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are the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6PM. Meals are $16. Location: Hebron Fire Hall, 701 E Walnut St., Lebanon. Please join us, and bring a friend! If you want to come back every month, annual dues are $24.


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Paint nights

4H Fair with Elvis impersonators

Trips to the theater....

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ABWA Lebanon is part of something bigger

The Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter of ABWA is part of a nationwide network of more than 1900 chapters and 90,000 members  Both this chapter and ABWA encourage the development of the personal skills, leadership qualities and educational opportunities necessary for a successful career.  Being a businesswoman today means being challenged to achieve.  Be ready to meet that challenge by being part of the world of our chapter and ABWA.

Our membership includes women from a variety of professions and occupations.  This diversity makes being part of the Lebanon Valley Charter Chapter a stimulating, enriching experience.  It's all there for you, but you have to reach out and grab it, become involved.  Say yes when called upon to head a project or assist in some endeavor the chapter is sponsoring.

Members conduct chapter business, as well as exchange career information and ideas.  Meetings are highlighted by motivational speakers and other information programs.


  • Standing Rules:

    Chapter Officers are elected by the membership annually. These offices give members a chance to learn organizational and

    leadership skills, as well as meet other business leaders in the community. It can be a great springboard to bigger and more

    responsible jobs in your profession, and give you confidence in your leadership abilities.

    Chapter Activities Each year our chapter selects a member for the Woman of the Year Award. This special member is a

    contributor to chapter activities, a successful business-woman, a contributor to her community and an asset to our


    Our chapter anniversary in March is a celebration to which we invite former members, spouses, significant others,

    family and friends to share in our celebration of accomplishments from the previous year.

    September 22, National American Business Women’s Day, is celebrated by choosing an Outstanding Businesswoman in the

    Lebanon Valley and honoring her with a certificate and media recognition at our September meeting.


    1. Local chapter dues are $2.00 per month paid to the Treasurer. Delinquent payment is reported to the President.

    Amended 1/01

    2. Chapter Perfect Attendance Year - March to February

         (A) Perfect attendance is considered to be attendance at the dinner, program and business portions of 12 chapter meetings from March thru February with recognition given at the March Anniversary meeting.

         (B) Any member who misses a meeting of the chapter may maintain her record of perfect attendance during the chapter’s Anniversary year by attending any of the following:

              (1) A regular meeting of a sister chapter (request a make up slip if this is to be used for make-up);

              (2) Attendance at WOY Spring Fling Luncheon;

              (3) Attendance at any District or National Women’s Conference;

              (4) Attendance at any ABWA sponsored event by a Sister chapter.

         (C) In cases of extreme circumstances, such as an emergency hospitalization, death in the family,...occurs denying the member an opportunity to make up a meeting, the Executive board may grant an exception.

         (D) If a member misses the February meeting and desires to be recognized for perfect attendance, she can notify the Membership Committee that she will make up the meeting before March 31st.  A certificate of Perfect Attendance and a Gift Card for 1 Free Dinner Meeting will be presented to each member achieving Perfect attendance to be used at any time through out the next year.

    4. Hospitality raffle to be held at monthly meetings as a 50/50 drawing. 50% going to the chapter treasury and 50% to be divided 3 ways and given to ticket winners. October 1986

    5. Members who have a standing dinner/meeting Reservation or who make an affirmative commitment to attend a meeting will be billed for their dinner if a cancellation is not received by noon on the Monday prior to meeting.  March 1985

    6. A carnation will be presented to each birthday celebrant in attendance at a meeting during their birthday month. 10/84

    7. A Candy Bar will be presented to each member in the month they celebrate their ABWA anniversary by the Membership committee.

    8. A sympathy card will be sent to members when the loss is in the immediate family. Members are to notify the Hospitality Chair of any known losses. In the event of a death of a member, a $25.00 donation will be made according to the wishes of the family or to SBMEF (Amended 10/01). Get Well wishes are also sent to members hospitalized and suffering lengthy Illnesses.

