform donations valued at over with over $650.00! Thank you for all members who have contributed either their time and/or their donations.

Special thanks to the East Side Youth Center ==> http://www.esycallentown.com/

which donated $300.00 in supplies to this cause and is hosting the supply distribution on Thursday, September 28th at 10:00 a.m.  


As a follow up from last month’s meeting, this month’s agenda will focus on the following:


  • Leadership Updates – Nicole Buck (Allentown President) joins Bethlehem
  • School Donations – Distribution 9/28 @ East Side Youth Center
  • Revisiting the Mission – How can we differentiate?
  • Research on a steady meeting location – findings

Meeting Location:  East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair Street, Allentown, PA  18109


Best regards,

Cordie Lacey, President-NAPW Bethlehem

About Cordie: http://mscordielacey.wordpress.com

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Special Topic: Ovaries Before Brovaries – Women ARE Funny!

All right, so lately I’ve been hearing people say, “Women aren’t that funny,” or sometimes, “Women just can’t be as funny as men,” and it got me thinking. It got me thinking about all the strong and hilarious female comedians that have surrounded me my entire life, whether it was on television or in movies or even in real life, shaping me to be the person I am today. That’s why I am writing this blog entry; to remind everyone just how funny women are in the world of comedy. It pains me to know that women are being criticized for their work because of their gender. It hurts because women are working just as hard as men for their work. Actually, I would even make the assumption that most women have to work harder than men to be accepted and taken seriously as a comedian. So, I am writing this to try and remove some of the stigma behind women in comedy, and to hopefully make you laugh about some famous female comedians.

Who knows? Maybe I can change the minds of some people who believe women aren’t funny. Or, maybe their attitudes towards women in comedy will never falter. But maybe if I share with you a few of the women who have inspired me to try and be funny, maybe I can change some minds. All right?

Okay, let’s do this!

When I think of comedy, I think of a certain woman, who to me is the Queen of Comedy. She was certainly a trailblazer in her time, paving the way for all those who followed in her footsteps. Can you guess whom I am referring to? If you said Lucille Ball, you are correct! Good for you! Lucy, born in 1911, is an obvious place to start when discussing funny women. Her humor and willingness to perform physical comedy distinguished herself from other actresses and landed her the leading role in I Love Lucy, which premiered on October 15, 1951. Her character’s bubbly voice and can-do attitude lead her into many zany and hysterical situations. Who can forget the iconic scene from the episode, “Job Switching,” in which Lucy and Ethel must keep up with a fast moving conveyor belt carrying chocolates? I know I will never be able to get the image of Lucille Ball stuffing chocolate after chocolate into her mouth in order to succeed at the task at hand. She would not give up no matter what, which was similar to her attitude in real life. She worked hard to get to where she was and she deserves every bit of credit—even if she is a woman. Because, remember, women are funny!

Funny Women Rule
(You can watch the scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NPzLBSBzPI)


From Lucy, I make the easy transition to another funny red head: Carol Burnett. Carol is a jack-of-all-trades—actor, comedian, singer, writer, and inspiration. In her show, The Carol Burnett Show, which aired on September 11, 1967, she was able to show off her versatility and ingenuity. She played a variety of characters and pulled off hilarious stunts. My favorite joke of hers originated from the show’s parody of the film, Gone With the Wind. In the scene, Carol (playing the Scarlet character) descends a stairwell, wearing a regal dress made out of curtains. It is obvious the dress is made out of curtains because the curtain rod is still attached to the dress, sticking out across her shoulders. When she is complimented on the dress she replies, “Thank you. I saw it in the window and just couldn’t resist.” It was genius. I’m laughing just thinking about it. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about—seriously, check it out.

Carol Burnett
(You can watch the scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6bOpJ5elW8)

These two red heads have been a part of my life for a while, but just recently I was introduced to a wonderful comic who was cracking jokes years before Lucy or Carol. This woman is Jackie “Moms” Mabley who, born in 1894, is definitely one of the firsts of her kind. She was actually given the nickname “Moms” because she was often a mother to her fellow comedians. Moms was certainly a lady to behold—a woman, African American, and a lesbian. Three things, those maybe at the time, were a bit controversial. But that didn’t stop Moms. She appeared in movies, on televisions, and stages like the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. Her tackling of edgy and provocative material landed her the billing of “The Funniest Woman in the World.” Now who can argue with that? I would like to share one of her jokes with you about buying bras. It is hysterical! You need to listen to it.

