A Word from the President  - July 2020

July 13, 2020


TODAY:  As you know, we have all been affected in some way by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic, especially small businesses. Members, of the great, incomparable, awesome and outstanding NCNW Greater Austin Section!

We have been turned around and upside down since the pandemic of COVID19 virus began.

We are all wondering if we will ever be able to get back to normal or will there be a new normal and what will it look like.

As an organization, the pandemic has affected our ability to meet, to plan and to present the programs of NCNW. But together, we have faced these obstacles and found ways to continue to offer the programs of NCNW through different venues, such as social media, teleconferencing and virtual meetings. Like our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, you saw a need to adapt to the present situation, to make changes to improve the delivery of our message. So, you have embraced the new norm of Webinars, Facebook Live and YouTube presentations. Members, let’s be mindful as we continue our travel and embrace our new normal.

Why We Vote

Public Policy is the fourth prong of NCNW’s “Four for the Future” program agenda.

Public policy is the combination of laws, court decisions and regulations that determine how government maintains order and addresses the needs of its citizens.  Public policy is made by voters, through their elected representatives.  “We want our members and the public to understand voting process and procedures, as well as the importance of the vote in our everyday lives.  NCNW sections are all encouraged to consult the webinar materials and other resources at the www.ncnw.org and actively study the election process and issues in the states and counties where they reside.”  Remember a “Voteless People is a Hopeless People’



Due to COVID-19 and proclamations from the Governor's Office, the May 2, 2020 Uniform Election has been moved to the November 3, 2020 General and Special Election.

 Polls are open:
7 AM - 7 PM Monday - Friday
Sunday, July 5th 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The May 26, 2020 primary runoff election has been moved to July 14, 2020. Based on the Trial Court's recent order, mail-in-ballots are a legal alternative to in-person voting for many voters while COVID-19 is in general circulation. 


SAVE THE DATE:  September 24-28, 2020

NCNW 59th National Convention

Early Bird Registration $100 through July 31 after July 31 the registration is $125.  Purchase an NCNW Commemorative Pin designed for the 59th Convention for $20. 

Virtual Activities: Workshops, Elections, Bylaws, State of Sisterhood

I highly recommend every member to attend.


Are you receiving your NCNW Sisters Magazine?  If not you can access it online at NCNW.org.  The magazine is loaded with valuable NCNW information and Section news across the county.


Retaining our members:

This is the time of the year when members and affiliates reevaluate their commitment, talents and time with our NCNW Section.  Members are open to serving in other Sections and may seek to move for various reasons: location, better visionary alignment, finances, personal compatibility etc.  Like many organizations, there may be a decrease in membership renewal or reallocation of member resources. However, what is most important is that members RETAIN their membership and use their talents where they best see fit.  

I encourage you to seek your "Best Life" as you continue your NCNW journey and live out the vision of our founder. You are all my sisters in NCNW and I am proud to have taken on the President Leadership role with you by my side.  I had three great years! There are some BIG plans that will be occurring this upcoming year.  NCNW Greater Austin will continue to be the Originators, Pacesetters and Change Agents as we strive to be "EXceptional Women Doing EXtraordinary Things".


New Officer Installation will be August 10 or sooner, details are being worked out.  The Installation will most likely be virtual.


Please if you have not renewed your NCNW Membership please send it in.



NCNW’s mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.


Humbly Submitted

Sheri A Marshall, President

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