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Thursday, Oct 19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 16 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Dec 21 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Jan 18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Commitee Responsibilities

Education Committee

One of ABWA’s beliefs is that education is the key to helping women advance in the business world.  Because of this belief, thousands of women have benefited from the generous assistance of ABWA Chapters.  Chapter scholarship funds are raised through a variety of fundraising efforts in order to further the careers of women both locally and nationally.  The education committee strives to meet the chapter scholarship goals.  The success of the chapter fundraising project(s) will determine the amounts and number of awards. 

Committee Responsibilities:

Informs the membership of seminars, leadership opportunities and other educational services.  Develops written chapter scholarship eligibility requirements and chapter guidelines for scholarships.  The committee will offer and present recommendations to the membership.

Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF)

This is a national scholarship fund of ABWA.  Its objective is to help women achieve their business or professional goals through education.  SBMEF is named in memory of Stephen Bufton, son of ABWA Founder Hilary A. Bufton Jr. and Ruth H. Bufton.

  Membership Committee

Membership growth and retention are the primary responsibilities of this committee.  New members help keep chapters healthy, innovative, dynamic and productive.  New members bring diversity to the chapter, more helping hands, more potential contacts for programs and scholarships, and many other benefits.  Without new members, a chapter is destined to decline and eventually deactivate.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Promotes membership Growth.
  • Enrolls New Members
  • Carry membership applications
    • Submit all applications and accompanying remittances to National Headquarters.
    • Be sure that all information on the applications is complete.
    • Order name tag for new member.
    • Let treasurer know that new member has paid national dues so local dues can be collected.
    • Provide information about the new member to the Newsletter Committee.
    • Friendship Program - Be sure any sponsorship information is included on applications to ensure that sponsoring member receives Friendship Credits.
  • Coordinates two membership campaign events fall and spring.
  • Maintains chapter membership strength by retaining existing members and the addition of new members.
  • Invites national members, prospective members and inactive members to attend chapter meetings.
  • Maintains an accurate chapter roster and reports all status, name and address changes to National Headquarters.  (Remove a member’s name from the chapter roster only for nonpayment of national or chapter dues or by her request.
  • Assists the Vice President in performing her duties as chapter host.
  • Schedules orientation sessions for all new affiliates
  • Recognize member’s chapter anniversaries and birthdates.  Send get well and sympathy cards to chapter members.
  • Friendship Program – Recognize members who meet the national requirements of sponsoring new members.

    Program Committee

What are members’ interests and needs?  It’s important to determine this in order to have good program planning. 

Committee Responsibilities:

  •  Conduct a survey of members to determine which programs were interesting and meaningful.
  • Plans, selects and schedules educational programs/speakers for chapter meetings and other special events as required.
  • Check newspapers, radio and television announcements for special events and speakers scheduled for the community.
  • Contact speaker bureaus or public relations departments of colleges, large companies, hospitals, law firms and government agencies.
  • Consider community agencies and resources, libraries, or other organizations, civic leaders and local personalities.
  • Keep up-to-date on local historical sites, art galleries, performing arts, museums and recreational attractions.
  • Find out what business agency or individual is selling the products or services that interest members.  This may include: store owners, personal shoppers, travel agents, airline representatives, jewelers, authors, fitness centers, florists, interior decorators, real estate agents, insurance agents, investment brokers, accountants, tax preparers, book stores and music centers.
  • Ask members to present programs or training modules.
    1. Once a speaker has been selected, asks for a biographical sketch for news releases and introductions.
    2. Introduces guest speakers
    3. Sends thank you note to guest speakers.
    4. Plans the time, place, reservations, food and other special arrangements needed for meetings or events.
    5. Notifies all members of the date, time, and place of each chapter meeting and special event through Newsletter Committee.

  Publicity Committee

Publicity is a toll to attract attention to your chapter.  It’s an opportunity to receive public recognition.  And it’s a way to get important media coverage for upcoming events.  Publicity helps chapters attract new members,  reinforce present membership, generate corporate support, gain financial support for scholarship funds and build ABWA awareness in the community.

The key to a successful publicity effort lies in getting your news to the right people with a plan in mind.  Show that your chapter deserves member, community and corporate support.  It’s performing a special service for members, scholarship recipients and working women in your area... 

Committee Responsibilities.

  • Make the public aware of chapter activities and member achievements through direct mail, personal contact, brochures, fliers, news releases, exhibits, marquees, posters, bulletin boards, newsletters, feature stories, and advertising.
  • Sends promotional information covering national, chapter and member achievements and chapter activities to all appropriate media.
  • Forwards major publicity coverage to National Headquarters.
  • 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.