Right now.

Moms Mabley
(You can hear the joke here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eSjwvcVrSQ)

I hope that generations to come will not forget about these three women and the many wonderful other ladies who played a significant role in the world of comedy—the ones who started things and opened doors for female comedians to thrive. Their humor is everlasting and still holds relevance in today’s fast paced world. And that is saying something. Their jokes, told years and years ago, still have the ability to make us laugh all over again—their comedy is eternal. That is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Luckily, women are continuing on the legacy started by Ball and Burnett. Ladies like Margaret Cho who is a comedian, author, fashion designer and star of many one-woman shows; Ellen DeGeneres who went from stand-up comedian, to actor, to the host of her own talk show; Wanda Sykes who is one of the funniest stand-up comics I have seen and an activist for equality in the LGBT community; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who ruled SNL when they were cast members and both went on to spearhead their own shows on NBC (30 Rock and Parks and Recreation) and to host the Golden Globes together. These women are hilarious and I only listed a small amount of the wonderful female comedians out in the world today. There are so many of them it would take forever to list all of them.

Lady Comedians

I know most of the women I have talked about have been around the comedy scene for a while now, so I thought I would give you a few names of some up-and-comers that you should look out for in the near future. Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kempner, Aparna Nancherla, Phoebe Robinson and Anjelah Johnson are just a few!

I look at these ladies and wonder, how could anyone say women are not funny? I can only dream of being half as funny as any of these women, and I would certainly be content with that. They are passionate people who put in as much hard work and dedication as any other comedian in the field.

So, I hope I was able to help any of those teetering on the path of indecision about whether or not females are funny. Or, I hope I could bring a smile to your face as you remember something funny that one of these women did.

Laughter is pure. Laughter is release. Laughter is peace. Laughter knows no prejudice and knows no gender. Laughter will set us free.

Thanks for listening!

PS. Here is one more reminder that female comedians are AWESOME. Check out “Mom Jeans” written by the one and only Tina Fey.

Mom Jeans
(You can watch the clip here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/10333)

This blog entry was written by Caroline Lux, intern for LaceFront Entertainment, LLC. and volunteer for the NAPW Bethlehem Chapter. Caroline is a senior at Muhlenberg College double majoring in Theatre and Media & Communications. She is also a member of two comedy groups on campus: UiP, a long form improv troupe, and Fun With Science, a sketch comedy group. She wishes to continue working in comedy, inspiring others but mostly making them laugh. Contact her at caroline.j.lux@gmail.com

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MINUTES: July 11, 2013 – 1st Charitable Event at My Sister’s Closet, and Workshop Planning

Chapter President: Cordie Lacey, Co-Owner, LaceFront Entertainment, LLC.
Meeting Date: 07-11-13
Location: My Sister’s Closet, Bethlehem, PA
Next Meeting Date: Special Workshop Planning Meeting 7-25-13 @6pm
Monthly Meeting 08-08-13 @ 6pm (Open to Public)
(Locations will be announced)

Meeting Attendance: 11
Number of NAPW members in Attendance: 6 Members. Cordie Lacey (http://mscordielacey.wordpress.com), Helen Drahos, Portia Watkins, Susan Beattie (http://www.realliving.com/Susan.Beattie), Rima Hirsch (http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/rima.a.hirsch/), Keshay Blount(http://www.keadaskloset.com)
Guests: 5 Guests. Briana Conley, Nelly Kabiru, Shiela Nemeth, Felicia Williams,
Meeting Minutes: Helen Drahos
Meet and greet for the members and guests started at 6pm. There was lots of lively, engaging discussions.

