Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 00:30:01 -0400
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Sandy Bernard, Jackie Woods and other leaders
From: Nancy Shoemaker <email@example.com>
Subject: Improving technology use at the Association
I'm writing to let you know about a project I've planned for Austin.
As I wrote this year's check to the 1881 Fund, it hit me that I'd be willing to
write a much larger check if I knew it would go towards improving Information
Technology practices at the Association.
Over the last few years, I've had several discussions with representatives of
the Association about IT. As a computing professional, I know that solving the
issues facing the Association will be neither easy nor cheap -- though there may
be long-term cost savings. I believe that there are others who share my frustrations
with current practices, and that they, too, would be willing to donate money and
expertise to help the Association improve in this area. Therefore, I hatched a
plan to collect pledges in Austin. I plan to bring buttons and pledge forms, [Letter
included a link to a draft form], and work to give this issue some visibility.
I know that you have already made Technology a key point in the new program to
recognize branches, and I applaud those efforts. It may seem impatient to
start this drive before I've had a chance to hear other plans of the new leadership.
However, I truly believe that addressing these problems will be critical to AAUW's
survival, and I'm not willing to wait another two years before taking a stand.
If there is a program underway and I'm just unaware of it, I urge you to publicize
it, use focus groups to be sure that you are solving the right problems, and consider
this project a complementary show of support. However, I expect that financial
constraints are holding back any planned changes, and I do hope that this drive
will demonstrate the willingness of AAUW members to invest in the organization's
Thanks for listening -- and let me know how else I can help!
firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-773-1340 (H)
"Tech-Savvy in the Branches" SIG, Sunday, 6/24, 12-1:30
President, AAUW Raleigh/Wake County
Technology Coordinator, AAUWNC