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November 2017

REGIONAL ROUNDUP

Region Directors report on NAWIC activities across the country.


Pacific Northwest Region | Lauline Mitchell

I don't know about you, but I am greatly shaken by the recent events countrywide, from the hurricane devastation to the tragic shooting in Las Vegas to the wildfires here in my back yard (Napa, Calif.). It is with a heavy heart and a frantic mind that I try and make sense of what has happened.

When I am able to make sense of it, I will definitely share my thoughts with you. In the meantime, I was sent a link yesterday that I wanted to share with you all because it is what I believe are the first steps to making things better, https://youtu.be/ewTyltKvB2Q.

“Just stand.” Be positive. Take the good and focus on it. Let's not be the owner who concentrates on the one scratch on one wood door when surrounded by 10,000 square feet of beautifully completed new space. Don't let the terrible events around us make you become that person.

Be the one who pays it forward and tries to help all of those in need, whether you are able to donate your blood, time or money. Also remember a kind word or gesture goes a long way.

The Pacific Northwest Region is doing great! We have lots of interesting events planned this fall. If you are in the area, please check the Pacific Northwest website, http://www.nawicpnw.org/, and visit us at a meeting. Let's all work together, support each other and make NAWIC the Association of choice.

 

South Atlantic Region | Kristey Stewart, CIT

As the incoming South Atlantic Region Director, I have hit the ground running and haven’t stopped yet.

I started with introducing a new Communications Committee for our region. They have created an automated email-marketing platform that is really taking off. With their help, the region website has been redesigned, including new and existing social media platforms which are still under construction.

Our Strategic Planning Committee was renamed the Blueprint Committee. Our standing committees were revamped—bringing in two chairs for a mentoring approach. These four committees—Membership, PD&E, PR/Marketing and Communication—all formed a Leadership Task Force that will be working closely with our chapters to focus on how we can and will be Making a Measurable Difference in 2017-2018.

Our region is getting geared up for our Fall Conference, Nov. 17–18, 2017, in Greenville, S.C. The hosting committee selected the theme “We Are Family.” We will come together in support of each other for an enjoyable weekend. Our members will be impressed with the Conference’s new format. An early start on Friday will be a valuable experience for attending members with a NAWIC 101 Round Table Discussion. Our panelist will include experience on region and national levels. We have an agenda that is packed full of education, leadership development opportunities, mentoring success stories, networking and lots of SAR fun.

“Don’t Wish For It … Work For It.”

 

South Central Region | Laurie Jimenez, CBT

As we head into November, and the season of Thanksgiving, it is with a very grateful heart that this message is written. In the past few months, multiple devastating storms roared through the southern coast of our region, impacting numerous towns and many of our region’s members. Thankfully, we have not had any loss of life, but we’ve had several who were severely impacted financially by the storms. And yet, those impacted have been blessed tremendously by the outpouring of gifts from so many of our NAWIC sisters. Words cannot express the gratitude and overwhelming pride this director has felt when word would come in about each gift. Thank you NAWIC sisters, far and wide, for your generosity.

We are also blessed that so many in the region have stepped up to serve our NAWIC organization. We are proud of the fact that we have members serving on the national level, both as officers and as national committee co-chairs. We have a great lineup of region chairs as well. Thanks to each of you for serving.

Lastly, I personally want to take an opportunity to thank Dena Rowland for being the first ever South Central Region Director. She did a tremendous job leading the region after the merger two years ago. It has been a true joy to learn from her tutelage.

 

Southeast Region | Karen Hager, CBT, CIT

The Southeast Region is off to a great start for the 2017-2018 year. We are starting the year with 418 members. This is wonderful, considering the first month isn’t even over yet.

Our Fall Conferences were very successful, having been held in four separate locations. On Sept. 23, we held meetings in Tampa, Fla. and Nashville, Tenn. Tampa was held at Design Styles Architecture and led by me with 16 in attendance. Nashville was held at Rogers Group and led by Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT, national President-Elect, with nine in attendance.

On Sept. 30, meetings were held in Miami, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga. The Miami meeting was held at Turner Construction Company and led by Jill Hanson CIT, national Secretary with 16 in attendance, while Atlanta was held at Juneau Construction and led by Anne Pfleger, CIT, national Treasurer, and had more than 20 in attendance.

The Southeast Region was in the enviable position of being the first to have discussion about the proposed bylaws changes concerning the removal of delegates at the national and regional meetings and the change to how we elect our Region Directors.

Our region Membership and NEF Committee Chairs are hard at work planning contests and incentives to generate membership and support for NEF in conjunction with the national committee chairs. We will be posting this information on the region website as their plans unfold.

The Southeast Region website, www.nawicsoutheastregion.org, has been updated with current chapter board information, chapter committee chairs, and region committee chairs. A calendar of upcoming events has been added so members can see when any national webinars, chapter events, or region events are being held. We have also added a Chapter Tools page, with helpful links to a consolidated Operations Manual and useful templates and documents. Members are encouraged to send me any ideas that will make our website a more useful tool.

I’m sure I speak for the entire Southeast Region when I say welcome to Coastal Georgia Chapter #380. Since our Spring Forum is going to be held in Savannah, it is even more exciting that they have joined our region and will be able to participate.
I am looking forward to a very active year for the Southeast Region. We have some great leadership that, I hope, is as excited as I am to make this year a huge success. This is our year and this is our NAWIC!


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