The Independence Branch of American Association of University Women will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 400 W. Maple Ave., Independence.
The program will feature The Honorable Eileen Weir, former mayor Barbara Potts and Joanne Collins. Their panel discussion presentation will be about “Women in Leadership.”
Eileen N. Weir is the Mayor of Independence and serves on many boards and committees in the community. She began her career in communications and public relations with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992 and is also the former society columnist for The Examiner, covering civic and social events in Eastern Jackson County. As an active community volunteer, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Bank & Trust Co., the Truman Library Institute, and Arts KC. She and her husband, Tom, live in southwestern Independence with their twins, John and Nora.
Barbara J. Potts, the first female Mayor of Independence, entered politics, not for fame or power, but because of community concerns. During her eight years in that office many community accomplishments occurred including widening Missouri 291, establishing the Independence Council of Economic Development, completion of a new City Hall, and acquisition of Bingham-Waggoner Home and Vaile Mansion. She is a life-long resident of Independence and graduate of William Chrisman High School. She attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where she met her husband, Don Potts. Barbara and Don, the parents of four, have always been active and giving back to their community has always been their focus.
Joanne Collins served on the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council for 17 years. Getting things done has always been an outstanding quality of hers. This skill helped her to assist in bringing housing to low income individuals in several areas of Kansas City. She has given her time freely to a variety of community organizations such as March of Dimes, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army and YMCA. Collins has served on more than 50 non-profit boards and community organizations. She is a graduate of Stephens College with a degree in political science and has a master’s in business administration from Baker University. Today she is a widow with two children, three step-children, nine step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and still dedicates time to serving community organizations.