The Greater Kansas City Chapter of NAWIC has taken the summer off from professional development and education and formal membership meetings to allow our members to spend quality time with their families.
We have hosted monthly social events, encouraged interns to learn more about NAWIC and been working closely with our Midwest Region Director Jodi Weimerslage to plan and host the MWR Fall Conference in October!, AND begin to plan our 2019 - 2020 member year!
Phew! It's a good thing we took this summer 'off'!
Our last Summer Social will be co-hosted by MMC Contractors Women's Professional Network at their South Kansas City office (in Martin City)! We are calling it NAWIC, Networking & Bunco! Members are encouraged to come, bring co-workers, interns and friends who are in all phases of construction! EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY BUNCO! The nominal $15 fee covers snacks and prizes, MMC Contractors is providing the beer, wine and soft drinks! NAWIC is providing the Networking Fun! Click on the highlighted link above to register if you still haven't made plans to attend!
Several members will be attending the 64th National NAWIC Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA between August 20-24th, so watch for member reports posted in our Members Only section after their return! They will learn how to #BeThePower!
The next activity on the calendar for Greater KCMO NAWIC is our Construction Industry Celebration and Chapter Officer & Director Installation on Monday, Sept. 23rd to be held at Grand Street on the Plaza. Rosie Privitera Biondo, President & CEO of Mark One Electric, will be our Guest Speaker. Registration will open the second week of August!
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Below are the candidates who have accepted nomination to serve the Gr. Kansas City Chapter 100 as an Officer or Director during the 2019-2020 year! Many thanks to the Nominating Committee for your diligence reaching out to members to develop this list of candidates.
Thank you to our Website/PR committee member Cheryl Schoenberg for pulling together the Chapter 100 #NAWICPowerPlay video. We've posted it on our home page and shared it on social media! Please take a moment to "Like" and "Share" using the hashtag #NAWICPowerPlay!
You can find it on:
A Panel Discussion: "Ask A Recruiter."
Download a flyer by clicking the pdf icon below:
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL Ch. #100 MEMBERS:
Check out the updated calendar on our Calendar and Events Page for our Professional Development & Education Programming. Print out the overview calendar by clicking on the image at right!
For complete details of all the WIC Week activities, check out the 2019 WIC Week section of the website!
The Nominating Committee will be elected at the March Monthly meeting! Please consider running for a position of leadership! Elections will be held in May. We need a Quorum at both the March and May meeting! Please make every effort to attend!
Camp NAWIC is around the corner too!
Hope to see everyone at as many of these events as possible! We have a fantastic membership (95 members strong!) Lots of ways to get involved!
Don't forget to make plans to attend the Spring Forum in Chicago April 26-27!
Our first monthly "Drive for Change" benefiting the Veteran's Community Project brought in $125 - and that was in January when we had a very small turn out at our Monthly Meeting! The thank you acknowledgement letter we received is below. Don't forget we will have this "Drive for Change" jar available for voluntary contributions at every meeting! Let's show the homeless veteran's in Kansas City that #WomenInConstruction at #NAWICKCMO care!
For more information on the programs they offer and other ways to support our veterans, go to their website:
Four styles to select from!
The most recent Board of Directors and Membership Meeting minutes are available in the Members Only Portal for your review. If you have not logged into the site in a while, and have forgotten your password, you can click the RESET PASSWORD link and set up a new password!
Please review these minutes and make every attempt to attend the February Membership Meeting. As you can see, we have not been able to have an official Membership Meeting in several months, due to holidays and not having a quorum at our regular monthly meeting.
- Robin Norris, 2018-2019 Ch. 100 President
The Midwest Region and the South Central Region are joining forces since we are in the same time zone! Together there are six (6) book clubs that are meeting at various times throughout the month. Check out the Leadership Book Club page on the Midwest Region website and keep up with your professional learning and growth!
NOTE: If you registered for our November meeting that was postponed due to weather, your registration is already assured. Watch for a confirmation email from us with this graphic!
We've made a significant change in 2019: NAWIC Student Chapter Members are eligible for the scholarship as long an immediate family member is not a member of any NAWIC chapter.
Take a moment to check out each section of this blog post and make sure you are ready for everything! - See you Monday night at the Preserving & Advancing Contractors' Rights presentation!
Sunday, Jan. 27
Saturday, Feb. 2
Rebecca Wiseman, PM Contracting
Sarah Kramer, Kramer Commercial, Inc.
Leslie Boe, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C.
Kathryne Willman, Merchants Bonding Company
Dee Selley, Faith Technologies
Jennifer Hart, Hartline Construction, LLC
Haley Crownover, A.L. Huber General Contractor
Recently, member Cheryl Schoenberg, Owner from the ground UP photography, brought this suggestion to the Board since our November PD&E Meeting is the same week Veteran's Day. In honor of the sacrifices made by veteran's throughout our country's history, we decided to support a local veteran's project that is helping our homeless vets take the first step home.
Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.
They are building a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness.
They recently got some good press about the Veterans Village of tiny houses they have been building for homeless vets in the area to use as transitional housing. They are building the houses in groups of 10 per build with a goal of having 50 completed when the current village is complete. They not only provide the transitional housing but also coordinate and/or provide the services the veterans need to move forward and rebuild their lives (and eventually move out of the transitional tiny house). They are a 501c3 working to end veteran homelessness in the area.
Some of the items needed to support the mission of the Veteran's Community Project include:
- Gently used coats
- Warm socks
- Hand and Foot warmers
- Small denomination gift cards (suggest $10) to any or an assortment of the following:
- Quick Trip
- Price Chopper
- Dollar General
- Dollar Tree
Gift cards to locations that also sell gasoline are the best choice. One issue veteran's have is that folks can't get to a job because they can't afford gas in their car. For those who prefer to donate cash, we collect the cash for the gift cards and Cheryl Schoenberg has volunteered to purchase them all at once because that would be easier for everyone. As a self-proclaimed "military brat" and spouse of a serviceman, she will make certain that the cards are not usable for tobacco or alcohol.
The Board appreciates that Cheryl brought this idea forward and encourages anyone to participate who would like to!
Webinar: Risk Management 101
Who can attend: Complimentary for NAWIC Members (go to nawic.org and log into the members center for the call in information and link!
What you will learn: Risk management is key to protecting an organization’s assets, revenue, and reputation. It’s not just one person’s job – everyone in the organization is a risk manager. Join this webinar to understand the key elements of sound risk management and how you can support its success.
When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:00 PM CST **Don't forget to add this to your calendars**
I am sad to share the news of the loss of one of our own. Susan Martin passed away from a brain aneurysm this week at the very young age of 36. Services will be at the Healing Grace Church – 4818 East 80th Street, Tulsa OK 74136. I do not have a lot of details at this time, but wanted to at least share an address for you to send sympathies for the family.
Susan was a founding member of the SE Kansas Chapter 382. She was a wonderful person and a true advocate for women in construction. I share with you a quote from Susan that I saw on her Facebook Page:
My hope is that a future generation female will look at me and the job I do and say to herself, "if she can do it, I can too". It is way past time for young girls and women to realize that the only thing holding us back is ourselves. Women can do anything they set their mind to. There is a difference between can't do something and not capable of doing something. Some of you know my health issues and know how difficult it is most days just to get out of bed and walk. If I can challenge myself to live through the pain and make myself stronger, then I challenge all to do the same. Don't accept defeat!
July 2, 2015.
Please share with your members.
Rest in Peace NAWIC Sister
Download the flyer or click on the image above to register and pre-pay! Registration closes at 4 PM on January 10, 2019.
Everything you need to know about our 29th ANNUAL BLOCK KIDS Building Competition and Trades Fair is on our website!
Click the image above to:
Register your grade-school aged girl or boy!
Volunteer about 4 hours of your time!
And find out how to be a donor or sponsor!
Registration opens soon!
Thank you to our 2018 Super Bowl Sponsors!
NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) is a national organization founded in 1953 in Ft. Worth TX as a support network for the small fraction of women in the construction industry. Our local chapter serving the Greater Kansas City area was founded in 1965.
Our purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry which we do through professional development opportunities, networking, education, leadership training and public service.
Our largest national corporate sponsors are UPS and United Rentals.
On January 27, 2019 we will hold a bowling event. This event is our largest fundraising event of the year, and helps support our general operating fund, speakers, member meetings, Block Kids, and some member activities. We are soliciting donations of raffle items (of any value small to large). We have over 80 local members throughout the KC Metro Area and including St. Joseph. You can find additional information at our website www.kcnawic.org.
Should you choose to provide a raffle gift, please send Bethany Riley an email with your logo so we can recognize you for your generosity at email@example.com.
Feel free to reach out to me directly with any further inquiries.
2018-2019 NAWIC SuperBowl
Vance Hall, Senior Project Manager at MMC Contractors is seeking some additional volunteers this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 or Saturday, Dec. 22 to help install a gang restroom utilizing PVC for the drain, waste and vent and PEX for the water at Teen Challenge.
The Highlands Teen Challenge of Kansas City Girls Home is at 5506 Cambridge Ave., Kansas City, MO 64129. "Kansas City Girls Academy is a year-round Christian boarding school for girls ages 13-17. It is an affordable program for girls with life-controlling issues that features a first-class education with spiritual support and emotional counseling designed to repair behavioral issues brought on by trauma, adoption, family discord, peer pressure, or substance abuse." - KCGA
Contact Vance Hall at 816.204.4390 or at VHall@mmcontractors.com for information on volunteering alongside some of MMC Contractors employees!
