OFFICER ELECTION 2020-2021
Congratulations to the following women!
- President-Elect: Rose Ennis
- Vice-President Membership: Carolyn Stoffel
- Assistant Vice-President AAUW Funds: Susan Dunten
- Recording Secretary: Cheri Jackson
OUTSTANDING MEMBERS 2020
Traditionally, AAUW-WHC Branch uses the three free national memberships it earns from national each year as an incentive to attend the March business meeting. However, this year, there was no March meeting and elections were held online. We were left with the problem of three free national memberships that needed to be awarded by June 30, 2020.
At that point, we decided to award the national memberships to our outstanding members. Enter another problem. We are an organization of worthy members. The long list could be whittled down to no lower than five members. We had to get creative. Pat Dach and Jan Groves have both devoted years to making our branch a success. Pat has organized the Baker/Telfer Scholarship for numerous years. Of course, she should be recognized. Jan Groves has been the Activities Coordinator for five years. She has earned accolades, too. Their devotion to West Harris County Branch must be honored. Sharon Pope, Cathy Urquhart, and Shari Mauthner (a new member) have together given over 400 volunteer hours to bringing Baker/Telfer online. This is an amazing feat.
How can we honor five people with three free national memberships? We follow the lead of our national government. We borrow. Sharon and Pat had already paid their dues by the time we were organizing our awards. National does not give refunds. Sharon and Pat graciously agreed to receive their free national memberships in 2021.
As this year of Covid unfolds, we are going to have many changes. Hopefully, they will all be as easy to solve as this one.
The idea was born of an internet do-it-yourself video. Member Susan Dunten took up quilting in retirement so she had lots of material and a sewing machine. She started sewing for her long time AAUW friends, but quickly found the need to be greater than she realized. That’s when Carolyn Morris, Branch President, and Rose Ennis Branch President-elect, joined her to help sew masks, call members, and deliver the goods.
The team made and sent more than 300 masks, two to each member who needed them. When the team could not reach everyone, a blast was sent out to the membership. The response has been tremendous, positive, and full of gratitude. Our membership is of an age where manners still count. Thank-you cards, emails, and phone calls have flooded us, and we are extremely grateful.
What started out as a skill set filling a need, turned into a wonderful love fest for all of us. We thank our members for their appreciativeness. We will make masks as long as this pandemic continues.
Thank you for being the wonderful branch you are and stay safe. Carolyn, Rose, and Susan
Everyone wants to look their best on ZOOM. Chad Blackburn, son of Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee, and friend of David Carlson, is sharing ZOOM tips. Thank you, Margaret, for passing this information along.
Get Ready to B.L.E.S.S. Zoom meetings with your virtual presence!
Background – Use a virtual background if your background (what the other participants “see” behind you) is cluttered or unprofessional. Note that bright windows in your background can cause lighting issues.
Lights – Ensure you have the best lighting. An easy way to improve lighting is to take the shade off a lamp or two and place them behind your computer. You will look better, and it will fill out shadows.
Elevate – Set your laptop on a box to elevate your camera to just above eye level. This keeps us from looking up your nose and eliminates double chins.
Sound – Improve sound quality by connecting a set of headphones that have an integrated microphone to your computer. Headphones that come with smartphones work well. This eliminates echoes and improves sound quality when you speak.
Shirt – Dress professionally out of respect for those who are participating in the meeting.
BONUS: Clean your camera lens especially if you’ve had a sticky note over it!
10 Steps to Make a Difference with AAUW
This year AAUW is focusing on economic security and pay equity. AAUW is working toward a goal of ensuring livelihood for women by achieving pay equity by the year 2030 through several key objectives:
- Champion pay equity federally and in all U.S. states and territories
- Lead the nation in providing salary negotiation programs for employees and employers
- Train 10 million women in salary negotiations by 2022.
Click here to watch the six minute video on 10 Steps to Make a Difference with AAUW.
Vote in AAUW National Election – 2019
On April 1, AAUW members with an email address received an email from Kim Churches, AAUW, with your Member ID, Voter PIN and a link for voting in the AAUW National Election. If you no longer have Kim’s April 1 email, click on AAUW National Election – VOTE 2019 to vote. Vote:
- for members to be elected to the national board of directors. For two of the positions, there is only a single candidate; for the ten AAUW Directors, there are 11 candidates, with profiles and resumes for each to assist in your voting. Note that the single candidate for AAUW Vice Chair is Malinda Gaul, president of AAUW Texas.
- on amendments to the Public Policy Priorities.
Voting closes Tuesday, May 14.
Greetings to All AAUW West Harris County (TX) Branch Members
The Board has approved the use of permanent name tags to be purchased by the members. Members opting not to purchase name tags will be provided with sticky tags at events.
The instructions below can be used to order your name tag – example shown above.
Go to: AAUW.source4.com
Select: Wear AAUW (the first item)
Select: Photo of the name tag
Select: Pin or magnet – ($8.00 for pin closing and $10.00 for magnetic closing)
Select: “Customize” and complete the information requested:
- your name,
- “West Harris County (TX) Branch”
- and name of your university (optional).
Make sure the information for the name badge is correct and proceed to checkout.
I will be glad to assist anyone who has trouble ordering their name tag online.
Sheila Jaynes, Membership Vice-President
No Longer in Boxes Under the Bed: AAUW WHC History
Out From Under the Bed and Into the WHC Branch Archives
Now is the time to assemble all records, including digital, paper, and memorabilia, from our activities this past year. By the end of June, please send these records to Martha Ewell, Historian. Each August, the Historian meets with the archivist at the U of H Library, located on the main campus, to deliver these records for entry into the Carey Shuart Women’s Archive & Research Collection which houses all of the WHC Branch past and current history.
If you have any questions, please contact Martha by email email@example.com or phone 713.782.2084.
BYLAWS CHANGE ALLOWS FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING
VOTED ON AT JUNE 11 MEETING
The Branch Board is proposing that the West Harris County Branch Bylaws be amended to allow for electronic voting. This change will be in effect beginning in 2016.
The past and current wording of Article V, Section 3b and Article XIV, Section 4c of our Branch Bylaws is shown below.
Margaret Carlson, Parliamentarian
Branch Merger Discussion Discontinued
A discussion of a merger between the West Harris County Branch and the Houston Branch was discussed at the March 22 branch meeting.
A branch merger would dissolve both branches to form a completely new branch. Considering that West Harris County Branch turns 40 years old this year and Houston Branch observes the 80th anniversary of its charter in 2017, a merger with loss of branch history and identity would not be to the liking of either branch. Therefore the suggestion to consider a branch merger will not be pursued further.
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