  Newsletter Committee

A newsletter is the most effective communication tool among members. The objective of a bulletin or newsletter is to be informative, interesting and attractive.  It can also be a great public relations and recruitment tool for chapters. 

Bulletin/newsletter serves a multitude of purposes.  They

  • Announce the time and place of the next meeting.
  • Stimulate interest in upcoming speakers and chapter projects.
  • Encourage attendance.
  • Introduce new members.
  • Recognize accomplishments of chapter members.
  • Streamline meeting through printed minutes, reports, agendas, and other information that allow members to come prepared to vote.
  • Make employers aware of employee activities.
  • Serve as an important networking tool.

 Committee Responsibilities:

  • Publishes the chapter newsletter and distributes it to chapter membership in an economical manner.
  • Mails one copy to the chapter’s district vice president and one to National Headquarters.
  • Knows the regulations and judging standards governing newsletter competition at spring conferences and national conventions.

 Fundraising Committee

Many chapters plan one annual fundraising project that nets the chapter thousands of dollars.  Successful chapters tap the community for participants, funds, services, underwriting and supplies.  Managing these projects develops valuable leadership skills and takes the burden of continuous fundraising off members, their families and friends.  Community supported fundraising projects require foresight, good organization and member support.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Plans fundraising projects.
  • Sets goals, plans early and organizes well.
  • Presents its recommendations for all fundraising projects to the chapter membership for a majority vote.
  • Carries out approved fundraising projects.
  • Keeps detailed records of the project. Evaluates results and makes a written report with suggestions for improvement.
  • Reviews the national liability policy.  Each chapter is covered and chapter presidents have complete information.
  • Presents a detailed report to the chapter.  Expresses appreciation at the meeting and in the newsletter to all members who helped.
  • Sends prompt thank-yous to contributing individuals and businesses.
  • Uses the registration list to develop a mailing list for future projects or prospective members.
  • Celebrates success.  Having fun is essential to fundraising. 

 Special Committees

Auditing Committee

The Auditing Committee is responsible for auditing the records of the treasurer.  This activity takes place during the final month of a treasurer’s term, whenever a vacancy occurs, or when otherwise deemed necessary by the executive board.  This committee is appointed by the president prior to the July meeting and consists of two or more members.   The treasurer works with the committee in providing the materials necessary for the audit, but doesn’t serve as a member of the committee.

The Auditing Committee obtains the following records from the treasurer to prepare for the audit:

  • Checkbook (and savings account passbook or other records of financial assets, if applicable) and current bank statements(s).
  • All bank statements received during the audit period.
  • Journals of cash receipts and disbursements.
  • Monthly reports prepared for chapter records.

In conducting the audit, the committee:

  • Balances the checkbook (and passbook/records, if applicable) to the last statements(s) received.
  • Examines records for the audit period.
  • Balances cash accounts.
  • Resolves any discrepancies and returns records to the treasurer.

Once the audit is complete, the committee prepares and presents a report to the membership, which votes to accept the report at the next chapter meeting.  A written copy of the report, signed by audit committee members, is given to the secretary to attach to the meeting minutes and retain with official chapter records.

Nomination Committee

A three-member Nomination Committee is elected by majority vote of the membership no later than March 31.  With the exception of the chapter president, any member on the active chapter roster is eligible to serve on the committee.  Responsibilities include selecting a slate of one or more eligible candidates for each of the chapter offices and reporting the slate of candidates at the election meeting. 

Nomination Committee Procedures

  • Reviews the eligibility requirements and duties for chapter officers.
  • Evaluates qualifications of all suggested nominees.
  • Verifies that each suggested nominee is eligible to serve.
  • Prepares a slate of one or more candidates for each office to be filled.  If more than one candidate is submitted for an office, care should be taken to obtain equally qualified candidates.
  • Contacts each nominee explaining major responsibilities and obtains her permission to place her name on the ballot.
  • Follows chapter instructions on publishing or not publishing the slate of officers.  If the chapter voted to publish the slate of officers, it provides a written copy to the newsletter chairman for publication or by other written communication to all chapter members.
  • Secures the  following supplies necessary for the election:
    • Slips of paper and pencils to be used in balloting.
    • Ballots may be printed in advance.  Names of all nominees are listed under the proper office heading and a blank space is provided for possible write-in votes.  Directions for the proper method of marking should be printed on the ballot.
    • Sheets of paper to be used to tally and record the teller's report.
    • Receptacle for ballot collection.
  • Read the slate of candidates at the May election meeting.  Gives a written copy to the presiding officer, along with the election supplies listed above.

