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Jay Nelsen, NARBW’s 2014 Woman of the Year

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Jay Nelsen – Omaha Chapter
NARBW – 2014 Woman of the Year

Jay Nelsen is NARBW's 2014 Woman of the YearJay was hired by the Southern Pacific RR in July of 1993 in Denver CO and joined the Denver Chapter the same year. She has belonged to the Denver, St Louis and Omaha chapters and served at all levels from chapter Parliamentarian to National President.

Jay has been an Operation Lifesaver presenter for 6 years and has represented NARBW at OL national meetings. Jay has attended the FRA RSAC (Railroad Safety Advisory Committee) meetings for 4 years serving as the NARBW representative.

Jay finds ways for NARBW to be involved in the community. When we serve dinner at RMH, host the holiday parties at Stephens Center, ring bells for the Salvation Army, shelving food at a local food pantry, collect and organize the donations from the collections barrels, Jay will be there. She collects items year round for the donations (mittens for the mitten tree, toys for the Holiday parties, toiletries for the shelters, etc). She is generous with her donations and with her time to make a difference in the community. Jay initiated semi-annual raffles to raise money.

Jay began her career as a clerk on the Southern Pacific RR. After several promotions and two moves she is now the Union Pacific Team Leader for the Sunset Service Unit. Jay does love NARBW and enjoys the rewards of friendship and sisterhood that she enjoys as a NARBW member.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, speaker at NARBW’s 70th Convention, receives gift from then President Cynthia Chandler

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

An article that appeared in The BNSF Gulf Division “F.O.C.U.S. Express” issue dated June 2014 reported, in part:

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and former NARBW President Cynthia Chandler

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and former NARBW President Cynthia Chandler

The 70th National Association of Railway Business Women convention convened May 16 in Houston. With the smell of 700 fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the air at the downtown Hilton Doubletree, the U.S. Army color guard displayed flags to start the meeting.  Houston Mayor Annise Parker opened the meeting with a message of empowerment.

“When this came across my desk, I said that’s one event we have to put on the calendar, she said.

“It’s important for me to go places and personally engage with people, and the railway industry is significant to Houston. There is a train engine in the middle of our city seal. But, there’s no natural reason why there is a city here. Nobody discovered oil or gold here. We were where the goods were brought in. The real city was Galveston. In the 1900’s the hurricane wiped out Galveston, and it moved the port and facilities inland. That’s when Houston began to grow. It’s where 17 railroads meet the sea.

“The Port of Houston does more business for Mexico than all of Mexico’s ports combined,” Parker continued. “We are the gateway to the heartland of the United States. We, as a city, will continue to support the railway, as I know you will.”

New Cincinnati Chapter of NARBW

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Meet the new Cincinnati Chapter of NARBW. The officers were installed by National President Cynthia Chandler on January 31st, 2014. What a group of enthusiastic ladies. Welcome Cincinnati!

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FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): AMY SCHAPP, UNION PACIFIC, NARBW MEMBERSHIP; BERNICE COURTENAY, CSX SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER, MINED MINERALS; ELIZABETH CREEDON, CSX STAFF ENGINEER, LOUISVILLE DIVISION; CYNTHIA CHANDLER, PRESIDENT, NARBW; SUZI HAMBY, CSX MANAGER, SERVICE START-UP & INTEGRATION; JEANNIE YOUNG, TRANSFLO REGIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER; LINDA TUCKER, WIFE OF PATRICK HENRY, MANAGER OF SAFETY & OPERATING PRACTICES, LOUISVILLE DIVISION; NYKEBA SHIDER, TERMINAL TRAINMASTER, QUEENSGATE; ASHLYN DAVIS, TECHNICAL SPECIAL AGENT – SCU BACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT) CARRIE BEALL, MANAGER GEOGRAPHIC SALES, LOUISVILLE DIVISION; DORIS STEMMER, RETIRED CSX AND PARLIAMENTARY ADVISOR, NARBW; LINDA CONNEL, TRAIN DISPATCHER; RAINA VICARS, SPECIAL AGENT, LOUISVILLE DIVISION; SHANNON DROWN, LOAD ENGINEER & DESIGN, LOUISVILLE; SANDY REED, GENERAL CLERK, LOUISVILLE DIVISION

Purse Drive Helps Abuse Victims

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

omaha-purse-driveOmaha’s National Association of Railway Business Women (NARBW) Chapter recently donated 81 gently used purses to the Phoenix House, a shelter for abuse victims, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“Although a purse may seem like a small item, it can make a huge difference to a woman who walks away from an abusive relationship with only the clothes on her back,” said Jay Nelsen, team leader-NCSC Western Region.

