After giving up her previous life in South Africa, and moving across the world to settle in Greensburg, making new friends became the hardest thing to do for Barbara Baldwin. When her and her husband decided to start a new business, networking became an important objective. BPW provided both under one roof!!! Barbara became a member of Latrobe BPW in 2017, at the prompting of Marsha St. Pierre. Joining BPW has opened up so many new doors, given confidence and brought a whole new group of friends that never before existed. Becoming the Dinner Committee Co-Chair in 2019 was the best way to get to know all the members and at the same time be part of the welcoming “committee”, making members and guests feel as though they belong. Owning and running a business takes a lot of Barbara’s time, but she always cherishes her “me time” with her BPW friends. “Because of BPW my confidence has grown exponentially. I am now able to talk to complete strangers and even stand in front of a full room to give a presentation.” That’s what BPW can do for you!!
Tracy Rocco has been a Sign Language Interpreter since 2008 and has been teaching Sign Language Classes since 2014. She has been a member of the Latrobe BPW for 2 years. She met several members prior to joining while they were taking the Sign Language Class she was teaching. Tracy originally became a member to network for the Sign Language Classes but ended up with a whole new group of friends and supporters. She has served on the Spring Tea Committee for 2 years, and has been a member of the Goodwill Committee as well as the Dinner Committee. At every meeting she hears someone say a version of "I love BPW meeting day because even if it's been a terrible day when I get to BPW it lifts me up and my day ends on a high note!" To her there is nothing better than getting together with a group of friends and sharing positive attitudes and support. Tracy loves our group because "...if you are ever in need they are there for you. The Community work that we do is inspiring and is very rewarding to me. Some of my favorite projects that I have been involved in are the Spring Tea, Project Bundle Up, and The Women's Expo to raise money for The Blackburn Center. I look forward to my new role as Vice President and being more involved in our Outreach Projects".
Jean Calabrace has been a member of Latrobe BPW for many years. She has served as local President, Vice President and Treasurer along with many chair positions! Her resume recently includes past District Director and past Assistant District Director for District 3 as well as past State Treasurer (2017-2018).
Prior to retirement, Jean was employed at Commercial Bank and Trust, where she worked diligently and promoted herself part time teller to the manager of two branch office
During retirement, Jean is doing what she loves most. She is teaching craft classes at a local establishment and mentoring newer members with BPW.
Jean is married to husband, Sam, and has three children, 4 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 3 chickens.
Deb Bowman has been a member of Latrobe BPW for 4 years. She first attended our annual Spring Tea Fundraiser and quickly joined soon after. Deb has served as the chairwoman of the By-Laws/Policies and Procedures Committee and has served as the Dinner chairwoman before becoming our Vice-President and now President. Deb has also been honored as Latrobe BPW's New Member of the Year (2017) as well as District 3's New Member of the Year. In addition to her chair duties, Deb has served on several committees and has volunteered for numerous charitable projects. She is a RN with Allegheny Health Network and a Certified Wound Care Nurse. "God and family have always been my core of life. My family is small, but we are mighty. When I became a member of Latrobe BPW, my family grew exponentially and the love and strength I pull from each member makes my "family" the strongest and richest in love". #BecauseofBPW
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Theresa Rusbosin joined Latrobe BPW 17 years ago and never regretted her decision. She continues to renew her membership because of all the benefits she has received from the Local, District and State BPW organization. "I have 100+ friends locally, add to that the members I have met throughout the District and from across the State. I never would have met so many friendly, kind, understanding, encouraging, supportive, passionate women all serving with a purpose to help other women to grow, to advocate for women’s issues, to mentor, to aid their communities with their time and monies. I personally have grown from being a committee member to becoming the BPW/PA State President. That never would have happened without the support, mentoring, leadership of so many others. So considering joining BPW? Don’t hesitate! Join today!"
Traci Naugle has been a member of Latrobe BPW since May 2016 following a few conversations with Angela Apple about the contributions and gratifications of BPW. Inspiration abounds with all BPW members helping each other, all women and the community, it feels great to have a network of women/friends/sisters to always be there for you. Since joining BPW Traci has served on the Spring Tea Committee and Finance Committee Chair and volunteered at the Math Counts event. Traci is the Account Specialist for WTS | First Defense a government contractor located in Monroeville providing industrial water treatment products and full facilities management to VA Medical Centers, Data Centers and power plants across the United States.
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