    9. Chapter Woman of the Year is elected in January so she can compete nationally, if she so chooses. May ‘85

    10. Chapter Woman of the Year has the option to attend a National Women’s Conference or Regional Conference in Spring. January 1996

    11. The Woman of the Year will have her full registration, ½ of her travel expenses, and ½ of her hotel accommodations paid for by the chapter to attend either the National Fall or Spring Regional Conference as well as WOY activities. Attendance at the local WOY luncheon will also be paid. January 1996

    12. The outgoing President will be presented with a Past-President’s pin and guard. If she repeats the office, a suitable gift of equal value may be given. The outgoing President is also presented a pictorial record of association events and meetings during her tenure. Oct. 1980

    13. New member Name Tags will be purchased by the Membership from National. Amended Jan.2002

    14. Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lebanon Valley Scholarship. ABWA will sponsor 1 LVCC member per year.  Requirements: Must be an active members of our Chapter for at least two years; current with local and national dues; and give a general information report monthly at chapter meetings. January 2008

    15. If a full-time college student joins our chapter as an ABWA student member, their meeting cost will be discounted to one half the regular cost January 2002

    16. $1000 Reimbursement Fund ($100 per member per year amount does not carry over).  Up to $100 will be reimbursed to a member attending an Educational Seminar, Workshop, Spring Regional or National Women’s Conference.  Your request must be submitted in writing following attendance. One request per year per member. Dec. 2002

    17. Any member attending a National Conference and exercising her right to vote will be eligible to receive reimbursement equal to ½ their registration when their voting card is presented to the treasurer following the conference.




Past Scholarship Winners

2016 Student Winners: $1000 each were awarded to Teresa Gunderman, Palmyra; and Chandelle Keller, ELCO. Both young women will attend Penn State.

2015 Student Winners:  Kate Risser, Annville Cleona will attend Bloomsburg; and Sara Smith will attend Messiah College.

2014 Student Winners: Margo Rene Keller, ELCO, Penn State; and Alaina Gladstone, Lebanon High, West Virgina University

2013 Student Winners:  Hanna Constance Wastyk, Palmyra HS, University of Delaware; Mariah LiBrandi, Northern Lebanon HS, Saint Francis University; Lara Cruz, Lebanon HS, Hanze University

2012 Student Winners:  Katie Carney-Blose, Penn College; Rosemary Angel, HACC

2011 Student Winners:  Jonathan Jackson, Dickenson; Katie Carney-Blose, Penn College

2010 Student Winners:  Anna Marie Cruz, Lebanon High School; Chelsea Saylor, ELCO; Mariela Horna, Lebanon Valley College; Felicia Nelson, Kutztown University

2009 Student Winners:  Felicia Nelson; Kaitlyn Mader; Rachael Reist; Kimblery Yockey.

2008 Student Winners:  Emily Sechrest (Lebanon); Kayla Miller (Northern Lebanon); Alyson Wattai, (Lebanon Catholic); Kaitlyn Mader (Culinary Institute of America).

2007 Student Winners:  Aylssa Hauck (Lebanon HS); Jennifer Leeper (Eastern University); Kaitlyn Mader (Culinary Institute of America); Rebecca Wenger (Annville/Cleona High School)

2006 Student Winners: Michelle Dusel (Northern Lebanon); Jennifer Leeper (Cedar Crest); and Rachel Reist( Cedar Crest).

2005 Student Winners: Katelyn Haley,  Amber Smith andStephanie Blanda

2004 Student Winners:  Melanie Henderson,  Madison Simmermon, & Kimberly Carfarella

  Scholarships Education and training are essential for a successful career and, as chapter members, we are proud of our role in providing educational opportunities for others.  We provide scholarships to area women, as well as contributing to the SBMEF National Scholarship Fund.  Each year the amount awarded varies.

  • SBMEF National Scholarship-Nicole Long
  • Leadership Lebanon Valley scholarship Recipients:2008 Jen Eisenhower
  • 2007 Julie Cameron
  • 2006 Patricia McAteer
  • 2005 Brenda Keefer
  • 2004 Gale Ehrhorn
  • 2003 Margie Yohn
  • 2002 Penny Walker
  • 2001 Mary Ellen Blouch
  • 2000 Julie Cheyney
  • 1999 Irene Pickett
  • 1998 Sandy Herr
  • 1995 Susan LeBaron-Tonini
  • Additional Member graduates of the LLV program:

    Josie Ames

  • Mary Blose
  • Carol Edris
  • Nori Fisher
  • Sarah Schappell

Executive Board History



  • President Janice Dishong
  • Vice President Jo Ellen Litz
  • Secretary Janelle Schaffer Yoder
  • Treasurer Jennifer Eisenhower


  • President Jo Ellen Litz 644.4698
  • Vice President Jennifer Eisenhower 279-0849
  • Secretary Pat Firestone 272.2333
  • Co-Treasurers Janet Henning & Linda Plasterer