NARBW filled each handbag with a wallet, makeup kit, hand sanitizer, tissues and more.

In addition to providing shelter to abuse victims, the Phoenix House also runs a 24-hour crisis hotline, and provides legal advocacy, education and support to individuals in violent relationships.

(Article from 10/11/13 UP online news)

Sandy Hall, NARBW’s 2013 Woman of the Year

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Sandy Hall, NARBW's 2013 Woman of the Year

Sandy Hall, NARBW’s 2013 Woman of the Year

Sandy Hall joined the Jacksonville Chapter in 1983 and has not stopped since. Sandy has served NARBW on the Chapter, District and National levels for many years, serving as National President 2004 – 2006. Sandy attended her first convention in 1985 and was inspired to go further in the organization. Sandy is a mentor to new members. She is active with many community activities and projects, supporting each with her time and financial gifts for many years.

NARBW introduced Sandy to the Lutheran Social Services and the Food Bank and their main fund raiser is the “Empty Bowls Luncheon” and has served on the committee for the past 14 years. In 2007 she was elected Volunteer of the Year by the Lutheran Social Services and accepted the award in the name of NARBW. Sandy’s railroad career spans 39 years.

Omaha Chapter members prepare dinner for Ronald McDonald House

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Omaha Chapter members prepare dinner for Ronald McDonald House

Back row (from the left): Virginia Jenkins, Reba Snow, Reginia Hill, Geneva Dourisseau; Jay Nelsen. Front row (from the Left) Cynthia Chandler, Sally Sofia, Anya Jackson; Julie Lane, Mary Lovette, Karen Saenz: Also helping but not in the photo Sharon Brummer, Carol Franco, Sandy Gabrenja, Anne Gentle, Sue Huizenga & Connie Prokupec.

The group prepared and served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, January 20. The pasta buffet was a great success. The House serves as a home-away-from-home for families to wait for their child’s surgery or recuperation, and we know they enjoy these dinners. In addition to serving dinner three or four times a year, the chapter also collects pop tabs for the House. That small piece of aluminum pays their utility bills.

Houston Chapter’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Houston Chapter of NARBW celebrated its 60th Anniversary at their November 2012 meeting.  On hand for the celebration was Past National President Grace Nowlin and current National Secretary and 2012 National Woman of the Year, Ida Carmouche, along with 3 past chapter presidents–Mary Knox, Lou Ann McClendon, Ginger Stanberry and current Chapter President Ouida Debruhl.

Greetings for a successful celebration were sent by Past Chapter President  Mary Jane Spencer who was unable to attend due to illness.  The meeting was held at the beautiful home of Debbie and Mark Converse.  The Chapter was presented with an Anniversary letter from National President Cynthia Chandler, the Resolution and the Signature Page signed by the current 2012 Board of Directors.  A great time was had by all.

Ida Carmouche, NARBW National Woman of the Year

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Ida Carmouche,
Houston Chapter

Ida Michelle Carmouche, a talented and hard-working member of NARBW, was chosen as our 2012 National Woman of the Year. Ida has been a member of NARBW since 1986. She held almost every office and chairmanship in her chapter and has also served as District Director, District Secretary-Treasury , Dis-trict Nominating Chairman, National 3rd Vice President and cur-rently as National Secretary.

As Chapter membership chair-man, she facilitated many membership drives and never miss-es a chance to recruit new members. Ida is a multi-tasking per-son; she does untold hours of charity work, beginning with her own family. She assisted with Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Temple, TX, and spearheads the annual holiday toy drive with truck loads of toys being delivered to the Star of Hope Mis-sion. Ida started working for the Houston Belt and Terminal Railway in 1979 and is presently with the BNSF Railway.

She is an outstanding lady in every way and a fine example of some-one who loves family, people, NARBW and her railroad. Ida was chosen as NARBW’s National woman of the Year for her many years of service to her community, to the Railroad Industry and to NARBW.

Indianapolis Charter Chapter donate Pillow Pet to Jake

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Jake (age 7) was diagnosed with stage four alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. While at Riley for a radiation treatment, his mom asked him what he thought kids battling cancer at Riley needed. Jake’s answer was “I think they need Pillow Pets” because there are times that they don’t feel good, the doctors don’t always tell them good news, and it’s scary. This was the beginning of Jake’s goal to collect 1000 Pillow Pets by the end of March 2011.

NARBW Welcomes Chapter 81 – Kansas City, Missouri

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Officers of the Kansas City chapter were installed by National President, Joyce Higgs, on October 7, 2010.

Charter members wave hello in the above photo. Installation and additional membership photos are shown in the slide show opposite. Welcome Ladies! We are hoping to meet you at the annual convention in Omaha, Nebraska in May 2011.