NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION Enhancing the Success of Women in Construction


December, 2008 - January, 2009 THE POWER OF NAWIC


from your Director Here we are once again with a new year filled with hope, dreams, goals and anticipation. Now that the holidays are behind us, it is time to get back to work...what am I saying? You have already done that; it is just me that is lagging behind, so I need to catch up with you. As you read this newsletter, pay particular attention to the Presidents reports Region 7 members know how to get things done! I am very proud of our members and your commitment to NAWIC and our communities. You are always a step ahead of me, keeping me challenged and for that I am grateful. Those fabulous Versa-Undies Girls in Tulsa are putting together a great program for our Annual Forum on April 24 & 25. They are a wealth of talent and imagination that will boggle your mind! In order to reap the full benefit of this event, plan on arriving on Thursday, April 23 because we have workshops scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Registration, sponsor forms, and more details will be mailed the first week of February. Remember we will be electing our 2009 -2011 Director at this Forum. Sandy Field with the Houston chapter declared her intention to run for Director at APC and she will represent us well. Of course, should you have an interest in running for this position, it is not too late to file the proper forms. Just let me know your intention and I will be happy to guide you through the process. Julia Campbell SPECIAL NOTE FROM PORT ARTHUR: We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Fund. We received $3,600 in cash and gift cards from all over the country. A committee met to decide how to distribute the funds. All the recipients have been contacted and most of the funds have been distributed. You have all been so generous and caring. Soa great big THANKS to all our NAWIC sisters from all of us in the Port Arthur-Golden Triangle Chapter #377. NAWIC CORE VALUES: BELIEVE in ourselves PERSEVERE with the strength of our convictions DARE to move into new horizons NAWIC CORE PURPOSE: To ENCHANCE the success of WOMEN in the Construction Industry



01 Happy New Year!

05 Deadline for Region newsletter articles

10 Deadline to submit information requests to Director for Mid-Year Board Meeting

30 Deadline to submit IRS 990 Certification Forms to NAWIC Office and Director



7 NEF Testing

16 IRS e-Postcard and return deadline

26 thru 28 NAWIC Mid-Year Board Meeting, San Antonio

Elect Forum Delegates

Plan WIC Week activities



2 thru 7 WIC Week

20 Crystal Vision nominations due

NAWIC Director Candidate forms due to NAWIC Exec VP Dede Hughes 30 days before Forum



24 & 25 - Region 7 Annual Forum, Tulsa


2009 NAWIC Annual Convention August 26 29 Phoenix, AZ 2010 NAWIC Annual Convention September 1 4 Louisville, KY 2011 NAWIC Annual Convention August 31 September 4 St. Louis, MO ALWAYS

Be courteous and mindful of commitments



Austin #7 Laura Culin


Corpus Christi #4 Darlene Lee-Omana, CCA, CIT, CCRRC


Dallas #3 Tamara Crooks


Fort Worth #1 Pat Meadors


Houston #3 Sandy Field


Port Arthur-Golden Triangle #377 Betty Keith


San Antonio #11 Jennifer Swinney, CIT, CDS


Tulsa #76 Joani Kelly


Waco #14 Ginger Ritchison



Construction Profession and Education Emilie Hins, Tulsa #76

Membership Robynn Lehr, Fort Worth Chapter #1

PR/Marketing Becky Wynne, CDT, San Antonio Chapter #11

Safety & Health Jennifer Swinney, San Antonio Chapter #11

Strategic Planning Gracie Narey, CIT, Fort Worth Chapter #1

WIC Week Pat Briggs



CAD/Drafting Barbara Taylor, Corpus Christi #4

Block Kids Tracey Hart, CIT, Fort Worth Chapter #1

Fundraiser Martha Simpson, San Antonio Chapter #11

Liaison Judy DeWeese, CIT, San Antonio Chapter #11



Judy DeWeese, CIT, San Antonio Chapter #11

Ginger Ritchison, Waco Chapter #14

Vickie Thompson, Corpus Christi Chapter #4


NAWIC OFFICE Executive Vice President Dede Hughes Office/NAWIC Store Manager Theresa Price Bookkeeper Kate Bowling Website/IT Specialist Tim Elmore Membership Director Sandy Fite Membership Assistant Laurie McCullough Communication Director MistyHart Communication Assistant Michelle Milner Marketing Director Julie Lyssy Education Director VACANCY 2008-2009 NAWIC OFFICERS President Pat McDonald, CCA, CIT President Elect Robin Fulton-Meyer, CIT Vice President Debra Gregoire, CIT Secretary Judy DeWeese, CIT Treasurer Cindy Johnsen, CDS, CIT Immediate Past President Tamie Taylor, CDS, CDT, CIT



