May 20, 2018



Western-2….a big THANK YOU to the Conejo Valley Chapter and its Presidents, Susan Barnett and Carol Smith, from your BNC Western Region Presidents, Honey Bencomo and Sharon Cohen:

We owe you a huge debt of gratitude for being the host chapter at the BNC Western Region Conference held Jan. 19-21, 2014, at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel. We have received many congratulatory notes raving about how everyone felt so welcomed by your warmth and your friendliness.

Your volunteers were absolutely the hostesses with the “mostest”. The “goodie bags” you put together for the delegates were terrific.

We also want to express our appreciation for the tremendous support we received from the chapter’s Board. We could not have achieved our aspirations without that support.

Seven chapters were represented from three states with 68 BNC Chapter, Regional and National Leaders in attendance including the new BNC National President, Barbara Sander, the Retiring National Executive Director, Janice Fineman, the Interim Executive Director, Beth Bernstein and former and current National Executive Committee (NEC) Board Members. In addition there were many past Presidents of the Western Region also present.

We were very privileged and proud to have all these VIP’s attend our conference…some Western-4who traveled from the cold weather (30 degrees) in the East to warm sunny California where the sun gods shown upon us with 80 degree temperatures.

The conference, consisting of many interactive workshops, was facilitated by our BNC expert National leaders with much opportunity for an exchange of ideas among the delegates. We learned about Leadership Development, Fundraising, Membership, Learning Opportunities and how Social Media relates to BNC. The conference was put together by the Western Region Board.

We got to know members of our Western Region chapters, our National Executive Board and our staff from Boston.

We had a lovely cocktail reception to kick off the conference. We were able to say good bye to Janice Fineman, our Executive Director who is retiring after 23 years.

Western-6We had a luncheon where we heard from our National President. Barb shared with us her goals for the future of our organization. At dinner we had, as our guest speaker, Scott Feinberg, a graduate of Brandeis University and a journalist for the Hollywood Reporter. He was a fascinating and charming speaker who shared stories of the movie industry and the current Awards season. He graciously took questions about the Oscars and his predictions.

Lots of hugs as our attendees prepared to leave for Boston, Arizona, San Jose, Desert, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and of course Conejo Valley and San Fernando Valley.

Our Keynote Speakers and Workshop Facilitators were truly inspiring and we hope the delegates left renewed and even more dedicated to the Brandeis Mission than ever.

Sharon Cohen
Honey Bencomo
Western Region
Brandeis National Committee

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