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Annual Meeting: April 2 in Chapel Hill

As is our practice, the annual meeting of the branch is scheduled in conjunction with the AAUW NC annual meeting. Nearly a third of the branch members are registered for the state meeting, and we hope many of them will attend the branch meeting:

7:45 am, Saturday, April 2
Sheraton Chapel Hill, Coach Room

We will be discussing the results of the recent branch survey, doing prize drawings for those who have renewed and/or recruited new members, and more.

More info

Membership Report Spring 2016

Our membership numbers stayed relatively stable this year. We did have three new graduates join us under the new program that we funded where the branch waives local dues and pays the $11 state dues, so new graduates (any degree) may join under the national Give-A-Grad-A-Gift program and pay $0 for the first year. Please think about your friends who might fit this program. They were among the total of 11 new members.

We didn’t recruit any Shape the Future new members, but three members took advantage of our discounted dues (we recommend $40 — instead of the normal $65 — and will accept $20) for those who value their AAUW membership but cannot afford full dues.

Thanks to the following members for recruiting new members: Virginia Adamson, Peg Holmes, Denny McGuire,  Mary Peterson, and Nancy Shoemaker, Mary Peterson, and Peg Holmes. Special thanks to nonmember Pat Sledge who has recommended AAUW to some of her BPW sisters — we are glad to see the cooperation between the two groups (and at least some of us hope to welcome Pat as a member sometime soon.)

On the other hand, we did have 14 members resign or lapse and we still miss Leslie Syron who died. That means our total membership changed from 94 to 90 over the year.  Since February 1, three new members have joined us and our count is now 93.

To renew your membership, check for your member ID and go to the AAUW NC membership page for quick access to a personalized online renewal form. To renew, use this link or check our Join page for additional options.

More details:



Membership categories by date
 Year c/u student dual primary total
2009 12 16 28
2010 1 18 28 47
2011 2 2 32 42 78
2012 5 2 43 72 122
2013 5 1 41 58 105
2014 5 0 43 41 89
2015 4 2 43 45 94
2016 6 0 42 42 90
Former Status Current Status
Primary Dual C/U SAF Total
Nonmember 18 1 19
Lapsed 1 1 2
At-large 13 13
AAUW NC 10 38 48
AAUW not NC 2 2
C/U Rep 0 6 6
Total 42 42 6 0 90

Celebrate spring with a discounted AAUW membership

Happy Spring! For AAUW, mid-March means the start of a new year — at least as far as dues collection goes.

To celebrate we’re hosting a virtual Shape the Future event, and that means

  • half off the national AAUW dues (a $25 value) for new members and those who haven’t been members for at last two years
  • your membership is good through 6/30/2017 — 15 months of membership
  • if you want to join a community-based branch, too, mention that and we’ll take care of it — no additional charge
  • if a friend has encouraged you to join AAUW, mention their name and they will be entered into a special drawing.

To take advantage of the discount go to

The dues for new, regular members through this program are $40 through June 30, 2017. If you are a graduate student, undergraduate or already an AAUW member (either national-only or of another branch) see our “Join Now” page for additional information or write about these discounts and those we offer based on financial hardship.

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.

Branch financial report for 2014-2015

Here is the report on the branch finances for FY15, which ended 6/30/2015:

We would like to thank those members who contributed to AAUW during 2014 or to the branch between 7/1/2014 and 6/30/2015:

Adamson, Virginia
Atkinson, Judy
Atkinson, Karla
Balsanek, Judy
Bernlohr, Doris
Champion Ivey, Lyndee
Evans, Michelle
Groll, Marena
Harris, Nancy
Heath, Jacquelin
Jennings, Dana
Kirkwood, David
Knechtel, Grace
Lawler, Mary Ann
Marblestone, Ronni
Novello, Caroline
Olive-Taylor, Rebecca
Pearre, Kathy
Shoemaker, Cathy
Shoemaker, Nancy
Shoemaker, Ruth
Stephenson, Martha
Van Order, Lillian
Whitworth, Christi


Minutes of September 2015 Board Meeting

Here are the minutes of the September 2015 Board Meeting.

Jaquelin Heath forwarded these in a timely fashion last fall.


Get connected (special rate through Nov. 15)

It’s been a STEM kind of month. We welcome the many new contacts we’ve made at events in Chapel Hill and Raleigh and look forward to attendees at the Bridging the Gap 2015 conference hearing more about AAUW and its STEM initiatives.

Contact us or others in AAUW NC if you see an opportunity to partner with us. But if you are ready to connect with us more formally, we’re offering a discount for new members through Nov. 15.

The AAUW Tar Heel branch is a vibrant group of nearly 100 members from across the state. There are also 17 other community based branches in the state. You may join Tar Heel then transfer to one of the others at no additional charge — just let us know that’s what you’d like to do. There are other discounts for new graduates, graduate students, current AAUW members and more. See our Join Now page for information on that.

Get connected (special rate through May 10)

The AAUW Tar Heel branch is a vibrant group of nearly 100 members from across the state. We’ll have a presence at the April 21 Women’s Advocacy Day in Raleigh, and we hope to introduce more people to the work that AAUW does. Look for us at the AAUW table in the 1000 Court of the Legislative Building — or if you miss the event, check out the Virtual Table.

We’re glad to partner with you and your organization, but if you’re still looking for a way to get connected to the conversations about equity for women, do consider joining AAUW. Until May 10 a membership (national, state, and this virtual branch) through 6/30/2016 is $40 instead of the usual $65.

UPDATE 4/29:
We are pleased to announce that the board has approved free memberships for new graduates. This applies if you’ve received an associate degree or higher in the last two years and you haven’t been an AAUW member before. To take advantage of this offer fill out our

On the second page, click “other” in the “you owe no dues” section — and put “Give a Grad” in the text box.

Results of the 2015 branch ballot

The branch ballot was posted on February 20, and closed a few days after the annual meeting on March 21 (since our bylaws say it should be open for 30 days). However, no one voted after March 21 and the results announced at the annual meeting stand:

  • Lill Van Order – president (change from co-president was approved by a vote at the meeting)
  • Nancy Shoemaker – treasurer
  • Directors: Virginia Adamson, Karla Atkinson, Jacquelin Heath, Diane Schneider, Christi Whitworth

Our bylaws say that the board may have as many as seven directors (we need at least three), and additional members may be appointed. Two more people have indicated a willingness to join the 2015-2016 board and their names will be announced once they are formally approved.

The ballot also had a question about allowing the board to appoint a co-president to serve with Lill (in order to avoid a second election if a new volunteer surfaced). The members approved that overwhelmingly, and as the board goes through the planned seven-year assessment of its structure, that will be considered as a possible option.

Additional information:


Interim finance report – 2/28/2015

Thanks to Diane Schneider for preparing this interim report for 7/1/2014 – 2/28/2015.