As delegates prepare for our convention in St. Louis, Missouri June 26-28, I hope each of you have also taken the time to be informed. Change is in the air as we deal with new bylaw proposals.
The proposed bylaw changes before us all began in 2005 when the boards of AAUW began a strategic process to address AAUW’s ability to be a viable organization in the future. At the 2007 convention in Phoenix, the members unanimously voted to restructure AAUW. At the same time delegates also instructed the AAUW Bylaws Committee to prepare revised bylaws that reflect this restructuring.
Another major issue to be decided in St. Louis is whether to open our membership to anyone who supports our mission to promote equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.
A complete copy of the proposed bylaws can be found in the latest special convention issue of Outlook. I invite each of you to check it out.
The Tar Heel branch will be well represented in St. Louis. At this time– members Karla Atkinson, Shelia Bassoppo-Mayo, Mary Fran Schickedantz, Nancy Shoemaker, and Queen Thompson will be St. Louis bound. The Tar Heel branch is entitled to one vote, and I will be your voting delegate at convention.
If any of you have questions or comments you would like to address to any of us before we go to St Louis –we welcome and encourage them.
I want to thank each of you for your continued support of the Tar Heel Branch. If each one of us can bring at least one more person to join us this year, we can double our membership and meet our goal. Let’s do it!
These links are for further information on our complex organization. Click the ones that fit your interest and time.
Branch News (tarheel.aauwnc.org)
- Branch members help the WRC in Alamance County
- Finance: 4/30 Treasurer’s report; Proposed 2009-2010 budget
- Governance: Proposed branch policies; Note on the bylaws
AAUW North Carolina (aauwnc.org)
- $tart $mart Kickoff in North Carolina (05/28/09) – Branch member Sonya Stafford is taking the lead in organizing this project in NC. It helps young women negotiate the salary on their first job.
- Registration information for the summer meeting (05/27/09) – All members are welcome at the AAUW NC meeting in Hendersonville, July 17-18. A major section of the meeting will be a discussion of what delegates learn at the Association convention in St. Louis.
- JACKSONVILLE REGIONAL BRANCH MAY-JUNE-JULY 2009 NEWSLETTER (05/14/09)
- Greensboro Equal Pay Day Proclamation (05/04/09)
- See also updates to AAUW NC Public Policy Priorities
AAUW News (aauw.org )
- Attendees at the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders will be joined by luminaries including the Nontombi Naomi Tutu (see keynote speakers) and Diane Rehm (see women of distinction)
- Recent public policy alerts include career training, paid sick days, and hate crimes prevention, as well as the request to call Sen. Hagan about the Paycheck Fairness Act.