Everything you need to know about our 29th ANNUAL BLOCK KIDS Building Competition and Trades Fair is on our website!
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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Members of Chapter #100, if you need to reset your password or have lost the email to access the Members Only section, please send a request to re-set your password to our Website/PR Chair Karen Mills at email@example.com Remember, this is where we distribute chapter meeting minutes, board meeting minutes, bylaws, policies and procedures, etc.
New members should recieve an invitation to establish your password within the first few weeks of membership! If you don't let Melissa Neuer, Membership Chair or Karen know!
The AGC of America is offering this one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices in Fall Prevention in construction.
The one-day course is FREE to all attendees, union and non-union. It is being offered two days in Kansas City, March 5, 2019 or March 6, 2019. This training program is offered as a free benefit to anyone in the construction industry and is supported by a Susan Harwood Federal Grant.
For questions: contact Nazia Shah, AGC Safety & Health Department, 703.837.5409
Email your registration for to: Phil Shoemaker, Kansas City Chapter AGC, 816.935.6266
In celebration and support of Global Entrepreneurship Week the Department of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill and The Kauffman Foundation, we would like to invite our NAWIC members to take a 10 minute survey, which asks about community attitudes and perceptions towards entrepreneurship.
For entrepreneurs, there is an additional component that takes 5 minutes, for a total of 15 minutes. Click on the image above to participate in this short survey!
Please feel free to share with others!
Quick reminder from Shannon Seipel that the initial Block Kids Committee meeting is tonight at Summit Gill in Waldo (75th & Wornall).
Anyone interested in learning more about the committee and helping make this extraordinary event even better, please let Shannon know - or stop into the planning committee meeting! Shannon is promising some appetizers for those who attend the planning meeting!
Block Kids will be held on Feb. 2, 2018 - it's not to early to start planning this fun morning!
The next meeting of the Super Bowl Committee will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 from 4:30-5:30 PM. The location is to be determined! Contact Bethany Riley, Super Bowl Committee Chairperson if you are interested in helping pull together this amazing event!
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!
Add to your local NAWIC Scholarship Fund as you purchase Promotional Products and Logo’ed apparel for your Customers and Employees This Holiday Season !!
From now until Dec 31st 2018:
All order’s placed with Powerful Promotions will have 5% of the total order (Minus tax and shipping) rebated to your local NAWIC scholarship fund in the members’ companies name to their local chapter. This includes orders from not only NAWIC chapters but also any company that has a NAWIC member!!
Extremely beneficial to small and midsize companies. You’ll receive discounted pricing like you were a multi-million dollar company!!
Contact us today and lets help kids go to college !
913-485-7197 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sustaining The Value and Preparing for Forum 2019
Membership & Marketing Power Hour
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 1:00 PM CST
Learn about ways to help your chapters and regions sustain membership value through understanding the importance of benefits and resources, as well as preparing and engaging in regional forums to allow for a greater value and benefit to your membership.
Visit the Members Section of the National NAWIC website for Dial-in number
PD&E - IRMI
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 12:00 CST
Visit the Members Section of the National NAWIC website for Dial-in number
The next scheduled National NAWIC Members-Only webinars are in January! Check back for more information or visit the National NAWIC website to take note of the topics and dates!
Organizations in the Kansas City area are hosing two leadership summits specifically aimed at developing and retaining women!
It's not too late to renew your NAWIC membership! (Or join for the first time!)
There is value in membership! NAWIC offers a lot more than professional educational opportunities and networking, it offers a place for #WomenInConstruction to #develop #LeadershipSkills #PresentationSkills and be a part of something larger! Just look at the items in this blog that are going on just this month!
If you have been thinking about joining but just haven't, NOW IS THE BEST TIME! We just kicked off the new membership year on October 1st. We are building our committees, planning our events and you want to be a part of it!
Click here to join or renew.
KCMO to conduct construction workforce disparity study on 10/17/18. Make your voice heard.
The City has engaged an third party independent research firm to analyze whether an equitable share of work hours on KCMO construction projects is going to workers who are people of color, women and city residents.
Visit our Industry New Page or download the PDF at left or visit the City's website for more information on the sessions that they will hold on Wed., Oct. 17th.
Pumpkins & Power Tools social event to be held on 10/29/18.
Fall Conference is in 2 Weeks!
- NAWIC National Strategic Plan
- NAWIC National 2018 Annual Report
- Gr. Kansas City NAWIC Ch. #100 Strategic Plan Report
November Membership Meeting & Community Service Opportunity.
In July of 2018, the incoming and outgoing officers and board members for Gr. Kansas City Chapter #100 took a weekend retreat to define, develop and create a strategic plan for guiding the chapter. The last strategic plan for our chapter was over 10 years old. With the growth of our chapter, and new challenges to the construction industry, including educational opportunities, workforce development and retention of employees in companies as well as member in NAWIC, it was time for a new strategic plan. The plan was drafted, adopted and is being presented now as the new chapter year kicks off with our NAWIC 101 presentation on October 8, 2018.
You can download your copies of both the National NAWIC and the Greater Kansas City NAWIC Chapter #100 Strategic Plans on our website: http://www.kcnawic.org/strategic-plan.html
You can renew your membership on-line or if you need to pay by check, your mail needs to be postmarked by this SATURDAY, 9/29 (post offices are closed on Sunday!) Don't be late!
If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Committee members at Membership.Info@kcnawic.org.
October 8 Member Meeting: NAWIC 101
Register by Thursday, October 4 to assure your spot for our annual NAWIC 101 presentation. Officers, Directors and Committee Chairs will lead a discussion about the plans for the upcoming year, our strategic plan and discuss ways that everyone can get involved in NAWIC!
This is a great opportunity to bring co-workers and others in the industry who you would like to introduce to NAWIC!
On Monday, September 17, 2018, we held our Installation Ceremony for our 2018-2019 Chapter Officers and Board of Directors. It was presided over by Vickie Nickel as her last “official” duty as the Regional Director. We are honored that she served the Midwest Region over the past two years while still being an active and important member of the Gr. Kansas City Chapter.
Vickie’s words were focused on our Chapter’s journey for the past 53 years and where our Strategic Plan will lead us for the next several years. Each officer and Director was presented a beautiful copper compass in a small leather case to symbolize our path toward Enhancing the Success of Women in the Construction Industry.
The Strategic Plan will be posted to the website in the About Us section and you may pick up a copy at the October 8, 2018 membership meeting. The topic will be “NAWIC 101” where our newly elected Officers and Directors and Committee Chairs will each speak about what their role will will be and how the team they are forming will be #makingadifference during 2018-2019 and beyond. Please attend this informative session to learn more about NAWIC and how you can become an active participant in building and even STRONGER NAWIC chapter in Kansas City.
Click on the image in this post or this link to go to the GoFundMe page set up for this project!
Greater Kansas City NAWIC Chapter #100
Hard Hatted Woman
Officers & Directors
Veterans Community Project
Women In Leadership
Workforce Disparity Study