  • President Jo Ellen Litz 644.4698
  • Vice President Jennifer Eisenhower 279-0849
  • Secretary Pat Firestone 272.2333
  • Treasurer Maxine Maser


  • President Sue LeBaron
  • Vice President Jennifer Eisenhower 279-0849
  • Secretary Pat Firestone 272-2333
  • Treasurer Maxine Maser

  • 2011-12

    • President Jennifer Eisenhower 279-0849
    • Vice President Bonnie Bender 949-3448
    • Secretary Pat Firestone 272-2333
    • Treasurer Barbara Arnold 867-5227

Key Milestones - Past Presidents

    • 1971-72 Vivian Ezell
    • 1972-73 Sandi Rossi
    • 73-74 Josephine Bender
    • 74-75 Joan Raber
    • 75-76 Mary Ellen Barry
    • 76-77 Roysetta Bruner
    • 77-78 Marlene Bowman
    • 78-79 Vivian Ezell
    • 79-80 Mary Blose
    • 80-81 Mary Will
    • 81-82 JoAnn Rager
    • 82-83 Stephany Houser
    • 83-84 Barbara Heckard
    • 84-85 Betty Kreiser
    • 85-86 Mary Blose
    • 86-87 Rosemary Kantz
    • 87-88 Mary Kale

  • 88-89 Lynn Doyno
  • 89-90 Karen Dielman
  • 90-91 Edith Woelfling
  • 91-92 Dawn Shultz
  • 92-93 Mary Blose
  • 93-94 Denise Heintzelman
  • 94-95 Cindy Root
  • 95-96 Dawn Shultz
  • 96-97 Mary Blose
  • 97-98 Irene Pickett
  • 98-99 Suzanne Troy
  • 99-2000 Judy Heagy
  • 2000-2001 Penny Walker
  • 2001-2002 Mary Ellen Blouch
  • 02-03 Mary Ellen Blouch
  • 03-04 Mary Blose
  • 04-05 Sandy Herr
  • 06-07 Gale Ehrhorn
  • 07-08  & 08-09 Marcella Long
  • 09-10 Roysetta Brunner
  • 10-12 Jennifer Eisenhower
  • 12-14 Sue LeBaron Tonini
  • 14-16 Jo Ellen Litz
  • 17-20 Janice Dishong

Key Milestones - Women of the Year

  • 2019
  • 2018 Janice Dishong
  • 2017 Sue Tonini LeBaro
  • 2016 Janelle Schaeffer Yoder
  • 2015 Maxine Maser
  • 2014 Mary Blose
  • 2013 Jo Ellen Litz
  • 2012 Judith Heagy
  • 2011 Barbara Arnold
  • 2010 Jennifer Eisenhower
  • 2009 Pat Firestone
  • 2008 Mary Blose
  • 2007 Roysetta Brunner
  • 2006 Marcella Long
  • 2005 Josie Ames
  • 2004 Pat Firestone, receptionist, Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank
  • 2003 Carol Edris, human resources, ASK Foods
    2002 Cindy Young, branch manager, Jonestown Bank & Trust
    2001 Sandra Herr, administrative assistant, Jonestown Bank & Trust
    2000 Barbara Arnold, office administrator, Miller & Bixler Auto Parts
    1999 Penny Walker, education evaluator, Department of State
    1998 JoAnn Rager, secretary, Hollinger Glass
    1997 Dawn Shultz, Human Resources Manager, Boscov's
    1996 Jackie Woelfling, secretary, LPS Racers/Lebanon Pattern Shop
    1995 Eleanor DiNovo, secretary, Henry & Beaver Law Firm
    1994 Irene Pickett, realtor, Century 21
    1993 Suzy Troy, clerk typist, Fort Indiantown Gap
    1992 Stephany Houser, accounting Manager, AWI
    1991 Mary Kale, medical assistant, Dr. George Fava
    1990 Judy Heagy, clerk, Lebanon Police Department
    1989 Edith Woelfling, secretary, Lebanon Pattern Shop
    1988 Carolyn DiNovo, supervisor, Empire Beauty School
    1987 Karen McMillen, Director of Human Services, Cedar Haven Nursing Home
    1986 Dorotha Sullivan, general manager, WAHT Radio
    1985 Mary Blose, office manager, Blose Printing
    1984 Rosemarie Swanger, City Clerk, City of Lebanon
    1983 Rosemary Kantz, self employed beauty salon
    1982 Stephany Houser, C. P. A. Main Hurdman & Cranston
    1981 Beverly Shirk, R. N., supervisor Good Samaritan Hospital
    1980 Betty Heisey, self employed tax service
    1979 Thelma Boger, office manager, Roy Miller
    1978 Mary Ellen Barry, office manager, Steiner Studios
    1977 Vivian Ezell, production supervisor, R. C. A.
    1976 Florence Henise, salesperson, Boscov's Department Store
    1975 Minnie Albright, R. N., social worker, Catholic Social Services
    1974 Sandi Rossi, R. N., industrial nurse, H. B. Reese
    1973 Josephine Bender, head bookkeeper, Textile Printing Company
    1972 Joan Raber, dental assistant, Dr. Donald Gilger

