BPW learns non-lethal ways to protect yourself

GREENVILLE – Damsel in Defense Independent Director Melissa Barhorst was the featured speaker at the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) meeting on Feb. 8.  The meeting was held at the Brethren Retirement Community and hosted by the Public Relations Committee consisting of Chair Peggy Foutz and members Annette Sanders, Diana Frazier, Melissa Barhorst and Susan Fowble.

Barhorst spoke about Damsel in Defense that was started by two moms seven years ago.  She has been a Damsel representative for almost six years.  Their mission is to equip, empower and educate women to protect themselves and their families. They are changing statistics and giving back to these amazing partner organizations that are making a difference in the lives of those who have been assaulted.  They are RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Wipe Every Tear.  Barhorst provided information on what Damsel in Defense is about:

* Wear Your Warning – A product line including t-shirts to announce you are always in ‘defense mode’.

* Family Education – Safe Hearts books and pamphlets for parents to educate themselves on protecting their children.  A Digital Defense program that is a safeguard against threats online that are unseen.

* Pepper spray.

* Concealed carry purses.  RIFD wallets to protect credit card theft.

* Security on the Go which includes protection products for travel.

There are 350 representatives in Ohio and 10,000 across the nation. Melissa can be contacted through damselpro967@gmail.com.

The Greenville BPW Club annually supports community services.  This month the club collected items for the Domestic Violence Shelter of Darke County. Director Annie Sonner was present and thanked the group for donating items for the shelter.

The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club is the leading advocate for working women achieving equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.  The local Club meets once a month to present programs to provide members with professional development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities to support scholarships for the young women of Darke County.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Greenville BPW Club or becoming a member can contact President Brenda Miller at (937) 423-7552 or brenda@newmadisonpubliclibrary.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Public Relations Committee hosted the Damsel in Defense at the Greenville BPW meeting.

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