Our 1st charitable event at My Sister’s Closet was a wonderful success! The women of NAPW Bethlehem are excited about our mission as a professional networking group with a focus on charitable events and community service.
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Items Discussed:
1 – Attendance & Membership
Going forward, we must ensure that our meeting attendance policy adheres to the NAPW by-laws. Guests must be referred to headquarters for membership after attending 2 meetings.
2 – Name Change for the Chapter and how to build the membership:
Headquarters for NAPW did not accept our proposal to change the name. However, there is the opportunity to team up with other local chapters for events.
3 – Mission Statement for this Chapter:
Reviewed the mission statement for our local chapter. This can be found on the chapter’s blog. Everyone please take a look. (https://napwbethlehem.wordpress.com)

4 – Workshops:

Workshop Planning Continued for the upcoming Fall and Winter Months:

A – The first workshop will be in October to allow sufficient time to promote it.

B -The workshop schedule is being worked on, and there are several interesting workshops planned, such as Making a Dollar out of 15 Cents – Get More Bang for the Buck, Planet of the Arts, and more!
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C – There will be a special member-only planning meeting on 07/25/13 @6pm to flush out the details for the upcoming workshops and the back to school supplies drive for August. Topics will need to be submitted by 07/25, just a brief summary. Please have a brief outline of the topic submitted to napwbethlehem@gmail.com by Aug. 8th. Speakers will need to provide 1 complete package to napwbethlehem@gmail.com by Aug. 31st, this package will need the following:
Promo material, if applicable
Desired Room Layout
Technical Requirements, what do you need? e.g., Projector, Photocopies, Pencils.

D – Open positions on the board need to be filled. Cordie will be reaching out to members who had accepted positions to ensure they are going to be working to execute the responsibilities of the positions.
5 – Community Events Participation:
We will be collecting donations for school supplies every Thursday in the month of August. Need volunteers to help with the collection. The location will be at the Allentown ESYC.
Discussed getting more focused on a particular school to enable a concise list of items, i.e, lower level grade school may need crayons, drawing papers whereas as a middle school would need backpacks, notepads. Also, many school children need help with getting the required uniforms.
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6- More Publicity for Members:
To further increase publicity for members, one day each week the PR team will run a “Get Your Like Right” campaign for any businesses that have a Facebook page. The goal is to drive up the number of online followers for each business

7 –Featured Business Professional of the Month:
Featured Business Professional of the Month of July is – Keshay Blount, CEO of http://www.keadaskloset.com
Director Marketing and PR Keshay

Keshay has been exceptional in maintaining the content of our social media accounts (Facebook & LinkedIn). This is key to ensuring increased visibility of our chapter and what we are doing. Thanks Keshay!

Midway through our discussions, we moved on to a fun time shopping at My Sisters Closet. My Sister’s Closet is a funding source for Truth for Women, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission includes helping to raise awareness of the rising epidemic of sex trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. We are business professionals purposing to help make a difference! The clothing drive was a huge success. All attendees brought items for sell and also purchased items, resulting in higher than projected incomes for the store that evening. Thanks to the ladies of NAPW Bethlehem for the donations!

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For our next charitable cause, August 1 – September 12, we will lead the charge in a “Back To School Supplies Donation Drive”, collecting donations every Thursday at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, PA. (More to come on this).

Upcoming Meeting Dates
July 25, 2013: Special Member-Only Planning Meeting
August 8, 2013: Monthly Meeting – Open To All – at East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair Street, Allentown, PA

Make sure to LIKE us on http://www.Facebook.com/NAPWBethlehem and http://www.twitter.com/NAPWBethlehem to join our daily conversations, or see the NAPW Bethlehem webpage on the NAPW website to get announcements on upcoming meetings & events. For more details feel free to contact the President, Cordie Lacey, regarding any inquiries.

