We have members from Ameren, Butler Supply, Centrex Electrical Supply, Crescent Electric Supply, Eaton Corp., FISHCO Group, Fletcher-Reinhardt Company, French Gerleman, Frost Supply, GPCO Inc., Graybar Electric, Guarantee Electrical, Impact Architectural Lighting, Independent Electrical Contractors, Martin Electrical Sales, National Electrical Contractors Association, The Okonite Co., RJP Electric, Rozycki Lighting, Sachs Electric, Schaeffer Electric, Schaeffer Marketing Group, St. Louis Lighting Group, Springfield Electric Supply, Villa Lighting and WESCO. If your company is not represented, why not have the women in your company contact us to find out information about attending a WEB program.
Members hold various positions in electrical companies: inside/outside sales, purchasers, vice presidents, quotations, administrative assistants and many other important positions.
WEB offers women the opportunity to meet others in the electrical industry and to obtain knowledge through various programs relating to electrical, governmental and business issues each month. Through our organization, these members can meet customers and others in the industry who share the same goals and ideas about the electrical industry. Not only is our organization involved with the electrical industry, but has also become involved with various St. Louis community projects.
**Due to covid in 2020, WEB meetings will be changed month-to-month and members will be alerted through their newsletter.
Normally, WEB meets once a month (September through May) at a restaurant or member company facility. The meetings begin at 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.-hospitality (cash bar); 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. – dinner and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.-program. We try to keep the dinner costs for each attendee to $25-$38. This group averages 45 members at each meeting, which is a great percentage attending out of the entire membership. Involvement and commitment by the many members of WEB through the years have made this organization so successful – from the past chairpersons who have dedicated their time, to all committee members and finally to each individual member, who continually supports each WEB activity.
Dues are $40 per year to join, but we encourage women to attend several meetings before joining WEB. They are under NO obligation to join by attending a meeting. If you (or others in your company) wish to learn more about WEB, please email [email protected].
WEB also provides women in the industry another opportunity to give back to their community through our many charity events through the years.
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE INFORMATION-SHORTENED
Officers for 2020-21 are: Jeri McCormick-FISHCO Group-Chair; Melissa Berry-Schaeffer Marketing Group-Vice Chair; Mary Jane Reinhardt-Fletcher-Reinhardt Company-Treasurer and Christine Phillips – Frost Supply – Secretary.
Frequently Asked Questions!
I have a family and other commitments. How much time is required to be part of WEB?
Meetings are held on 2nd or 3rd Tuesday – September –May. 5:00-6:00-hospitality (cash bar); 6:00-7:00p.m.-dinner; 7:00-8:30 pm.–program. Restaurant/location/program is determined by the WEB member coordinating that month’s meeting. There is no time commitment required by members, as you can attend one meeting or all of them, the choice is yours! But our WEB meetings have about 40-45 members monthly in attendance.
What is the cost of attending a WEB meeting?
Cost varies pending on meeting facility. We try to keep it between $30-$40. Many of our members have companies who pay for their dinner cost, but you would have to check with your company. Members pay at the meetings or companies can be invoiced if requested. Not comfortable coming to the meeting by yourself??? Feel free to ask another co-worker or industry associate to join you at the meeting. The only cost to attend a meeting are those involved for the cost of the meal which is shown on each of the newsletters. No obligation to join by attending a meeting.
Who belongs to WEB?
Over 80 members who hold various positions in these companies: inside/outside sales, purchasers, quotations, customer service, vice presidents, administrative assistants, accounting, etc. We represent various segments of the industry and have several members from the companies who below who participate in WEB each month. WEB Companies represented: Ameren, Butler Supply, Centrex Electrical Supply, Crescent Electric Supply, Eaton Corp., FISHCO Group, Fletcher-Reinhardt Co, French Gerleman, Frost Supply, GPCO Inc., Graybar Electric, Guarantee Electrical, Impact Architectural Lighting, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Martin Electrical Sales, National Electrical Contractors (NECA), The Okonite Co., RJP Electric, Rozycki Lighting, Sachs Electric, St. Louis Lighting Group, Schaeffer Electric, Schaeffer Marketing Group, Springfield Electric Supply, Villa Lighting and WESCO.
