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March 2012 Ballot

The voting on issues in front of the Tar Heel Branch for 2012 is beginning and will close on March 29. Results will be announced at the branch annual meeting on March 31.

Talking points on the resolution were also sent to the list. If you need a copy of those, please check the list archives or contact info@tarheel.aauwnc.org.

A valid election requires a vote from at least 20% of the branch members. As of February 28, there are 124 members, so that requirement will be met if 25 members vote.

Branch members as of Feb. 28 will receive a link to an online ballot by email. Those members who do not use email will be contacted by US Mail, phone, or personal visit about this ballot.

In all cases, the ballot will give “yes/no/abstain” options.

Motion

Here is the text of the resolution opposing the Defense of Marriage amendment that will be on the ballot in the May 8, 2012 North Carolina primary.

Resolution against 2012 NC Amendment One

This was sent to the branch email list for comments or amendments. No one proposed any changes to this text.

Branch members may vote Yes/No/Abstain to pass the resolution. The abstention option might appeal to those who live out of state and haven’t been following the press on the details of the North Carolina amendment. However, nothing in our bylaws prevents such members from voting on this issue and offering their guidance as AAUW members to North Carolinians. Six of our 124 members have addresses outside of NC.

If the resolution passes, members may refer to the position of the branch when discussing the amendment.

If the resolution fails to pass, members cannot cite this as evidence that the branch supports the amendment since that would be contrary to a national position on the issue.

Candidates for branch board

The candidates for election of Tar Heel Branch officers of the Tar Heel Branch  are listed below. Members will vote for one candidate for president, one candidate for treasurer, and up to seven candidates for director-at-large. Write-in candidates are allowed as long as the consent of the candidate has been received in advance. Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

Thanks to the 2012 nominating committee: Mari Pino del Rosario and Doris Bernlohr.

Candidate for President: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy joined AAUW in 1993 and AAUW NC in 1996. She co-founded the Tar Heel Branch as a model to serve AAUW members in North Carolina who wanted a connection to AAUW NC but for whom community-based branches either weren’t an option or weren’t a good fit. She has served the branch as treasurer and web manager and (since July 1, 2011) as president. She is also currently serving on the AAUW Leadership Corps, primarily to help other states understand what we’ve accomplished here with the Tar Heel Branch.

She hopes to lead this branch through another year of growth, solidifying its processes and improving the ways it supports its members in advancing the AAUW mission. Her academic background is in mathematics, her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She also serves on the NC Women United board. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidate for Treasurer: Lyndee Champion Ivey

Lyndee is a native of North Carolina and lived in the Raleigh/Durham area until 2001 when she moved to Charlotte. She attended Duke University and was employed there for 13 years working in graduate student affairs. While living in Durham she was an active volunteer and instructor for the American Red Cross in Health and Safety Services and Disaster Relief. She is now employed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an Executive Assistant to the Provost.

Prior to college Lyndee enlisted in the US Army Reserves where she met her husband, David. She and her husband have one son, Joshua who is six and keeps them both very busy. Lyndee enjoys writing poetry, listening to music, and riding motorcycles with her husband.

She has been serving as branch treasurer since July 1, 2011.

Candidates for Director at Large:

Mari Pino del Rosario

Mari Pino del Rosario was born and raised in Gran Canaria, Spain. She studied music in Germany where she met her husband, pianist John Salmon. John and Mari Pino are the proud parents of twin daughters who attend public school in Guilford County. Mari Pino holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the PhD in Spanish from Florida State University. She has been teaching at Greensboro College since 1990. Her interests include women’s and film studies, literature, and language. Right now Mari Pino is concerned that federal, state, and local governments will jeopardize viably educating next generations in an attempt to reduce the deficit or balance the budget. She has served on the branch board since July 1, 2010.