Key Milestone - Boss & Associate's of the Year


  • 1972 Donald Gigler, DDS
  • 1973 Schaeffer Specht, Buell
  • 1974Charles Stoudt, Workshop
  • 1975 Walter Hauser, HB Reese
  • 1976 Isaac Long, Insurance
  • 1977Edward Arnold, New Penn
  • 1978 Jon Whittle, Palmyra Schl
  • 1979 Daniel Steiner, Steiner Studios
  • 1980 Wilson Aungst, CPA
  • 1981 Lucy DiNunzio, District Justice
  • 1982 Harold Young, Lebanon Park&Rec
  • 1983 James Ruffner, Funeral Director
  • 1984 Kenneth Kwait,SanGiorgio Macaroni
  • 1985 Joseph McDonald, Moores Building Supplies
  • 1986 Greg Kline, Associated Wholesale
  • 1987 Lee Stickler, Cedar Haven
  • 1988 Michael Franconi, Sears
  • 1989 John Snavely, LVO
  • 1990 Michael Cleary, Rehab
  • 1991Patrick Kerwin, HotelHershey
  • 1992 John Monero, Talbot
  • 1993Daniel Bixler, First Aid& Safety Patrol
  • 1994 Linda Dinger, Dept of State
  • 1995 Art Mack, Quest
  • 1996 Honored all Business Associates during a 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • 1997 Dorothy Starr, Cent 21
  • 1998 Ken Keener, Keener Poultry
  • 1999-2000 Tom Teeter, AWI
  • 2001 Howard M Bixler, Miller & Bixler Auto Parts
  • 2002 Harold Brandt, Shelly Oil
  • 2003 Dave Albright, Albright Tool & Supply


Key Milestones - Business Woman of the Year

  • 1986 Dr. Suzanne Worrilow, M.D., family physician
  • 1987 Ann White, owner, White, Good & Co.
  • 1988 Carol Howard, V.P., Farmer's Trust
  • 1989 Jo Ellen Litz, owner, Lebanon Body Shop
  • 1990 Maureen Gallo, administrator, LVGH
  • 1991 Hazel Swisher, District Justice
  • 1992 Patricia Hower, educator, Lebanon Catholic High School
  • 1993 Marion White, owner, White's Harley Davidson
  • 1994 Georgette Torres, owner, Thomas E Clark Jewelers
  • 1995 Pamela A Weiss, attorney, Weiss, Weiss, and Weiss
  • 1996 Doris Shyda, owner, Shyda's Clothing Barn
  • 1997 Ruthann Jeremiah, director, Energy
  • 1998 Patricia Hains, president/CEO, Lebanon Federal Credit Union
  • 1999
  • 2000 Anita Fuhrman, director, Lebanon Outpatient Surgical Center
  • 2001 Diana Hartman, owner, CompAssist
  • 2002 Harriet Faren, V. P. Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • 2003 Dawn Marks, educator, Cornwall Elementary School
  • 2004 Kim Kreider Umble, executive director, Lebanon Family Health Services
  • 2005 Jennifer Murphy-Shifflet, executive director, Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center
  • 2006 Susan Eberly, Lebanon Co. Economic & Development Corporation
  • 2007 - Ginger Beamensderfer - AES Ironwood
  • 2008-Pam Tricamo - Habitat for Humanity
  • 2009 - Nori Fisher, CareerLink
  • 2010- Emily Guilliams, United Way
  • 2011 Kathy Andrews, American Red Cross
  • 2012 Ruth Dietz, Ono Industries
  • 2013
  • 2014 Margie Yohn
  • 2015 Maxine Maser
  • 2016 Janelle Schaeffer Yoder