by Tracy Shoemaker, President
We are looking forward to another great year and are off to a wonderful start!
In October, we learned about Geosynthetic Solutions from Whitni Abernathy with Tensar. Who dreamed there were so many different types of paving applications and materials. Very interesting.
In November, we heard from TL James. She is a Business and Life Coach and a fabulous speaker. Everyone came to me afterwards and said she was fantastic. We definitely will be hearing from her again!
A huge shout out to Kathy Cernosek, our Block Kids Chair. We had a very successful event at Love Elementary in November. 26 kids showed up and all had a great time. The Principal was so pleased, he asked if we could have it at his school again next year. Kathy is already ordering and planning for next year!
We are looking forward to our Christmas Dinner this month and a networking event with WIA next month.
We are anxious to hear again from Pat Kiley, who will be speaking about the effects of Harvey on our industry. We will also learn about Geosynthetic Technology and International Trade.
Looking forward to WIC Week. We have already begun to plan fun and informative events: Top Golf, Crawfish Boil, PPE showcase for women, Lunch and Learn with Fluor and of course our 5K. This year we will be walking for SHE IS A CEO.
Hope to see everyone at Forum in Tulsa!
Welcome to these new members!
Fort Worth #1: Lorena Benavides, Riley Seahorn, and Lamanda Serna
Dallas #2: Mindy Robbins and Pallyn Tabor
Austin #7: Alejandra Weiss
San Antonio #11: Traci Cadena, Priscilla Contreras, and Rachel Kinney
Gr. Little Rock #12: Velvet Aguirre and Mary Langley
Memphis #13: Trinette Johnson-Williams and Jessica Lehrer
Waco #14: Amie Salinas
Mississippi Gulf Coast #256: Tracy Buchanan
Oklahoma City: Tina Fairless, Lisa Holliday and Connie Swatek
Congratulations to these chapters for continuing to reach out for NAWIC.
by Laurie Jimenez, SCR Director 2017-2018
Congratulations, SCR - We're number ONE! We have the most members in the Nation, so far this year as of November 30, with 497 members. Just three members shy of breaking the 500 mark. As of this writing, we've already broken that mark!
At the request of one member, the following graphs were created to show everyone where we stand in renewals and new members.
This first chart shows total membership renewal numbers over last year's ending membership. Congratulations to two chapters having 100% Renewal: Northshore and Oklahoma City! And six chapters have 75% renewal or more! Way to go: Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Gr Little Rock, Memphis and Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In the past, one of the challenges that the National membership committee asked the Chapters to strive towards, was increasing your membership count by a certain percentage over the previous year. So just for grins, I plugged in 10% to see how we are stacking up. If every chapter were to have a 10% increase, we would gain 62 members beyond the ending number of 618.
So far we have three chapters that have already added more new members this year to exceed their total membership from last year. One has already topped the 10% goal. This is awesome, ladies! Congratulations Northshore, Memphis and Oklahoma City!
We've only just begun the year, so I know that more records are going to be broken. Let's do it!
By Leah Curran, National Safety Committee Chair
and Renell Grantham, National Safety Committee Co-chair
NAWIC 's Safety & Health Awareness Committee is pleased to offer the 2018 Safety Excellence Award to distinguish NAWIC member companies who recognize safety as a corporate value and commitment! These companies have implemented excellent safety and health programs, and innovative solutions for creating strong safety cultures within their organizations. The means of achieving this include owner/upper management commitment, proactive safety and health programs, consistent enforcement policies, employee training, management committee initiatives, and program implementation creativity/innovation.
Please note that the application process has changed from previous years. Any company who qualifies may complete and turn in their application directly to the National committee for the National Safety Excellence Award. In the past, the award was given top three-member companies at the Chapter, the Regional, and the National level, with a progressive winning progress. We still encourage the Chapters and Regions to participate at their levels with the understanding that these will not follow the old progression up to the National level.
Eligible participants must employ a NAWIC member. Completed applications must be submitted by March 31, 2018 directly to the Safety & Health Awareness Committee. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck to all this year!
by Laura Herron, NEF Secretary 2017-2018
The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) has two wonderful awards for the Construction/Education Community.
Take a moment and think about your Chapter and your Region. There is someone who has made Construction Education a priority, a passion.
Go to the NEF Website www.nef-edu.org and nominate them for one of these National awards.
Help us recognize these women and men who shine a light on Construction Education.
First Award – Open to both men and women
Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award
Do you know an Educator or Construction Education Advocate that you would like to see recognized on a National level who has a passion for and dedication to Construction Education? This award recognizes a Construction Industry Educator who has worked aggressively to promote Construction as a viable career path through training and education and/or has worked with Associations and other organizations to establish educational programs to advance and benefit employees in the Construction Industry.
Second Award – NEF Volunteer or NAWIC Member
Darline H. Johnson Volunteer Achievement Award
Established in 1993 this award recognizes an NEF volunteer or NAWIC member for outstanding service as a Volunteer for NEF on a local, regional and/or National Level. This award highlights the individual that has gone beyond what is normally expected. This award may not necessarily be awarded every year.
Applications can be submitted via the NEF website.
By Angela Troncoso Ruiz
Oklahoma City has created their first NAWIC Newsletter. Lots of information about new members and happenings in OKC.
by Becky Rodriguez
What an exciting newsletter full of new members, even a little one born last month, and many events being held by the San Antonio Chapter this month.
By Laurie Parker
News, news, and lots of news. New Member Lee Cosgrove is spotlighted, along with a letter from President Laurie Parker. Northshore has lots of upcoming events highlighted, too.
by Shelie Gaffron, President
Merry Christmas Ladies!
We had our Foundation walk/run last Saturday. We had 13 humans and 7 dogs! We raised some
money for the Foundation and had a great time walking the Trinity Trails. After, we met for lunch at HG Supply. good company, great fun.
Late last month, Sharon Murphy and I met with the Dallas Chapter about our plans for co-hosting CAMP NAWIC. We gathered information on how Girl Inc. of Dallas will be involved and what plans need to be made. Jennifer Van Breda and I then met with Amy Rasor of the Girls Inc of Tarrant County. Amy is very excited about joining forces with the Girls Inc of Dallas and both NAWIC Chapters. The date has officially been set for July 16-20, 2018.
Our Block Kids event is ready to kick off on December 13, 2017. We look forward to a great event. Lara Seigel and Julia Campbell have done a great job getting everything together.
I hope that each and every one of you enjoys your Holidays.
by Jessica Huff, National Marketing Co-Chair
2017-2018 Marketing & Membership Contest Rules
How to Win: Be the chapter with the most growth in sponsorships over a 1 year span.
How to Enter: Send in your treasurers report showing growth over 1 year span along with a short summary about how your chapter accomplished the growth in sponsorships!
How to Win: Hold an event BIGGER than anyone else!
How to Enter: Turn in any documentation on how many people were in attendance at your Event and tell us in theemail a little bit about the event you held.
Examples: Guest List, RSVP list, Registration
Social Media Contest*
How to Win: Have more interaction on a FACEBOOK POST than any other chapter.
How to Enter: Turn in your “Facebook Insights” that shows the post interaction data. This can be checked back through 180 Days. Please turn in 2 posts entries so that we have a tie breaker!
* Event contest and social media contest will be multiple awards divided by chapter size.
All contests may be submitted no later than July 13th 2018 by emailing your entry to
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