 Woman of the Year

Annually, each ABWA chapter elects one of its members for this award.  Selection is based on the member’s achievement in her field, education, community activities, and participation in the Association.

The president appoints the Chapter Woman of the Year Committee at last three months before the election month. 

Committee Responsibilities

  • Confirms with the president the meeting date for the Chapter Woman of the Year election.
  • Prepares a committee report including the nomination and selection process, eligibility requirements and judging standards, as well as the deadline for submitting candidate application forms.
  • Gives a copy of the Woman of the Year application to Newsletter Committee to reproduce in newsletter.
  • Gives a committee report at the monthly meeting:
    1. Explains the top ten eligibility requirements and judging standards, and the chapter responsibilities.
    2. Establishes and publicizes to the chapter a deadline date for submitting Chapter Woman of the Year candidate resumes.
  • Collects candidate application forms that meet the deadline.
  • Verifies with the chapter membership chairman that each candidate is a member in good standing nationally and locally, and has met all eligibility requirements previously specified by the chapter membership.
  • Selects two to three judges and provides them with the judging standards specified by the chapter membership.  They review candidate resumes and select the top three candidates.  The scores given to candidates by the judges are not to be revealed. The member with the highest score becomes the Woman of the Year.
  • Announces the candidates at the Chapter Woman of the Year election meeting.  (It is helpful to print the candidates’ resumes in the chapter bulletin/newsletter before the Chapter Woman of the Year election meeting).
  • Reports the name of the Chapter Woman of the Year to National Headquarters. Advises secretary to report the Chapter Woman of the Year to National Headquarters on the Monthly Meeting Report.
  • Gives news release information to the Publicity Committee so local media can be notified about the Chapter Woman of the Year election.

Business Associate of the Year

One highlight for many ABWA chapters is a special event where each member can express appreciation to her employer or colleagues by inviting them to an annual event.  This special event also enables members to:

  • Continue strengthening the importance and achievements of businesswomen today.
  • Recognize business associates and employers for their encouragement and support of career development.
  • Show pride in the firms with which members are associated and the occupational fields in which they work.
  • Acquaint the business associate with the value of ABWA and strengthen that associate’s support of the members’ ABWA activities.

Each year the Northern Black Hills Chapter shall select a Business Associate of the Year.  Members nominate individuals by writing about the person(s) they believe have supported them or shown interest in their growth in the business world.  The president appoints the Business Associate of the Year committee.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Confirms with the president the meeting date for the Business Associate of the Year election.
  • Prepares a committee report including the nomination and selection process, eligibility requirements and judging standards, as well as the deadline for submitting Business Associate nomination forms.
  • Gives a copy of the Business Associate form to Newsletter Committee to reproduce in newsletter.
  • Gives a committee report at the monthly meeting:
    1. Explains to chapter members the top nomination requirements and judging standards, and the chapter responsibilities.
    2. Establishes and publicizes to the chapter a deadline date for submitting Business Associate nominations...
  • Collects nominations forms that meet the deadline.
  • Obtains a panel of three non-member judges to select a Business Associate of the Year.

Shining Star Award

A recognition honor for a relatively new member that has shown a keen interest in promoting our local ABWA Chapter through participation, interest and attendance.  All active members of the chapter, who have a year or less local membership, are listed on the ballot. The total membership present at the meeting will vote.  The member receiving a majority of the votes is the recipient of the Shining Star Award.

The president appoints the Shining Star of the Year Committee at last three months before the election month. 

Committee Responsibilities

  • Confirms with the president the meeting date for the Shining Star election.
  • Determines who is eligible
  • Verifies with the chapter membership chairman that each candidate is a member in good standing nationally and locally, and has met all eligibility requirements previously specified by the chapter membership.
  • Prepares a committee report including a list of members eligible, selection process, eligibility requirements and judging standards, as well as the deadline for submitting candidate application forms.
  • Gives a copy of the eligible members to Newsletter Committee to reproduce in newsletter.
  • Gives a committee report at the monthly meeting and explains to chapter members the eligibility requirements and judging standards, and the chapter responsibilities.
  • Secures the  following supplies necessary for the election:
    • Slips of paper and pencils to be used in balloting.
    • Ballots may be printed in advance.  Names of all nominees are listed under the proper office heading and a blank space is provided for possible write-in votes.  Directions for the proper method of marking should be printed on the ballot.
    • Sheets of paper to be used to tally and record the teller's report.
    • Receptacle for ballot collection.
  • Reads the list of eligible nominees at the election meeting.  Gives a written copy to the presiding officer, along with the election supplies listed above.
  • Gives news release information to the Publicity Committee.