Bylaws Tamie Taylor, CDS, CDT, CIT

Construction Profession and Education Jill Melancon

Finance Cindy Johnsen, CDS,CIT

Membership Antonette Walker

PR/Marketing Rebecca Wynne, CDT

Safety & Health Awareness Lisa Losness

Strategic Planning Christine Parsons, CDS, CIT

Parliamentarian Linda Young, CIT



: Austin Chapter #07

Alyxis Fuentes

Brandie McBride

Dee Woolf

Corpus Christi Chapter #4

Bonnie Zamora

Dallas Chapter #02

Courtney Emich

Kris Wright

Fort Worth Chapter #1

Cynthia Cox

Tina Roark

Houston Chapter #03

Lori Gallegos

Katrell McNeil

Marie Prince

Jessica Rice

Anne Sarofallyeng

San Antonio Chapter #11

Kelly Rae Garrahy

Deborah George

Alexandra OConnell

Tulsa Chapter #76

Kendra Harlow


We welcome each of you to NAWIC and hope you take advantage of the many benefits available to our members. Please feel free to contact any member should you have questions or comments.


AROUND THE REGION: Austin #7 Laura Culin

Focus on educational speakers

Participating in various professional seminars, after hours socials, networking

Plans for WIC Week are under way

Recognition in local trade publications


Corpus Christi #4 Darlene Lee-Omana

January speaker is addressing Lien Laws

Hosting Block Kids competition on January 20

February program will be Fix-It presented by Home Depot

Plans for WIC Week are in the works

Recognition in local trade publications


Dallas #7 Tamara Crooks

Food drive during the Thanksgiving holidays generated thirty (30) bags of food as well as cash donations, delivered to North Dallas Shared Ministries

Researching various fund raising opportunities

Plans for WIC Week are in the works

Recognition in local trade publications


Fort Worth #1 Pat Meadors

In addition to building a playhouse for CASA, plans are under way for a special joint project with CASA to raise Scholarship Funds

Plans for WIC Week are well under way to include an Amazing Race, Scavenger Hunt, and luncheon for our chapter sponsors

Participation in the Backpacks for Kids program with the Tarrant County Food Bank on February 11

Recognition in local trade publications


Houston #3 Sandy Field

Our Christmas for the Bridge program was a huge success, providing toys, gifts, and donations for The Bridge

Plans are under way for a room makeover for The Bride

Hosting Block Kids competition on February 6

WIC Week plans are under way with an Industry Appreciation Dinner to bring WIC Week to a close

MAGIC Camp plans for a June event are ongoing

Recognition in local trade publications


Port Arthur-Golden Triangle #377 Betty Keith

Business EXPO booth on January 22, hosted by the Port Arthur and Beaumont Chambers of Commerce

WIC Week plans are under way

Preliminary plans to participate in building a home with Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County

MAGIC Camp plans are under way with Lorinda Kirk as chairman of the committee


San Antonio #11 Jennifer Swinney

We had a successful Mystery Dinner Christmas party

Donated cash, toys, food, clothing to our NAWIC Wounded Warriors project

January meeting included an after Christmas gift exchange and a fun new member installation

Hosting Block Kids competition in February

WIC Week plans are under way

Recognition in local trade publications


Tulsa #76 Joani Kelly

Donated educational toys, school supplies, office supplies to The Little Lighthouse, a developmental center for grade school students with special needs

Introduced a Member Spotlight for our chapter newsletter

We have secured a domain name for our Chapter Website and, yes, we are pleased to join you in the current century!

WIC Week plans are under way

Plans for Annual Forum on April 24-25 are coming together

Recognition in local trade publications


Waco #14 Ginger Ritchison

Our Christmas party was a success, with two guests

January speaker will be Chip Thompson with Level One Technology, a telecommunications infrastructure company

Block Kids contest will be coming up in February

WIC Week plans are under way, including a proclamation from the City of Waco and an announcement in the AGC Newsletter

Recognition in local trade publications


Candidates for National Office:

NAWIC is seeking qualified members to submit for candidacy for the national offices of President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. We encourage any member interested in a leadership role with NAWIC to apply. To obtain an application or to learn more about the guidelines and qualifications, go to . Qualified applicants must postmark their applications by February 1. All candidates will be verified and announced prior to February 15. REMINDERS:

Utilize the NAWIC website at there is a tremendous amount of information available to you with just a click of the mouse! Check out the following:

Member information

Chapter Officer Handbooks

Committee Handbooks

Programs In-A-Box

Convention Information

Magic Camp



Caring I would like to remind everyone to remember our friends and loved ones who are going through difficult times, no matter what the cause. We all know someone having health issues, financial problems, or the loss of a loved one and if we take a moment to let them know we care, it makes their world a little brighter. Let us never forget our brave men and women in the Armed Forces who put their lives on the line every day in order to preserve our safety and freedom. And to all our veterans, a heartfelt THANK YOU! until next time, Best wishes and safe travels, Julia