A few highlights from a very busy year!
2017 Women’s March – many of our members went to Washington, DC, others attended the march in Greensboro
Chapter visioning sessions revealed what we a yearning for in the way of information, education, sisterhood and action in the Triad, including the big idea of creating a women’s resource center in Winston-Salem
We took a large delegation (6 members!) from our chapter to the National NOW Conference in Orlando, FL, and elected new national leadership
We elected new chapter leadership for the first time since our chapter was ‘rebooted’ in late 2014, welcoming Programming VP Ana Tampanna, Fundraising VP Grashia Connelly, Secretary Charlotte Goodson and Treasurer Cindy Suerken!
We raised funds for NC NOW’s annual Roe v. Wade signature ad that was then distributed to all our legislators in Raleigh
We set up information tables at Wake Forest University, at the Women’s Summit at Bennett College, at the Pride Festival in downtown Winston-Salem
We got chapter t-shirts and pink pussy hats to show our commitment to women’s equality and resist efforts to roll back the clock on our hard-won rights
We wrote lots of letters and made lots of phone calls to our legislators in Raleigh and DC
And along the way we learned from amazing women in the Triad: immigrant women shared their experiences – positive and negative – in our community; college women shared how unsafe they often feel on their campuses; we heard about a new women’s shelter coming together in Winston-Salem; we had reproductive rights updates from Planned Parenthood and NARAL representatives, and legislative updates from our state NOW lobbyist; we celebrated women filmmakers and women-featured films at the RiverRun International Film Festival; we shared our own #MeToo moments and heard from the amazing young women of Authoring Action.
We started 2017 with 320 subscribers to our email list; we now have 521!
On January 1, 2017 Triad NOW had 59 dues-paying members; as of mid-December we have 120!
Thank you for all you do for women’s rights, and here’s to the promise of another busy year in 2018!