Dear THB members,
It was beautiful in the mountains as many of us headed to Boone for the AAUW state meeting. We gathered at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on the campus of Appalachian State University on October 9-10.
We took care of many business items, had a few workshops, and enjoyed great fellowship with other members from around the state.
One of the meeting highlights was saying thank you to THB member/treasurer, Nancy Shoemaker for the many vital roles she has played in AAUW NC over the last decade. A framed copy of a resolution was presented to her by AAUW NC president Millie Hoffler-Foushee recognizing her many contributions. Congratulations, Nancy.
Congratulations, too, to branch member Queen Thompson who has been appointed to the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Committee. She is the only member from North Carolina other than AAUW Finance Vice President Millie Hoffler-Foushee who is serving on any of the national committees and task forces. Congratulations, Queen.
The new structuring of AAUW as a non profit organization has required us to update our bylaws to conform to new changes voted on in St. Louis in June. Board members spent time in Boone working on bylaws issues. I am happy to announce that your bylaws committee members Nancy Shoemaker, Pat Abell and Doris Bernlohr have finished our update which is now posted on our website.
We also spent time in Boone going over the new AAUW Affiliate Agreement. All AAUW states and branches must sign this new Affiliate Agreement affirming their affiliation with AAUW by October 31, 2009. By signing this new affiliate agreement, branches and states that are state tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(4) also affirm intent to be included in AAUW’s new group tax exemption. With the restructuring of AAUW so that the 501(c)(3) charitable entity is now the organization’s dominant membership entity previous agreements are no longer valid. Signing this new Affiliate Agreement entitles members to deduct a major portion of their national membership dues on their federal tax returns for the first time.
As our branch without borders moves into our second year, our first nominating committee has been appointed by the board. The charge to the nominating committee is to craft a slate for the election next spring — president, treasurer, and directors-at large. Many thanks to the following members who have agreed to serve on the committee:
Grace Knechtel, Chair/Raleigh
Judythe Atkinson/Winston Salem
We currently have 45 members and we need the help of everyone if the branch is to be successful. Remember, I asked each of you to bring at least one new member into our group before Dec. 31. One way to do that is with our gift membership program. To get you started see the new “gift membership” section on the branch web site: http://tarheel.aauwnc.org/give-a-gift
Doris Bernlohr, President
Tar Heel Branch
Recent AAUW updates
- AAUW Celebrates Passage of Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act
- AAUW Member Wins Nobel Prize
- Urge your members of Congress to support AAUW’s policy recommendations!
- AAUW Provides Policy Recommendations for a True “Woman’s Nation” — this is AAUW’s response to the Shriver Report that’s been in the news lately
AAUW NC news
- NCVCE Annual Meeting – those near Raleigh who support AAUW’s work for clean elections may want to participate in this anniversary meeting/reception
- AAUW NC Fall Meeting – information is still being posted on what happened at that meeting
Other branch news
- Welcome new members – July-Sept.
- Are you planning your holiday giving? – New gift packages available November 1
- Updated bylaws
- Another report on the convention – includes links to videos of programs from St. Louis in June
- Update to branch brochure – be sure to carry at least one with you
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