At the July 19, 2002 AAUW NC board meeting, President Laura Rumbley appointed
a task force to explore how the branches and the AAUW NC board can better communicate
and work together. The task force named itself the "ReConnection Committee"
and formulated a set of six goals. At the Fall 2002 board meeting, the goals were
approved by the board and each one was adopted by at least two champions. At the
Spring 2003 board meeting those people were asked to report their progress at
the Summer 2003 board meeting.
Goals and Champions
Implement a plan to set goals for AAUW NC that are publicized to the branches
and affect "programming" in a broad sense. Mary Fran Schickedantz (Greensboro),
Joanne Hill (Jacksonville Regional)
Make changes to the standard practices of the AAUW NC board to make it a
more efficient and effective organization, one that people will want to join.
Joanne Hill (Jacksonville Regional), Sandra Abromitis (Asheville), Nancy Shoemaker
Improve the content at state meetings (convention and summer conference)
to be more attractive to more branch members. Grace Knechtel (Raleigh/Wake
County), Clara Allen (Chapel Hill). Summer
Provide more face-to-face contact between AAUW NC board members and branch
members. Pat Abell (Statesville), Marty Folsom (Statesville), Bobbie Edmisten
(Statesville). Summer 2003 Report;
Fall 2003 Report.
Implement a process to identify expertise among the branch members and disseminate
that to AAUW NC board members. Lill Van Order (Wilmington), Phyllis Guberman
(Wilmington) Summer 2003 Report
Reevaluate the structure of AAUW NC to support changes that improve the
capacity to address the mission. Karla Atkinson (Brevard), Joanne Hill (Jacksonville),
Nancy Shoemaker (Raleigh/Wake County). Fall
2003 Motion. Spring 2004
report. Fall 2004 survey.
Winter 2005 retreat discussion
Thanks to the following who have served as champions but are no longer actively
involved in this effort: Lee Luebbe (Hendersonville)
Where are we now?
Nancy Shoemaker has been tasked with coordinating progress on all the goals.
How to learn more
The ReConnection "Champions" are starting to work on their separate
pieces, but, obviously there will be some overlap. An e-mail list has been established,
email@example.com, to facilitate
communication about the goals. If you want to sign up to help, or just want more
information, send a message to the list or to AAUW NC president, Joanne
At the Triangle Cluster meeting on April 24, 2004, Doris Bernlohr and Nancy
Shoemaker gave a presentation about the ReConnection process. Slides,
Handout. [See also an
article addressing some related issues by Ruth Sweetser, AAUW-IL.]
You can also check out the original
report of the committee and other reports listed on the left above as they
become available, including a report on finances.
Please report any updates to the lists of those working on the various goals
to firstname.lastname@example.org so this page can be
updated and send any notes with other suggestions to email@example.com.