Grace Knechtel

Grace has been a member of AAUW for about 35 years. She held positions in the Syracuse, NY branch as president, program vice president, and newsletter editor. While in New York, she served the AAUW NYS as Region III director, membership coordinator and community representative. Grace was elected to two terms on the AAUW NY board as state secretary. In the brief time Grace lived in Charleston, SC, she was elected branch program VP. She has served the Raleigh branch as treasurer twice and has worked as a director on the governing council. She was elected as AAUW NC state program vice president 2001-2003. Grace has also served as nominating committee chair for both AAUW NC and the Tar Heel Branch. She was first elected to the branch board for 2011-2012 and has served as its fundraising chair.

Monique Stamps

Monique is one of the two North Carolina representatives to the Vision 2020 program of Drexel University whose goal is to make equality a national priority through the shared leadership among women and men.  A 2012 priority of the program is She Rocks the Vote to encourage women to vote and to be engaged in the political process.

Since 2004 she has worked as a Peer Advocate at Disability Rights & Resources in Charlotte, N.C.  She serves a the chairperson of the Gaston County Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities, a monthly advocacy meeting bringing together policymakers, municipal representatives, and people with disabilities.

Stamps has a B.S. from Winthrop University in Social Work, and is also a member of the AAUW Charlotte branch. She lives in Charlotte with her daughter, Camryn, and son, Jordan: Her children are what drive her to remain a woman who is steadfast, confident, strong, and creative.

Cheryl Waters-Tormey

Cheryl is a new member to AAUW.  She is a North Carolina native, and attended Duke University as an undergraduate and UNC for her MS.  She has been on the faculty at Western Carolina since receiving her PhD in structural geology in 2004. She is in her second year as Vice Chair of the Faculty.  She is excited to represent WCU in AAUW NC and the Tar Heel Branch.

Carol Zellen

Carol is a life member of AAUW.  She has been a member for thirty-eight years. She is currently a member of the Chapel Hill Branch and a dual member of the Tar Heel Branch.  Prior to her move to Cary two years ago, she was a member of the Palos-Orland Branch in Illinois.  She served as President, Program Chair and Topic Chair. Carol was also active on the Illinois State Board where she was Topic Chair and Publicity Chair.  In 1989-1990 and 2000-2001, Carol was honored with two named gifts to the Educational Foundation. She also served as founding board member of a shelter for domestic violence victims and their children for thirty years.  The shelter was a product of an EFP grant received during her presidency.Carol is also a licensed multi-engine and instrument pilot and ground school instructor. Carol was also a participant in the teacher in space program. She earned her BA at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and her MA at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Spring 2011 ballot

The candidates on the slate for election of officers of the Tar Heel Branch for 2011-2012 are listed below. Members will vote for one candidate for president, one candidate for treasurer, and up to seven candidates for director-at-large. Write-in candidates are allowed as long as the consent of the candidate has been received in advance. A valid election requires a vote from at least 20% of the branch members. As of February 15, there are 78 members, so that requirement will be met if 16 members vote. Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

Thanks to the 2010-2011 nominating committee: Joyce Gad (chair), Mari Pino del Rosario, and Bonnie Will.

Candidate for President: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy joined AAUW in 1993 and AAUW NC in 1996. She has been connected to AAUW members across the country through her support of the AAUW web managers community (since 1999), her service on the AAUW Program Development Committee (2001-2003), her term as AAUW NC president (2006-2008), and her work since 2005 to Open Up AAUW to those without degrees. In 2008 she co-founded the Tar Heel Branch as a model to serve AAUW members in North Carolina who wanted a connection to AAUW NC but for whom community-based branches either weren’t an option or weren’t a good fit. She has served the branch as treasurer and web manager.

She hopes to lead this branch through another year of growth, solidifying its processes and improving the ways it supports its members in advancing the AAUW mission. Her academic background is in mathematics, her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She also serves on the NC Women United board. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidate for Treasurer: Lyndee Ivey

Lyndee is a native of North Carolina and lived in the Raleigh/Durham area until 2001 when she moved to Charlotte. She attended Duke University and was employed there for 13 years working in graduate student affairs. While living in Durham she was an active volunteer and instructor for the American Red Cross in Health and Safety Services and Disaster Relief. She is now employed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an Executive Assistant to the Provost.

