Plan now to attend Money & You & 2011, a panel discussion designed especially for women of all ages, income and educational levels, hosted by Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.(HCCI) and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) on Thursday, July 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public.
“A trip to the gas pump or the grocery store takes up more of everyone’s take-home pay than it used to,” said Bob Mackey, President and CEO of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. “We thought people might like to hear some success stories from people just like them who are managing well and saving money on modest incomes during these challenging times.”
Participants will learn from a group of engaging people sharing their personal financial journeys. They will challenge participants to make better personal choices that lead to their own financial stability. Topics to be discussed are paying bills on time, establishing a savings account, saving for children’s education and saving for retirement, among other concerns.
“Our panel discussion will include a young couple just starting out, a couple married for 18 years who made some career changes and other major life decisions, a retired couple managing well on modest incomes while still helping family, and a local businesswoman who successfully found a way to work for herself.”
Panel members will briefly tell what influenced their decisions about how to spend and save money and how they worked together to overcome challenges when money was tight.
Terry Miller, Business Librarian at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, said “everyday, people who are struggling come to the library looking for help. This program is a great idea and very timely.”
The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
TSCPL and HCCI are also presenting the 2011 Women & Money Series Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, at the library. Seven classes will be taught by professional women with expertise on money management topics ranging from the very basics of banking and credit to the more advanced topics of investing and financial planning. The Women & Money Series is a HCCI program sponsored through grants from the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, The Women’s Fund and local businesses. For information or to enroll, go to tscpl.org or www.hcci-ks.org or call 234-0217.
About Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
HCCI is a non-profit United Way Agency founded in 1972. HCCI provides counseling and education about budgeting, credit, debt repayment, tenant-landlord issues and homeownership opportunities. HCCI is approved by HUD and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. HCCI is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and is registered and regulated in Kansas by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner. HCCI has offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Manhattan. Robert (Bob) Mackey has been President/CEO of HCCI since 2008. He and his wife, Jane, are long-time Topeka residents. Mackey has over 30 years experience in the banking industry including 20 years as the Senior Vice President of Bank Operations at Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, five years as Executive Vice President for Capital City Bank and two years as the Controller for the State of Kansas. For more information about HCCI programs call 1-800-383-0217 or visit www.hcci-ks.org.
About Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
TSCPL serves the third largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in Kansas (following Kansas City and Wichita) and has card holders representing all of Shawnee County and 14 other counties within its service area. The library had a total circulation of 2,436,221 items in 2010 and had over 463,391 visits to its website with 1,018,357 pages viewed by 161,185 “unique” visitors. Gina Millsap, TSCPL Executive Director, has been recognized as a “mover and shaker” by Library Journal for her innovation and leadership in library management. Rob Banks, Deputy Director, is a Past President of the Mountain Plains Library Association and a Kansas elected representative to the American Library Association Council. Terry Miller, Business Librarian, has been with the library since 2003. She received her library science degree from Emporia State and also has an MBA from the University of Kansas. Miller is currently responsible for the TSCPL programs such as Jobs Search 101 and How to Start a Business.
About the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner
The mission of the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner is to protect and inform Kansas investors, to promote integrity and full disclosure in financial services, and to foster capital formation. In 1911, Kansas became the first state to pass a law regulating the sale of investments. Lawmakers stated that the law was an attempt to prevent the sale of securities which had nothing behind them other than the “blue sky.” In the next few years, other states passed similar laws. Following the great Stock Market Crash of 1929, the federal government began to regulate investment activity with the passage of the Securities Act of 1933 and the creation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1934.The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner is an independent state agency funded entirely by industry fees. The agency regulates and monitors the offering of securities and financial services within Kansas by registering securities, broker-dealers and their agents, investment advisers, loan brokers and certain land subdivisions. Agency staff also investigate potential violations of the laws and ensure that registered persons and entities comply with industry, legal, and accounting standards. The staff has the authority to investigate any investment related activity which has occurred in Kansas, even when companies or individuals from outside of the state are involved.
About The Women’s Fund
The mission of The Women’s Fund is to promote women’s leadership in philanthropy, increase charitable contributions and strengthen their value through collective giving, and encourage a new generation of philanthropists. The Women’s Fund was established in 2006 and has generously supported projects that strengthen the economic well-being of women and their children in Topeka and Shawnee County.