Wouldn't it be great for some women in construction to help out these girls?
Survey on Maternity / Paternity Leave Policies
NAWIC Member Stephanie McGovern, Supervisor - Internal Audit at Performance Contracting recently sent out an email to our membership asking for help gathering information on policies and benefits in our industry related to Maternity / Paternity leave practices. Please help Stephanie out if you can! She would like the information by January 15, 2019.
"Good morning NAWIC members,
As an active member of NAWIC, I wanted to try and utilize our Chapter for some industry information. I’m currently performing a study/analysis across the KC industry regarding maternity/paternity leave and the policies your Company has in place. If you would be so kind as to send me your current employers’ policy or guidelines outlining this subject, I would truly appreciate it.
Gathering this information across an industry tends to be much more difficult on your own as much of the information is Company specific and not publicly shared. If you have any concerns, please know that only statistical information regarding the leave will be accumulated.
Thank you for any help you can provide!
Stephanie McGovern | Supervisor - Internal Audit
It's just about time to reserve your lane at our 29th Annual Super Bowl party on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019!
Stay tuned, registration will open shortly! Start recruiting your team members for a fun morning the Sunday between NFL playoff games and the Biggest Game of the Year the Super Bowl!
Lane Sponsorship will be available. Raffle Items are requested. A few volunteers are needed the day of the event. Everyone has a Super time! Let's fill the facility !
More information can be found on our SuperBowl page or by emailing our committee members at Super.Bowl@kcnawic.org.
February 3, 2019 is our Annual Block Kids Competition and it's almost time to register your grade school aged kids!
Check out the pictures from last year's event on our 2018 Block Kids Photo Gallery. Everyone had a fantastic time!
We need sponsors, volunteers and up to 120 grade school-aged boys and girls who want to learn what real carpenters, brick layers, cement finishers, iron workers, and more actually do!!
It's a fun-filled morning with real, hands-on experience to power tools, virtual construction AND there is even a Lego building competition with cool prizes! If you have questions, please contact our committee members at: Block.Kids@kcnawic.org
The following chapter members were elected in May 2018 and installed on Sept. 17, 2018:
2018-2019 NAWIC Ch. #100 Officers:
- President, Robin Norris, The Builders' Association (she is also serving as Immediate Past President)
- President-Elect Christy Turner, Construction & Interior Services
- Vice President, Bethany Riley, Turner Construction
- Treasurer, Lexa Palomarez, Turner Construction
- Recording Secretary, Sara Hutchcraft, Faith Technologies
- Corresponding Secretary, Karen Mills, MMC Contractors
Board of Directors:
- Amber Struemph, McCownGordon Construction
- Tina Davis, United Rentals
- Christina Rodden, Travelers
- Melissa Neuer, Kramer Commercial (appointed to replace an elected director who could not serve, because she is serving our country in the military!)
- Jessica Claas, Emery Sapp & Sons
- Laura Chisholm, McCownGordon Construction
- Lindsay Wing, Hanover
- Vickie Nickel, Cornerstone
Brief profiles of these leaders can be found on our 2018-2019 Leadership Team page. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAWIC also installed officers President-Elect Diane Mike, CBT, Fort Worth, TX Chapter; Vice President Anne Pfleger, CIT, Lima Ohio Area Chapter; Treasurer Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM, LEED GA, ENV SP, Greater New York Chapter; Secretary Jill Hanson, CIT, Tampa, FL Chapter; and Immediate Past President Catherine Schoenenberger, Granite State NH Chapter.
In addition to the officers, the NAWIC board includes a director from each of the association’s eight regions. Each director serves a two-year term and is elected by her peers to bring the wishes and needs of the chapters to the attention of the association. New directors installed include:
• Midwest Region Director Jodi Wiemerslage, Southeast Minnesota Chapter;
• North Central Region Director Rita Brown, Detroit, MI Chapter;
• Northeast Region Director Jennifer Sproul, LEED AP, Baltimore, MD Chapter;
• Pacific Southwest Region Director Myrna Smith, CIT, San Diego, CA Chapter;
NAWIC region directors serving the second year of their term include:
• Pacific Northwest Region Director Lauline Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif. Chapter;
• South Atlantic Region Director Kristey Stewart, CIT, Durham, N.C. Chapter;
• South Central Region Director Laurie Jimenez, CBT, Houston, Texas Chapter; and
• Southeast Region Director Karen Hager, CBT, CIT, Greater Orlando, Fla. Chapter.
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Greater Kansas City NAWIC Chapter #100
Hard Hatted Woman
Officers & Directors
Veterans Community Project
Women In Leadership
Workforce Disparity Study