The work of the Edmonds SnoKing Branch is done by seven teams: Program, Membership, Communication, Public Policy, Community Connection, Local Scholarships, and Philanthropy. A roster of the team facilitators and members can be found in the Members Only section.
We promote teamwork because collaboration creates more ideas, familiarizes new and not-so-new members with branch processes, encourages networking and connections, and develops leadership skills.
Teams are expected to create a cohesive group, work and plan together, meet with the facilitator as needed, and carry out the functions of their team as outlined below.
Organizes the programs for the monthly meetings. Members of the team contact speakers, plan meeting locations, manage technology for speakers, and are ready to help in any way to ensure that meetings are interesting, stimulating, and run smoothly.
Supports and encourages branch membership. The team assists with welcoming new members and distributing name badges at meetings. They keep records of guests and visitors, with follow-up after their attendance at a meeting. New member data is processed and information about new members is included in the newsletters. Team members serve as mentors for new members, helping them feel comfortable with the group. Each year a new member luncheon is coordinated by the Membership Team and the branch officers. The team plans activities to engage members and help them get better acquainted with the work of the branch. The Membership Team leadership monitors and replies to the branch email and Contact Us form communications.
Communication is the core of our branch existence. Each member of this team has a specific role in branch communication. These roles include:
- Secretary – takes minutes of monthly meetings and board meetings and distributes minutes to board members for approval.
- Newsletter – compiles articles and formats the newsletter and distributes newsletter to members via email.
- Website – maintains branch website, assists with branch updates to AAUW state and national websites.
- Social media -maintains branch Facebook page and other social media.
- Historian – maintains the historical record of the branch by archiving documentation of branch activities and involvement in the community.
- Publicity – submits announcements of branch meetings, activities, and events to local news media.
- Member connection – sends cards or notes to members who are ill, experiencing a loss, or celebrating milestones or special recognition. Mails newsletters to those who don’t receive email.
- Directory – assembly, printing, and distribution of the branch directory and list of programs, events, and activities.
Public Policy Team
Underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy. The Public Policy Team writes articles for the newsletter, does presentations at meetings, and keeps members updated on current issues. They assist with AAUW-WA Lobby Day in January and partner with the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County.
Community Connection Team
Fosters branch involvement in the community and partnerships with other organizations with whom we share values and concerns. Current partners include: Edmonds Community College, Shoreline Community College, and the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County. The team partners with EdCC on the annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference and on selecting students to attend NCCWSL. Focuses on Title IX for one event or program per year, and for informative articles in the monthly newsletter. Works on annual Lobby Day with the Public Policy Team.
Recruits and selects scholarship recipients and organizes annual recognition events. Scholarships are awarded to young women pursuing careers in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Our spring recognition event celebrates junior girls in the Edmonds School District who have shown high academic achievement in the STEM areas, as well as our high school scholarship recipient. In September, we meet and honor our college scholarship recipient.
The Philanthropy Team is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing fundraising activities and events, to provide monies for programs and projects of the branch. There are typically three major fundraisers during the year. One event is devoted to raising funds for the scholarships awarded each year to women in the STEM fields. This has typically been an auction in December. We also have a spring event that finishes off funding for scholarships, if needed, and supports other programs and needs of the branch. Money from coffee and refreshment donations, and book and raffle ticket sales at the meetings also goes toward needs of the branch. Once a year we use a portion of one fall meeting to encourage members to contribute to the national AAUW organization to support its mission and goals.