Branch update: December 2008

E-mailed with attachment to branch members.

The branch is live!

Our charter application has been approved, we’ve opened a bank account, and we’re showing up in the www.aauw.org branch locator!

If you have a correct e-mail address on file with AAUW, you can register for the “Member Services Database”

Once you register and login, you can update your record, get contact information for the other branch members, and see the list of officers.  To keep things simple, we’ll be depending on this directory provided by the national organization – but to get us started, there is a directory attached to this message. If you have difficulty registering, please contact Nancy.

We have a web site

Birgit Pauli-Haack and Nancy Shoemaker have set up the website, https://aauwtarheel.wordpress.com. You can also find it with the address http://tarheel.aauwnc.org. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Example of branch activities

While we are NOT going to plan programs and projects like a community-based branch, the idea of connecting members in communities where there is no branch  already has one good example: The branch connected Doris Bernlohr with Caroline Novello and Doris Dunlap, and they attended the Alamance County Women’s Agenda Assembly. Branch member Becky Mock was one of the organizers of the Agenda Assembly — and is a star of the video that publicizes the program state-wide. See https://aauwtarheel.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/members-attend-alamance-agenda-assembly/ to watch the short video.

Links to e-newsletters:

A primary focus of this branch is to provide you with communications about what’s happening in AAUW and AAUW NC. Here are links to e-newsletters — read as much or as little as you like (and if you don’t have time this busy month, you will find them archived on the web).

The first two are sent to members@aauwnc.org about once a month. Check with info@tarheel.aauwnc.org to subscribe to that e-mail list.

Year end donations

If you make a year end donation to AAUW or one of the related entities (all this gets simpler late next year!), please mark it with the branch name “Tar Heel Branch” and/or branch code “NC3060”. You can make the donation online at www.aauw.org, but if you want to send a check, here’s the address: AAUW, PO Box 630832, Baltimore MD 21263-0832.  Thanks!

Watch for updates in January

After the first of the year, we’ll be starting a couple of discussions on how we want to run the branch. As you may remember, we still have to finalize bylaws. The biggest question for the bylaws may be “how do we want to fund the branch?” [As a “virtual branch” we have few expenses, but we do have some. Should we have dues? Encourage donations? Just say that all projects need to be self-funding?] Let Doris <info@tarheel.aauwnc.org> know if you’d like to be on the bylaws committee or on the subgroup that develops a finance proposal.
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The branch will be using e-mail to communicate with the members.
Birgit and Nancy are working on options for to keep that as efficient as possible — we do NOT want to overload your e-mail box, but we DO want to ensure you have access to all the information you’re due as a member of AAUW and AAUW NC.
Please complete the quick poll at

https://aauwtarheel.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/members-attend-alamance-agenda-assembly/
to help us see if there’s a system that some members already prefer.

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