Women's Business Council of Champaign County

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WBC Luncheon - Aug 22nd 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Honey bees are in trouble. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mark your calendars if you want to hear about bees, honey laundering, sex and the single parsnip! 

May Berenbaum is our speaker for our August luncheon. She is a talented scientist, dedicated researcher, dynamic speaker, creative author, and an insect ambassador and all-around general bug lover. In fact, we can't think of anything she doesn't do well.  Ever heard of Ninety-Nine Gnats, Nits and Nibblers? Or Ninety-Nine More Maggots, Mites and Munchers? Those are her books. Ever heard of "Buzzwords: A Scientist Muses on Sex, Bugs, and Rock 'n' Roll? Hers. Bugs in The System: Insects And Their Impact On Human Affairs? Hers, too.

Berenbaum writes a popular column, sprinkled with her trademark humor, for the American Entomologist. She keeps honey bees and researches bees. She even writes honey cookbooks: Honey, I'm Homemade: Sweet Treats from the Beehive across the Centuries and around the World. 

Since 1980, May Berenbaum has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; she has served as head of the department since 1992 and has held the endowed Swanlund Chair of Entomology since 1996.   Berenbaum focuses her research on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural communities and the evolution of species. In addition to her pioneering research, she is devoted to teaching and to fostering scientific literacy to the general public, authoring numerous magazine articles, as well as three books on insect fact and folklore.

Registration is $22 at the door.

Scholarship Fundraising


Painting Night- You will get to design a wooden door hanger of your choice

    Location: Triptych Brewing - "The Memery"
1703 Woodfield Dr
Savoy, IL 

** We will be at The Memery located across the street from the Brewery**     

    Date and time: September 17th 6pm-9pm
    WBC members can bring one guest

La Paloma food truck (tacos/burritos) will be available to purchase food. You can also purchase drinks while painting.

You can choose to paint a circle or mason jar. Cost is $40 per person to paint. If you do not want to paint the cost is $20. A portion of the cost will go to fund our scholarships.

Sign up on the WBC website by September 6th. Also watch for the Facebook event page for design examples.


25 people Max. No payments after September 6th


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About WBC

Who We Are

 Women’s Business Council (WBC) serves women of all ages who live, work and play in Champaign County. WBC formed in 1985 to provide a forum for members to discuss career goals, foster leadership skills and increase their professional networking opportunities. We are committed professionals creating opportunities for personal and professional growth while building strong relationships to address the challenges we face—together. We are supportive of one another, active in the community, fun-loving and dedicated to building strong bonds.   

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  • Build personal and professional networks.
  • Engage with other community-minded women.
  • Learn about an interesting topic each month.
  • Further your career through scholarship opportunities.
  • Attend fun social outings.

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Join us the fourth Thursday of each month* for a luncheon meeting.

Guests are welcome to attend two meetings before joining. 

 * Luncheons held the third Thursday in November and December. 

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Women's Business Council of Champaign County

PO Box 3323 · Champaign, IL 61826