UC Women’s Club to hold October luncheon

UPPER CUMBERLAND–The October meeting of the Upper Cumberland Women’s Club will be held on Oct. 8 at Nick’s Restaurant in Cookeville. The meeting will begin at noon (CST). 

All professional women in the area are invited to learn more about the celebration plans for the “100 Year Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage,” which will be held in 2020. Guest speakers will be Yvonne Wood and Pat Pierce. 

Wood is a founding member and past chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. She chaired the Boards and Commissions Committee to promote a gender balance on state boards and commissions. She is president of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board. Wood owns Wood Conference & Event Planning. She was named Woman of the Year by Women in the Workplace and also received the Molly Todd Cup designating her as a woman who spends her life making the world a better place to live. She has been recognized for her work by the Tennessee General Assembly and the Nashville Metro Council. She served on the Southern Regional Education Board, the International Women’s Forum, is past chair of the ATHENA International board and is on the advisory board of Institute for Women’s Policy Research. 

Wood has received many honors and awards through the years for her work as an advocate for women and families. During her work career, she was director of the Medicaid Program Integrity Unit, associate director for government relations for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, director of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation and wrote several pieces of legislation acted into law, including making scholarships available to Tennessee’s most talented students and a two-step pay increase for employees successfully completing the CPS exam. 

Patricia Pierce is a retired administrator, Vanderbilt University, Vision 2020 National Delegate, serves on the National Women’s History Project Board of Directors, an honorary board member of the International ATHENA Honorary Board of Directors, director on the Economic Council Foundation Board of Directors, Nashville Sports Council board of directors, a former Nashville CABLE board of directors member, a former commissioner on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board. 

The price for the luncheon will be $15.00 payable at the door. Extra donations for the annual scholarship/benevolent fund are always welcome. To RSVP, email ucwomensclub@gmail.com.

For our next Blessing Project, we will gather Mom’s Baskets for The Stephen’s Center. The baskets will be collected at the Dec. 10 meeting at Grey Gables at noon CST. We will have more information at the October meeting along with suggested contents.

Nick’s is located at 895 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville.

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