Prior to college Lyndee enlisted in the US Army Reserves where she met her husband, David. She and her husband have one son, Joshua who is five and keeps them both very busy. Lyndee enjoys writing poetry, listening to music, and riding motorcycles with her husband.

Candidates for Director at Large:

Patsy (Pat) Abell

Pat is a life member of the Association and is a member of the Statesville branch and a dual member of Tar Heel Branch. She is a past president of AAUW Statesville. She has served as secretary of the AAUW NC board, a member of the AAUW NC executive committee, and a member of the Nominations Committee. She has served on the THB board during the first two years and has been the contact for the Educational Foundation.

Jenine Hood Atoji

Jenine is an Information Technology Professional and a graduate of West Virginia University. Jenine is also a former member of the Leadership Team for the WITI RTP Network. She brings with her technical skills and an interest in promoting the education and self-development of girls and women in the sciences and through the creativity of the arts.

Mari Pino del Rosario

Mari Pino del Rosario was born and raised in Gran Canaria, Spain.  She studied music in Germany where she met her husband, pianist John Salmon. John and Mari Pino are the proud parents of twin daughters who attend public school in Guilford County. Mari Pino holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the PhD in Spanish from Florida State University.  She has been teaching at Greensboro College since 1990. Her interests include women’s and film studies, literature, and language. Right now Mari Pino is concerned that federal, state, and local governments will jeopardize viably educating next generations in an attempt to reduce the deficit or balance the budget.

Michelle Evans

In 1990, Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from North Carolina State University followed by a Master of Business Administration from Meredith College in 1996. She has worked for the Duke University School of Medicine for the past 12 years.  She was the Director of Education for the Department of Ophthalmology for over 6 years followed by a transition to administration.  In October 2006, the office restructured and Michelle was asked start the Research Integrity Office.  In her role as the Administrative Manager for the Research Integrity Office, she has responsibility for identifying and managing potential conflicts of interest for more than 5,000 individuals. On a personal note, she is a Past President of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of North Carolina, currently serves on the BPW/NC Board of Directors as Governance Chair, and will serve as BPW/Raleigh President in 2011.  In addition, she serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee for North Carolina Women United, a coalition of more than 30 women’s organizations that work for equity for North Carolinian women.

Grace Knechtel

Grace has been a member of AAUW for about 35 years.  She held positions in the Syracuse, NY branch as president, program vice president, and newsletter editor.  While in New York, she served the NY-AAUW as Region III director, membership coordinator and community representative.  Grace was elected to two terms on the AAUW NY board as state secretary.  In the brief time Grace lived in Charleston, SC, she was elected branch program VP.  She has served the Raleigh branch as treasurer twice and has worked as a director on the governing council.  She was elected as AAUW NC state program vice president 2001-2003.  Grace has also served as nominating committee chair for both NC-AAUW and the Tar Heel Branch.

Kathy Pearre

Kathy joined AAUW in 1991 and has served as president, program vice president, and membership vice president of the Winston-Salem branch.  She is a dual member of the Tar Heel Branch.  Kathy’s work as the Vice President of Adult Education with the Tarheel Triad Girl Scout Council led to a collaboration with AAUWNC to present a day-long symposium entitled “Today’s Girls, Tomorrow’s Leaders” held at Salem College in 1995.  Kathy is trained as a facilitator for the $tart $mart program.  She strongly believes in working for equity for women and advocating for girls.  Currently, she works with the ECHO (Everyone Can Help Out) Network, a non-profit engaged in helping the community build trusting relationships, especially among diverse people.

