May– Inauguration of the Club on May 16 at Fairview Inn.
June– The Club was represented at the Tribune of the I.W.Y conference in Mexico, by three members- Pamela Wall, President; M. Pennyfeather, Secretary and E. Vanier, Press and Publicity Chairwoman.
August– The Club assisted the national Council of Women’s Voluntary Organisation in a week of activities to mark the international Women’s Year.
November– The Club sponsored a flower arranging workshop conducted by Mrs. I. Didier.
December– Christmas Dinner and Candle Lighting Installation Ceremony at Fairview Inn. Christmas party for the children of Mcknight Creche.
March– The Club spearheaded a successful petition to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Kitts Sugar Factory requesting that the board reconsiders the decision to close the auditorium of the Social Centre.
June– The Club’s affiliation to the International Federation was ratified.
September– Charter dinner at Fairview Inn.
November– Advanced Flower Arranging Workshop conducted by Mrs. I. Didier. Preseident P. Wall invited to be guest speaker at B.P.W Club St. Lucia.
December- Assistance to Creches. Two oil burner stoves presented.
February– Launching of Mobile Library at the Children’s Home during International Week of Activities.
Essay Competition on the subject “”Their’s more to Womanhood than Motherhood
Quiz on famous women.
Seminar in Jamaica by International Preseident, Beryl Nashar. P. Wall represented St. Kitts.
The regular monthly not only dealt with the business of the club but included various activities which served to stimulate intelligent thought and expression, increase the knowledge of members and maintain interest in the club and community.
A summary of the more outstanding activities and talks follows Banking; by Mr. Maurice Webster, a banking expert from the United Kingdom.
Life in Ghana by; Mr. C. Kudiabor, Economic Planning advisor to the government of St. Kitts Nevis.
Indigenous West African Music by Mrs. Prashanti Mendis.
Effective Public Speaking by Claudina Lloyd.
Apartheid as practised in South Africa by the former Miss Clarita Richards, a graduate in International Relations.
The Public Library by Miss Vanta Archibald, Librarian.
Of special interest to women was a demonstration of a ‘facial’’ by Miss Laurie Morton.
On the community side the club continued to provide hot lunches for a needy student from one of the rural areas. Two fire victims received help while institution such as the Cardin Home, the Children’s home and the Harris’ Training Centre for Boys also received attention.
A special area of achievement was the removal of certain discriminatory practices which unmarried women in the Public Service experienced for many years. The new Constitution has corrected this possibly due to representation made by the club.
As immediate past president, Mrs Agnes Morton represented the club at the 14th Congress of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women held in
Washington 31st July- 5th August.
June President E. Vanier attended in London a meeting of the Westminster and Kensington Club resulting in a gift of books of the Mobile Library.
August Request made to Government to lift ban on importation of basic foods such as potatoes, beans and lentils. This was later granted. During this year the Civics Committee put up a proposal to Government that “ A married woman’s Income Tax should be separated from her husband’s and women should be treated equally with men with reference to salary when doing the same job.”
September S. Fleming, First Vice President attended a seminar on Family Planning, and the President, E. Vanier met with prominent Rotarians at a dinner for their Caribbean Director.
October Past President P. Wall organized an exciting and successful Cabaret Show in aid of the Creches.
A donation was given to a fire victim to purchase a new sewing machine.
December Christmas gifts distributed to the children at the Creches. The Club’s Christmas party at Fort Thomas with exciting games and singing was most enjoyable.
February International Week. The Club continued arousing interest in careers for young women by televising and focusing on women in different occupations, viz. a lawyer, a physiotherapist, a taxi driver, an architect, a teacher of hospitalized children.
Highlighted also was the debate between our Club and Rotary on the subject “Irresponsibility of the Caribbean male is the cause of the breakdown in family life.” The brilliancy of Viola Jacobs and her team overwhelmed the opposing male forces!
March President E. Vanier attended a Seminar of the UN Decade for Women sponsored by the United Nations in New York. There she met with the President of MATCH who was very interested in assisting with the funding of a truly mobile library.
April/Dec Other projects were undertaken such as the opening of a Thrift Shop the repainting and redecoration of the Newtown Creche by members, the payment of daily lunches for a needy student.
Mobile Library moved from Children’s Home to Conaree Community Centre in October.
February Honouring of two women involved with children, Doris Lloyd and Hellen Brookes.
March Deposit of Can $2,000 received from MATCH.
Agnes Skerrit attended the Board Meeting of the International Federation of B.P.W. help in Greece.
(i) Mrs. Dulcie Richardson, Principal of the Teachers’ Training College spoke on ‘Education – where do we go from here?’
