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The National Organization for Women

Chapter and State Leadership Memo

TO:        NOW Chapter and State Leaders
FROM:        Erin Matson, Action Vice President
Allendra Letsome, Membership Vice President
DATE:        February 2011


    Strengthen Social Security -- Don't Cut It
    2010 annual report form now available
    Contact information for your chapter
    Does your chapter use Twitter?
    Brochures online
    Chapter organizing manual online
    General requests
    Ordering NOW rounds
    Paper mailings discontinued
    New member contact information
    Membership dues
    Save the date: June 24-26, 2010
    Submit a bid to host the 2012 or 2013 National Conference
    New report available online


Social Security is under attack again: We need your help to stop the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform from cutting Social Security benefits in the name of fixing the federal budget deficit. NOW is part of a nationwide coalition, Strengthen Social Security -- Don't Cut It, created to get the word out about this stealth attack on Social Security before it's too late. NOW President Terry O'Neill is sending periodic email updates to chapter leaders about what's happening on the ground and what you can do to help in your community. Please stay tuned, and if you are not receiving chapter leadership e-mails please send your e-mail address to member@now.org.



Now available! Fill out your (required) 2010 annual chapter report form before the end of the year: The 2010 annual report form is required for all chapters per NOW policy, and serves as a measure of the health and progress of our chapters. This report also gives you the opportunity to provide the names of your most recently elected officers. Note: This report is due no later than December 31, 2011. You can fill out the form at http://www.now.org/chapters/internal/structure/annual-report-2010.html

Make sure the NOW website has your most recent chapter contact information: Don't let an activist slip through your fingers! If you need to make changes, contact member@now.org with the subject line "Chapter Contact Information Change."

Does your chapter have a Twitter account? If so, send a link to your account to content@now.org so we can include you in the www.twitter.com/NationalNOW list of NOW chapters.



Printable PDFs of NOW brochures are now available online. We have color and black-and-white versions of our most popular brochures available to download and print at your convenience, including a Spanish version of the general NOW brochure, a brochure specifically addressing reproductive justice, and a brochure specifically targeting young feminists. Please find them and instructions for printing online in the chapters-only website.

The NOW Chapter Organizing Manual is available online. This manual is packed with tactical tips and tools you can use to organize in your community. Please find it online in the chapters-only website.

Looking for general materials for your next action or tabling event? Please send requests for supplies to vpmember@now.org

Order NOW rounds. For a limited time, the National Action Center will be selling and shipping NOW rounds to chapters. Use the link on the chapters-only page to place your order. Quantities are limited. Please allow for 10 business days for fulfillment and shipping. If you have any questions, please send them to products@now.org.

While leadership memos will be sent to you electronically, membership information must be ordered directly from the National NOW Action Center in the following ways:

Membership lists and mailing labels: Please order all membership lists using the Order Form for Membership Lists in our chapters-only website. Chapters may order up to one set of list requests per month. Please order your files at least five business days before your deadline. If you need them sooner, fill out the form and then call (202) 628-8669.

In order to save money and better allocate staff time, all mailing label requests will now be delivered via e-mail in Excel file format. Although we can no longer print and mail lists and/or sticky labels for your chapter, we have added step-by-step instructions and a downloadable to our chapters-only website so you can print your own sticky labels quickly and easily.

If you notice chapter members for whom we don't have a current address, or have other corrections, send changes to member@now.org or write in the corrections on your enclosed officer report and mail them back to the National NOW Action Center, 1100 H Street NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C., 2005.

Transaction reports: Transaction reports are available by e-mail upon request. Contact membersys@now.org



Things to remember when sending in new memberships: Make sure the person who submits memberships for your chapter includes a daytime phone number and e-mail address in case we have questions. Also, on the form for each new member, please include the member's e-mail address and phone number as often as you can. Remember to fill in your chapter number on each membership application.

All about membership dues: All membership dues with chapter checks and other chapter updates should be sent to NOW Action Center, Attention: Membership Department, 1100 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005. Do not send items to the P.O. Box. A few more things:

Lifetime members: If you recruit a new lifetime member, remit $630 to National NOW and proof of payment for the remaining $370. For lifetime renewals, send the entire $1,000, and you will receive the rebate through the normal rebate process.

Other members: If a member gives you their renewal dues, remember to send the entire amount to us! It is from these dues that we generate rebates. It is only with new or reinstating lapsed members that you should send us $15 (for a dues payment of more than $20) or $10 (for a dues payment of $20 or less). The minimum amount for membership is $10.

Remember, it is not until we receive payment at the NOW Action Center that a membership transaction is complete.



Save the date for the 2011 National Conference to be held June 24-26 in Tampa, FL.
Watch for more information to come!

Would you like to bid to hold the 2012 NOW National Conference in your community?
Contact vpmember@now.org for more information.



An updated rebate report is now available on the chapters-only website:



To access online resources for chapter leaders, go to www.now.org/chapters, or go to the homepage and click "chapters" on the top navigation bar. Once you are on the page, click on the "website for chapter leaders" link above the map. If you need a password reminder, please call (202) 628-8669. Please do not e-mail the password.


*FYI: This memo is also available on the website for chapter leaders at http://www.now.org/chapters/internal/membership/feb11.html.


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