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Board Minutes – March 2, 2016

THB Board Meeting Minutes 02 MAR 2016

Lill Van Order
Joanne Hill
Christi Whitworth (secretary for the meeting)
Jackie Heath
Virginia Adamson
Karla Atkinson
Nancy Shoemaker
Called to order: 8:20 p.m.
Old Business:  (Virginia) -Survey needs feedback to be integrated. Then it should be sent out to membership. Each person will get a separate link for completing their survey.
Elections (Lill): Nominating Committee needs three people.  March for committee work and April 1 for ballot and additional nominations. Christi Whitworth will be the board member on the nominating committee. All board members need to email Christi with your 2016-17 intention to serve and in which role(s).
Membership (Nancy); We need Shape the Future memberships.  If we recruit new members at an event then we can offer a discounted membership.  For every two of those we get a free national membership to use how we want ($49 value).  We also want to encourage people to renew early. After March 15, the website to pay dues the link to renew will be active. Nancy will send out a notice on March 15 on how to renew.
Annual meeting (Lill): When to have the branch meeting at the state Annual meeting?  Preference for a Saturday afternoon meeting at 2:15 p.m.  Opportunity for recruitment and network is expected at that time.  Lill will check on the availability of a space for our meeting.  Emphasis of the meeting: lookout for the survey, pull out a couple items to discuss;connecting to groups in the community that need to get messages out across the state; examples of groups we have worked with and things we have done;
Launch Event for Equal Rights Amendment North Carolina Alliance (ERA-NC) on April 12 (Equal Pay Day) (Virginia): For details contact Denny McGuire or Virginia Adamson. Branches can join as members of the coalition. Notification should happen at the annual meeting. We could add to the website and newsletter for THB. Use it raise awareness for Equal Pay Day. Website is
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

AAUW Raleigh/Wake County Branch

The AAUW Raleigh/Wake County Branch will hold a revitalization meeting Tuesday, August 16 6 PM – 7:30 PM Center for Community Leadership/Room #104 in the Junior League Building 711 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. FREE PARKING in back of building off St. Mary’s and Morgan Streets. Please enter the building from the entrance facing Morgan St. At the meeting, the branch will elect 2011-2012 officers and hear from those who attended the AAUW Convention in DC. Tar Heel branch member Joan Robertson is one of those who has volunteered to lead the branch in the next year. If you’d like more information, please contact


by Doris Bernlohr

AAUW NC began the meeting on Friday afternoon with a training session for those wanting to be involved in the WAGE project as facilitators/trainers.

Friday night’s board meeting was followed on Saturday by a series of “conversations” among attendees which produced some lively and beneficial discussion. Continuing conversations included:

  • St. Louis Convention — the bylaws, workshops, and more (see additional report)
  • STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Projects which a number of our branches have been providing for women and girls in NC. Sue Metz from the Greensboro Branch, the NC liaison for the National Girls Collaborative Project, made a presentation.
  • Karla Atkinson and Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo led the conversation on the WAGE Project and its relatively new partnership with AAUW.  A number of our members have now been trained to conduct $mart $tart campus negotiation workshops to junior and senior women on campus. These workshops will train women graduating from college on how to negotiate for fair and equal pay. [See for additional information.]

The final session of the day was on Public Policy led by Elaine Ostrowski our NC Public Policy chair, Mary Peterson, and Doris Bernlohr. This session concentrated on advocacy and our responsibility as individual members and branches to work for passage of legislation that AAUW or AAUW NC puts our name on. This conversation also produced helpful feedback for reworking some procedures for adding our name to legislation in a way that is workable, timely, and effective.

Introducing the branch board

An initial branch board was approved by the charter members. Here’s the information that accompanied the ballot along with notes about which at-large directors have agreed to concentrate on specific functions. Several of the board members are pictured in this post.

Slate of initial board members

Doris Bernlohr, President
Doris is a former member of the Chapel Hill branch and is now living in Burlington. She is a member-at-large and will be a primary member of this new branch (and expects to be a dual member in Chapel Hill). She served as president of AAUW Chapel Hill and was a member of the AAUW NC board.
Nancy Shoemaker, Treasurer
Nancy is a member of the Raleigh/Wake County branch and will be a dual member of the new branch. She is serving her second term as treasurer in Raleigh and is a past president of AAUW NC.
Pat Abell, Director-at-Large (Educational Foundation)
Pat is a life member of the Association and is a member of the Statesville branch. She’ll be a dual member of this branch. She is a past president of AAUW Statesville, and a former member of the AAUW NC board and the AAUW NC executive committee.
Judy Atkinson, Director-at-Large (Program)
Judy is a member of the Winston-Salem branch and will be a dual member of this branch. She is a past president of AAUW Winston-Salem, and a former member of the AAUW NC board and the AAUW NC executive committee.
Birgit Pauli-Haack, Director-at-Large (Communications)
Birgit is a member of the Naples (FL) branch where she currently serves as web manager, and is a member of the Association’s Technology Usability Advisory Group. She’ll be a dual member of this branch.
Mary Fran Schickedantz, Director-at-Large (Membership)
Mary Fran is a member of the Greensboro branch and will be a dual member of the new branch. She is a past president of AAUW NC and is currently serving as AAUW NC treasurer.
Queen Thompson, Director-at-Large
Queen Thompson is a member of the Charlotte branch and will be a dual member of this new branch. She serves on the AAUW NC board as diversity chair.

Note: An AAUW member may join more than one branch. A member’s “primary” branch is the one where they pay dues to AAUW. They are called a “dual” member in their second and subsequent branches where they pay branch and (if applicable) state dues. For 2008-2009, this branch’s dues are $0 and any members of other branches joining the branch are dual members. If they pay 2009-2010 AAUW dues through this branch they will become “primary” members. By national policy, only primary members may hold the office of branch president.

Getting the branch started

Before applying for the branch charter, the 24 charter members decided on the name of the branch, approved a set of officers, and agreed on working rules.

Initial Working Rules for the Tar Heel Branch

Initial slate of officers:

  • Doris Bernlohr, President
  • Nancy Shoemaker, Treasurer
  • Directors: Pat Abell, Judy Atkinson, Birgit Pauli-Haack, Mary Fran Schickedantz, Queen Thompson

Before March 1, 2009, the branch will

  • Increase the leadership team with additional volunteers as appropriate.
  • Decide what financial model the branch will use moving forward
  • Finalize the branch bylaws

AAUW NC approves the branch

Branch members with AAUW NC president

Several charter members of the branch attended the AAUW NC fall meeting at which the AAUW NC board approved the branch. They are pictured here with Millie Hoffler-Foushee, AAUW NC president.

Seated: Doris Bernlohr, Hoffler-Foushee
Back row: Nancy Shoemaker, Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo, Mary Stephens, Mary Fran Schickedantz, Queen Thompson.

Branch applies for charter

At the October 31, 2008 AAUW NC board meeting, the branch received approval from the state board. [See text of the resolution that the board approved.]

On November 3, the charter application packet was sent to the Membership Department at AAUW. We are now waiting for the results of the vote at the November meeting of the AAUW Executive Committee and the formal notification that we have a branch charter.