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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:

 

New Bylaws and Policies

The board has approved new versions of the bylaws and policies.

  • Bylaws (March 2014). Normally bylaws changes require a vote of the branch, not just the board. The board’s vote was to agree that the only changes from the previous version were editorial or mandated by AAUW (see 2013 conformance memo).
  • Policies (March 2014). The major change here was in section 5 of Financial Procedures, documenting the practice of the last couple of years in offering discounted dues based on financial hardship. Other changes were clarifications and expanded documentation on how the business of the branch is actually being conducted.

Board Action, March 2014

After discussion at the previous meeting, three documents were sent to the branch action list for review and comment:

  • Branch bylaws with mandatory changes (Feb. 25)
    Information on mandatory changes can be found at www.aauw.org. The board was asked to agree that the changes were mandatory or editorial, and so could be submitted to AAUW without a vote of the branch.
  • Branch policies with changes including formalizing the discount policy for financial hardship (Mar. 2)
    The substantive changes here were discussed on the last board conference call.
  • Branch budget for 2013-2014 (Mar. 9)
    This will guide branch spending until June 30, 2014. It is our intention to produce a 2014-2015 budget much earlier.

There were no additional issues raised about the documents, and so approval of all three was put to a vote of the branch board. Four of the seven board members voted to approve these documents.

Details of the vote are in the AAUW NC SurveyMonkey account.

January 2014 Board Meeting

The branch board met by conference call on January 29.

Discussion topics included

  • A review of the branch policies and a plan to include a financial hardship dues discount for 2014-2015
  • A quick discussion on finances and plans to purchase marketing supplies
  • A plan to recruit members of a nominating committee who would then recruit candidates for the 2014-2015 board

Slate for 2013-2014

Here is information on the nominees for the branch board for 2013-2014:

Co-Presidents: Michelle Evans and Nancy Shoemaker

Michelle Evans joined AAUW in 2010.  She is a native of North Carolina.  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.

Michelle has worked for the Duke University School of Medicine for the past 15 years.  Currently, she serves as the Administrative Manager for the Research Integrity Office and has responsibility of managing an office that identifies and manages potential conflicts of interest for more than 6,000 individuals.

Michelle is a Past President of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of North Carolina and served as BPW/Triangle and BPW/Raleigh President.  In the past, Michelle has served on the Executive Committee of North Carolina Women United, a coalition that works for equity for North Carolinian women.  Michelle served on the branch board in 2011-2012 and was recently reappointed to the board.
 
Nancy Shoemaker joined AAUW in 1993 and AAUW NC in 1996. She co-founded the Tar Heel Branch in 2008 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 is a past-president of AAUW NC, has held several positions on national AAUW committees and task forces, and has served on the NC Women United board for several years.

She has a PhD in mathematics and had a career providing technical support and training to professionals in both the private and public sectors. She currently supports several small nonprofits with their virtual office and web-based solutions. She lives in Raleigh with her husband.

Given the branch term limits, this will be her last year on the board, and she looks forward to helping to launch the branch into a “post founder” era.

 
Treasurer: Lyndee Chamion 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 seven 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 Directors at Large
 

Karla Atkinson

Karla Atkinson has been a member of AAUW NC since moving to Brevard, NC in 1994. She received a BA from Kalamazoo College and a MA  from Western Michigan University. She also holds a Paralegal Degree from Davenport College.

Karla has served as secretary, public relations chair, booksale coordinator and president in her Brevard branch. She has served at the state level as Secretary (under then President Nancy Shoemaker) and Co-President of AAUW NC (with Lill VanOrder). She has one year remaining in her current term as AAUW NC Vice President, with major responsibility for communication and publishing the Tar Heel News. Karla has been a part of two restructuring processes at the state level. She was instrumental in developing the Public Policy Project (PPP) last year and continues to advise the PPP leadership team.

She believes that the Tar Heel branch, as a model for “virtual” AAUW membership, is an ideal recruiting tool for attracting a broad, younger base of new members, particularly at the post secondary level.  Her goal for the Tar Heel Branch is to involve more members in public policy, using every avenue of electronic communication available to each member, to influence legislation and state/federal election outcomes.

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.

Lill Van Order

Lill has been active in AAUW since moving to Wilmington, NC in July of 1996. She was the secretary of the Wilmington branch, served as president and co-president 1999-2003 in two consecutive terms.  Shortly after that she became involved at the state level as the LAF liaison. At that time she also served on state nominating committees.  While she was working for AAUW NC the state went through a structure change and she served as co administrator with Karla Atkinson in the pilot year of the new structure.  Her most recent work at the state level was the revision of the state bylaws to reflect the new structure.  During this time Lill became a dual member of the Tar Heel branch. With less responsibilities at the state and Wilmington branch levels she would like to keep working for the mission of AAUW with the Tar Heel branch.

Lill recently retired from a career as school librarian, first at a middle school in Deerfield MA and most recently in a PreK -12 grade school in Wilmington.  She has a passion for education of our youth especially girls and for the environment.  Volunteering for AAUW and local environmental organizations seems to be a good match.  She looks forward to serving on the board of theTar Heel branch.

Report from the Annual Meeting

Twenty six members of the branch, including two new members, attended the Tar Heel Branch annual meeting on Saturday, March 31. No business was conducted, so there are no formal minutes.

The results of the online branch ballot were announced. 71 of 122 members voted.

For more information on other aspects of the branch, see the annual report, which was distributed at the meeting.

Minutes of the Annual Meeting

The Tar Heel Branch met at 8 am on Saturday, March 26 at the Best Western High Point, coinciding with the annual meeting of AAUW of North Carolina.

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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.

October board meeting

The AAUW Tar Heel Branch board met on October 25, 2010 by conference call. Here are the results of that discussion:

The About Us page has been updated with a link to the new Policies (as approved).

Other referenced documents:

Expanding the board

Recently Roberta Madden, a primary member of the Asheville branch, replaced Judy Atkinson of Winston-Salem as director at large with responsibility for public policy when Judy needed to resign for personal reasons. Roberta “Robbie” Madden moved to Black Mountain last fall after forty-one years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she worked as Director of Racial Justice at the YWCA.  A former Field Director for Common Cause, she lobbied for issues of open and accountable government, including the Equal Rights Amendment.  She organizes Dialogues on Race in Black Mountain.  She serves on the boards of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, The Martin Luther King Memorial Corporation, Building Bridges of Asheville, and the Southern Mutual Help Association.  She is married to writer David Madden and is the mother of photographer Blake Madden.  She graduated from Ohio University in 1968.

The other members of the board (who thanked Judy for her service and approved Roberta’s appointment) are

  • Doris Bernlohr, president
  • Nancy Shoemaker, treasurer
  • Pat Abell, director at large with responsibility for AAUW funds
  • Mari Pino del Rosario, director at large with responsibility for membership

You can find information about them in the spring 2010 ballot information.

Our bylaws say that we may have 3-7 directors at large and a call has gone out to the branch for volunteers who are interested in joining the board. We’ve been growing steadily, and the board has agreed it is a good idea to expand its membership at this point rather than wait until July 1, 2011. These appointments will be until June 30, 2011, but those serving will be eligible to be elected to a term for 2011-2012. If you are interested in learning more about the board appointments, please look for Doris’s e-mail to the branch from this morning, or contact her for more information.