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Connection to women’s organizations across North Carolina

AAUW NC is a member of the North Carolina Women United coalition. Earlier this week, NCWU held its annual holiday event. At a gathering of 25 people from more than a dozen organizations, they gave the 2009 Anne Mackie Award to June Kimmel of Davidson. The award recognizes a lifetime contribution to advocacy on behalf of women.

Three branch members attended the event:

Branch member Mari Pino del Rosario chaired the award committee. She is shown here with June and NCWU President Alison Kiser.

Becky Mock nominated June Kimmel for the 2009 Anne Mackie Award.

L-R: Nancy Shoemaker, June Kimmel

Nancy Shoemaker served on the event committee. She is shown here with June.

Mari Pino and Nancy are also serving on the NC Women United board.

For more about the event and the award, see www.ncwu.org.

An additional note — NCWU sponsors the NC Women’s Agenda Assemblies, and that project will be starting shortly after the new year. If you are in a community that would benefit from a gathering of women to educate themselves on public policy issues that will come before the NC General Assembly in 2011, consider helping to organize one of the Agenda Assemblies in the fall of 2010. Also, watch for the call for issue papers that will be distributed to the Agenda Assembly organizers. Those papers are generally prepared in the summer. If there’s an issue you’d like to get in front of women across the state, start thinking about it now!

Branch members help WRC in Alamance County

Tar Heel Branch Members - WRC Herb Festival

Tar Heel Branch Members - WRC Herb Festival

On Thursday, April 23, four branch members helped at the refreshment table for the Herb Festival of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County. This is a major fundraiser that supports the work of the WRC, dedicated to helping women and their families improve and enrich their lives. Its main program is “New Choices” which serves displaced homemakers. Branch member Becky Mock is the center’s program director.

Pictured are Jenna Johnson, Caroline Novello, Doris Bernlohr, and Becky.

Ask me about AAUWNote the “Ask me about AAUW” buttons that got the branch a bit of visibility at this event. We have more buttons for any members who want to do a similar project in their community.

The branch at the AAUW NC Convention

Here are members of the Tar Heel Branch at the Friday, March 27 banquet celebrating 100 years of AAUW in North Carolina. L to R: Shoemaker, Abell, Schickedantz, Atkinson, Bassoppo-Moyo, Stephens, Bernlohr, Thompson. All are members of the branch and/or the AAUW NC board. All but Bernlohr are dual members of the branch.

Branch members at the 2009 AAUW NC convention

Branch members at the 2009 AAUW NC convention

Each branch was asked to bring a display representing their branch. This shows where all the Tar Heel Branch members live — from Murphy to Kinston, after only nine months we are serving much of the state. [Here is another version of the map that shows the distribution of primary and dual members.]

Hometowns of the Tar Heel Branch members

Hometowns of the Tar Heel Branch members

Carol is the last regional director who will attend our convention. With the changes to the AAUW bylaws a new volunteer structure (the Leader Corps) will take over some of the duties of the RD. We thank her for her two years of dedicated service to the region.

President Doris Bernlohr and South Atlantic Regional Director Carol Newnam

President Doris Bernlohr and South Atlantic Regional Director Carol Newnam

Nancy in DC

I spent a Monday in DC at the Feminism 2.0 conference. AAUW was one of the conveners of the conference and several members of the staff attended. I really enjoyed connecting/reconnecting with the wonderful folks who do so much for us all.

And yes, from 1111 16th St., Steve and I walked down by the White House. It was wonderful to look at the building and imagine the changes yet to come!

Members attend Alamance Agenda Assembly

Branch member Becky Mock is featured in this video from NC Women United talking about the NCWU signature project, the biennial Women’s Agenda Assemblies.

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Becky is on the staff of the Women’s Resouce Center of Alamance County, the group that has coordinated the Agenda Assemblies for many years.  Branch president Doris Bernlohr also lives in Alamance County, and she recruited other branch members to attend this year’s event with her. Even though the AAUW Alamance County branch folded several years ago, this new branch provides a way for AAUW members to participate in efforts that advance our mission and collaborate with others in our local communities.

For more information on the Women’s Agenda Assembly process and NC Women United, see www.ncwu.org.

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.