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October 2017

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The 2017-2018 NAWIC National Board of Directors is Installed

On Friday, Aug. 18, during NAWIC’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. NAWIC’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors was officially installed. The 2017-2018 Board of Directors consists of:

NAWIC Officers

President: Catherine D. Schoenenberger

President-Elect: Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT

Vice President: Diane I. Mike, CBT

Secretary: Jill Hanson, CIT

Treasurer: Anne Pfleger, CIT

Immediate Past President: Connie M. Leipard, CIT

Region Directors

Midwest Region: Vickie J. Nickel, CIT

North Central Region: Jenny Mangas

Northeast Region: Doreen Bartoldus, P.E., CCM

Pacific Northwest Region: Lauline Mitchell

Pacific Southwest Region: Elizabeth M. Teramoto, CIT

South Atlantic Region: Kristey Stewart, CIT

South Central Region: Laurie Jimenez, CBT

Southeast Region: Karen Hager, CBT, CIT

Congratulations to the NAWIC National Award Winners

Congratulations to the NAWIC members, chapters, regions and businesses who received special awards at the NAWIC Awards Gala during the Association’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. A special congratulations goes to the Future Leader of the Year award winner Romina Byrd, SHRM-CP; the NAWIC Member of the Year Shelie Gaffron; and the NAWIC Lifetime Achievement Award winner Linda Young, CBT, CIT. A full list of award winners will be published in the October/November 2017 issue of The IMAGE magazine.

Earn Your B.A. in Construction Management from Rowan University

Rowan University’s B.A. in Construction Management Online is designed as a degree completion program for individuals with experience in the construction field who already have an associate’s degree or equivalent number of credits, and prefer to continue working while earning a degree. However, applicants with less than 60 credits may work with an enrollment counselor to explore available options. The program prepares individuals to supervise, manage, and inspect construction sites, buildings, and associated facilities.


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Start the NAWIC Year Off Right; Renew Your Membership

The NAWIC 2017-2018 year officially began Oct. 1!

With a new Executive Vice President, Beth Brooks, CAE, and a number of changes in the works this looks to be an exciting year. Be a part of it and enhance your success as women in construction. Renew your membership today! NAWIC offers invaluable benefits such as educational, leadership and networking opportunities—just to name a few. To continue receiving these benefits, plus The Connection and The NAWIC IMAGE, renew your membership immediately, if you haven’t already.

Renewing your membership

Membership renewals for the new 2017-2018 year were due at the NAWIC Office by Sept. 30. After Oct. 1, a $25 late fee will automatically be assessed. Renewals must have been received (not postmarked) by the NAWIC Office by Oct. 1, 2017 to avoid the late fee.

Which category do I choose when renewing my NAWIC membership?

When you renew your membership for the 2017-2018 year, you will be prompted to choose a membership category. It is important that all renewing NAWIC members choose the appropriate membership type, which depends on your occupation and type of business.

Please note: An Associate member can move to an Active membership during the year if she becomes employed in the construction industry.

Accessing your renewal

Easily access your renewal invoice by going to > Login/Sign Up. You will need your unique username and password. If you do not know your password, type in your username, but leave the password field blank. Then click on the login button. This will send your password to the email address you have on file. Your username is your first and last name, all together with no spaces (example: JaneDoe). Your password will be immediately emailed to the address listed in the NAWIC Database. Once logged in, click on the “Click Here to Renew” link.

Paying your renewal dues by credit card

This is the quickest and easiest way to renew. To pay online using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express, simply follow the on-screen prompts. Your payment will be processed through our secure site. Once we approve your transaction, a link to your receipt will be emailed to you.

Paying your renewal dues by check

Click on “Click Here to Renew,” select your membership type, verify/change your contact information, choose check as form of payment, and click submit. A link to your invoice will be sent to the email address listed for you in the NAWIC database. You can print the invoice and submit it to your employer. Your renewal will not be complete until we receive payment. To expedite the renewal process, please include a copy of the invoice with your payment. To decrease processing time of your renewal, we strongly recommend paying online by credit or debit card.

UPS Now Offers Larger Discount to NAWIC Members 

Dear National Association of Women in Construction members,

It was great seeing you at the 2017 NAWIC 62nd Annual Meeting & Education Conference!

Did you know? Your NAWIC members discount with UPS® has changed. Now you can SAVE up to 34% off shipping with no minimum requirements.

Simply sign up for the offer by going to and logging in. Once logged in, click I have an account or I need an account to start the process.

If you require assistance, our Association Ambassadors are ready to help. Call (800) 325-7000 (8AM – 9PM EST).

Copyright ©2017 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.

Update Your Chapter/Region Websites 

With the start of a new NAWIC year, you need to spend a few minutes to make sure your chapter and region websites are updated with he newest membership application. You can use the links below to have your site always up to date. (printable application) (online application) 

NAWIC Board Proposes Bylaws Changes

The NAWIC Board of Directors has proposed two bylaws changes. The first change concerns the elimination of delegates at the Annual Meeting and Education Conference. The second change regards the election of Region Directors. For more information on the changes, click here.

Learn About the NAWIC Strategic Plan

Do you know about the NAWIC Strategic Plan? The NAWIC Board of Directors has crafted a detailed plan to move NAWIC forward. To see the NAWIC Strategic Plan, click here.

2017-2018 NAWIC Budget Recap

At NAWIC’s post-Annual Meeting Board of Directors meeting, the board adopted a budget for the Association’s 2017-2018 fiscal year. Here are the highlights.

Total Revenue: $1,165,965

Total Expenses: $1,144,596

Net Income: $21,369

Save the Date for AMEC 2018!

NAWIC’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Education Conference will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla. Add it to your calendar and let your employer know that you’d like to attend. It’s also a great opportunity to combine a family vacation with some professional development. We hope to see you there!

A Message from NAWIC’s Retired EVP Dede Hughes

I put this beautiful quilt on my bed yesterday.  I will turn it often so I can enjoy every square. I cannot thank everyone enough for this gift full of memories. If your chapter or region sent in a square, thank you.  ❤ To Linda Young and Pam Dullum, a special thank you for sewing this together. ❤This whole quilt warms my heart. I love you all. ❤

Dede Hughes, IOM

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