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Public Policy Report

Branch Director-at-Large Roberta Madden, who assumed responsibility for branch public policy efforts last fall, gives this report on the branch public policy efforts:

  • Our goal was to have at least 5 members participate in Women’s Agenda Assemblies across the state. We did have 5 participating.
  • Another goal was to have at least 10 members participate in Women’s Advocacy Day in Raleigh. We had at least 12, and probably several more, participating.
  • Finally, a goal was to send regular public policy updates to our branch members. As of the date I assumed the post of Public Policy Director (around October 1), I sent out at least 24 of these updates (about one a week).

March 15 Finance/Membership Report

Here is the financial report for July 1, 2010-March 15, 2011. This has been done as of March 15 instead of April 1, so it can be ready for the March 26 annual meeting of the branch.

As noted last quarter, the branch opened a second checking account to support its being the fiscal agent for community/special interest group projects. This was first used by the Wake County Women’s Agenda Assembly, with branch member Michelle Evans working with branch treasurer Nancy Shoemaker on this project. Michelle made all the deposits, documenting them so Nancy could match them up with the bank statement. Nancy also wrote the handful of checks that covered the project’s expenses. You can find the financial report and see more details on that project at wakewaa.wordpress.com.

We have 83 members as of March 15 with a six more pending from the March 15 event at Elon College. All members can get a current branch roster through the aauw.org Member Services Database.

December 31, 2010 Financial Statement

Here’s the

Financial Report

for the second quarter. A transaction report is available on request.

The Local/Project account is being used for the Wake County Women’s Agenda Assembly (Jan. 29) and more detailed reports on that are being sent to that event’s organizing committee.

Another report on the convention

At the Raleigh/Wake County branch meeting on September 3, Nancy Shoemaker gave a  report on the 2009 AAUW convention (which includes a copy of the new AAUW public policy program). Tar Heel Branch members may also be interested in that report.

See also additional videos of the Convention at the AAUW Youtube Channel.


by Doris Bernlohr

AAUW NC began the meeting on Friday afternoon with a training session for those wanting to be involved in the WAGE project as facilitators/trainers.

Friday night’s board meeting was followed on Saturday by a series of “conversations” among attendees which produced some lively and beneficial discussion. Continuing conversations included:

  • St. Louis Convention — the bylaws, workshops, and more (see additional report)
  • STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Projects which a number of our branches have been providing for women and girls in NC. Sue Metz from the Greensboro Branch, the NC liaison for the National Girls Collaborative Project, made a presentation.
  • Karla Atkinson and Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo led the conversation on the WAGE Project and its relatively new partnership with AAUW.  A number of our members have now been trained to conduct $mart $tart campus negotiation workshops to junior and senior women on campus. These workshops will train women graduating from college on how to negotiate for fair and equal pay. [See www.aauwnc.org for additional information.]

The final session of the day was on Public Policy led by Elaine Ostrowski our NC Public Policy chair, Mary Peterson, and Doris Bernlohr. This session concentrated on advocacy and our responsibility as individual members and branches to work for passage of legislation that AAUW or AAUW NC puts our name on. This conversation also produced helpful feedback for reworking some procedures for adding our name to legislation in a way that is workable, timely, and effective.

Report from AAUW Convention in St. Louis

Lilly Ledbetter, 2009 AAUW Convention Speaker

Lilly Ledbetter, 2009 AAUW Convention Speaker

By Doris Bernlohr and Nancy Shoemaker

Lilly Ledbetter energized the crowd at the opening session. Widely known as the “face of pay equity,” the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first legislation that President Obama signed. Later in the convention we were urged to take the next step and help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

A large part of the convention was devoted to the new bylaws that would implement the merger of AAUW and the Educational Foundation as approved in 2007. The proposed bylaws were published in Outlook, and for the most part, they passed as published there. The open membership proposal did not pass: delegates restored the wording from the 2007 bylaws which requires at least an associate degree or equivalent for membership. Another change was that the number of elected/appointed directors-at-large was changed from 7 elected, 6 appointed to 10 elected, 3 appointed.

A big change in the new bylaws will be One Member-One Vote. Instead of using the delegate system and voting at convention, all members will have a vote. Policies and procedures for mail and/or electronic voting will be considered by the new board.

Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo, branch member and AAUW NC membership vice-president, passed out Tar Heel Branch information cards to all attendees at two different membership sessions. A number of us were marketing the Tar Heel Branch model to attendees. This effort has resulted in one new member, but also helped explain the idea to other states who may wish to start their own branch without borders.

Branch member Nancy Shoemaker participated in a panel on web tools and concentrated on ways to use Facebook for AAUW. You can find her handouts and slides at wiki.bbvx.org.

AAUW NC President Millie Hoffler-Foushee was appointed to the position of Finance VP on the 2009-2011 AAUW board.

Delegates elected Carolyn Garfein as AAUW’s new president for 2009-2011.  Here is her welcome message to the members:

Find videos and information about the convention at aauw.org/convention/conv2009. For other notes from NC attendees, see aauwnc.org/category/2009-aauw-convention/.

Branch status – 6/30/09

We are proud of

  • 77% renewal rate by the July 1 deadline,
  • 75% increase in the number of members since November, and
  • 85% growth in the number of primary members since the branch was chartered.
  • As of June 30, 20 of the 26 members who joined for 08-09 have renewed, 4 have resigned and 2 are pending.
    • The resignations include two men who were given gift memberships and two dual members from out of state.
    • The renewals include two members who switched their AAUW primary affiliation to this branch.
  • We now have 42 members (counting the two pending) and 24 of them are connected to AAUW primarily through this branch. The 18 others belong to community-based branches as their primary connection – 12 of the 21 other branches in NC and one in PA.
    • 25 were AAUW branch members when joining this branch. Seven of them have transferred their primary membership to the Tar Heel Branch.
    • 7 were at-large AAUW members
    • 5 more were lapsed members
    • 5 are new AAUW members
  • Map of AAUW NC Branches and Tar Heel Branch Members (as of June 20 with 31 members).
  • The branch charter was approved on November 19, 2008, with 24 charter members, 13 for whom this was their primary branch, 11 who were also connected to a community-based branch.

We are now collecting dues for 2009-2010. Branch dues are $5. AAUW and AAUW NC are $49 and $11 respectively, for a total of $65 for members joining through this branch.

Draft of FY09 Financial Report

Here are two reports on the branch finances for its first fiscal year:

Both document that the branch has a balance of 187.68 at the end of the year.

If you want to see the detailed list of transactions that show the break down of the figures on the cash flow statement, let Nancy know.

We are looking for a volunteer to review the financial records to confirm that these reports match the records and the list of transactions. If you are near Raleigh and want to do this later in the month (after we receive the bank statement), please let Doris or Nancy know.

See also other posts on branch finances.

Thanks to AAUW, AAUW NC and the following members for contributions to the branch during its first year:

Patsy Abell, Statesville
Judy Atkinson, Winston-Salem
Doris Bernlohr, Burlington
Judy Hallman, Chapel Hill
Birgit Pauli-Haack, Naples, FL
Mary Fran Schickedantz, Greensboro
Nancy Shoemaker, Raleigh
Queen Thompson, Charlotte