All but one of the members of the NC delegation at the AAUW 2011 convention are members of the Tar Heel Branch. We’re hoping to get pictures posted soon.
The branch model was discussed at Convention in a virtual branch special interest group (see the handout and the Facebook group that will continue that conversation) and at a session on alternate branch/state structures (with the same handout).
Doris did her usual great job talking about the branch in many different conversations — and the notion of a “virtual branch” made a *very* short list selected from ideas proposed by members to advance the AAUW strategic plan.
We are also very proud of branch members Millie Hoffler-Foushee and David Kirkwood who will continue to serve on the AAUW (national) board for the 2011-2013 biennium.
We’ve created a new page on this site, a New Member Guide that you can find under the About link on the menu — or go right to tarheel.aauwnc.org/new-member.
The branch information is based on the demo we did at the AAUW NC meeting, and you might also want to download the handout for that.
If you have suggestions, questions that aren’t answered, links to other information that helps explain our complex organization to new members, please do chime in by posting a comment below.
A few weeks ago, we started a private Facebook group for the branch. More than a third of the branch members have joined. We’ve used it to share pictures and quick updates, and we’re even scheduling a lunch with the easy Facebook “events” interface. [It’s just easier to post a Facebook event and have it collect the RSVPs than to send out an e-mail and have one person keeping track of everyone’s plans.]
If you’re in the branch, please do check it out at http://on.fb.me/aauwthb
We also had a good representation at the September 25 AAUW NC meeting in Greensboro. A few pictures:
If you’re interested in a lunch on Friday, 10/15 in Durham, please contact us for more information if you can’t access the info on Facebook.
Once upon a time an AAUW branch was a group of women who’d meet once a month, socialize, hear a speaker, plan the branch projects and schedule other meetings (committee meetings, board meetings, lunch, or other social times). The branch would publish a “yearbook” with a list of the “important” meetings, everyone’s address, phone, number and e-mail and other information about the branch.
We’re not that branch! (Halloo to the guys!) Much of the “yearbook” will be found here on the web site, and, in particular, the branch directory is available (only to branch members) at http://www.aauw.org. Go to the Member Center > Member Services Database (register if you haven’t and login) and then click the “branch roster”.
On the other hand, without meetings, it’s hard to “get to know” one another — so that we can deliver on the AAUW “value promise” of a community.
- If you’ d like to explore a new way to connect with your fellow members, you might try Facebook. Several of us are “there” and there is a “Facebook for AAUW” document that explains why some AAUW members are finding it a good platform for sharing AAUW information (and information about each other). [For instance, it’s where Birgit and Nancy — two of your board members — first met.]
- If you’re more interested in professional networking, you may already have a profile on LinkedIn. If so, do join the AAUW group there to connect with other members from across the country.
While the new tools may seem like more work at first, you may find (as others have) that they help build richer conversations but without the information overload that would quickly set in if those conversations were held in e-mail.
If you’ve other thoughts on how the branch can adapt to new ways of networking, please post a comment.
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Not many of you responded to the poll earlier in the month about where we asked “How will we communicate?“. That really wasn’t unexpected — after all, the branch is not supposed to put too many things on your todo list.
But to maintain our community, we will need a way to send you periodic e-mail communications. Your communications committee (Birgit Pauli-Haack and Nancy Shoemaker) have chosen a Google Group as the simplest way to implement an e-mail list. It will have some standard features:
- With one e-mail address you can reach all the members in the branch
- Messages will be tagged with the subject line [aauw thb] so you can recognize them easily
- By default your reply will go to the sender – but if you “reply all” it will go to the entire list.
Additional features that aren’t supported (or aren’t widely used) on other AAUW NC lists:
- You can choose whether to get each message when it’s posted or to get a bundle of messages or a summary about once a day.
- You can skip e-mail delivery entirely and read and respond to messages in a web interface
- New members will be able to review earlier postings by using the web interface
- We can post files and other information on the group (rather than send information in e-mail attachments) if we think that’s useful.
So, watch for the message that will confirm that you’ve subscribed to the list.
If you already use Google Groups, you can find the branch group at http://groups.google.com/group/aauw-tar-heel-branch-members
If you’re new to the Google suite of web-based applications (including iGoogle home page, Google docs, and more) you can find a quick intro that describes setting up an account for your e-mail address (you can use your current e-mail — no need to switch to gmail) at wiki.bbvx.org “Getting Started with Google Docs”. But you do NOT need to go through this to get the branch messages in e-mail.
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