Our chapter follows ABWA's standard business meeting format and is lead by a formal board consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The positions are voted on annually and all members who are current on national and local dues are eligible for nomination. There are also many committees available to join to help contribute to the success of our chapter.

 

2016-2017 Executive Board

Board meetings are open to the membership and are generally held the 1st Tuesday of every month (at 6:30 p.m.). Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for information.

 

   
President, Rachel Frezell
CathyRobinson(1).jpg Vice President, Cathy Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer, Kathy Kulka

 

Recording Secretary, Heidi Jeney

 

 

Corresponding Secretary, Chineva Early
   

 

  


 

Committees

 

Every non-profit organization cannot function without its volunteers. ABWA Suburban Connection has many opportunities to volunteer. Below are some of the positions currently staffed by members.

 

Membership

Chairs: Sue Klucha

  • Coordinates membership campaign events (fall and spring)
  • Invites prospective members to attend Chapter recruitment events
  • Promotes membership growth
  • Assists the vice president in performing her duties as hostess at meetings and events
  • Monitors progress on assigned initiatives
  • Maintains compliance with the operating budget
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

 

Education

Chairs: Marina Pilibosian, Rachel Frezell

  • Keeps the membership informed of seminars, leadership opportunities and other professional development opportunities, both locally and through ABWA National at district and national conferences
  • Acts as a liaison between the Chapter and the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (ABWA's grant fund), educating Chapter members with regard to fund purposes and opportunities
  • Evaluates candidates for SBMEF Grants and Business Skills Tuition Reimbursements and presents candidates to Chapter for majority vote
  • Manage the duties related to Chapter Special Scholarships including developing non-discriminatory and legal eligibility requirements and guidelines for any scholarships offered each year
  • Monitors progress on assigned initiatives
  • Maintains compliance with the operating budget
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

 

Professional Development

 

Chairs: Heidi Jeney 

  • Deliver business and market relevant programming at each monthly Chapter meeting
  • Utilize the aggregate results from ABWA‟s Member Interest Survey (located in the WIN National Library) as a compass when determining the programming topics that would best meet the needs of the members in the context of ABWA's mission
  • Shall secure programming within the budgetary guidelines as defined by the Executive Board
  • Forward program information to the newsletter chair (e.g., the speaker‟s name, photo, presentation title and overview, date and time) for publication in monthly newsletter
  • Post a reminder in the Chapter's WIN team board 1-week in advance of meeting
  • Communicate room set-up and A/V requirements to Vice President
  • Shall keep members apprized of professional development opportunities provided at the national level (e.g., Women‟s Instructional Network—Team Tools Courses, Resumes That Get Interviews, ABWA-KU MBA Essentials, Franklin Covey and all other programming offered at ABWA district and national conference events) and within the community in which the Chapter resides
  • Introduces guest speakers
  • Conducts post-event survey to determine programming effectiveness
  • Provides written post-event report to president
  • Monitors progress on assigned initiatives
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

 

Hospitality

 

Chairs: Cathy Robinson 

  • Coordinates monthly meetings
  • Takes dinner reservations from the membership, greeting guests
  • Managing administrative details with the restaurant or banquet facility
  • Maintains compliance with the operating budget
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

 

Publicity

 

Chairs:  Various

Shall coordinate the development of a plan that increases the visibility of the Chapter's notable initiatives and Chapter/member accomplishments within the community in which the Chapter resides
Sends promotional information covering national, Chapter and member achievements and Chapter activities to all appropriate web, social, and media outlets

  • Lists or files information about the Chapter with sources for potential member contact in the community, such as the local chambers of commerce or public libraries
  • Will post significant publicity in the Chapter's team board on the Women's Instructional Network and keep the Chapter's District Vice President apprised
  • Monitors progress on assigned initiatives
  • Maintains compliance with the operating budget
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

 

Newsletter

 

Chairs: Rachel Frezell

  • The primary function is to design, write, publish and distribute the Chapter newsletter to members (by mail, email, or post on WIN), District Vice President and to National
  • Publishes at least bi-monthly
  • Monitors progress on assigned initiatives
  • Maintains compliance with the operating budget
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

  

Fundraising

 

Chair: Various

  • Identifies and recommends opportunities that generate capital
  • Plans fundraising projects as a means of supporting the Chapter's annual goals
  • Create and implement revenue generating plans after Chapter approval
  • Monitors progress on assigned initiatives.Maintains compliance with the operating budget
  • Reports status on initiatives to the Chapter's Executive Board
  • Provides end-of-year written summary of activities and accomplishments to the Executive Board for inclusion in the Best Practices notebook

 

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