American Business chapter helps further education for deserving young women
by Sally Litchfield
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The American Business Women’s Association’s Marietta Charter Chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary in February at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. Members at the function included from left Doris Huntington, Edith O’Brien, Vice President Hazel Lord, Bobbie Crabbe, Linda Voyles, Rae McKee, Brenda Phillips, Caroline Coppedge, Louis Crapps, Mary Spivey, Laura Halls, President Mary Frances Grisham, Treasurer Linda Miller and Secretary Alice Blalock. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
The American Business Women’s Association’s Marietta Charter Chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary in February at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. Members at the function included from left Doris Huntington, Edith O’Brien, Vice President Hazel Lord, Bobbie Crabbe, Linda Voyles, Rae McKee, Brenda Phillips, Caroline Coppedge, Louis Crapps, Mary Spivey, Laura Halls, President Mary Frances Grisham, Treasurer Linda Miller and Secretary Alice Blalock.
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For 50 years, the Marietta Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association has brought businesswomen together providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. The chapter is active in the community, awarding scholarships and performing community service.

The Marietta Charter Chapter formed in January 1964.

“We focus on education, networking, friendship and fun,” said Mary Frances Grisham, president of the chapter. She has been a member for 30 years.

The chapter currently has 16 members including charter members Louise Crapps and Dotty Flood along with Alice Blalock, Caroline Coppedge, Bobbie Crabbe, Mary Frances Grisham, Laura Halls, Doris Huntington, Hazel Lord, Raelene McKee, Linda Miller, Edith O’Brien, Deloris Perry, Brenda Phillips, Mary Spivey, and Linda Voyles. Honorary members include Ruth Bidwell, Voncile Levy.

The late Jewell Cribb had perfect attendance until she was no longer able to attend. Louise Mitchell and Sarah Dunn were also longtime members.

“We are a small group of caring business women, both retired and actively employed,” Grisham said.

In 2005, she moved to Cherokee County from Cobb with her son David and his family.

“We have contributed 50 years of community service in Cobb County, helping children, women, families,” she said.

The chapter has helped numerous organizations such as Wonderful Days Preschool for lower income families at St. James’ Episcopal Church, MUST Ministries and the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

“The most important thing we do is scholarships to help further education for a deserving woman,” Grisham said.

The group holds an annual fundraiser to raise money to support ABWA’s projects.

“We have learned so much from our experiences of sharing ideas with other members, working on committees, chairing committees, being elected to officer positions, attending ABWA conventions, and being involved in projects that are making a difference in our community — most of all the friendships we have developed and fun we have,” Grisham said.

“I have learned a lot and have made many new friends through this chapter. It has exposed me to new experiences and I have grown as a person by belonging to this group,” Grisham said.

The group meets on the third Friday of each month at noon at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center in Marietta for lunch and meeting. The Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center is at 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta. Prospective members can contact mfgrisham@bellsouth.net.

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