Saturday, March 23, 2019
The AAUW NC Annual Meeting was called to order at 8:30 AM on March 23rd in the ballroom at the PTI Airport Marriott Hotel by Co-Presidents Cherrie Wheaton and Jane Terwillegar. During the Shout Out, members responded from fifteen branches. It was also reported that a new branch, AAUW WCU, is being created at Western Carolina University. Treasurer Wendy Haner reported the total balance as of March 15 was $38,256.17. She noted this amount includes all the conference income, so it will be greatly reduced once the conference expenses are paid.
Election of Officers
Diane Schneider, Branch Advocate and Nominations Chair, announced the two candidates for this year’s election: Jane Terwillegar (Greensboro) for President and Judy Balsanek (Asheville) for Branch Advocate. Hearing no other nominations from the floor, both officers were elected unanimously. Lena Murrill-Chapman (President, Greensboro) presided over the induction of the two new officers and the recognition of this year’s board and outgoing officers.
Jane Terwillegar and Nancy Shoemaker provided a brief online introduction to the newly designed website, www.aauwnc.org. Nancy was recognized with an award for her many years of service as Webmaster for the old website. She will continue as Webmaster for the new website and as our Technology Director.
AAUW NC State News
Denny McGuire (Public Policy Co-Chair) provided an update on ERA Alliance plans for this year’s effort to encourage legislators to make North Carolina the 38th and final state required for this amendment to be approved for inclusion in the US Constitution. AAUW NC is a founding member of the ERA Alliance and ten of our branches have also joined the Alliance. (More info on the ERA)
The Co-Presidents provided a brief update on our collaboration with other NC women’s organizations for the 2020 Women Vote Centennial and about the preliminary planning for our own AAUW activities in 2020.
Regional meetings will again be scheduled this fall so that branch leaders will have more up-to-date information about state-wide 2020 plans and ideas for their own local 2020 activities.