What a wonderful conference we all had down at Hawera! The warmth, the buzz, the laughter and the determination to make a difference for women was all around us. The delight too of being able to include our individual members as full voting members with the right to stand of executive. I feel very honoured to be able to serve as your Vice President Issues and I’m very aware of the big shoes I’m stepping into. BPW NZ has done significant work over the years to help change legislation and thus the structure of our society.
We all know that if we are going to be effective as an organisation we will need many of us involved and that by combining our resources we can be a force to be reckoned with. For the 2013 year this collective effort got under way with the wonderful response from so many of you at conference offering to be on task forces. Thank you so much.
For those of you not at conference let me explain. Under our new constitution there will be no convenors but we will be setting up a number of task forces that will work with executive members in various roles. It is expected that these task forces will be fluid working groups with involvement at any time based on the task at hand and the skill, interest and availability of the task force members.
The task forces we are looking at are:
- Legislation (for submissions and lobbying)
- Women’s Empowerment Principles
- National Projects including national awards
- Projects including KTA and mentoring
- Young BPW Initiatives
- Marketing BPW
- Individual member’s programme
- Public Relations
- Social media
- Any others you think we need!
If you were not at conference (or if you were and didn’t get round to responding on this) and would like to be involved in a task force that would be great.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I welcome all comments and input from you,
Vice President Issues