Local club for businesswomen meets for first time in 2010, presents awards

Wendy Maguire and Patti Kadkhodaian received awards at the first BWFC meeting of 2010. Photo/Special.

The Business Women of Fayette & Coweta Counties (BWFC) held their first meeting of the year on Feb. 23. Over 50 members, prospective members and guests gathered at Maguire’s Family and Friends Restaurant in Senoia to review 2009 achievements and discuss plans for 2010.

The BWFC is a dues-based community services organization comprised of female business owners and leaders who place a high priority on giving back to the communities in which they live and work. Members represent a broad spectrum of industries throughout Fayette and Coweta counties. Begun only a year ago with 12 founding members, the BWFC has grown to 50 members dedicated to networking, supporting one another and investing in the community.

One main focus of the February meeting was the announcement of 2010 cause focuses. Members voted to continue support of the Community Welcome House, a safe haven for women and children escaping domestic violence. Members further voted to support the Fayette Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center, opening in June 2010. The Cancer Wellness center will compliment clinical services by providing cancer patients and their families with whole-life wellness programs in nutrition, exercise, art and more.

The meeting also marked the first annual presentation of The BWFC Award. Member Jalon Burton, who presented the awards for 2009, explains that this award “recognizes high achieving women leaders within our organization who have established a legacy of excellence and contributed significantly to their community.” Awards were presented to Wendy Maguire, co-founder and president of BWFC and to Patti Kadkhodaian, co-founder and Recording Secretary of BWFC.

Other high points of the evening included a positive living program presented by life and career coach Amy Anderson of Aim Me and fundraising for Community Welcome House in the form of raffling products donated by members Beyond the Door, Artworx and Gina Pace as well as corporate sponsors e.l.f. cosmetics and Long Winter Farm organic soaps and lotions. Attendees enjoyed a buffet meal at discounted cost and owner Wendy Maguire contributed a portion of the proceeds to Community Welcome House as always.

Additional information on the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta Counties may be found online at www.bwfcc.org. Guests considering membership are welcome to attend the organization’s next meeting on Apr. 27 at Maguire’s Family and Friends Restaurant.