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June 2013: Featured Business Professional, Sandra Del Cueto

June 2013
NAPW Bethlehem’s Featured Business Professional of the month for June 2013 is Sandra Del Cueto!
Sandra Cueto
Sandra is a hardworking woman who deserves recognition for her enthusiasm and drive. Her humble attitude does not allow her to “toot her own horn,” but that is why we are here! Sandra has been selected for this honor because of her efforts towards increasing the visibility of our local chapter and generating increased traffic to our social media sites. Another reason we honor Sandra is for her willingness to help others. For instance, at a monthly NAPW meeting, the group was asked to think about new suggestions for future discussion topics; Sandra immediately wrote a detailed list of ideas for consideration. Her motivation is inspiring, but it comes easy to Sandra, who said, “…that’s my favorite thing to do—sit down and let the creative juices run wild.” We thank you, Sandra, for your creative juices and initiative.

Sandra is well versed in the world of Education. She has been teaching junior high, high school and college students for 25 years. She is currently a professor at Northampton Community College where she teaches English and Spanish. For Sandra, her students are very important. She expressed, “I love sharing my culture and my skills with students and enjoy working with both young people and seasoned learners.” Although she would not say it, Sandra is surely an inspiration to her students. Her kindness and generosity can be seen in her trips to Costa Rica. For the past three years, Sandra has been taking NCC students to Costa Rica to learn about political science and to take part in community service there. Sandra’s favorite part of the trip this year was when they visited an elementary school to distributed school materials like crayons, notebooks and pencils. Sandra and her students helped kids put together posters for Peace Day and they even got to accompany the kids in a Peace Parade. Sandra loves giving back to others, which is one of the reasons she joined the National Association of Professional Women.
Sandra Cueto and Student
When asked why she joined NAPW, Sandra at first explained that she was interested in the networking and the activities the group has to offer. But she went on to describe how she intends to share NAPW opportunities with her students. She explains that when she comes across women in need she tries to give them direction in both their life and their career. To put it simply, “I joined not necessarily for myself, but so I could share information with students.” Sandra’s selflessness is amazing and inspirational for young women who dream of becoming independent business professionals. So, thank you Sandra for everything. We are excited to have you as our Featured Business Professional of the Month!

On a wonderful closing note, Sandra gave this message, “I hope this organization continues to grow to be stronger and that I get to be a part of it.”

This blog entry was written by Caroline Lux, intern for LaceFront Entertainment, LLC. and volunteer for the NAPW Bethlehem. Caroline is a Senior at Muhlenberg College double majoring in Theatre and Media & Communications. Contact her at caroline.j.lux@gmail.com

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MINUTES: June 13, 2013 – Refining Our Local Mission & Prep for Fall 2013 Workshop Series

Chapter President: Cordie Lacey, LaceFront Entertainment, LLC.
Meeting Date: 06-13-13
Next Meeting Date: 07-11-13
Location: Eastside Youth Community Center in Allentown, PA

Meeting Attendance:
Attendance: 6
Members: Cordie Lacey (LaceFront Entertainment, LLC.), Helen Drahos, Dawn Diaz Milagros Day Worldwide, Rasna Patel, CPA; Non-Members: Caroline Lux, Da’Shay Brown
Note Taker: Helen Drahos

Last month’s meeting minutes were reviewed and accepted.

Meet and greet for the members who attended was good. There was a nice mix of different business backgrounds.
Meet and greet also included 2 interns, Da’Shay Brown (Dieruff High School) and Caroline Lux (Muhlenberg College), both working for Lacefront Entertainment, LLC. whom Cordie is generously sharing with the local chapter. Caroline is currently assigned to our “Buzz” team as a Content Creator for Facebook, Twitter and our new Blog. Her start date was June 11, 2013. Da’Shay assists with meeting setup/breakdown and as a junior photographer for our monthly meetings and other events. Da’Shay’s start date was June 13, 2013.

Unfortunately the scheduled speaker was not able to attend the meeting due to a family emergency.

Cordie was prepared and had a back up presentation on “Social Media: Creating, Building, Improving Your Online Presence and Experience.” Members in attendance completed a survey that will help guide the content for a workshop series in the Fall. (The survey will be sent electronically to all members).

We discussed some of the tools used today, and interests, pet peeves & questions that people currently have. For example,

– Why does the number of “Likes” matter in Facebook?
– How can I get started with a Blog?
– Is WordPress the only tool?
– How does having a blog help me?
– What’s the point of Twitter?

