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March 2017




There are Many Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Membership

By Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT, Immediate Past President

Wow! It is hard to believe that we are already at the halfway mark of our NAWIC year! As you read this message, WIC Week is upon us, and a lot of work is ongoing for Annual Forums across the country! And, of course, a lot of work has already been completed for the Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. in August. Whether you participate in a social activity, a community benefit or one of the multitudes of educational programs being offered through NAWIC, you are developing skills to continue your successes in your personal, professional and NAWIC life. All you have to do is show up and participate!

President Connie Leipard’s message of “Support, Encourage, Grow” speaks directly to our core purpose and core values. We are members of an Association that is all about challenging women to excel in their chosen field. By being an active member of NAWIC, you are obviously up for the challenge! This is your first step to becoming the best leader you can be!

As an industry association, we are always competing for your time, talents and allegiance to a core purpose, as are all the other industry associations. As more women are becoming an integral part of the construction industry, NAWIC will continue to provide education, resources and support to help define each woman’s idea of their personal success. NAWIC can only do this with the input, good or bad, of its members. Your time, talents and passion are very important to the up and coming leaders of our Association. Speak up!

So at this halfway point, let all the women in your professional life learn about NAWIC during (and beyond) WIC Week. Attend the Annual Forums in your region to get the most education or indulge and go to other region Forums. Meet the national officer candidates who will be at the different Forums and discuss the future of NAWIC. Let your leadership teams—be it chapter, regional or national—know what you think, good or bad. We need to know “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” We can only improve with the right facts and ideas for solutions. We also want to know what we are doing right. Tell us your success stories! Let President Leipard know how you are succeeding! She welcomes the stories and photos! Drop her a note at

I hope to see you at Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Early bird registration opened March 1, so register today!

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