Goal #1 Diversity and Inclusion
The Reston-Herndon Area Branch is committed to the AAUW Diversity Policy: “AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of sex, gender identity, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.” Work will continue on encouraging and supporting more diversity within our branch by emphasizing outreach through targeted recruitment activities to include all groups, new partnerships/events with other appropriate organizations and the offer of activities, programs and events that appeal to a wide audience.
Goal #2 Program Offerings, Partnerships and Priorities
Program offerings throughout the year shall be based on member interest and tied directly to the AAUW and the Reston-Herndon branch mission and goals. Discussion will continue throughout the year regarding the AAUW 2018 Strategic Plan and how the branch can support, at the local level, the transition efforts initiated at the national level. Public Policy issues will continue to be a priority for the branch and Reston-Herndon will explore the role it can take in implementation of the AAUW Start Smart program. Members shall continue the annual tradition of a “Friends Giving” social and luncheon between the Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays as a social event to support the NVCC scholarship program and AAUW Foundation funding. The branch will partner with the Giving Circle of Hope and National Council of Negro Women, Dulles Section in co-sponsoring a winter program and will extend an invitation to NCNW to partner with us in offering a separate program of mutual interest in 2019. In addition, relationships with private sector businesses, such as Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant, Chico’s, Glory Days Restaurant and Spa Noa, will be encouraged. The entire branch membership will be called on to support the work of the 50th Anniversary Committee in planning and carrying out a celebration of the (1969) establishment of our branch in the spring of 2019.
Goal #3 Recruitment and Membership
Realistic membership objectives shall be established to include creative options to attract younger members and more diversity to the branch. In addition to new member support, current member retention activities shall be explored and tested.
Goal #4 Member Interests Input Survey
For a second year, a survey shall be developed early in the year and sent to each branch member to seek input regarding the direction they would like to see the branch take for the year and the future. The vehicle will be anonymous through the “Survey Monkey” instrument and a 100% response will be encouraged, so we may hear everyone’s voice. The results will be shared with the membership. While the Executive Committee will be responsible for analysis, recommended actions and implementation of plans will be shared with the entire Board of Directors.