Leslie Beatty was the speaker for the recent meeting of the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women's Association held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Leslie Beatty was the speaker for the recent meeting of the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Beatty spoke about the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Pine Bluff. This is a unique fundraising event that allows participants, including patients, survivors, medical support staff, family members, or any volunteers, to join together to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against cancer in Jefferson County in memory of loved ones or in honor of others who have had cancer.

The first Relay event was held in 1986 with 19 teams. Relay for Life is a team event where participants walk around a track relay style from 6 p.m. to midnight. Survivors take a victory lap to start to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer. The Relay is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser.

There are sponsorship opportunities for the Relay for Life starting at $100 for Activities Sponsor with their name in the program and stepping up to $2,000 for Premier Sponsor with their name on the participants shirts among other benefits. They also sell T-shirts with ACS (American Cancer Society) and a razorback on them for $18 to $22 and you can buy a luminary for $5 to honor or remember a loved one.

Beatty has been married for 32 years, has three children and three grandchildren. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School and has an associate degree in banking/finance from Southeast Arkansas College. She has worked at Pine Bluff National Bank for 11 years and is presently assistant compliance officer.

During the business meeting Donna Renfro, president, read a tidbit about the shamrock, a three-leaf clover that is considered a good luck symbol and is the national symbol of Ireland.

Helen Pennington received special recognition from ABWA National Office for her 50 years of service to ABWA. She joined Opportunity Chapter in 1962. This chapter had to split because it grew too large and formed Port O’Cotton, which later merged with Saracen before Helen joined DuBocage. She retired from Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel after 50 years of service and is the oldest living employee from the company. She has one daughter, one grandson, and two great-grandchildren. She is an active member and volunteer at Lakeside Methodist Church and in her leisure she does alterations and loves to play canasta. Renfro presented her with a bouquet of white carnations and a certificate from National for 50 years of membership.

The Spring Enrollment Event will take place during the April meeting with the executive board chairing the event. Joyce Ann Green, Judy Conn and Ella Dodson were elected to the Nominating Committee. Their report of the new slate of officers will be due in May. Everyone was reminded of the informal weekend in Hot Springs for March 30-April 1. The cost is $50 for the full weekend or $25 for one night.

Kay Faver won the dollar pot and donated it back to the chapter. Birthday gifts were won by Ruth Morris, Judy Kittler, Diane Wilson and Dewanna Walters. Renfro won the door prize donated by Beatty.