A take-away for attendees is to think about the concept for what you would say or sell in your own blog.

Items Discussed:

1 – Request Name Change for the Chapter and Building our Membership:
Discussion revolved around changing the chapter name to the Lehigh Valley Chapter. The thoughts on why this would be beneficial is to reach a broader group of women. This will take a bit of work and thankfully Cordie has accepted to take on this challenge.
Cordie has had discussions with leaders of other chapters and headquarters and the take away is it typically takes 6 months to a year to get a new chapter going. Monthly meeting attendance and participation are needed to make this chapter a success.

2 – Mission Statement for this Chapter:
What is the mission for this chapter? During the June 13, 2013 session, we further refined our focus as a professional networking group, which comprises women from the Lehigh Valley area and beyond. Our focus is on community service and charitable activities while working to build strong professonal networking opportunities for women. We will be designing workshops that are offered to the public through community based organizations and non-profit entities with which we are partnering. This will allow our professional women to gain exposure concerning their expertise, products, and/or services, while also serving & meeting community needs. (See our local chapter’s mission statement).

3 –Professional Business Professional of the Month:
The winner of the Professional Business Professional of the Month is Sandra Del Cueto. Sandra’s professional title is Professor at Northampton Community College, which specializes in Education. Sandra received her MA in Spanish from Pennsylvania. Sandra is selected because of her efforts in raising visibility of our local chapter, generating traffic to our social media sites which resulted in inquiries from more than 5 woman since our last meeting. Also, Sandra has hit the ground running with providing suggestions on future topics, outlining a written, detailed list of items for consideration. As of the June 13, 2013 meeting Sandra was in Costa Rica with students, and has still been active through email in driving other women to our website, Facebook page, and informing them about our monthly meeting. Thanks Sandra!
For her efforts, Sandra will be featured repeatedly in all our Social Media throughout the next month; in addition, a specially written blog on recent accomplishments and future projects worked on by Sandra will be prepared and posted to our new blog. (Intern, Caroline Lux will interview Sandra and write the blog which will be reviewed & approved by both Sandra Del Cueto and Cordie Lacey before being posted).

4 – Member News:
Our new blog is up and running and can be found at http://www.napwbethlehem.wordpress.com. There, all meeting minutes will be posted. Also, members wishing to write a blog on a topic of interest for professional women are welcome to do so. (Topic ideas and final content must be reviewed for compliance before they can be posted).
Given likely low attendance during the Summer months, group outings are under consideration for July & August. At this time, it has been determined that our chapter will have our next meeting at My Sister’s Closet in Bethlehem, PA – The monthly meeting will be for a “Shop & Drop” – We’ll be shopping and/or to donating new or lightly used clothing (mint condition). Attendees who BRING THE MOST GUESTS will Win a gift certificate to shop at My Sisters Closet: 1st Place is $35, and 2nd Place is $25. See our webpage for details: http://www.napw.com/chapter/148/

5 – Community Events Participation:
Discussed ideas for helping at community events which will further the visibility of the chapter.
How often should we look for opportunities, monthly, quarterly, semiannually? Ongoing volunteer & charitable activities exist, as well as planned events that we coordinate. For planned events that we coordinate, we should allow a 3-month lead time to promote the event.

Some of the near-term activities suggested include volunteering at Musikfest or visiting My Sister’s Closet. We will also launch a workshop series in the Fall in partnership with community based organizations and non-profit entities. (Workshop Leaders & Panelists must be Members of NAPW, however, workshops open to the public for attendance).
Our chapter will be more active in volunteer opportunities in the Lehigh Valley and neighboring communities where there is not another NAPW local chapter – Members should see our NAPW Bethlehem webpage to find out where they can participate as a presenter, panelist or blogger – Share your expertise, and get your name out there!

See the Bethlehem Chapter’s webpage details for info regarding each future monthly session: http://www.napw.com/chapter/148/bethlehem/

For more on the Bethlehem Chapter’s active members, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter, at “NAPWBethlehem” as we highlight “Featured Members” each month. Or, join our Group’s discussions on LinkedIn!

See you at the next meeting, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.!

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