Candidates for the 2010-2011 branch board

The candidates on the slate for election of officers for 2010-2011 are listed below. Write-in candidates are allowed as long as the consent of the candidate has been received in advance. A valid election requires a vote from at least 20% of the branch members. As of March 1,  there are 47 members, so that requirement will be met if 10 members vote. Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

Thanks to the 2009-2010 nominating committee: Grace Knechtel, Mary Morrow and Judy Atkinson.

President (Vote for one)
Doris Bernlohr
Doris is a primary member of the Tar Heel Branch currently serving as president. She is a former president of the Chapel Hill Branch where she continues dual membership and serves on the AAUW NC board. Her goal this year continues to be to grow our membership while telling others about the “branch without borders” model. She firmly believes that the BWOB model has great potential in AAUW’s future.
Treasurer (Vote for one)
Nancy Shoemaker
Nancy is a member of the Raleigh/Wake County branch and will join the Tar Heel Branch as her first branch for 2010-2011. She is serving her second term as treasurer in Raleigh and is a past president of AAUW NC. In 2009-2010 she set up the branch financial reporting system and migrated the branch to using AAUW’s online dues payment process that greatly streamlines the treasurer’s job. She is an advocate for the “branch without borders” model in her conversations with AAUW members across the country.
She also serves the branch in managing its web site and e-mail list with help from branch member Mary Rack. The two also work together on the AAUW NC web site and mail lists.
Director-at-Large (Vote for no more than seven)
Patsy (Pat) Abell
Pat is a life member of the Association and is a member of the Statesville branch and is 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. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for the Educational Foundation.
Judy Atkinson
Judy is a member of the Winston-Salem branch and is 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. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for programs.
Mari Pino del Rosario
Mari Pino del Rosario holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the PhD in Spanish from Florida State University. She has been on the faculty at Greensboro College since 1990 where she teaches Spanish language, culture, film, and civilization courses. Her major professional and personal concern is that diverse voices be heard, especially those that may be considered dissonant by some.
Mari Pino strongly believes in the role of early and lifelong education to achieve a greater enjoyment of life’s offerings. When it comes to knowledge, she states that 1) more is more, and 2) with increased awareness comes the responsibility to reach out to others.
If elected to the Board of Directors as Membership Chair, Mari Pino would like to see an increase in the diversity and number of members, so that academic communities lead the way as beacons for equal rights for all with concomitant responsibilities.
Mari Pino was born and raised in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. She met her Texas-born husband in Germany where both studied music. In 1981, Mari Pino and her husband moved permanently to the United States.  She lives in Summerfield, NC with her 11-year-old twin daughters, husband John Salmon, and female Bichon Frise, Frosty.

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.

Proposed changes to the branch bylaws

[This was sent to the AAUW NC bylaws committee and the branch board on Jan. 14.  A comment period is now open for the branch members before our vote later this spring.]

Current Bylaws

Address the need for branch votes between meetings

Rationale

Our bylaws cover a process for voting electronically in the election and to change the bylaws, but didn’t have a section covering electronic votes in special cases. There are times when such votes are needed — for instance, until the state moves away from the delegate system we need a way to certify our delegates to the annual meeting of AAUW NC. This change uses the language from the bylaws section on the votes of the board and applies it to branch business as well. Note that the process we are currently using for the voting is described in branch June 2009 policy document.

Change

1. Rename “ARTICLE XII. MEETINGS”  to “ARTICLE XII. MEETINGS AND BRANCH BUSINESS”

2. In Article XII, add the following as a new section:

Section 6. A written, conference call, or electronic vote may be taken at the request of the president on any question submitted to all voting members of the branch provided that every voting member shall have an opportunity to vote on the question submitted. Voting will close by a specified time, and be by a process announced with the ballot and approved by the board. If 20% of the members shall vote on a question so submitted, the votes shall be counted and shall have the same effect as if cast at a branch meeting. The result of the vote shall be recorded in the minutes of the next branch meeting.