(ii) Lawyer Constance Mitcham whose topic was ‘Parliamentary Procedure’
6. Special project in 1980 was to provide the Children’s Home with a regular supply of milk and eggs for one year.
7. The President, Sylvia Fleming attended the Annual Conference of the United Kingdom Federation held in Eastbourne, Sussex, in April 1980. The hospitality of the Eastbourne Club which sponsored the visit, was unsurpassed, and the experience, educational, stimulating and unforgettable.
The president for this period was Mrs. Agnes Morton and the secretaries Mrs. Maureen Edwards and Mrs. Elaine Mallalieu respectively
July The Club was represented at the 16th of IFBPW by Agnes Morton. The Congress was held in Washington D.C. Visit of professor Gordon Merrill of Canada who delivered a talk on the expertise of Fund-raising in the Third World.
September Many of our members were involved on several committees for Independence and over the 4 days worked as liaison persons as well as helped with transportation etc.
October The club presented the government with a stand for the mace to be used in the House of Assembly.
December Gift of bedside mats to Joseph N. France General Hospital. Christmas parties at Conaree and Trinity for Mobile Library members.
February During our International Week we put on the usual Careers Showcase and gave
talks on various careers at the High Schools. We visited the Harris Home for Boys and were ourselves visited by members of two B.P.W Clubs from St. Croix.
Our guest speaker for the International Candle-lighting ceremony was Mrs. Celia Lindo-Butler.
March At our monthly meeting we were given an interesting talk by the Hon. Sonia Egenes a Legislator in the of Iowa USA.
We were also thrilled to bits by the piano recital by Mr. Mchel lai. The Recital was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Euctace wall and are indeed grateful to them for so often allowing us the use of their home for these functions.
April We were asked to help to organise a Career Showcase in the week sponsored by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
B.P.W sponsored the College of the Virgin Islands Choir performance at the Basseterre High School. This was an exceedingly enjoyable experience- certainly not to be missed1 during a tour of St. Kitts the choir also sang at three of the high schools.
June At our Annual General Meeting the club honoured Nurse Maisie Pryce and Ms. Kathleen Manchester
August B.P.W co-ordinated the Exhibition to communicate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation from slavery. I would make special mention of the hard work and dedication put into this project by Daphne Baker.
December Our usual Christmas Party at Conaree and Trinity by our Mobile Library team.
Carbaret show and Dance held at the Fairview inn as part of our fund-raising activities.
January Presentation of six pillows to the Joseph N. France General Hospital.
March At our monthly meeting our guest speaker was Mrs. Lyngric Rawlings, Instructor in Adult Education who is also now attached to the Department of Women’s Affairs.
· New BPW Board Installed (June 2018)
· Dr. Valda Henry, guest speaker at one of the Club’s meetings sharing insights on the topic ‘Professionalism and Authenticity’. (July 2018)
· BPW St Kitts members attended the 2018 BPW International North American and Caribbean Regional Conference in Orlando (July 2018)
· Celebrated BPW Day on 26thAugust 2018 by honoring founding members of BPW (August 2018)
· New To You Sale Fundraisers (Every Last Saturday of the Month). Offering new and lightly used items of clothing, shoes, toys, books and household items to the public at affordable prices.
· The Club and its members supported various Cancer Awareness Fundraisers and Activities (October 2018)
· Members took care of their mind body and soul at a Yoga session with Cara Diskin at the Club’s General Meeting
· The Club hosted a public Discussion on Menopause with Dr. Keriise Manchester, GYN. (November 2018)
· BPW St. Kitts and The Ministry of Health partnered on bringing to the public, The Women’s Wellness Campaign: In addition to cervical cancer screening, the nurses checked blood pressure; height, weight and body mass index; provided breast exams, diabetes screening, and rapid HIV Tests. (February 2019)
· BPW Entrepreneurs presented at the General Meeting (February 2019)
· BPW St Kitts Members at BPW International Leaders’ Summit (March 2019)
· Members of BPW St Kitts visited female inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, Basseterre, St. Kitts on International Women’s Day. The group provided inmates with toiletries and books and shared some insights to encourage them to rise above their circumstances to become productive citizens. (March 2019)
· BPW members attended the Ross University Purple Carpet Gala and Awards Ceremony in celebration of International Women’s Day. (March 2019)
· Ingrid Charles Gumbs presented on the ‘National Gender Policy at the BPW General meeting (March 2019)
2019-2020 BPW President, Ardis Belle
2020-2021 BPW President, Ardis Belle (2nd Term)