Meet Laurel Hartman, BPW's Member of the Year

by Patricia Monahan

The Business and Professional Women's foundation (BPW) has been celebrating women for over 90 years. From its early roots in 1919, led by Lena Madesin Phillips, a Kentucky lawyer, the energy continues to grow towards the empowerment of women all over the world.

This April, our local BPW of Lower Cape Cod chose to honor Laurel J. Hartman, CMP, as our Member of the Year. Laurel has been tireless in her role as VP of Membership and we have watched our numbers grow rapidly this year. Her vitality is infectious as she greets every new guest with warmth and grace. Who wouldn't want to join a group with someone like her at the door?


Click to read article

Look Before You Leap: Long-Term Care Planning Strategies for Your Home

by Gwynne Wiatrowski Guzzeau

I often sit at the round conference table in my office with a client and their adult children who want to know what they can do to protect the client's assets – especially the home on the Cape – in the event the client needs 24/7 nursing home care.

The answer is not as clear-cut as most people anticipate.

There are a lot of moving parts to long-term care planning that often require you to contort your finances in ways you otherwise wouldn't. Therefore, it's imperative to have a clear understanding of the options and what best fits your needs.

First, you need to know some basics about what Medicaid requires in order to become eligible for benefits that cover nursing home care.


Click to read article

Bartering is Back

Cape Cod's new Ruby Kestrel Bartering Exchange

by Joan Harvey and Caryn Ritchie

Bartering has been going on since the beginning of time. In essence, it's the exchange of goods or services for little or no cash, allowing you to get what you need by giving what you have.

In a recession such as the one we're currently experiencing, bartering goods and services becomes a necessity.

We started the Ruby Kestrel Bartering Exchange in January 2011. The idea developed out of needs presented by clients in Caryn's psychotherapy practice.


Click to read article

Business and Professional
Women's Foundation

BPW Lower Cape Cod meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June at various restaurants around the Lower Cape Cod.

For more information on topics and location of monthly meetings, please contact either co-presidents:

Roberta Annese or
Patricia Bolduc

Find us on FaceBook