History of BCON
The Breakfast Club of Nashville (BCON) originated at a luncheon in the winter of 2004. A few women decided to create a networking group for professional women. The new group began meeting in 2005.
In the early days, the club sometimes had as few as 20 members at a weekly meeting. Gradually membership grew; today 30–35 members attend each week.
The first Thursday of the month is reserved for members only. On other Thursday mornings, a guest speaker presents the post-breakfast program. Speaker topics range widely in recognition of the interests of our membership.
Two Thursdays each year are reserved for a special breakfast. The first Thursday in May is our Mother’s Day Breakfast, to which members bring their mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, or other women who are important to them. The first Thursday in December is our Holiday Breakfast, with live music and seasonal decorations.
In 2015, BCON celebrated our 10th anniversary. In our first decade, we’ve celebrated marriages and births; new careers and jobs; and life transitions. The more emotional transitions include divorce and supporting members as they adjusted to the loss of spouses, parents, or family members.
BCON is successful because we focus on issues of common interest to women. We continue to strengthen our membership by welcoming new members.CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS:
President – Kim Spann
VP Membership - Kayla Thomas
Secretary – Jen Robinson
Treasurer – Wendy Windsor
Program Chair – Norma Shirk
Social Chairs – Lisa Ellis and Jeannette Barker
Past President – Melissa Smithson
Past Past President – Jenny Smith
President Emeritus – Kate Stephenson
President: Facilitates weekly meetings and presides at the monthly board meetings.
Vice President of Membership: Processes membership applications and monitors weekly attendance. Automatically rolls up to president the following year.
Treasurer: Invoices and collects dues and pays any debts incurred by BCON.
Secretary/Newsletter Editor: Records minutes at the monthly board meetings and coordinates the content and publication of the monthly newsletter.
Program Chair: Coordinates the calendar of guest speakers.
Social Chair: Coordinates social events for members. A sample of events includes member-hosted dinners, Cheekwood picnics, theater outings, and Frist Visual Arts trips.
Past President: Your reward for two years of hard work.
Past Past President: Biding your time for one more year until you roll off the board.
President Emeritus: A nonvoting member of the board.