2017-10-12 / Personalities

Eisler speaks to Woman's Club about business in Washington


Kelli Eisler (right), pictured at her shop, Bee Southern, presented the Woman’s Club program. Also pictured are Rita Bell (left) employee, and Kara Stieffel, merchandise representative. Kelli Eisler (right), pictured at her shop, Bee Southern, presented the Woman’s Club program. Also pictured are Rita Bell (left) employee, and Kara Stieffel, merchandise representative. Kelli Eisler was guest speaker at the meeting of the Washington Woman’s Club Monday, October 9.

In keeping with the year-long theme, “Year of the Woman Entrepreneur,” Mrs. Eisler, owner of Bee Southern, gave a brief history of how she acquired Bee Southern. She was a teacher and her husband, Joel, an engineer. They lived in Metro Atlanta and for years took their dogs to Edgefield, S.C., for field training. On one of their trips, they stopped in Washington and found it to be a charming little town. They returned for a weekend staying at Holly Court. During this time, they became friends with then Bee Southern owner Angie Strother. When Mrs. Strother began thinking about selling, she approached Mrs. Eisler who came to Bee Southern for a year on weekends and holidays to work in the store before making the decision to buy. In June 2016 she became the new owner of Bee Southern.

After acquiring the store, she set some goals, the first to add a men’s section which she has done. The second was to get on social media which also has been accomplished. Her next goal is to start online shopping. This goal is currently being worked on and hopefully will become a reality next year.

While teaching, Mrs. Eisler was also involved in the mentoring program through Kids Hope USA. Even though she had a business to run, she still wanted to mentor and began to pursue and research the program in Wilkes County only to find there was no program offered. She began to contact those connected with other programs and has been able to set up a program in Washington. The program partners with a church and First Baptist in Washington is the home base for the program of which Mrs. Eisler is director. They focus on elementary school children because they are at an age when values are formed, self-esteem is developed, and academic skills are acquired. They help meet the emotional, social, and academic needs of an at-risk child by giving them a one-on-one relationship with a mentor from the church.

President Laura Toburen introduced the program. She also presided over the meeting as she welcomed members and introduced guests, Mrs. Eisler, Ginny King, Lori Branson, Frances Cowart, and Tina Bailey.

She also thanked hostesses, Judy Anderson and Wanda White who decorated for the luncheon meeting with yellow cloths and centerpieces of greenery.

Gail Duggan, chaplain, presented a devotional based on Psalm 37 and offered the blessing for the meal.

Members also recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members present were Laura Toburen, Carol Jackson, Judy Anderson, Judy Boswell, Sharon Jones, Wanda White, Marcia Delany, Cheryl Young, Diane Jordan, Elizabeth Crabbe, Nancy Madden, Paula Butts, Gail Duggan, Dean Mansfield, and Kathy Agan.

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