Membership Matters — May 2014

Retention

As the AAUW year comes to a close, it’s time to renew our memberships and demonstrate our commitment to achieving equality for women and girls. We ask ourselves, is this commitment worth it? Of course it is, because together, through AAUW, we continue to make such an impact on the lives of women and girls in so many different and remarkable ways.

  • Our national STEM programs and countless branch programs, camps, and conferences on topics such as mentoring, Title IX, and self-esteem improve the lives of girls. We effect positive change for college women through our research and campus leadership programs. And with the Younger Women’s Task Force, women in their 20s and 30s have a safe space to make their voices heard. The newest chapter is just getting started in Baltimore, Maryland!
  • AAUW provided $3.7 million to 245 women for graduate and postgraduate studies this year, and our branches sent dozens of undergraduates to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
  • The lives of women in the workplace are improving thanks to our legal advocacy. President Barack Obama signed two executive orders, which get us closer to fair pay, and Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.
  • And we simply can’t forget the stories from AAUW leaders. Leaders like Kate Skegg of the AAUW Jane Addams (IL) Branch, who said that working on her local Dare to Dream: Get Educated! conference for Latina middle school girls gave her the confidence to lead a Tech Savvy program. Kate and her branch will be reaching even more girls this November through the one-day STEM conference.

And if those aren’t enough reasons to renew, AAUW is a top-rated 501(c)(3) charity, and $46 of your national dues is tax deductible.

What are your reasons for renewing? Please share them with us at branchrelations@aauw.org, and your branch could be featured in the next Membership Matters.

Now, read on for key dates, stories from the field, information about new international connections, and an article to add to your newsletters on leadership positions.

Krys WulffMembership Committee ChairProud member of AAUW Christy Jones, CAEVice President,Member and Branch RelationsProud member of AAUW

Things to Do Today

Now through June 30, Use Your Free Memberships

Don’t let the opportunity to give free memberships or use your dues credit slip by. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it situation, so act now! Finance officers should redeem the free memberships your branch earned through the Shape the Future campaign (see the “monthly status report” balance column on the far right) by June 30, 2014.

Now through June 30, Use Your Free Dues Credits

Finance officers should check to see if dues were overpaid in FY14. Contact records@aauw.org as credits must be used by June 30, 2014. Subtract the credited amount from the total of your next dues remittance and return it with either the credit form we e-mail you or with a note.

Attention Presidents, Now through June 30, Report FY15 Branch and State Officers

Keeping your officer lists current provides AAUW staff and member leaders the opportunity to communicate with you. Make sure all officers are kept in the loop! Branch and state presidents should report all FY15 officers in the Member Services Database. This is an annual requirement — even for states and branches with continuing leaders. Branches holding elections after the June 30 deadline should submit their officer names as soon as possible.

Highlights from the Field

Kennesaw State University: The Perfect Opportunity for Better and Stronger Engagement

The AAUW Cobb County (GA) Branch and Kennesaw State University brought together AAUW staff, branch leaders, students, and university faculty to discuss how to better engage with each other. A commuter school, Kennesaw State University has struggled to maintain its AAUW membership, but it respected and recognized its students’ need to be involved with AAUW.

Cobb County branch member Deborah Karvey took the lead and paid for Kennesaw State University’s college/university partner membership for one year. Kennesaw State students showed their commitment to AAUW by establishing a student organization on campus. Members of the Cobb County branch and Kennesaw State faculty are also working to identify students to send to the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. The branch will generously sponsor registration and provide a travel stipend for the students to attend the conference. Kudos all around for providing these exciting opportunities for the women of Kennesaw State University!

Global Connections

AAUW is broadening our connections around the globe. Last year we began to develop a relationship and college/university partner membership with Australian National University. This month we are delighted to announce our second international college/university partner member, the University of South Africa (UNISA). UNISA is the largest open distance learning institution on the African continent. Its most famous alumnus is Nelson Mandela, and it has 10,000 female alumnae around the world. Welcome, UNISA!

We’re also taking Tech Savvy global. AAUW received a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation to fund Tech Savvy (developed by AAUW member Tamara Brown of the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch) in Barberton, Ohio, and Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Look for more exciting news as AAUW expands its impact on the lives of girls globally.

Branch Newsletter Highlights

AAUW Fairfax City (VA) Branch Member Honored for Her Service

The AAUW Fairfax City (VA) Branch earned two free AAUW national memberships through the Shape the Future campaign, and it was pleased to award one of its free national memberships to Kay Corbett, a branch member since 1993. In their May 2014 newsletter, Focus, the branch wrote

We appreciate her service to the Fairfax City branch as she completes her term as co-vice president for programs. She is chair of the great decisions interest group and was a founder and long-term chair of the salon discussion group that preceded great decisions. Kay has been a frequent hostess in her lovely home for events, including musical notes, salon, and great decisions interest groups. We congratulate Kay on the recent Amazon.com publication of her book, Calla Lilies: A True Story of Four Sisters and Their Struggle to Survive Abuse, Addiction, and Poverty in America.

Kay has nominated Calla Lilies for the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club, and it is also featured on our titles published by AAUW members web page.

Inspirational Leadership from a Woman of Achievement Awardee

Janice Tucker-McCloud, director of public relations at Muskingum University and the current AAUW program and college/university relations officer of the AAUW Zanesville (OH) Branch, was honored April 16 at the Women of Achievement awards dinner sponsored by the Muskingum Family YMCA. Janice is an active member of the Zanesville branch. Under her leadership, the branch has increased membership and community involvement. She was instrumental in an AAUW college/university partnership with Muskingum University, which provides opportunities for young women in leadership and community advocacy.Janice is also a pioneer in dyslexia education and has provided more than 800 hours of one-on-one multisensory tutoring to children and young adults with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Kudos to Kay Corbett and Janice Tucker-McCloud! Thank you for your support of AAUW and for making an impact in your community. We encourage all branches to share their newsletters with us at branchrelations@aauw.org to possibly be featured in upcoming issues of Membership Matters.

Additions for Your State or Branch Newsletter

Each issue of Membership Matters includes an article for you to cut and paste electronically into your own newsletter. As always, the information you include in your newsletters is up to you, but this section is meant to highlight our monthly theme in a concise way for you to send directly to your communications officers and to engage members and officers in recruitment and retention efforts. This month’s article focuses on national, state, and branch leadership positions.

Cut and paste below.

Which Leadership Position Is for You?Are you ready to step into a leadership position but are just not quite sure which position is right for you? We encourage you to visit the AAUW web page (http://www.aauw.org/resource/national-state-and-branch-leadership-positions/) on national, state, and branch leadership positions. It will provide you with the information you need to decide which position is for you.

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