The Beginning

History of the Atlanta Area Council

The Atlanta Area Council of the American Business Women’s Association was organized in December 1979. It was an outgrowth of the ABWA 1978 National Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. Members of the fourteen Host Chapters and six new chapters wanted to continue the friendship and “togetherness”.

Upon receiving guidance and recommendations form ABWA Executive Director – Ruth Bufton, the 1978 National Convention Officers, Committee Chairs and other interested members coordinated their ideas, talents and expertise to formalize the best type of council to serve ABWA members in the Atlanta area.

Through the combined efforts and the many hours of planning by ABWA members, a set of guidelines (Bylaws) were established. Council Charter Officers were elected in March 1980 for a one year term.

The council’s primary goal is to further the mission of ABWA: to exchange ideas; to continue networking; to assist Leagues and Express Networks in problem solving and other projects as requested; to conduct ABWA seminars annually; and to provide support.

Council Charter Officers

  • Millie Burchardt – Chair
  • Patricia W. Malone – Vice Chair
  • Verna Brown – Recording Secretary