WEB…what’s in it for ME?
1) Networking and contacts – One of the most unspoken benefits of joining this organization is the networking opportunities made available to members. It helps to know that when you have a work-related problem, you can contact one of the WEB members, who can assist you with a solution, and can make a difference with your career development.
2) The WEB Page – our monthly newsletter is emailed or mailed to all members to inform them of special events, industry news, etc. each month.
3) Community Involvement – Giving back to the industry is so important for most of us who earn our living by it!!! Ronald McDonald House barbecues/brunches and our Christmas Family Program are annual programs, as well as EBMI Vets Barbecue for VA Medical Center in the fall.
4) Industry Award Scholarships – The Electrical Board awards scholarships to sons/daughters of WEB members who are seniors in high school or in college or a member can apply if they are going to college. You only need to be a member of EBMI or WEB for ONE YEAR before you are eligible to apply. The amount of scholarships vary due to the amount collected from various events, but we have awarded several – $1,000 scholarships the past several years. There is an application that needs to be completed and criteria for this award, but feel free to call EBMI office, 636/305-6434 for more information. For some members, this has been a wonderful benefit that they never counted on when they joined!
5) Electro Savings Credit Union – The Electro Savings Credit Union is open to all EBMI/WEB members. You must maintain a minimum of $25 in this account.
If I wanted to join after attending a few meetings, what is the cost and can I bring other industry associates with me to the meetings?
WEB dues are $40 annually. Invoices are mailed out in August, and our year runs September 1st through August 31st. Many companies do pay for the WEB membership, but once again, you would have to check with your company policy.
What type of programs are planned?
WEB member volunteer to coordinate meetings. The topic and location of the meeting is decided by the coordinator, but often influenced by the survey of all members conducted at the end of the year. Some of our past programs have included topics such as women’s issues, time/stress management (motivational speakers), safety, lighting, wills/trusts and many more. Not only do you get the networking benefits each month, but you also hear a program that could benefit you and/or your family. Each April, we hold our annual “Bosses Nite”, in which WEB members invite their boss(es) to attend and we have some sort of entertainment (murder mystery, casino nite, scavenger hunt, etc.) Only WEB Members can attend Bosses Nite. May is our Installation of the new Officers. We hope you will join us at a meeting!
Are there any WEB members that I can contact to gain further insight into this organization?
Jeri McCormick ([email protected]) – FISHCO Group – WEB Chair
Melissa Berry ([email protected]) – Schaeffer Marketing Group – WEB Vice Chair
Mary Jane Reinhardt ([email protected]) – Fletcher-Reinhardt Company – WEB Treasurer
Chris Phillips ([email protected]) – Frost Supply – WEB Secretary
Amy Barton ([email protected]) – Graybar Electric – Past Chair
Or Annie Regan ([email protected]) – EBMI – WEB coordinator
INTERESTED IN RECEIVING WEB NEWSLETTER ABOUT FUTURE PROGRAMS???
If we peaked your interest in WEB and you are interested in receiving WEB newsletter (with no obligation to join), please email [email protected] and she will add your name to the email list for newsletter. Then, when a meeting of interest comes up, all you need to do is to make your reservation and enjoy making connections with other women in our industry.
History of WEB:
Originally, the St. Louis Chapter of the Electrical Women’s Round Table, a branch of the Electrical Women’s Round Table, Inc. of New York (organized in 1927), was formed in the spring of 1950. The Electrical Women’s Round Table became the Electrical Women’s Board of Trade (EWBT) when it became a division of the St. Louis Electrical Board in October, 1956 with 24 charter members. During 1982-83, the organization’s name was changed to Women’s Electrical Board (WEB).