Make list of officers conform to current practice

Rationale

Before the changes at the June 2009 convention, the AAUW bylaws required branches and states to have a certain set of officers. While this assignment of responsibility may make for a stronger and more active branch, our branch, in particular, has no need for all of these committees and officers. In the current AAUW bylaws, this requirement was lifted, and this change brings the branch bylaws into compliance with our practice.

Change

Article VII. Officers

Section 2. The president, with the approval of the board, shall may appoint members to fulfill the functions of secretary, program, membership, public policy, finance, fundraising, and communications, and other functions required suggested by AAUW or approved by the board. These positions may be held either by members of the board or by other branch members. The terms of these appointments may be for any time period appropriate for the position.

Results of the vote

In preparation for the annual meeting of the branch on Friday, March 27 at the Blockade Runner Hotel in Wrightsville Beach (in connection with the annual meeting of AAUW NC at the same time), the branch held a web-based vote on three items:

Voting closed yesterday, and we are pleased to announce that the bylaws passed, the $5 branch dues will take effect on July 1 (those joining/renewing before then will pay $0 branch dues), and that all the candidates for the branch board were elected.

Here is the vote summary: Results of branch votes, March, 2009

Please check that summary and if you note any discrepancies on how you remember your vote, please contact us immediately. If there are no discrepancy reports, the results will be entered into the minutes of the meeing on Friday.

Voting is now underway

Branch members have received a link to the ballot for the following issues:

Please contact us or see the archives of the branch e-mail list if you have questions. The deadline is March 25.

Candidates for the branch board 2009-2010

The candidates on the slate for election of officers for 2009-2010 are listed below. Write-in candidates are allowed as long as the consent of the candidate has been received in advance. A valid election requires a vote from at least 20% of the branch members. As of February 20 there are 28 members, so that requirement will be met if six members vote.  Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

President (Vote for one)
Doris Bernlohr
Doris is a former member of the Chapel Hill branch and is now living in Burlington. She is a primary member of this new branch, and a dual member in Chapel Hill. She served as president of AAUW Chapel Hill and was a member of the AAUW NC board. Her goal as branch president for 2009-2010 is to lead our members to tell the powerful AAUW story to others and grow our membership.
Treasurer (Vote for one)
Nancy Shoemaker
Nancy is a member of the Raleigh/Wake County branch and intends to transfer her membership to the Tar Heel Branch (and continue as a dual member in Raleigh). She is serving her second term as treasurer in Raleigh and is a past president of AAUW NC. Her goal for the year as treasurer of this branch is to establish clear financial procedures, including those required by the special nature of this branch.
Director-at-Large (Vote for no more than seven)
Patsy (Pat) Abell
Pat is a life member of the Association and is a member of the Statesville branch and is 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. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for the Educational Foundation.
Judy Atkinson
Judy is a member of the Winston-Salem branch and is  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. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for programs.
Birgit Pauli-Haack
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 is a dual member of this branch. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for communications, leading the effort to establish the branch web site and its e-mail list.
Mary Fran Schickedantz
Mary Fran is a member of the Greensboro branch and is a dual member of the new branch. She is a past president of AAUW NC and is currently serving as AAUW NC treasurer. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for membership.
Queen Thompson
Queen Thompson is a member of the Charlotte branch and is a dual member of this new branch, but plans to renew through the Tar Heel branch and switch to dual status in Charlotte. She serves on the AAUW NC board as diversity chair. She has served on the board during the first year.

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. By national policy, only primary members may hold the office of branch president.

Electing our delegate to the AAUW NC convention

Earlier this year, President Bernlohr called for volunteers to be the branch’s delegate to the AAUW NC Convention. [According to AAUW NC bylaws, the branch is to be represented by the president and one additional delegate.]

Judy Atkinson of Winston-Salem was the only volunteer to be our delegate. The link to the ballot is in the e-mail version of e-newsletter v2009.02  (available in the e-mail archive). The deadline is February 20.

Results to date